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Re: Barley as a pond cleaner
« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2022, 06:19:43 AM »
Up here, ponds with an outflow and mud bottom get infested with leeches. My cousin, about 40 years ago, thought it was a good idea to swim in her father's pond he had dammed up by a spring. Well, when she came out with 2 leeches latched on, that was the end of that adventure. My beaver pond at the back of the woodlot starts at the spring, it's full of leeches to.  :D

My father always used some kind of chemical, friendly to fish, to kill off the algae. That was years ago and I don't recall the name. He had a couple of dug springs for filling water tanks for the sprayer. Whatever it is, it is probably pricey stuff by now.
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Re: Barley as a pond cleaner
« Reply #21 on: April 03, 2022, 09:28:26 AM »
Some kind of copper.  Cutrine Plus is a common formulation these days.

Repeated use can lead to excessive copper levels for desirable vegetation.
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Re: Barley as a pond cleaner
« Reply #22 on: April 03, 2022, 10:38:00 AM »
Copper sulfate is what we use.

when you said 10:1 ration bass to bluegill you meant 10 bluegill to one bass right?

Cuase I have alot more bluegill than bass, but I also have some 5 pounders in there.

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« Reply #23 on: April 04, 2022, 07:01:55 AM »
The Blue Gill are what make the afternoon swim fun!!
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Re: Barley as a pond cleaner
« Reply #24 on: April 05, 2022, 10:11:18 PM »

Speaking of Duck Weed?

I heard that Duck Weed is the only plant that migrates each year.

Most folks think of migrating Ducks or Geese or Elk or other animals.

SOooo, how does a "weed" in a pond migrate each fall and return migration in the spring?

Each plant leaf is attached to roots that extent down into the water, but not necessarily into the bottom soil.  When the water reaches a cooler temperature in the fall, those plants (duck weed) drift to the bottom of the pond and wait there till the water temperature rises in the spring when they return (migrate, rise) to the surface to continue its life.

Do any of you all know of any other migrating plants?

Why is it that one of our two ponds, next to each other, has a surface full of duck weed all summer and the other pond has never had any that is noticeable?  Year after year after year!   Both ponds are fed from the same drainage.

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« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2022, 12:33:07 AM »
Maybe oxygen or mineral composition?  
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