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  • Put your horse water trough in shade
  • Automatic waterer algae

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    08-13-2012, 09:01 PM
  #21
Weanling
You can contact your local vector control & they can tell you where to get the fish. Or if you know of a pond or riverbed you can catch your own.
     
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    08-13-2012, 10:14 PM
  #22
Foal
we do the same thing...

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Originally Posted by sinsin4635    
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.
Large troughs with mosquito fish that don't seem to accumulate much algae at all.
     
    08-13-2012, 10:33 PM
  #23
Weanling
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Originally Posted by mnl764    
Large troughs with mosquito fish that don't seem to accumulate much algae at all.
how large of a trough do you use?
Is there another name for mosquito fish?
     
    08-13-2012, 10:50 PM
  #24
Green Broke
I dump mine out and spray it out every now and then, littel alge never hurt anything. Way more important things in life to worry about.
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    08-13-2012, 11:01 PM
  #25
Weanling
I used to use a product that I bought in the store that was packets of stuff you could pour in the trough occasionally to keep the algae down that was safe to drink. Now I can't find it anywhere and don't remember what it's called. Like it fell off the face of the earth.
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    08-13-2012, 11:06 PM
  #26
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Bridgertrot    
I used to use a product that I bought in the store that was packets of stuff you could pour in the trough occasionally to keep the algae down that was safe to drink. Now I can't find it anywhere and don't remember what it's called. Like it fell off the face of the earth.
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Stock Tank Defense..you can find it at Tractor Supply stores
     
    08-14-2012, 12:00 AM
  #27
Weanling
Thank you! I'll have to look in a few more stores. The ones around here have never heard of it. I actually need it to put in my ducks pond as the algae grows fast.
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    08-14-2012, 12:34 AM
  #28
Foal
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
I dump mine out and spray it out every now and then, littel alge never hurt anything. Way more important things in life to worry about.
A little bit doesn't bother me. It looks like the blob in my trough if I don't clean it every two days. Massive amounts of green slime.
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    08-14-2012, 12:38 AM
  #29
Weanling
I think they're minnows.
     
    08-14-2012, 12:39 AM
  #30
Yearling
I use those big black nylon rubbermaid troughs - anywhere from 55 to 100 gallons. I keep them in the shade and always keep a pair of koi in them and the trough is on an automatic waterer. Water stays pretty clear (koi are in the carp family - they love vegetation). Take the koi out, algae blooms - put the koi in, crystal clear - I've tasted it myself - not gross at all. So I vote for fish! Koi can get 2-3 foot long over time, so they must be able to be moved to a tank or pond that has grass or vegetation growing in it...but they are WAY more efficient than goldfish. A pair (under 6" each) works well for the size tanks mentioned above - they never can quite eat it all so there is always something for them to eat.

Koi are worth alot of money when they are over a foot long, too. Some ornamental gardeners will pay upwards of $300 per fish (depending on the color) so you can always put an ad in the paper when they get too big... who knew, right? LOL! Then start over again with some more koi...haha!
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