Are you finding your water becoming to be green and a little dirty? If your answer is yes then this is the blog post for you.
Warm weather is approaching us quickly as you may know and since it is getting warmer you may need to pay closer attention to your fountain. Why you may ask, well the reason is ALGAE! Now algae can be intimidating for new fountain owners but do not fret it’s nothing that does not have an easy fix.
Now that easy fix to algae is an algaecide. Algaecide will prevent algae from growing and it will also keep your water clean and clear. As long as you use the algaecide consistently and correctly your worries will be gone.
Now you’re probably thinking what algaecide do I use and how do I use it? Well, most algaecides do contain chemicals that may be concerning to you but we have the perfect one for you. The algaecide we strongly recommend to those who are concerned about their pets drinking out of the fountain or birds or even ourselves being around the splashing water is Physan 20.
Physan 20 is an algaecide safe for birds, plants, and animals in its diluted form. Physan will keep your fountain clean of algae. Now if you already have had some algae build-up do not worry because you can use the Physan and a small dish pad to lightly scrub off that algae then rinse it clean.
The key to keeping algae away is to use it consistently and the way we like to use Physan here at Zona Fountains is to pour Physan into a 25 oz spray bottle. You will only need to pour 5oz of Physan into the bottle and fill the rest with water (20oz). In the summer we spray our fountains 3-4 times a week.
If you experience a “bubble bath” in your fountain no worries. This will not bring any harm to the fountain it just means you are putting in too much Physan at one time. A little goes a long way, use a little less if it starts to bubble up.
The “DO NOTS” of Algae
Now it is tempting to use anything you have on hand at home to try and get rid of algae that has grown on your fountain but do not do it.
Do not use any bleach, Clorox, vinegar, baking soda and etc. These can cause more harm than good, it will get rid of algae but will cause damage. Using any of these products can damage the patina of your fountain and can also eat at the color stain on the fountain. It can also attack the plastic tubing and pump that makes the fountain function.
Here to Help!
We hope this helps you! Algaecide is sold here at Zona Fountains! If you have any more questions or concerns don’t hesitate to call us. We are always here to help and answer all your questions.