UV – Ultra Violet Light
A lot of people ask how to choose UV (Ultra Violet Light) for clear algae free pond water… You need to look for correct wattage and quartz tube size when it comes to a UV. All fish ponds need a bio filter to allow water in which fish live to remain clean and healthy. Pond fish pollute their own living space and we must help them clean it to prevent the goldfish or koi from dying.
Suspended algae make ponds go green and murky especially in hot sunny weather and in ponds where fish stock is high.
Ultra violet light is one of best garden fish pond inventions ever. It kill suspended algae and ensures clear pond water year in year out so long as correctly sized and installed.
Lamp must be changed every year… this is only maintenance required.
4 watts for ponds up to 1,000 litres and 8 watts for up to 5,000 litres in volume. Combine these units in series for larger ponds. The biofilter combination units come in 2 sizes for ponds up to 6,000 litres.
What is a UV Clarifier and How Does It Work? Algae Isnt Bad, Is It?
Algae can be either beneficial or detrimental to a pond, depending on the owners viewpoint. Algae provide nutrients for newly hatched fry, and indirectly act as a color enhancer. As algae grow in a pond, a population of zooplankton will also develop, on which the fish feed. These natural live feeds help develop the intense coloration desired in most koi. Unfortunately, algae blooms prevent viewing the fish so that sick fish can go undetected for days or even weeks.
Algae influence the water quality of the pond mainly by affecting the balance among dissolved oxygen, pH, carbon dioxide and nutrients. During photosynthesis, algae produce oxygen, remove nutrients and take up respired carbon dioxide from both the fish and the algae itself. In heavily stocked ponds, the water becomes super-saturated with carbon dioxide. High levels of carbon dioxide can quickly depress the pH of the water to levels below seven if the operator is not careful to maintain proper alkalinity levels and adequate aeration for stripping. During active periods of photosynthesis (during daylight hours), algae can quickly strip the carbon dioxide out of the water, and pH levels can rise above nine in a matter of hours. Fish not acclimated to such sharp shifts may initially show signs of stress.
At night, both algae and fish consume oxygen from and exhale carbon dioxide into the system. Algae compete with the fish for available oxygen in the water.
Practical Algae Control
View your pond as an ecosystem, one requiring you to manage it to maintain proper balance. Fish ponds without adequate plantings are most susceptible to algae bloom problems. These ponds are usually well stocked with overfed fish. The absence of aquatic plants eliminates competition with algae for available nutrients in the pond water. Practical fish stocking densities and feeding must be managed closely.
UV sterilization (actually better term is clarification) is a proven method for controlling waterborne algae. Combining sterilization with adequate mechanical filtration and operating the two properly is most effective in eliminating algae blooms and maintaining clear water. This combination will not, however, control nitrogen or carbon dioxide levels. Practical fish stocking densities and responsible feeding, along with routine filter and UV sterilizer maintenance play a big part in achieving a balanced system. Partial water changes (approximately 10 percent of the pond volume weekly with non-chlorinated water) will aid in diluting nutrients. Filamentous algae may grow and will benefit the pond by consuming nutrients and carbon dioxide. Responsible fish feeding will encourage the fish to graze on the filamentous algae, which is good in their diet. Filamentous algae may also be harvested and used as a fertilizer in gardens; remove it by hand or with a long bristle brush.
Green water in fish ponds is easily controlled… For us green algae in fish ponds and cloudy ponds are potential eyesores.
Simple ultraviolet light solves a green algae in fish ponds problem permanently because clear garden pond is an absolute essential for garden pond enjoyment. Sooner or later all garden ponds get green algae blooms and this occurs sooner in most cases. Pond algae control is then called for using uv pond lights to remove algae in fish ponds.
Water that is like pea soup is the result of a vast population of green algae in fish ponds feeding off nutrients in your garden ponds. If you have fish you need pond algae control using aqua ultraviolet. Under these circumstances it becomes impossible to see anything below about 2 cm from the garden ponds surface. In general the fish do not mind too much but the owner of the fish certainly does. Fish pond algae is an eyesore. Draining garden ponds and filling with fresh water rectifies the problem only for a very short space of time – until the green algae in fish ponds colonies build up again. Green algae multiply at the rate of 30 times per hour under ideal conditions!! This means clear water one day, green water the next literally. Changing water is not an option in pond algae control.