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I thought I would pass on my nightmare with algae after completing construction of my pond in June......it got to the point where the pond (one acre, ave 4-5')was so unsightly with rafts of floating algae, that I was totally disgusted with it. I spent hours netting gobs of it out and dumping it on the grass, which soon resulted in equally unsightly grass and the algae just reproduced itself, so I was making two steps back for every one step forward.

After researching this site and websites for various products, I finally bought two gallons of Cutrine Plus at Tosco. I mixed it at the ratio of 9:1 in my 4 gallon backpack sprayer and sprayed as far as I could reach along the bank for 3 days in a row.

Today I have no floating algae after only using one gallon of the Cutrine. The County extension agent said that he doubted it would work unless the water temp was above 60 (it's 52). I ran the areator at night to insure that the dying algae didn't take out the oxygen, so, bottom line, my experience with cutrine is 100% favorable.

I might add that the pond is a stone's throw from the house, so I was getting very depressed about it's appearance.

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Tom,

The granular form also works great. It has the advantage of reaching the stuff on the bottom before it spreads its ugly form on the surface.

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The granular form also works great. It has the advantage of reaching the stuff on the bottom before it spreads its ugly form on the surface

Meadow.......thanks, but I can't complain about the liquid. The pond looks better than it has in months. Right now I'm debating about throwing in a few grass carp, which everyone in my part of the country swear by. I really don't like throwing in chemicals and would rather have a natural balance. So, I guess the experimentation will go on.

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tomparker, what will the grasscarp do for your "algae" problem other than increase your nutrient load and causing "more" algae and then more Cutrine use and the cycle goes on and on.Be sure the grass carp (algae eaters) are going to do what you need them to do.In Ohio I often consider them algae producers (not always a bad thing)but may be in your situation. Many great posts on this site on what plants grass carp are effective on (ie chara) and in what part of the country and at what time of year.Cutrine is a good product as far as copper goes but keep in mind it is not a problem solver but a symptom masker. Good Luck PS I would hang on to that other gallon of Cutrine as about 6 weeks is what I have seen Cutrine be effective for.At your depth I imagine that algae is alive and well on the bottom and will surface as it gets enough o2 to do so.

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Tom,

Have you looked into Tilapia? They are simply great on algae. They can't survive temperatures much below 55 degrees, but while living they really do a number on algae. Here in Texas, I can now rely on Tilapia to completely control algae during the time the temperatures support their existance...then in the "off" season I use the granular cutrine to spot treat. Bottom line is I now use very little chemical and let the Tilapia do their thing. Also, many other benefits of Tilapia are discussed in other posts.

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Thanks for the responses. I will spend some more time researching grass carp, as well as look into the tilapia suggestion. Right now my water temp is just above 50 at about 4', so I assume I would be doing the tilapia thing seasonally also. I don't even know if tilapia are readily available around here. How many do you put in?

Anyway, right now the pond no longer looks like a cesspool, so I don't have to listen to the wife wanting to know why I didn't just put in a lap pool with a pretty fountain.

Thanks again, Tom

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Update on the cutrine situation: right now the pond has no floating rafts of algae, the water is clear, and I can actually see some fish now and then. So, bottom line, I'm happy until the next crisis presents itself.

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another update on the fil. algae problem which it seems that cutrine plus has solved. However, the 10 grass carp that I had ordered when I had the problem were delivered today, so I invested another 80 bucks and dumped them in the pond, wondering what they were going to eat since my algae problem had been solved before they got there. So, as usual, I will wait and see what happens now.

By the way, I was surprised how big they were, maybe 12" long.......when I let them out at pond's edge, they just swam off.

Never a dull minute in this pond business.

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Be patient Tom, your algae will be back,but I doubt your grass carp will eat much if any of it.Your water will warm up soon and the pond will come to life. Keep us posted. Ted

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Tom,

I am sympathetic to your situation. I will throw out a suggestion that has worked well for me. It will help to have proper disolved oxygen levels to bring a good balance to your pond and help to minimize the massive reoccurence of the algea.

