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Frustrated because after all your hard work, you are only able to see a pool of green, and maybe the occasional frog that disappears into the muck?  Here are tips that contribute to the health and balance of the water garden.

Plants are by far the easiest way to help in keeping the pond clear.  They shade the water, depriving algae of sunlight, & remove carbon dioxide, and nutrients.  Oxygenating plants such as mareís tail really help because they absorb toxic ammonia directly through their leaves while

giving off oxygen at the same time.  Even the algae that covers the pondís sides is beneficial to the pondís clarity and its inhabitants. While all plants help to clean the water, some of the heavier feeders of nutrients include: water lilies, water hyacinths, water celery, pennywort, cypresses and pickerel rush.

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