Natural Algae Control for your Pond!
It is believed that as the barley bale decomposes, it slowly releases hydrogen peroxide in to the water at levels that are toxic to the growth of algae. As opposed to chemical algaecides, barley bales are completely natural and safe for the plant and fish life in your pond.
How to Use:
Barley bales should be added to your pond early in the spring, as barley is known to prevent future algae growth, but it will not kill the algae already in place. It will take time before the barley begins to work. Scientific studies have shown that at water temperatures below 50°F, it will take 6-8 weeks before there is a noticeable algae reduction. At warmer water temperatures of 70°F, 1-2 weeks is all the time required. In warmer water, you will need to replace your barley bale 2-3 times a year, whereas in colder temperatures, your bales may last your entire pond season. Each bale is weighs a half a pound and will treat 1000 gallons of pond water.
Why our Product is Superior to Others:
Loosely Packed: Our Barley Bales are packed loosely in a mesh bag to allow water to flow through the barley allowing the barley to decompose. Each bale is approximately 1/2 pound.
Corks: Our Barley Bales contains two corks inside the bag which allows the barley bale to float at the top of the water. Scientific studies have shown that barley works the best when it is at or near the top of the water's surface.
Grommet: Our mesh bag has a grommet in the corner, which allows you to tie it in place in moving or turbulent water.
While we are out of stock, here are some other barley bale products that may satisfy your need:
Algae Control in Ponds With Barley Bales: On-site Results
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