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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-08-2014, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning out a container pond of hair/thread algae?

I've got a ~20 gallon container pond that I'm going to be moving soon. It's been great, but this year the algae has been a huge problem. It's ugly and stinks, and if it's going to be partially drained to move it, it's going to smell a LOT worse. Are there any quick ways to clear up algae?

Also, how the heck do you move a container pond? Drain most of the way, cover and go? What about fish? Should I chuck mine in my tanks?

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You can double-triple dose excel/glut to kill off the algae so you can remove them. That's what I would do. After double or triple dosing, the algae will turn white and you can just go ahead and easily scrub them out. As for the odor, you don't have much of a choice, just pour it out to the garden soil or pavement with a drainage hole while covering your nose and don't go back to the areas. Plus the excel might help with the smell as it is a disinfectant. Keep the fish in a large 5 gallon bucket with several drops of Prime to help detoxify ammonia while on the move would help alleviate waste build up problems and adding some aquarium salt would reduce some stress.

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I've taken down my container pond so many times it's not funny. Every time I upgraded to a larger tub, i removed plants, placed fish(5 goldfish, 3 Rosy red minnows) in spare tank, replaced container and continue to set up the pond as if it were the first time. A nice dose of Prime and a few hrs wait and the fish are good to go.

My pond gets maybe 4 hrs of direct sun and have yet to experience any algae. If you are getting more sunlight, I strongly recommend a ton of floating plants to cut down on the sun.
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We are getting another bout of hair algae too up here in Michigan. I dumped 4 gallons of hydrogen peroxide in, and it did nothing. I use barley too, and normally it's gone after the pond is recycled for the year, but I have no idea tbh. I have used algaefix in the pond with success.
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