I finally found a FAST, SAFE, and EASY way to kill algae!
If you’ve ever had a pond or a fountain, chances are you’ve had to deal with this annoying green stuff. Algae loves sunshine and warm weather, so you can imagine how fast it can grow in the water!
Algae was clogging up my fountain to where only a trickle of water was coming out of the spout, instead of its normal steady stream. The water basin that held the water was also covered in algae, which I knew I could easily scrub to clean it out. The one thing I didn’t know what to do was how to get the algae out of the tube that ran from the water basin up to the water spout???
After a few trial and errors, I finally found a FAST, SAFE, and EASY way to kill it…
Just adding this one simple household product to the water did the trick. Hydrogen peroxide!
Before adding the hydrogen peroxide, the water tube that shoots the water up to the the watering can, was almost completely clogged with algae.
A day after treatment, I blew on one end of the tube and this is what came shooting out!
In an instant, my fountain was working normally again!! No more clogged tubes!
Note: The dying algae will start letting go of the sides of the fountain and water basin, and begin to float through the system, clogging the pond pump filter. Since I only have a 3 gallon fountain, I simply just replaced the water. For larger ponds and fountains where you can’t just replace the water, make sure to clean the filter often to prevent it clogging with this stuff.
I was a little concerned about my hummingbirds that came to drink out of my fountain after adding the peroxide so I did some research. Apparently, many pond experts have been using this method for over 10 years and have never had any issues with it affecting their wildlife, coy fish, snails, amphibians, or any other living creature that lived in (or drank from) their ponds. WOOT!!
For routine maintenance use about 3/4 -1oz of peroxide per 100gallons of water once a week. For excessive algae use 2-3oz. of peroxide per 100gallons and repeat in a few days.
For my little 3 gallon fountain all I did was squeeze a few squirts of peroxide into the water basin (probably about 1tbsp), then I waited a day and let it run through the system.
It’s nice having an algae-free, smooth-running fountain again!