Aquashade: What Are You And What Do You Do?

Updated September 2018

Aquashade is a combination of blue, orange and yellow dyes for use in contained ponds to control algae and underwater weed growth.

It’s EPA registered as a safe addition to water for the purpose of slowing down or stopping underwater weed and algae growth.

controlling algae growth in a pond

How does Aquashade control algae growth?

Aquashade blocks the sun’s ultra violet rays and stops them reaching underwater weeds and algae. UV rays are key to photosynthesis and formation of plant food. Without them algae and weeds are unable to survive.

Although fish will eat algae, it discolors ponds and quickly overruns contained water. When left unchecked the damaging result is it uses up oxygen and ruins the look of your pond. It certainly doesn’t look pretty.

The beauty of Aquashade is that you can use it safely in a pond or aquarium stocked with goldfish and other decorative fish.

When you’re fish are fed with well balanced commercial food they don’t need the algae to survive and ponds need to be kept clean to keep fish healthy

The effectiveness of Aquashade is limited to underwater growth. This means that lilies and algae growing on the surface can still thrive.

  • If you want to treat surface algae it can be controlled by using EPS approved herbicides and algaecides.

Aquashade also make the pond visually appealing. It has a beautiful blue oceanic color that blends well with the sun rays to create a stunning effect. The color adds to the aesthetic value keeping the pond looking clean and fresh.

We recommend using Aquashade even in the early stages of creating your pond to effectively clear algae and weeds. Controlling the algae growth is the key.

It’s important to note this distinction: Aquashade does not kill algae but prevents its growth. The effects can also be long term in a pond where it’s used for long periods. Algae slowly dies out due to lack of sufficient sunlight.

Aquashade is an excellent way to add color to your pond while controlling algae and plankton growth. I’ve used Aquashade for years and highly recommend it.

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