How to Use Barley Straw for Ponds to Clean Your Fish Pond - YouTube
BARLEY STRAW - PONDS & ALGAE BARLEY STRAW is inexpensive and healthier for your fish and plants than chemicals
I love lavender and I’m not afraid to say so. You’ll find the stuff in just about everything these days, from essential oils to perfumes, but many people would rightly ask, what does this have to do with pond algae at all? Well this started, like many things I think where people get so desperate that they try whatever they have on hand to produce a remedy. Even going back years ago, a woman wrote to me with a story outlining her success by using several lavender stalks in her small pond. Word of mouth was that it could help, she tried it, and sure enough, the algae went away!
Now I’m not a big fan of testing out just anything in a pond, particularly if there are fish involved, but in every case I’ve heard of so far, lavender has caused no issues for fish. And research from the Centre for Aquatic Plant Management in England has demonstrated that the combination of lavender and barley straw did indeed inhibit algae growth in test ponds.
The use of liquid barley has been used for decades in the European marketplace on extremely large lakes and smaller ornamental fish ponds. For many, many years locally here in America the use of barley straw extract has been used on large lakes, waterscapes and fish ponds. This naturally fish-safe method of balancing clear water in eco-systems has just recently has become popular in smaller ornamental fish ponds.
Barley straw is safe for use in ponds with fish.
Barley Straw — Water Quality — Penn State Extension
There are numerous ways to keep your fish pond clear and free of algae, also called pond scum. Green water occurs when large numbers of algae grow on the pond's surface. Algae feeds off sunlight and any excess nutrients in the water, such as too much fish waste from an overcrowded pond. Old remedies for keeping fish ponds clear include placing floating aquatic plants on the pond, using barley straw and natural algae eaters like water fleas, tadpoles, and snails.Barley Straw is a natural alternative for treating cloudy water in decorative garden and fish ponds. A clear netting holds the barley together without detracting from or harming the pond plants and fish.Using barley straw in ponds and lakes is an ideal way to promote naturally healthy environments. When used in combination with beneficial bacteria, these all-natural ingredients effectively generate clean, clear ponds. Our beneficial pond bacteria with barley straw is an ideal product for use in ponds and lakes on golf courses and resorts. These products are natural, environmentally friendly, and made with no harsh chemicals. In addition, all Super’s Choice are safe for fish, irrigation water and turfgrass. To this point literature on barley straw placement has not shown findings of any harmful effects on invertebrates or fish except in a few instances where excessive amounts of straw were applied to small ponds and the water became deoxygenated. In most instances, invertebrate populations increase substantially around the straw, providing a useful food source for fish. There is anecdotal evidence that, in fish farms and fisheries, straw treatments may be associated with improved gill function, fish health and vigor.