Algea growth in ponds can spiral out of control because of nutrients containing nitrogen, phosphorous, and seasonal changes in temperature. Also helping the process of photosynthesis is prolonged periods of sunlight.

The idea is to limit or reduce the nutrient levels (Phosphorous and nitrogen) by creating an environment where "bacteria convert nitrogen to atmospheric forms or uptake it to build cell structure during reproduction along with phosphorous while processing waste (food source)." The result is that the algae are starved of their nutrient sources.

"Most algae contain cellulose structures (as a result of photo synthesis) that can be broken down to starches as a body of water is reduced in nutrient content. Certain bacteria produce enzymes called cellulases and amylases that can break down cellulose-containing algal material into readily biodegradable starches and sugars respectively. Other algae can store oils that can also be biologically degraded. As algae die off, bacterial action increases to clarify or clear the water source of dead debris or suspended solids."

Algae control through a "bilogical nutrient removal" process is a non-hazardous process that can eliminate or reduce the need for chemical-based algaecides.

Obtain Three 50lb. bags of hog feed grade cornmeal from a milling company. If they cannot provide it in burlap bags then pick up some of those as well, Place a rock in each bag that will sink the bag to the bottom. Place the bags at various locations spread out in the pond.

The organic carbon in the cornmeal enables the beneficial bacteria in the water to flourish at the expense of the algae. Then the decomposing algae provide a source of carbon for the bacteria.

I don't know what the cost of the Cutrine was and the cornmeal can be more expense than some folks want to spend ($30-$40/50#). For me that is an individual call. If the cost is more than a person wants to spend compared to using stuff like Cutrine that is their call. It is a free country and I love it that way.

There are also folks that sell the beneficial bacteria. I appologize for not having those purchase references for this note

Good luck and let us know how things go as things heat up,

Cheers,

J.W

P.S Fast kills of large amounts of algea can cause disolved oxygen depletion problems. I hope The experts on the board will weigh in on the possible implications and recommendations.

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J.W Very interesting post. Just wondering if you have been doing this process year after year. How do you determine how many bags feed per acre. Here in Indiana it seems filamentous algae is one of our biggest problems (hate the look of stuff)and chemicals and bacterias can get very expensive. I would rather be putting my money on new fish each year than chemicals. Thanks like to see these money saving ideas.

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PO,

The general recommendation is 150 to 200lb per surface acre. The idea is to achieve a balance between bacteria and food sources so that you don't have to repeat the treatment every year.

I treated with cornmeal two years ago and have not had to retreat yet. Here in north Texas the filamentous algea is my biggest problem as well.

Good point about the fish. Do you have to replace the fish? How much work is it to maintain non native varieties? It sounds like from the other posts that Tilapia is the one to choose.

Thanks,

JW

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Tom,
Just read your post and can sympathize with you. Here in southwest Louisiana the problem is as bad or worse than you have. Cutrine will do wonders, but be careful! It is a copper based chemical and will stay in your pond and eventually get into the food chain. Do some research and see what safe levels would be for a 1 acre pond. We worked on fertilization to get the phytoplankton bloom going in order to reduce the depth of light penetration, and thus eleminating the growth of filamentous algae on the bottom. Very clear water is cute, but its not good for fish growth or for control of unwanted vegetation. I'd go with fertilization and the grass carp. Watch them as they grow, they will eat their weight in plants each day, and they will get bigggg!

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J.W.,
Thanks for passing on that interesting information concerning the use of cornmeal to promote a "bloom". I assume you use this method as an alternative to fertilizing the water with a commercial liquid or granular fertilizer. I intend to do that in the spring, but I was told that the water was too cold to use any kind of natural means to get rid of the fil. algae this time of year. The Univ. of Georgia extension agent suggested the cutrine plus or comparable product. He also cautioned that the cutrine itself would not cause a fish kill, but the oxygen depletion resulting from the decomposition is what did it. I followed the dosage recs to the letter and ended up using a third of the chemical to do the job.

