Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1   Report Post  
Old 26-04-2003, 07:20 PM
Phyllis and Jim Hurley
 
Posts: n/a
Default Blanket weed as/is a veggie filter plant


Jim was up looking at our anacharis veggie filter and lamenting the thick
layer of stringy blanketweed forming above the anacharis (still water, sun,
nutrients). He pulled some off to see if the anacharis was survuvung. It
was! No blanketweed under the thick top layer.

Then it dawned on him. The blanketweed is grabbing lots of nutrients AND
shading the anacharis. It is just ugly. So Jim pulled off a soccer ball
sized mass of blanket weed. The anacharis shows well. All that blanket
weed is nutrient for our garden plants.

The koi seem to eat the blanketweed in our large pond. So why not let the
blanket weed thrive in the anacharis veggie filter? The celery and parrots
feather and hyacinth veggie filters will do thier root thing. So, now we
have a string algae/blanketweed farm.

Anybody see a drawback beyond aesthetics?

P


--
______________________________________________
See our pond at: home.bellsouth.net\p\pwp-jameshurley
Check out Jog-A-Thon fundraiser (clears $140+ per child) at: jogathon.net
______________________________________________




  #2   Report Post  
Old 26-04-2003, 10:08 PM
John Rutz
 
Posts: n/a
Default Blanket weed as/is a veggie filter plant



Phyllis and Jim Hurley wrote:
Jim was up looking at our anacharis veggie filter and lamenting the thick
layer of stringy blanketweed forming above the anacharis (still water, sun,
nutrients). He pulled some off to see if the anacharis was survuvung. It
was! No blanketweed under the thick top layer.

Then it dawned on him. The blanketweed is grabbing lots of nutrients AND
shading the anacharis. It is just ugly. So Jim pulled off a soccer ball
sized mass of blanket weed. The anacharis shows well. All that blanket
weed is nutrient for our garden plants.

The koi seem to eat the blanketweed in our large pond. So why not let the
blanket weed thrive in the anacharis veggie filter? The celery and parrots
feather and hyacinth veggie filters will do thier root thing. So, now we
have a string algae/blanketweed farm.

Anybody see a drawback beyond aesthetics?

P


dont see why not I grow string algae as a filter medium and for Koi
kibble in fact last year I had
no string algae and you should have seen the reaction I got when I asked
for it at the LFS ;-)
personaly I think it looks kinda neat waving in the currents of ;the
pond. much better than peas soup :-)
--





John Rutz
Z5 New Mexico
If it can't be fixed with bailing wire or duct tape
its not worth fixing

see my pond at:

http://www.fuerjefe.com

  #3   Report Post  
Old 27-04-2003, 03:20 AM
Phyllis and Jim Hurley
 
Posts: n/a
Default Blanket weed as/is a veggie filter plant

Hi John,

Maybe I need to put a small koi or some goldies in the anacharis veggie
filter! But then, the koi wouldn't stay small!

J

--
______________________________________________
See our pond at: home.bellsouth.net\p\pwp-jameshurley
Check out Jog-A-Thon fundraiser (clears $140+ per child) at: jogathon.net
______________________________________________
"John Rutz" wrote in message
...


Phyllis and Jim Hurley wrote:
Jim was up looking at our anacharis veggie filter and lamenting the

thick
layer of stringy blanketweed forming above the anacharis (still water,

sun,
nutrients). He pulled some off to see if the anacharis was survuvung.

It
was! No blanketweed under the thick top layer.

Then it dawned on him. The blanketweed is grabbing lots of nutrients

AND
shading the anacharis. It is just ugly. So Jim pulled off a soccer

ball
sized mass of blanket weed. The anacharis shows well. All that blanket
weed is nutrient for our garden plants.

The koi seem to eat the blanketweed in our large pond. So why not let

the
blanket weed thrive in the anacharis veggie filter? The celery and

parrots
feather and hyacinth veggie filters will do thier root thing. So, now

we
have a string algae/blanketweed farm.

Anybody see a drawback beyond aesthetics?

P


dont see why not I grow string algae as a filter medium and for Koi
kibble in fact last year I had
no string algae and you should have seen the reaction I got when I asked
for it at the LFS ;-)
personaly I think it looks kinda neat waving in the currents of ;the
pond. much better than peas soup :-)
--





John Rutz
Z5 New Mexico
If it can't be fixed with bailing wire or duct tape
its not worth fixing

see my pond at:

http://www.fuerjefe.com






Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules

Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Blanket Weed (long post) David Hickman United Kingdom 3 11-07-2003 09:57 PM
Blanket Weed Arthur United Kingdom 0 08-07-2003 11:37 PM
Blanket weed David Williams Ponds (alternative) 8 30-06-2003 07:56 PM
Blanket weed stacey Ponds 2 30-06-2003 12:20 AM
Blanket weed on my baby water lilies eric United Kingdom 2 22-03-2003 07:32 PM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 01:59 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2004-2019 GardenBanter.co.uk.
The comments are property of their posters.
 

About Us

"It's about Gardening"

 

Copyright © 2017