Don’t Let Algae Spoil Pond Season
During warm months, pond owners become frustrated with–filamentous algae. Large accumulations develop on the surface, create an unappealing appearance, and disrupt use. Tilapia are very effective with controlling this annoying plant. Although recognized as a popular food fish, tilapia’s primary diet is filamentous algae. Don’t let algae spoil pond season. Here are some tips to help manage it.
What is filamentous algae?
Filamentous algae grow on the bottom. Its common name is angel hair algae. When holding a handful, it resembles wet hair. The color is lime green. The amount present is determined by nutrient levels in the water. Nutrients enter ponds from rain runoff across fertilized lawns or agriculture fields. Another source is waste from fish regularly fed floating food. When a growing cycle is complete, gases accumulate beneath patches of old growth and separate it from the bottom. Detached matter floats to the surface and drifts around with prevailing winds.
Why should I stock tilapia?
Algae can be controlled with chemicals, but maintenance must be done with each new cycle. Tilapia offer sustained, biological management without chemicals. They consume new growth on the bottom and prevent unsightly mats from reaching the surface. Tilapia also supplement the pond’s food chain. They reproduce every 21 to 25 days and contribute valuable forage for sport fish, especially bass.
In Texas, tilapia are regulated by Texas Parks and Wildlife. Check to see if legal in your state. Due to their prolific nature, the department only authorizes stocking certain species. Mozambique is widely used. It cannot survive water temperatures below 52 degrees and must be replenished each spring. Stocking rates are determined by algae density and management goals. Amounts vary from 15 to 20 pounds per acre.
Delivery of tilapia begins in late April. Call us to get on the list. 2023 pricing for Tilapia is $13 per pound for less than 100 pounds, plus delivery, and $11.50 for 100 or more. For Texas & Oklahoma clients, give us a ring at (903) 564-5372. For Alabama and other southern states, you can reach us at (334)-281-7703. Or contact us here.