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James,
I appreciate the suggestions and advice. This site and the internet in general are fantastic for compiling info on about any problem you can face.

The grass carp are now in the pond and I will be going the fertilization route in the spring.

Regards, Tom

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Tom,

Good luck with the fish. I always like to know all the options available to solve a situation.

The Corn meal actually does not promote a phytoplankton bloom. It actually promotes the reduction of fertilization components and can be considered an easier and less timing sensitive method compared to fertilization.

I refer you to a post on the subject fertilization and the care required to get it right.

http://www.pondboss.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=000094

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J.W. Thanks again for info on cornmeal, called local grain store and they said will sell for $5 50# bag, big diff from texas. And no I don't have to replace fish, just like to buy couple hundred dollars worth fatheads each year from fish farm that comes to local feed store. I have fenced off a 10'x10' area approx 2' deep with 1/4 in. plastic mesh to try and raise own fatheads, seems to be working as ice melted off completely yesterday and there is minnows all over this area. And yes I am going to experiment with the tilipia this spring too.

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J.W., thanks for the link. The guy that started that thread had a situation that closely paralled mine, so I bookmarked it for future reference.

So, bottom line, it appears that what you are suggesting with the cornmeal is not a substitute for fertilization to achieve a bloom, but is a .........??????? If I read you right, your technique may be a passive action that may or may not preclude the use of herbicides or man-made fertilizers, depending on the pond, climate, etc.

You, Sir, are apparently an old hand at this game, and I am curious why you seem to prefer to act as the teacher to the student, i.e., maybe I'll figure it out with enough coaching, but your not giving out the answer.

This is ratcheting up to becoming a very interesting subject.

Best, Tom

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i liked the Cutrine Plus, but it started getting costly after a while. finally put in some grass carp. mark

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Interesting comment on grass carp. They wouldn't touch my algae....so I went with Tilapia. Far and away more cost effective than Cutrine plus or any other chemical, plus they provide tremendous forage for your bass. For the price of one bag of the granular Cutrine, I can buy Tilapia that will provide season long protection against algae, great eating, and unbelievable forage. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

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Meadowlark, Since you have had good luck with the tilapia figure you would know best.Which of the tilapia are you using for your algae? I have seen in books about 3 types and want to experiment with them when it gets warm enough here in Indiana. Just want to make sure the guy orders me the right type. Thanks

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The only type we can have in Texas is the Mozambique Tilapia. I believe that is because they are assured to die out each winter and the State doesn't want to see them take over the waterways.

Don't know about other types, but these critters really get after the algae...and any other kind of plant life.

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Tom,

My appologies if I have not been clear about how the use of cornmeal works with a pond taken over by algea. I have never intended for there to be any mystery. The explaination I gave in post 10 from the first page provides details of what happens with the use of cornmeal.

The idea is to use the most simple and least harmful method to restore the natural balance to the pond. When you get the balance right, it becomes a self sustaining cycle.

The corn meal helps to feed and promote beneficial bacteria. The bacteria feeds on the fertilizer (nitrogen & phosphorous). the reduction in "fertilizer" levels causes the algea to start to die off and the decaying algea is then absorbed back into the environment and also contributes to the growth of the bacteria.

In the best circumstance you end up with a balance between the bacteria levels and enough algea to sustain the bacteria.

Where you can have problems with this method, or any method, of controlling algea is if you have outside sources of fertilizer entering into the pond either from watershed or live water sources feeding the pond.

In my situation I have direct control of the watershed feeding my ponds and have not had to deal with the fil. algea for the last couple years.

Thanks Tom and everyone on these forums. This exchange of experiences and information have been extremely beneficial for me. What a great site.

Good Luck to you no matter what direction you go.

Thanks,

JW

P.S. WOW PO, $5 for 50# very nice find!

