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Common name string algae
Life cycle

String algae - the weeds of the pond. Whenever nutrients aren't efficiently removed by other means (e.g., by active growth of pond plants and marginals), they flourish. In our new big pond, water was clear until the weather turned cold, autumn leaves started dropping (some into the pond), and the plants in the bog filter stopped growing. And all of a sudden, the algae proliferated. Kind of cool, actually, as long as we can keep them under control and make them go away when warm weather arrives again in spring.

This is a weed in our garden

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