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Barrel pond, possible problem?

I have had a barrel pond for a number of years. I had to empty it  a few years ago to keep a toddler safe. Over the past year I've let it fill up again with rain water and plan to restock it with plants. I've noticed recently it's developed a furry looking growth under the water. Is this something to be concerned about or can I ignore it and proceed to buy my plants? Any advice would be gratefully received. Thank you.


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,693
    Just looks like the usual sort of green stuff that takes up residence in my ponds. It comes in different shades of green, different lengths, different densities. It comes and sometimes it goes. It’s just “stuff”.😁
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  • macca3macca3 Posts: 16
    That's put my mind at ease, thank you, much appreciated! I shall order my plants now.
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,724
    Just a build up of algae, nothing sinister.  Treatments are available to stop algae growth if there are only plants in the pond.
  • macca3macca3 Posts: 16
    Many thanks KT53, I  will look into that .
  • bullfinchbullfinch Posts: 683
    I made a barrel pond over the bank holiday, and bought some barley straw in little net bags to put in it, its supposed to help.
  • macca3macca3 Posts: 16
    Oh right, nice one, thanks bullfinch
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,166
    Just be aware of the barley straw pricing scams. It's £4 or less a bale direct from the farm but pond shops and garden centres sell it at a ridiculous markup.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • macca3macca3 Posts: 16
    Thanks for the heads up wild edges, much appreciated!
  • bullfinchbullfinch Posts: 683
    ouch! I paid £7 for two little bags!
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