The problem with algae is that it can quickly add to the number of nutrients in a water system, making it difficult for other aquatic creatures to survive. Algae can also cause a brownish tint to water and a fishy smell.
Here are some tips for clearing pond water with hydrogen peroxide.
What is Hydrogen Peroxide?
H2O2 is a mixture of two hydrogen molecules and two oxygen molecules. H2O2(hydrogen peroxide) is a common rubbing alcohol you can find in your bathroom cabinet or first aid kit.
Benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide.
There are many methods for removing algae from a water system, but one of the most common is to use hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is known for its antibacterial and anti-mould properties, which make it an effective natural pond water cleaner.
It also helps in reducing the bad odours from the pond. Hydrogen peroxide not only eliminates algae but also boosts the oxygen levels in pond water.
Hydrogen peroxide is a simple and effective way to remove algae from surfaces. Particularly string algae on rocks or waterfalls, then hydrogen peroxide could be an effective natural solution.
However, this method can be dangerous if not done correctly. Here are some tips on how to safely remove algae using hydrogen peroxide:
How much Hydrogen Peroxide to Use?
- First, estimate the length, breadth and depth of your pond to determine the volume.
- Use 125 ml of 3% hydrogen peroxide for every 378 litres of pond water.
- Before handling the hydrogen peroxide, make sure the area is well-ventilated and that you wear gloves.
- Start by adding hydrogen peroxide to a bucket of water.
- Pour this mixture little by little into the pond away from the fish and then mix it thoroughly.
- The peroxide kicks in soon, and the boosted oxygen will last for several hours.
- For rocks and Waterfalls – Mix 3 parts hydrogen peroxide with 1 part water and spray the solution onto the algae. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse off the area with water.)
Another way to gain the advantages of hydrogen peroxide without the use of the liquid is to add barley straw to your pond.
As the barley straw rots, it naturally produces hydrogen peroxide, which helps to supply an efficient way of controlling algae, thus curtailing any unpleasant odours coming from the pond.
Another great option for preventing algae is to use a UV filter. The UV filter will kill the algae as it grows, making it easy to clean your pond without draining the water and using harsh chemicals.
Hydrogen peroxide can harm the gills of fish, so be cautious not to pour it directly on them. Don’t use over the recommended dose because it might cause algae to drop off too rapidly, leading to a spike in ammonia that is harmful to fish.
Tailor the treatment based on your pond’s size and condition, as well as how quickly you want algae to drop off.
Hydrogen peroxide is only a temporary solution and should not be used relatively. Continued use can damage the gills of the koi. For a permanent solution, you should invest in proper filter systems and keep nutrient levels in the water as low as possible.
If algae growth is persistent, you may need to check the underlying factors. These factors could be animal overpopulation, resources decaying, an excess of sunlight, the presence of nitrates and phosphates in the water, and the lack of plants in the pond.