Southwest Gardening forum: green algae in pond

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Glendale, Arizona
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HaroldS
Jan 20, 2011 11:16 AM CST
We are looking at a property that has a pond and river. The visible rocks and water seem to have a lot of algae but the fish we can see seem to be o.k. I know absolutely nothing about a pond or maintenance. Is this normal? I know in my swimming pool that would be a major problem.
The owner said all she has to do is change the filter in the winter. She said the pond will be completely covered with lily blooms later.
Name: Barb ~~~~~~~
Phoenix Arizona
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Runs_With_Scissors
Jan 20, 2011 2:58 PM CST
Where is this located? Is it in full sun? Shade? Are there a lot of trees near it? Can you see debris in the bottom? Is it fed by the river? On well water? How many gallons?
Unless it is a naturally occuring pond, you may be in for a lot of maintenance....worth it but a lot of work depending on the size
Rolling my eyes.
Glendale, Arizona
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HaroldS
Jan 20, 2011 7:35 PM CST
OK we only saw it once, and are going back with the realtor for a more in depth look at the whole place. The owner was kind enough to show up around unannounced.
I believe the pond gets a lot of shade. There is a little bubbler fountain at the beginning of the river - would that be the source? I don't believe you can even see the bottom, but could see a couple of gold fish swimming around so it wasn't completely opaque. She showed us some mosquito fish in the river. It is a fairly large layout, maybe 40 -50 feet altogether. But the "river" is not very wide.
The pond isn't a make or break on the deal. Just curious I guess as to what I would be getting into. Is there anyone in the pond club that does inspections and recommendations? (for pay of course.)
Name: Barb ~~~~~~~
Phoenix Arizona
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Runs_With_Scissors
Jan 20, 2011 8:19 PM CST
Maybe you can take a pic?
Glendale, Arizona
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HaroldS
Jan 20, 2011 9:38 PM CST
Good idea.

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