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Pond algae or some kind of spawn?

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 22:04

Firstly thank you all for your comments! Okay, so the algae is gone as best I could manage. Had to lift some plants. Was quite interesting how it had wrapped up the pots below the water too.

oxygenating plants in the pond are
Eleocharis acicularis (which the water snails seem to quite like)

myriophyllum crispatum

another which looks similar to the one above but isn't the same

another one which looks like an oxalis (in the pic at the top of the post)

other plants in the pond

forget me not

typha minima (was hoping this might attract damsel/dragonflies)


also if there's interest, the pond dimensions are 60cm dia. 30cm depth. I think another problem with little ponds, aside from them being quite small to have a full ecosystem, is that it's raised above ground level, which makes it even more at risk from the sun with heating the sides too. Especially with having a black bucket as I do.. Thinking of painting it white to try and lessen the heating as well as sorting out more shade.

Mosquito larvae will stick around for now then. Should be good for bats at least.

Pond algae or some kind of spawn?

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 20:17

Thank you very much for letting me know, and so quickly will see what I can do about the mosquito lavae too now I know what they are... likee

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 23:23

I've always been tempted to coat the garden in nematodes for ants  less aphid farming (which I'm sure helps spread blackspot on the roses), and less guards for the aphids, might help the ladybirds too.. and obviously no swarms of flying ants in hot weather

Pond algae or some kind of spawn?

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 23:14

Hello, something green has appeared on the top of my bucket pond, and wanted to check what you all think it might be. Should I skim it off and get rid?


and also wondered if you might know what a little critter is that's in the pond too (the little dark thing by the stem and edge of the leaf)


Clematis Montana Wilt

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 10:46

From what I know about clematis, so long as it's planted to a good depth of about a foot, then they're pretty tough. Even when clematis wilt looks like it's killed it, it only goes down to just below soil level, so you get new shoots after.

Pond not going swimmingly...

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 21:08

but thank you to all for the advice so far

Pond not going swimmingly...

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 21:08

there's a big plant on the south side of it and a wall on the west, so hopefully it should't be too bad, except when the sun is right overhead :/

Pond not going swimmingly...

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 20:55

There are 4 oxygenating plants in there, cant remember the names of them at the moment, might check tomorrow, won't they do the same thing?

Pond not going swimmingly...

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 19:47


Probably a little background first. Decided to set up a bucket pond in the garden to attract beneficial insects to do pest control. Started to set it up early spring, didn't have much rain, and the few inches of water in the bucket started to go green. So I decided to hurry things along and filled the rest up with tap water, rushed and got some oxygenators to suck up excess nitrogen from the tap water and stuck them in with a few rocks. However it seems to be getting worse..

Any advice? Would it be a wait and see situation and risk the oxy plants getting smothered by the algae or do something with quick chemicals (if it's even possible)?

Should be a pic of it attached below


Mystery rose

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 23:06

I think the parent was held back with disease for ages, so hopefully it should speed up now it's been treated. I'll see how far I can train it, hopefully it will stretch up next to the front door!

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