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Author:  Pete Wolfe [ Aug 22nd, '13, 11:44 ]
Post subject:  Barley straw

Hi, me again :wave1: the old fart :wave1:

Do any members use barley straw to keep their fish tanks clear? If yes could you please tell of your results, good or bad :?:

We use it in a very small fountain fish pond and it seems to do the trick. Considering the pond is in full sun most of the day with no algae growth.

Also do any of you have any aqua plants in your FT's, again good or bad :?:

:cheers:

Author:  Gunagulla [ Aug 22nd, '13, 11:59 ]
Post subject:  Re: Barley straw

I have used barley straw in my dam quite a few times, well at least on the rare occasions that it had any water in it, mainly after 100mm or more rain within a few weeks. It does a good job of clearing the algae, from thick pea soup to clear within a couple of weeks of throwing in 2 or 3 bales, for a small oval dam about 15 X 10m in size, and 2.5m deep in the middle. I don't know what effect it might have on fish though. The reason the dam goes green in the first place is due to cow and horse poo washing in from next door in heavy downpours.

Author:  Charlie [ Aug 22nd, '13, 12:11 ]
Post subject:  Re: Barley straw

Members have used barley straw here in the past and from what Ive read it can work. Its not something I would like in my AP though. If you cover your FT, you can control the algea.

Author:  Yavimaya [ Aug 22nd, '13, 12:14 ]
Post subject:  Re: Barley straw

Ive used it in ponds before and tend to swear by in a setting like that, however it probably shouldnt be neccessary in AP.

Author:  pseudoreality [ Aug 22nd, '13, 12:14 ]
Post subject:  Re: Barley straw

Didn't help me much in controlling algae. Tried it for a couple years before I gave up and installed a UV clarifier. Now that worked like a charm and I saw a huge bump in my veggie grow.

Covering the tank wasn't an option as the whole town stops to look at my pond all the time.

Author:  Pete Wolfe [ Aug 22nd, '13, 18:57 ]
Post subject:  Re: Barley straw

Thanks again for spending time to answer my nutty questions. :wink:

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