Three General Methods For Controlling Aquatic Weeds
Water weeds are often very problematic in most cases if you will leave them untended. When these weeds get overgrown and are so left unchecked in spreading, they will steadily and surely get to take a serious hold of the aquatic life therein and will end up destroying the entire pond. The common steps towards the control of these weeds will be general pond maintenance and filtration initiatives which though well intended and effective will not rid the algae and other aquatic weeds entirely and permanently as you will find the algae rearing again and again even with the best of these filtration methods. There are three common methods of weed removal and these are the biological methods, the chemical methods and the mechanical methods and these are all coming with their advantages and disadvantages but when each is used with a degree of wisdom, you can be assured of success in your efforts to do away with weeds in the aquatic life.
Though time consuming, the mechanical method will be the most cost beneficial in the three methods of aquatic weeds removal. An excess of nutrients in the water are often the major cause of water weeds and algae life in your pond. Thus the most obvious means of dealing with this will be the en masse water exchange and a bit of manual labor. You can also use the mechanical filter to remove the algae and weeds which are scrubbed from the substrate. Once you have done the cleaning, it is wise to ensure that you have cleaned and replaced the filter mats.
Algaecides and herbicides will be the other alternative option for the removal of algae and weeds form your pond as we’ve mentioned in the above sections, and is the chemical means of water weed removal. It only has an undoing in the complications that it is always associated with though it generally has its reputation as being the most quick and effective means of weed removal. The chemicals contained in some of the chemicals used for the control of algae and weeds in the ponds will in certain cases be a serious threat to the life of the other live beings in the pond such as the fishes, the plants and the other animal life therein making the pond generally a place to live in.
Added to the effects on your fish life, plant life and the invertebrates in your pond, the chemicals will also have a negative impact on your biological filters. The chemicals will have the sum effect of causing the death of the good bacteria on the biological filters which are often sensitive to them and this is going to result in negating the whole efforts in the entire plan as with the good bacteria dead in the biological filters and will thus lead to excess nutrients once more attracting the algae and weeds all again.