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Having got on top of the weed, I was worried about algae becoming a problem so took some advice to try to combat it. I think we left it too late and that came back to bite us but further research and advice from fishery scientists suggested that we may also have made the wrong decision for our particular lake. Again I will try to explain.
The initial advice from several people, although I must admit I was also warned by another fishery owner but I chose to ignore his advice, was to use the food dye which was said to color the water and thereby stop the light penetration. Now this plan of action has been used and, apparently, works well on other lakes but it certainly didn't work on ours. Quite simply it made the water turn a smoky, greeny, blue and we still had horrible drifts of green algae being blown across the surface.
More phone calls were made and the explanation that I received was that, because our lake has suspended clay particles, which cloud the water, the dye simply colored the particles.
In the light of this I phoned the scientific office and I asked for advice to solve the algae and suspended particles and was given specific advice on using a product which "might" help to clear the water by acting as a floculant. It also infuses oxygen into, and thereby regenerates the bacteria living in the silt on the lake bed and this should gradually reduce the depth of the silt plus seal in the minerals that promote eutrophication. It is eutrophication that is the main generator of algae so January/February 2018 will see me carrying out this recommendation TO THE LETTER.
I will now paste the relevant page from their website:-
The productivity of most stillwater fisheries is governed, in the main, by the fertility of the bottom substrates. Typically, mud-
However, where there are deep layers of silt or where the bottom comprises exposed clay, it is worthwhile improving the fertility of the bed. Silt rich in organic (= dead plant) material contains a useful potential supply of nutrients, but these 'plant foods’ are usually locked up in the silt where oxygen cannot penetrate. This prevents bacteria from completing the rotting process, hence the presence of black, foul smelling mud. For somewhat different reasons, lakes lined with clay are potentially fertile if action is taken to liberate the nutrients contained in the closely bonded clay particles.
The normal recommendation is to apply chalk or limestone compounds to the bed to help encourage bacteria that will break down the dead plant matter. As this takes place, there is usually a reduction in the depth of the silt and, thus, an increase in water depth.
Lime will also increase the pH of the water slightly and increase the level of dissolved calcium. Calcium is an essential 'building block' for many invertebrate animals, especially freshwater snails, and their numbers are likely to increase following liming, thereby providing fish with a greater 'larder' of food items.
The material in most common use in encouraging the breakdown of organic matter in silty or clay-
Lime should be applied at the rate of about 250-