One of the most common complaints of pond owners is the dreaded String Algae. This algae usually accumulates in streams and waterfalls – and appears as a sheet of green!
String algae in your pond are Chlorophyta, a division of green algae which includes about 7000 species of mostly aquatic photosynthetic eukaryotic organisms. They contain chlorophylls, and store food as starch in their plastids. The most common form sting algae in a pond is Spirogyra (not to be confused with the now long forgotten 80s big hair band). It is made up of long chains of individual rectangular cells links together by cellulose & pectin. It cannot be controlled using flow-through filtration because it tends to attach itself to rocks, gravel & other plant material in a pond. It can be pulverized biochemically by using various oxidizing agents to break apart the cellular links, allowing the suspended debris to be trapped in the filtration system where it can be digested by beneficial bacteria.
The Pond Clinic suggests two methods of control for string algae:
1) Post-Emergent Control – use Aquascape EcoBlast & S.A.B. to break apart existing algae, both of which are safe for all fish and other aquatic life forms.
2) Prevention – use Aquascape EcoBarley (again safe for other aquatic life forms) which slowly releases peroxide into the pond acting as a prophylactic against the onset of algae growth.
We recommend that both control & prevention methods be used for maximum effectiveness. The Pond Clinic carries the entire line of Aquascape products. Feel free to speak with our retail store staff for proper product use.
If you feel you are losing the battle of String Algae – we highly recommend the Aquascape IonGen2.
Technology That’s Out of This World
Studies have shown that silver is the best natural broad spectrum germicidal in existence. It acts as a bactericide, fungicide and antibiotic, killing virtually every disease-causing organism within minutes. So in the 1960’s, NASA developed an electrolytic silver ionizer to purify drinking water in the Apollo spacecraft and they continue to use silver for the CO² chemisorptions process on board the Challenger Space Shuttles and the International Space Station.
Water garden suppliers have now been able to harness that same proven technology and created revolutionary new product. Aquascape’s IonGen2 is an electronic water clarifier solution for all new and existing natural pools & spas, ponds, and water features. The IonGen2 is simple to install, safe for fish and plants, not toxic to any animals that may drink from the water feature, and eliminates unsightly water conditions without the use of chemicals.
How The Ionizer System Works
The automatic control panel sends signals that slowly dissolve a replaceable, self-cleaning copper, silver & zinc metal alloy probe inserted into the path of flowing water. The outermost atoms in the metal alloy probe lose an electron, creating a positive ion. The positive ion attempts to flow from one of the probe’s bars to the other and is swept away by the flow of water where the ion can begin to treat the water and prevent debris build-up.
Features & Benefits
Creates crystal clear water without the use of chemicals.
Treats ponds up to 25,000 gallons and costs less than $1 per month in electricity to operate.
Can be installed in ANY new or existing pond, stream, waterfall, or decorative water feature.
The probe is self cleaning, using reverse polarity to prevent scale and debris build-up on the probe’s bars, and can be installed directly into the water feature’s plumbing or hidden underwater in an area with significant water flow.
An electronic indicator automatically notifies you when the probe needs replacing. The probe typically lasts one to two seasons depending on usage, quantity of water and water parameters of the water feature.
The control panel features an easy touch pad which makes it simple to adjust the amount of ionization for the specific size of your feature.
Perfectly safe for all aquatic plants, fish & animals that may drink from the water feature.
As with any new product, we had our apprehensions at first. But after extensive testing by The Pond Clinic service team, the results have been amazing. The IonGen2 Ionizer truly does drastically reduce pond maintenance by controlling string algae growth, and it provides crystal clear water without the use of chemicals.