Algae is quick growing and can be potentially harmful to humans and livestock.
There are two main categories of algae that are problematic and broadly include:
1. Macro (or Filamentous Algae)
Filamentous algae is green in appearance and sometimes brownish in colour if exposed to strong sunlight. It appears floating on the waters surface, amongst submerged rocks or in the shallows of dams and lake edges and is stringy.
If left untreated, it can:
- Block irrigation pumps
- Cause a strong odour and distinct rotten egg smell
- Detract from the visual look of the water body
- Turn into an algae bloom and take over the water body
2. Micro (or Blue Green Algae)
Micro algae can contain toxins such as in Blue Green Algae. Micro algae looks like a green oil slick or paint on the waters surface.
This form of algae can be toxic to humans, domestic or native animals and birds. It is of most concern when people are in contact with the contaminated water or if it is used for irrigation.
Aquatic Technologies offers a number of services and products to control all types of Algae.
Read more about algae types here.
Macro (or filamentous algae)
Micro (or Blue Green algae)