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Cloverleaf Blanket Answer Pond Blanketweed Treatment (800g)
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"Blanket Answer" is a unique blend of minerals and enzymes to combat blanket weed - the nightmare curse of many a pondkeeper. The special formula works in all temperatures, and seeks to succeed where many commercial bacteria cultures will fail. It is 100% safe for all pond fish, plants, and biological filtration systems. UV units or protein skimmers need not be switched off. Unlike some products on the market Blanket Answer is not dependent upon water temperature, and is not held back/restricted by high ph levels.
For persistent filamentous algae growth it is recommended that the pond be treated 8 times a year. This in itself will likely mean that the treatment over the course of a year will be cheaper than many similar competitive products. An 800 Gram bottle of "Blanket Answer" will treat 10,000 litres (2,222 gallons).
Blanket Answer is simply added to the pond by sprinkling the powder evenly over the surface (see also note below). The water will initially take on a white milky appearance, but this will clear after about 5 days. The composition of the ingredients will form as a powdery layer on the ponds liner faces, and it is here that the roots of any blanket weed gets attacked. As with most water treatments the pond should have a good level of oxygen saturation, which should exist without generating an undue turbulent situation throughout the pond that would prevent the Blanket Answer ingredients from settling onto the weed or liner. During and after applying, common sense should prevail in the washing of hands, and storing the product in a dry place away from the reach of children. Although no known dangers are thought to exist the application to the pond of any other chemical or treatment should be spaced 10 days from applying the Blanket Answer.
NOTE: Further tests & experiments carried out over 18 months (2005/2006) have shown that Blanket Answer can be applied to the pond via the alternative of mixing and stirring the product into a can or bucket containing 2 gallons/9 litres of pond water. The small benefit is that the milky appearance of the pond water does clear in a faster period (about 3 days) than when Blanket Answer is sprinkled onto the pond surface. Where extensive clumps of blanket weed exists manual removal of the worst is recommended as a sensible & logical step before treating. It should be generally noted that some instances might be witnessed where following an application fish are seen "mouthing" at the surface. This is not a positive sign of danger (when the product certainly does not deplete oxygen levels), but as with many additives placed in the pond the fish become inquisitive as to its content and whether it is edible.
Users will find that the best of visual awareness as to the erosion of any filamentous algae will come about following the second application, but this is hardly to mean that no visual signs will be apparent within the first month. Indeed the ingredients of Blanket Answer will start to work immediately, and will be seen to even make a contribution towards the filter mediums staying cleaner. Whilst some amounts of breaking down the algae will result in weed particles being pumped into the filter, the unique ingredients will also erode the algae conveying the illusion that it has vanished into thin air.
Filters: Many Koi keepers have a routine of flushing out their large filter systems, and carrying out small water changes at very regular intervals. Alas Blanket Answer is not so magical as to be immune from being flushed out of the pond, however with the purifying properties within the treatment the ponds past balance will change for the better, and so Cloverleaf recommend that water changes are restricted on the basis of only doing so if detrimental water parameters are established by a test kit. For those who refuse to go down such paths, then the other option is to add a dose of Blanket Answer every 4 weeks.
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