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    05-10-2011, 12:30 PM
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Foal
Algae in the water trough

I live in No. Florida and the algae in the trough is really bad. Does anyone use the chlorine tablets that they put in pools? If yes, how much? If no, what do you use. Sofar, I'm emptying the trough 3x's a week and using good old elbow grease. I have 3 troughs. Really would love to hear what other's are doing. Thanks
     
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    05-10-2011, 01:30 PM
  #2
Foal
Try keeping it out of the sunlight. I am in ohio. And one of our troughs is in the shade and one in the sun and the one in the shade can go twice as long without needing cleaned.
     
    05-10-2011, 01:55 PM
  #3
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I agree with jr. I move mine into the sun for the winter to help melt the ice but in the summer I move them under the overhang, the shade cuts down on the algae.
     
    05-10-2011, 02:44 PM
  #4
Showing
I agree with putting them in shade if you can. Our biggest galvanized tank we keep some large goldfish in, they really keep the algae down and keep the barn cat entertained lol! I run our pool vacuum on the bottom once a week. Our other tanks are in the shade and I power wash them once a wk to 2 wks depending on how fast they get dirty.
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    05-10-2011, 02:58 PM
  #5
Foal
I have one trough under a carport that I use for shade for the horses. It has shade cloth around the carport. It doesn't get any sun, but still collects the algae. The other trough, in the other pasture, has a shade cloth on top and around the sides. It get a little morning sun, but not the hot afternoon sun, and still collects a lot of algae. There's another one in another pasture which has no shade, so I can't complain about that one. Some in the area told me to use the chlorine tablets that they use for pools. She said to use a 1/4 of the tablet. She said it didn't hurt her horses. My reply was that she didn't keep her horses long enough for her to see if there was a problem. I've had my Belgian for 24yrs. I also have a paint that's 8yrs and a rescue. I just want to make sure, that what ever I do is safe for them. Thanks
     
    05-10-2011, 06:03 PM
  #6
Foal
You can put chlorine in the tanks, it would be like the chlorinated water most of us drink.

However, I just throw some fish in the tanks and don't have to clean them.
     
    05-10-2011, 06:21 PM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by honeyloaf72    
I have one trough under a carport that I use for shade for the horses. It has shade cloth around the carport. It doesn't get any sun, but still collects the algae. The other trough, in the other pasture, has a shade cloth on top and around the sides. It get a little morning sun, but not the hot afternoon sun, and still collects a lot of algae. There's another one in another pasture which has no shade, so I can't complain about that one. Some in the area told me to use the chlorine tablets that they use for pools. She said to use a 1/4 of the tablet. She said it didn't hurt her horses. My reply was that she didn't keep her horses long enough for her to see if there was a problem. I've had my Belgian for 24yrs. I also have a paint that's 8yrs and a rescue. I just want to make sure, that what ever I do is safe for them. Thanks
The only way to do it is to scrub them. Gold fish fry in the florida heat.
     
    05-10-2011, 06:31 PM
  #8
Trained
I don't drink pool water if I can help it so I probably wouldn't want to ask my horse to.
Goldfish or those suckerfish seem to help, but I know even here we end up dumping and scrubbing troughs a few times a week. Pain in the butt, but seems to be the best way.
     
    05-10-2011, 07:38 PM
  #9
Foal
Thanks everyone. I guess I'll be using good old elbow grease. I sure don't want to cook gold fish.
     
    05-10-2011, 08:08 PM
  #10
Foal
Empty the trough out, pour bleach in the trough, scrub the trough with a sponge and dawn dish soap while the bleach is still in the trough, and after this wash out the bleach and soap very well with water. The bleach will disinfect the trough.
Then after you have done this make sure to put your trough under a shady area.
Good luck!Hope this helps:)
     

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