Post by Joes Wife on Sept 29, 2009 15:04:19 GMT -5
We do what Janene does. Let it get low about every two weeks and then tip it over and scrub it out.
Joe's Wife for 25 yrs.
2 kids, a pink and a blue
Gerty my Jersey
Maggie, Black Angus
Lucy, Black Angus
Annie, Black Angus
Heidi, Josie's heifer
Leila, black angus heifer
25 laying hens
Rowdy - R.I.P big guy
Gideon - Anatolian Shepherd
Molly, a rat terrier,died 7-12-13
Assorted barn cats
well thought i might throw my 2 cents in. when we moved here the irrigation pond was foul. algae and blood suckers yuck. now completely clear. we did it naturally. we did use barley straw in the beginning. it works because when the straw rots on the water surface it outgasses oxygen. algae cannot survive in water with oxygen. the straw rots and needs to be replaced. a bubbler helps also.the more spread out the straw is the better. we made bags out of netting. the pond is huge. we also planted lillies and marginals to take up nutrients. in a stock tank some folks do use fish to eat the algae. there are huge natural pond snals called trapdoor. they have live babies and can help a tank stay clean they are the size of a golf ball.very docile the babies are very tiny. just a thought sherrye
the learn as you go silk purse farm
my dh papa john
sweetie our jersey
isabelle rescue 2 teat jersey
flower 1/2 dexter 1/2 jersey girl
itty bitty our little yorkie
lots of pigs
chickens and turkey
peanut and woody, guinea hogs
Post by AJ & Denise on Jan 19, 2010 1:47:48 GMT -5
you could try little catfish ? they like to eat that , we put our hose in and out and it generates oxygen bubbles, then we have less moss, but a Roof is a good idea, then the water would stay cooler in summer as well dual purpose , i like it!
PS do not put Vinegar or ACV , (apple cider vinegar), in Galvanize Tanks or containers, it will leach out Lead or other metals than can poison your Livestock .
2 Family Milk Cows:
1stHeifer born here-"Flo"on 7-13-11
2nd Calf-Heifer ,"Cocoa"
Live on Small Farmstead-5.5 Acres-moved from large City to Rural Hills of Ozarks near Bull Shoals Lake, White and Buffalo Rivers ,Crooked Creek. Have Chickens, and Dogs. We are amazed of the Beauty Blessed to be apart of and enjoy ,We are Blessed .
Copper Sulfate is what we used in our large pond when we first moved here it was covered (literally 1 foot deep) in algae and duck weed and I used the same method of pulling a gunny sack with the Bluestone in it over portions of the pond with a row boat to allow the fish to move to a clear section. I no longer need to use it on the ponds, but I have used it in our large stock tanks (6' x 3' x 3'), keeps 'em clean for months (be sure to keep them out of it for 24 hrs after treatment). (Also used in hoof treatments for hoof rot).
Now that our ponds are clean we use the barley straw to keep it that way, we use the mesh bag method described in this Purdue University Aquatic Plant Management Guide on Barley Straw for Algae Control.
City born, Country raised by wife Edith "Jersey" She Who Must Be Obeyed Baboo our ½ Angus ½ Jersey Heifer Moe and Curley Joe the two Stooge steers Nubian and Boer Goats Galore. Dorper Sheep with Beau the Aussie Shepherd to watch over them and Christy our fat mini Schnauzer who sleeps through it all. Ducks, Chickens, and Geese.
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