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J.W.,

Thanks for the clarification. It reminds me somewhat of my experience back in the 70's installing small package sewage treatment plants in the Caribbean for well-to-do homeowners that wanted to irrigate their grounds, but, of course water was very scarce, regardless of how much money you had. One system I put in was for Winthrop Rockefeller's widow down in St. Martin. The point I'm trying to make is that a small sewage treatment system uses aerobic bacteria to break down the waste in order to recycle it into "grey water" for irrigation purposes. The system was continuously aerated providing oxygen to maintain a balance for the bacteria to do their thing. This is opposed to a septic tank situation which employs anerobic bacteria that do not requier aeration/oxygen to do there job in a closed system.

I imagine that another analogy would be putting yeast in your batch of homemade beer (ala putting corn meal in the pond), which establishes the bacteria required for the fermentation process.

I plan on giving it a shot, so thanks for the tip.

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Tom,

I like your analogies. I have had a precast aerobic waste treatment system for my house since 1996. The systems have become much more economical since the late 90s and have become the standard to install around the area. The cost for me new was about $4k +$180/year maint. agreement. I am allowed (county/town)to discharge to three sprinklers for irrigation. Some towns in the area do require lateral lines instead.

Cheers,

JW

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To Ted Lea: I had to smile yesterday when remembering your caution flag after my initial post of using cutrine plus for fil. algae rafts in my pond......."Good Luck PS I would hang on to that other gallon of Cutrine as about 6 weeks is what I have seen Cutrine be effective for.At your depth I imagine that algae is alive and well on the bottom and will surface as it gets enough o2 to do so.".......Well, you were right. You were off about a week on the timing.

This morning I sprayed another 4 gallons of 9:1 cutrine around the perimeter.

I haven't seen the grass carp since I put them in.
They may be eating escargot instead of algae.

As far as mercury is concerned, the wife said that she doesn't care if we're looking at the after effects of Chernobol, she doesn't want to look at a cesspool.

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Hi Tom, Yes you can usually mark your calender when you treat with Cutrine as far as when you will need to do it again. As far as copper goes it is the safest one on the market. You may want to consider alternating treatments with something like BioSafe's GreenClean PRO ( 85% sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate aka hydrogen dioxide)You may find with extended Cutrine (or any copper)use that it will take a higher dose and more often as time goes on, most folks relate this to warmer water temps as the season progresses but I believe resistance builds. I have witnessed ponds that have used copper for the last 10-15 years and no amount of copper works on their algae any longer.Also keep in mind grass carp do not tolerate a lot of copper. Perhaps Bill C and or Kelly D can add to this post.We dont want to have you considered the "Southern Love Canal \:\) " Good Luck Ted

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To Ted Lea,

Thanks, I figured you would probably enjoy being right with your prediction.

That is an interesting point about the timeline of resistance.......10-15 years for them to mutate in which time, I suppose, the makers of Cutrine have also juggled the formula so it continues to work. It's amazing how much time the human race spends on staying ahead of unpleasant primitive life.

To be honest, being as how I'm 60 years old, I really am not concerned about the ability of those nasty looking globs to mutate in 15 years.

"Love Canal South"......that's a good one.

Tom

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To Ted Lea,

Well, I'm about ready to throw in the towel. The pond is, and I was amazed at how quick, completely covered with algae rafts once again. I am seriously wondering if this is worth it.

They tell me that the water should be too cold for this to happen, but it does. My wife and I jokingly talk about thowing the chemicals to it regardless of the after effects, ala chernobyl or the love canal, however, I am almost to the point where I agree with the wife that this just wasn't meant to be.

I am sure there is something wrong with the way the pond got built or what I am doing to maintain it, but life is too short to put up with this crap at my age.

So, thanks to all of you that have tried to help me and good luck with your special situations, which, it seems from reading all of the posts, that everyone has ad infinitum.

