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#10928522 - 06/19/15 02:21 PM What is this?
Bovine Offline
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Registered: 07/20/14
Posts: 342
Loc: Lewisville
Found this in my pond, what is this stuff and how can i treat it. It covered the bottom of the pond too any time my bait got to the bottom it was covered in this stuff. I'm sure this cant be good for the pond at all can it? Also last picture is a little bass i caught at a spot i know of in plano, been bored as hell with all the lakes closed.







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#10928564 - 06/19/15 02:38 PM Re: What is this? [Re: Bovine]
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#10928890 - 06/19/15 04:40 PM Re: What is this? [Re: Bovine]
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Registered: 04/20/09
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Probably filamentous algae.

There are some options:
- It can be raked from the pond manually with a LOT of time and labor
- Stocking anywhere from 5 to 35 lbs per acre of tilapia at least 6 to 8 inches in length can take care of it within a year or two depending on how many you stock and assuming the bass don't eat too many of them
- A copper-based herbicide like Cutrine can knock it back
- Reducing or stopping any fertilization or feeding programs can slow it down
- An aquatic dye applied next spring when the water gets into the 50's can prevent some growth next season, but it won't completely stop it

If you end up going with herbicide, send a water sample to a county extension office and have them check the alkalinity. If the alkalinity is below 20 mg/L, any copper treatment is very risky. If the alkalinity is good (above 20 mg/L) only treat 1/4 to 1/3 of the pond at a time to reduce the risk of oxygen depletion and follow the product label instructions. Best management usually comes from a combination of the above recommendations. The root of the problem is usually the water being too clear and/or the pond being too shallow and/or too many nutrients accumulating in the pond. Identify the primary problem (for example, excessive nutrient input) and solve it so that you won't spend as much time, effort and money each year on treating the symptoms (for example, dense filamentous algae growth).

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#10929041 - 06/19/15 06:17 PM Re: What is this? [Re: Bovine]
YAKaddict Online   confused
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Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 526
Loc: Plano
Tell me a little more about this fishing spot in Plano you speak of.....

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#10929076 - 06/19/15 06:41 PM Re: What is this? [Re: Bovine]
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Registered: 08/11/09
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Loc: Albany
Little to late to cutrine I think. Could kill some fish. I use cutrine every year but usually no later than March.
The algae doesn't hurt anything just is a nuisance to the fisherman. I have been told it is a sign of a healthy pond.
You could go buy a bunch of Tilapia and stock them, they eat the fire out of it. Then this fall when they start dying net them and fillet them.

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#10929309 - 06/19/15 08:54 PM Re: What is this? [Re: Bovine]
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Registered: 07/20/14
Posts: 342
Loc: Lewisville
i dont even know where i am supposed to order tilapia from or what size etc
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#10929434 - 06/19/15 10:05 PM Re: What is this? [Re: Bovine]
9094 Offline
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Registered: 08/11/09
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Originally Posted By: Bovine
i dont even know where i am supposed to order tilapia from or what size etc


Try Arms Bait and Fish Farm in Dublin Tx.
They usually have them this time of year.

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#10929541 - 06/19/15 11:18 PM Re: What is this? [Re: Bovine]
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Registered: 02/04/11
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Loc: DFW
That type of algae is actually good for the pond as long as it doesn't over grow. Yes it will put a coating of slime on every lure you throw in it tho.

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