06-27-2005, 04:50 AM
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Elysburg, PA
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Aside from the plants and UV (which I would highly recommend), I would also recommend using barley straw pellets/extract. It naturally and temporarily stains the water blocking a lot of the light while still allowing you to see your fish. I've used it in maintenance applications and it's worked really well. Another product I would recommend is MicrobeLift Summer or PL, it's basically sewage treatment bacteria that will degrade a lot of the wastes in your sand bed that help cause the algae. Those two products and lots of floating plants will do the job nicely and naturally.
Another recommendation for next year, get a bunch of lillies this year. They'll be a renewing source of nutrient uptake and surface coverage from the very start. Use MicrobeLift Spring/Fall to clean out the biomass before the winter starts and in the spring before the sun gets too intense. Also, throw the barley straw in there in early spring as a sunblock as well, that'll prevent a lot of early season algae problems.