As far as what I am going to do now......well, I have owned this place since 1980, and, since about 1981 I have always wanted to build a pond where I finally did last year, and since I finally built it, it has been nothing but a pain in the a.. So, I guess I am going to sell it and move across the line into Georgia. I know there are plenty of people moving into Florida or coming up from south Florida that are willing to pay high dollar for land with water on it.......as long as I make sure to pump the cutrine to it before the property is shown.

And down the road, I guess, I'll have a lap pool with a fountain in the middle.

Take care and good luck to all, Tom Parker

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Tom,I really hate hearing that the algae is back.Trust me that I work with many frustrated pond owners.Every pond and pond owner is unique.No two are ever alike ! You have spent a lot of time and cash on this project but realize that a pond may not come into its own for at least two years. You mentioned that you were going to fertilize for a bloom in the spring. I would do just that.In a pond as shallow as yours it is very important to get the sunlight blocked if and when algae control is one of the goals. Many posts have commented that blocking the uv will slow algae growth and this is correct.You may have some of your newly planted grass carp rooting on the bottom for plants which are not there and sending the algae mats to the surface fast. You should not have a high nutrient load with your well water but realize your fish are making fertilizer everyday(perhaps not enough for a bloom )With the approx 1.5 million gallons of water in your tank check with (I believe you said you had a Kasco?)your fountain people or the specs and see how many gallons per hr/day you are circulating.I would be curious as to the capacity of your fountain especially if you are going to fertilize.Hang tough for awhile and you will get a handle on this pond and you will see it as an asset vs a pain in the asset.PS Send me your email address or just click on mine, > Ted

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Tom - email me at the address shown in my profile. I'd like to discuss some potential options with you. Regards, Kelly

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Tom,

I haven't read every post so I apologize if I'm repeating others ideas. As opposed to fertilizing your pond, which if done incorrectly, untimely, or at the incorrect rates will cause more headache, why not try a more eye appealing aquatic dye like aquashade. It may not completetly prevent your problem but it could slow it down. Give it a good dose every other month to maintain a good shade and it'll block out some light without adding more nutrients like fertilizers do. If your pond is close to your house, are you fertilizing your yard? That would be a problem if you're receiving runoff from the yard. This is only my two cents, but I wouldn't count on the grass carp for much. Best of luck.

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please excuse the extended delay in answering, but I went through the disgusted and "don't want anything to do with it period"....so, meanwhile, I have been liberal with the cutrine plus and the aquashade, haven't had a floating raft problem in at least a month, started feeding the panfish I stocked last fall and they are actually feeding as of yesterday; regraded the pond edge that was so eroded after the hurricanes last year and sodded the whole perimeter back 10 feet from the edge; planted 72 15 gallon wax mytles along the dam and installed drip irrigation lines to each.....bottom line, the pond is acutally looking pretty decent.

Again, thanks to all who have offered suggestions.

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WELCOME BACK Tom, all of us thought perhaps you fell in :)So glad the pond did not get filled in and that you are going to enjoy it now !! Ted

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Thanks Ted, the jury is still out, but there is a fine line being drawn between being a royal pain in the butt, versus something that you can congratulate yourself for having accomplished. In other words, it is still in the love/hate relationship situation at this time.

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Bud, give these folks a call

http://www.boatcycle.com/tilapia.htm

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Another observation: I had a small floating fil. algae outbreak and sprayed with a 9:1 solution of liquid cutrine as I have done before. I used one gallon in the pond which should accomodate 2.4 gallons according to my calculations. A couple of days later I found two grass carp floaters. Even though the lable says that it will not harm fish or blah, blah...it appears that the grass carp do not like their supper flavored with cutrine.

Anyone else run into this?

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Grass carp are very sensitive to copper esp in lower alkalinity situations. The lower the alkalinity or toal hardness the more sensitive they become. Grass carp are 6 times more sensitive and trout are 10 times more sensitive to copper than bass at the same hardness level.


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Bill, thanks for the info on grass carp. I found two more floaters this morning, that's 4 out of the total of 10 that I stocked. I guess it's time I had a water sample tested.

