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    Thread: DIY String Algae Collector Brush

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      DIY String Algae Brush

      Many pond owners already have a dryer duct cleaning kit for cleaning bottom drains, which typically comes with a 2" and 4" brush. Coincidently, there are "string algae brushes" sold that appear to have exactly the same 2" brush, and since I don't use mine, wondered how well it would work, suspecting that it would be a real pain to clean.

      A quick experiment showed that it does indeed collect string algae very well - and is a real pain to clean. It took so long to clean that I gave up and sat it aside, hoping that the algae would dry out and crumble off. So in conclusion, while it "works", it takes so long to clean that it's practically a one-time use tool, or plan on letting it full dry between uses and hope you can get it all out of the bristles.

      What I ended up using was a wood dowel in a cordless drill, wood because it's got a very slightly rough surface that catches the hairs of the string algae. It ends up with a huge ball on the end of it which can be hard to slide off. A utility knife works well to "unzip" the mess.
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      I use a bottle brush and spin it by hand. To clean it I smack it against a rock. Gets most of it off.

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      i just use a simple bamboo stick on a drilling machine, then just going around the entire edge of the pond, and when done, i can simply "pull" a long roll og algae of the stick, very effective.

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      Quote Originally Posted by LynxDK View Post
      i just use a simple bamboo stick on a drilling machine, then just going around the entire edge of the pond, and when done, i can simply "pull" a long roll og algae of the stick, very effective.
      I use a fiberglass pole, like a fishing pole.
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      I use a dip net attached to a long pole and dip it out. But my ponds are much larger than a typical koi pond.
      Last edited by Cecil; 08-28-2018 at 11:05 PM.
      The risk I took was calculated, but man am I bad at math!

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      where would a guy get one of those poles, or something similar

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      Dryer duct cleaning kit for the brush, Home Depot or Lowe's.

      Hell, you could just buy a wood pole if that's all you want - a wood closet clothes hanger pole.
      Last edited by kimini; 03-31-2019 at 11:47 PM.

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