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Old Tuesday 28th April 2009, 16:30
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Yikes!

We came back from our weekend away to find Something Nasty in our pond. As you know, the pond is only 3 weeks old, so I am not sure what it is or how it got there. It wasn't there when we left Saturday morning, but I noticed it Sunday evening when we got home.

What is it?

And how do I get rid of it?

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Old Tuesday 28th April 2009, 17:32
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Hi Kits, are you meaning the lump in the middle or the green filamentous stuff around it? The 'lump' looks like a water plant floating on the surface. The green stuff looks like the beginings of blanket weed or green algae probably due to the recent warm spell.

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Old Tuesday 28th April 2009, 18:50
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If you have a net, Kits, you should be able to get it out. We have a lot in our pond now as well. I was removing it with a net today, mesh was a bit big, so I tied an old bit of stocking to it. If you go underneath it you can lift it out.
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Old Tuesday 28th April 2009, 19:17
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Urgh!
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Old Tuesday 28th April 2009, 20:25
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Hi Kits, are you meaning the lump in the middle or the green filamentous stuff around it? The 'lump' looks like a water plant floating on the surface. The green stuff looks like the beginings of blanket weed or green algae probably due to the recent warm spell.

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Excuse me! That "lump" is my water lilies saved from the old pond!

Ah, blanket weed. I have heard of that! I shall have to try to make a net with a bean stick and some old tights.

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Old Tuesday 28th April 2009, 20:39
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Could be the creature from the Black Lagoon!
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Old Tuesday 28th April 2009, 21:16
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Now I know for certain that I made the right decision to turn the pond we inherited here into a herb garden! I can do without slimy things lilke that!

Best of luck, Kits!
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Old Wednesday 29th April 2009, 06:48
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Gentley twirl it around a rake... and it should come out.... leave it in a horrid pile next to the pond overnight (in case there's any wee beasties in there), then compost it............... It 'll be just as bad next week... but once the pond settles down it should be less of a problem
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Excuse me! That "lump" is my water lilies saved from the old pond!

OOPS, shouldn't it be under the water then Kits?

As for the blanket weed I have a real problem with it in all 3 of my ponds, even though they are well established with plenty of surface cover. I also have a UV filter on 2 of them. I like to use a 'brick' of barley straw that I get from the local 'World of Water' outlet. Otherwise, as previously stated, twirl it around a stick and pull it out.

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Old Wednesday 29th April 2009, 13:35
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Or you could get liquid barley straw from your water garden supplier. I find it easier than the barley straw in tights jobbie.

By the way Kits, I have found an excellent supplier of native water plants in our area. They are called The Water Garden www.thewatergarden.co.uk I have found them to be very knowledgable and helpful. We bought a Butomus Umbellatus (Flowering rush) and some Menyanthes trifoliata (Bog bean) from them last week-end.
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