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    08-13-2012, 01:30 PM
  #11
Foal
Haha horses that eat fish! Too funny. I suppose I will skip on the fish ands get a new plastic smooth sided trough and clean with bleach. Thank you all!
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    08-13-2012, 02:34 PM
  #12
Foal
We have always kept goldfish in our troughs, and it works fairly well. Never had any eaten though. That's too funny! We have three that are now atleast 4 inches long! We take them out in the winter. When the water gets cold the algea doesn't grow. The cooler you keep your water the less the algea will grow.
     
    08-13-2012, 02:45 PM
  #13
Weanling
If you can move your horses water to the shade you won't even get algae. The sun is what makes it grow & or speeds up the process. We keep mosquito fish in our waters. They eat mosquito larve & are not near as messy as goldfish. The county even came out & gave us some for free.
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    08-13-2012, 02:58 PM
  #14
Started
You could try putting in a tennis ball and letting it float on the surface. My horses play with it and keep the water moving so there is no real build up. But ever so often one of them will take the ball out. And every morning or evening(once a day) I will use a stick and move the water from the bottom of the trough around so nothing stays caked on.
     
    08-13-2012, 03:18 PM
  #15
Foal
Interesting. I would move the trough but our hose can't reach very far and we already have 3 double connected. Where can one get the mosquito fish? I will also try the tennis ball. Any thing I can do to keep them playing or occupied helps so that they don't get into trouble.
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    08-13-2012, 03:20 PM
  #16
Foal
We use food grade hydrogen peroxide (35%). The biggest thing though, in my my opinion, is using the sun and letting it dry..

I dump our tanks, scrub them a bit, then pour some food grade hydrogen peroxide on them and slosh the tank around so it gets on all the surfaces. Then I let it sit for 5-10 minutes and then rinse it and scrub it the rest of the way. After that it gets left to dry completely in the sun. I just fill some tubs with water and leave those for the horses.

After its all dry, I put it back and fill it, adding 1/8 cup of the food grade hydrogen peroxide in my 100 gallon stock tank.

You should only use food grade hydrogen peroxide (35%). It is the only type of hydroen peroxide that is meant for consumption. Be careful not to get the undiluted stuff on your skin. It burns and itches.
     
    08-13-2012, 03:37 PM
  #17
Trained
Algae in a tank tells you that the water is safe for your horses to drink. I don't usually have a problem with it bc I'm using a 65 gal. Trough for 3 horses, and have to fill 1/2 of it every other day. The reason to use fish is not to eat the algae. Goldfish can live in low oxygen and stagnant water. Yes, they eat the algae. What they also eat is mosquito larvae, which is why I usually keep them in my tank. Not THIS year. I need to get my well pump fixed and so I'm using city water, which has enough chlorine to kill the fish.
Honestly, we like our tanks to be pretty clean, but if the water is too clean all of the time your horse will balk at drinking water when you travel. I guess I don't have the time to scrub my tank every week. I barely have enough time to train after I've fed my other animals and work. Just an fyi for anybody feeling badly bc they don't scrub water tanks. I also find that filling it with the hose on the bottom and overflowing cleans a lot of debri from the bottom of the tank.
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    08-13-2012, 04:23 PM
  #18
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Put it in the shade.....
     
    08-13-2012, 06:56 PM
  #19
Trained
If you only fill it enough so they drink most of it down you'll have very little algea on the sides (but the bottom will still get covered).
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    08-13-2012, 09:06 PM
  #20
Weanling
I put apple cider vinegar in mine. For some reason it keeps the algae from growing (I rarely clean the water buckets, but do dump them every few days and put fresh water in).
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