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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-11-2013, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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New to me Natural pond 25'x 20'..few ft deep

I just bought a house (omg yay). It has a naturally occurring pond out front that i would like to work with. Could you guys point me in a direction to educate myself on ponds like this? No surface scum, but algae is pretty much rampant under the surface...

I would like minimal expense and maintenance...

House also came with all the stuff for an above ground pool (pool liner is shot), including this giant pool filter I wonder if I could use....

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I'd check around and see if you have a local pond company that could help you. Some googling should bring up businesses in your area that have experience with ponds. Local ornamental pond clubs will also be able to help you local them. I've gotten much better help from locals rather than the internet when it comes to ponds. Good luck with it! And you know we'd love to see some before/after pictures!

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If you use a native floating or emergent type plants around about 1/2 the pond, 1/3 etc, then harvest the floaters 2-3x a season, to maintain 30-50% coverage, you'll not have algae issues.

Also, the algae is a temporary season thing, generally April till about Sept/Oct.
As far as algae under the surface, sodium percarbonate works VERY effectively.
It'll kill algae on plants and surfaces, you spread it out, it's basically dry peroxide salt. It'll float down and kill the algae, but does not harm plants or livestock.
You can get larger quantities (eg 50 lbs bags etc). About every 1-2 months, hit the hot spots.

These are the two main things I would suggest.

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