Just to let you know the Fig Tree arrived safely and Grandad is thrilled to bits with his new present for the allotment. Thank you very much for your prompt response and very careful packaging it is much appreciated. Best wishes
Sue Wattam, MORECAMBE
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Around twenty years ago an accidental discovery was made when a bale of barley straw fell into a pond thick with algae. About 9 months later the water mysteriously cleared and remained clear for about a year.
Why the delay? Barley straw, from our past research can release, for want of a better expression, an enzyme (rather like enzymes in washing powder for whiter whites) that consume and inhibit algae spore development without any harmful side effect. We looked at this and saw the potential to assist garden pond keepers but in a very much shortened timescale. We pioneered the successful formula. The consequence has been, following our extensive national press publicity, to be copied by others - the result being the sale of barley straw pads, barley pellets, barley extract etc and other products including dried lavender! Over our sales counter and by telephone numerous complaints have been raised with us - "we've tried that and it doesn't work" - correct. But if you have patience and the correct 'straw count' level in eight to nine months it may work for you! But do you want to wait 8-9 months?
We make no secret of the fact we use barley straw as the essential base material. This is conditioned barley straw of organic origin - unlike cheap, useless and often positively harmful non organic barley straw from fields treated with herbicides (weed killers) that can lock up in the straw and prevent enzyme release but release traces of the herbicide or weedkiller into your pond that can prove injurious to fish and other plant life. The Bilo Technica method contains a 'trigger ingredient' to release an algae inhibiting enzyme. Furthermore we also incorporate a pH balancing agent to prevent your pond water becoming too alkaline. Folk have to top up their ponds with water from the mains and particularly the Thames Valley and the Southern part of the Country the water is 'hard' - hence lime scale forming in your kettle!
Remember, if you had the correct balance of plant life in the pond and not an excess of fish you would not need the Bilo Technica system at all! People who feed their fish regularly only aggravate the nuisance of green water and blanket weed because most fish foods are about only 20% protein with the remainder being 'filler biscuit material'. This passes as waste through the fish excreta system to the bottom of the pond where nitrifying bacteria converts this waste into nitrite (fertiliser in other words) to encourage the growth of 'green water' and or blanket weed! A side effect of Bilo Technica is to promote microscopic live fish food as of course naturally occurs in well planted ponds, river or lakes - so there will be no need to feed your fish. Fish in the wild are never fed!
This method is the answer to the persistent problem particularly in Koi or large carp ponds since such fish have a voracious appetite for ‘tasty oxygenating plants’. Some green water eliminating blocks contain a mercuric compound, yes it will kill the algae spores and is absorbed through the scale covering of fish and eyes and blindness and death will eventually result.
Pond Water Volume Calculator
To calculate the gallonage of a rectangular or square pond you multiply the length in feet by the width in feet and the average depth in feet by 6.25. The answer you arrive at is in gallons.
To calculate the gallonage of a round pond, multiply the average depth in feet by the radius squared x 19.5. The answer is in gallons
For 'metric people' a gallon of water = 4.55 litres.
To arrive at the average depth, say your pond is 4 feet deep at one end and 2 feet at the other, for the purpose of the calculation, the average is arrived at by adding the two figures together and dividing by two e.g 2+4=6, divided by 2=average depth 3.