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how do u keep the water clear?

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by SPENCER HUNTER, Jun 19, 2007.


    SPENCER HUNTER LawnSite Member
    Posts: 160

    i have a water fountain,, made of concrete how do you keep the water clear from algae about 20 gal of water in this thing 3 tier type
  2. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,157

    you almost have to treat it like a swimming pool...i have 4 fountains from 100-2000 gallon and i have to keep chlorine and such in the fountain.

    I usually end up draining each fountain at least once a month.
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,974

    There is a ultra-violet treatment available if you have a circulating unit.
  4. noweigel

    noweigel LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    Pond netting via seasonalsolutions.net
  5. LTL

    LTL LawnSite Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 98

    If there are no plants then use chlorine tablets or a 10:1 water bleach mix.
  6. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 863

    ummm, not talking ponds on this post, this was about a fountain....
  7. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 863

    I just tried this stuff and it works, also won't hurt the birds coming to take a drink.

  8. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,977

    I just tried out some stuff called 'Fountec' on a disappearing fountain that I did last spring. I got a call a few weeks ago from the customer. She said algae had built up pretty badly in it and she wanted to know if there was anything I could do. I drained it, (holds around 150 gallons) left it for a few days, sprayed the fountain itself out with a hose and cycled maybe 100 gallons of fresh water through the reservoir and out the bypass.

    There was still a good deal of algae down in the reservoir, but I went ahead and refilled it and put in the cleanup dose of Fountec in. I checked today and the reservoir and the water looked clear as can be. I didn't see any algae.

    The dose you will use is very small. Looking at the directions on the bottle, you would probably need about 1/2 tsp for a cleanup and about 20 drops per week to maintain it. A bottle would last you probably a couple of years. The only thing it is not safe for is fish.

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