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#427311 10/22/15 06:14 PM
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My 1/2 acre pond is about 80% covered with floating alge.
My question is with winter fast aproaching will the alge freeze and be gone in the spring or is this something I should treat before winter?
Is it harder to get rid of next year in the spring?
I have tried raking it out but it only returnes.
The pond has no fish, is about 50 years old and located in Northern Illinois.
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Hi Jack,

Welcome to the forum! I am also in N. Illinois near Belvidere with a pond close to yours in size. I am not a pro, but IMO you should remove what you can. Allowing it to die in the pond will just return the nutrients to the pond for it to feed on next spring. I am sure a pro will be along to offer up some ideas.

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Something that seems well liked by most everyone is stocking Tilapia next spring/summer when the temps get right. Bill Cody had excellent results this yr at his place.


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Oops, just remembered Il don't like ya putting Talipia in your ponds. Makes about as much sense as havin a hockey team from Peoria named the Rivermen.


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Yea. I think our only choice in Illinois is crawfish and tadpoles as consumers for filamentous algae.

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There are many types of algae in ponds, and what will live in cool/cold water will not flourish in warm water.

I agree, removing as much algae as you can will help remove nutrients from the pond, which will in turn reduce the amount of algae growing.

BUT, 8 ounces of phosphorous can produce 500 pounds of algae, so it's a long difficult road.


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I can vouch for Illinois being ignorant on, and banning Tilapia use.... wink



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Originally Posted By: Rainman
I can vouch for Illinois being ignorant on, and banning Tilapia use.... wink


Same for our great state, right? frown

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Well I made it thru the winter and have been scraping the old alge out of the pond.
It looks like it is growing back on the top. Bright green? Should I use Cutrine?
Does the temp have to be warmer?



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I use the cutrine granules when the water is about 60 degf every year (usually late Feb/early March) and it works on FA.


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I wouldn't waste time with granules if the algae is floating. Only time we use granules is when Chara or killing horsehair algae/Pithophora on the bottom before it surfaces. Use either a liquid algaecide or copper sulfate. Waters still cold and you aren't too much further north than me. Any attempt this time of year by Chicago may show marginal results with the cold waters.

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Originally Posted By: Coho Eddie
I wouldn't waste time with granules if the algae is floating. Only time we use granules is when Chara or killing horsehair algae/Pithophora on the bottom before it surfaces. Use either a liquid algaecide or copper sulfate. Waters still cold and you aren't too much further north than me. Any attempt this time of year by Chicago may show marginal results with the cold waters.


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