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Tom - your very first post indicates that the pond is approximately 4 to 5 acre-feet of water. If that is so, how did you calculate a 2.4 gal. maximum dose-rate for CUTRINE?

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Kelly, I got it off the mfg website

http://www.appliedbiochemists.com/

According the them, for fil. algae, the recommended dosage is 0.6 gal of liquid cutrine plus per acre foot of water, so .6 x 4 = 2.4 gal. I diluted it at the 9/1 ration, so I mixed 1 gallon with 10 gallons of water and sprayed it. I figured that by only using about 40% of the dosage, I would not create a problem. Apparently, the grass carp did not read the spec sheet.

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Oh, you don't suppose they mean .6 gal of DILUTED mixture per acre foot of water, do you?

Can't be, I read those directions 2 or 3 times.

geesh, what next!

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Tom You should of been fine at that rate and you did calculate correctly "unless" you still had enough left in the water from the last dose. You can have new algae mats and still have AI left from the last treatment. And treating 4 acre ft for F-algae was the way to do it.Perhaps a high concentration was in an area where the carp were until it was diluted in the pond.It is very difficult to say. On the lite side perhaps since they dont eat F-algae perhaps they starved to death :)Ted

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Tom - you are (were) correct with your calculations. I had a temporary brain-bubble. But, as Ted mentioned, residuals will usually remain from a previous treatment for at least a week or so.
As for dosing, the label is simply a guideline (required by EPA). I usually base the dosage on infested areas only (area to be treated), rather than the total water-volume of a pond. This usually reduces the dosage to a more appropriate level for the task at hand - while reducing the associated risks of using copper.
Bear in mind that this same method cannot be used for some other herbicides where the targeted ppm or ppb is essential for efficacy (ie. SONAR).
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As winter came to an end this year the ice cleared on my Nebraska pond and exposed an 8 to 10 ft. perimeter of filamentous algea. As the weather has warmed into the 60s and 70s I have treated the edges 1/4 of the pond at a time and have attempted to get the algae under control. I have used a one gal. sprayer and 16 OZ. of cutrine plus (2 sprayers full on each 1/4 of shoreline). I also have curly leaf pondweed and have just recently seen it come to the surface. I have used weedtrine D on this and also hydrothol. Everything still seems out of control. What am I doing wrong. the pond I have is about 1 acre and is 10' deep and shaped like a T. I have a windmill aereator and the problem is that in the heat of summer when we need oxygen the wind does'nt blow and I get fish kills. Would an electric aereator prevent kills with a more aggressive alae attack? Help.

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Anyone with some answers could e-mail me. me83712@alltel.net
Thanks for any help. would a whole pond treatment be an answer. another note on my pond is that i add all water from an irragation well. The pond is 4 years old.

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Did I miss something? I spot sprayed 9:1 water and Cutrine Plus and where I sprayed around my arrowhead and blue flag iris it killed them. I thought it did nothing to everything else and only killed algae?

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I have not had a problem with Cutrine killing other plants, because I don't have any. I put in over 9000 square feet of centipede sod along the shoreline to water's edge, but I have not planted any shoreline plants in the shallow water; I have decided to hold off until this pond of mine has "stabilized" itself. Right now, my only problem with vegetation of any kind is the fil.algae, which I have had since day one. So, right now I keep the Aquashade level up (at $46/gallon at Tosco), a gallon about every month and a half, and the cutrine plus sprayed on the floating stuff along the shoreline whenever it gets obnoxious, which is getting less frequent (at $37/gal at Tosco); by the way, the 9:1 mix is what I use....the last time I sprayed was about a month ago. Anyway, I have a bunch of good sized panfish from last fall's stocking, and I have a lot of fry from, what I assume was, the first spawning. I have not introduced LMB yet, maybe a mistake, but so be it.

Anyway, my wife and I sure enjoy having the pond, virtually in our front yard, so I guess that makes it all worth it.

Good luck

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