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i was wondering what is the best method to prevent algae from their water trough. thank you so much

Good afternoon,

A couple of things I would suggest.

If you can put the water tank so it's not under trees or in the shade most of the time, that will greatly reduce your algae.

Second, get some goldfish!  You'll have to be careful if the tank is metal, because sometimes the water will get too hot, but I've had good luck going to the pet store and getting half a dozen 25 cent goldfish and putting them in the water trough!  I've had them get as big as 6 or 8 inches!

Good luck!



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Eileen DuJardin


I can answer most types of cattle questions, primarily beef types. Genetics, breeding, basic care, herd health and management, and showing. I'm knowledgeable in forages and feeding. Non emergency health and soundness questions. I am not a veterinary, and can't answer critical care questions. Call your local large animal vet for that service.


I've been a registered cattle breeder for over 20 years. My husband and I run a 250 acre cattle ranch in Texas. I've raised dairy cattle, commercial cattle, and registered and show cattle. I'm on our county Beef and Forage committee.

American Simmental Association. American Brahman Breeders Association. Falls County Beef and Forage Committee. Texas Farm Bureau

Associates Degree in computer science.

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Many ribbons and placings in cattle showing, with most recent being: 2011 Fort Worth Stock Show, Senior Champion Simmental, and Houston Livestock Show Reserve Champion Senior Simmental.

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