Alge in water troughs/buckets

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  1. GoldenWood Farm

    GoldenWood Farm Legally blonde! Supporter

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    Arrrgg! It is starting now...the alge is coming! It is frustrating because it seems I could clean buckets every day and there would be MORE alge in it the next day. I am nervous about putting anything IN the water to keep alge out as I have milkers and kids (goat not human :p ) who drink the water :help: . What do you guys/gals do to help keep alge out besides cleaning everyday :shrug: .

    I am trying to start cleaning buckets weekly but it is gross to me to see that alge in them*shudders*. I hate it...some is green alge and some is a reddish alge or slime. Any ideas? (some people say by putting a small amount of bleach in water it will stop alge but again I am nervous due to having milking does and kids).

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  2. Freeholder

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    Try scrubbing your buckets with bleach, then rinse well before filling again. If you can rotate buckets, and leave the empty ones out in the sun for a few hours, that will help, too. The algae will come back, but not quite so quickly -- you should only have to scrub once every couple of weeks or so (unless you have algae in your water supply, in which case it might be a little more often).

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  3. GoldenWood Farm

    GoldenWood Farm Legally blonde! Supporter

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    Last year I did try and scrub every 1-2 weeks and I used bleach everytime. I am wondering about maybe switching out buckets? Like having back ups and switching every day or everyother day and washing the ones that have been used. That way I can keep fresh water in them and keep alge down *wishing she had a HUGE dish washer*.

    I am not sure if that would be to much hassle or not though :shrug: . Our well water as it is high in iron :bash: . Which really really sucks seeing as THAT adheres to the buckets :help: . Lol...it creates also a red slime like stuff on the inside (which is worse than the stinking alge!).

    I am wondering....I have been toying with the idea of putting Apple Cider Vinager in our goats water as that is supposed to be good for them. I wonder...do you think that might help as it is acidy?

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  4. Freeholder

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    It wouldn't hurt to try the vinegar; as you say, it's good for the goats. I wouldn't be too sure that the 'iron' deposits in your buckets aren't another form of algae -- it comes in different colors.

    The sun is a good disinfectant, so if you can get some extra buckets, and leave the empties in the sun for a while, I really think that would help.

    What kind of buckets are you using? I use the black rubber ones (because I have to knock ice out of them in the winter), and while I do scrub periodically, what algae forms between scrubbings doesn't show against the black, so it doesn't bother me, LOL! (And the goats don't care, as long as the water is clean.)

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  5. Dink

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    you could put alge eaters in the buckets.
     
  6. Sweet Goats

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    I have to say I thought I was the only one with that problem. Several people put gold fish in their tanks around here. That really helps but I could just see my goats eating the fish. I use the 50 gallon black rubber maid troffs,(Two of them) but I can still see all the nasty stuff also. I know my horse likes to rinse his mout hin the water, and that doesn't help.
     
  7. Debara

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    We have iron in our well water... which also leaves a reddish residue in our buckets after a few days. I use white vinegar to clean the water bowls out. I have plastic and rubber water dishes. I have to clean every few days because of the iron reddish residue. We now live in Florida... first year. But I have always been fusy as to cleaning our pets dishes out. I have always used either vinegar or bleach to clean. I have also heard that you can put a little vinegar in the water... but I believe that this is more to keep bug away from the water. Good luck, Debbie
     
  8. wooly1s

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    We're going to try the switch to hose nipples this year...sick of slimy summer troughs. It works great with the pigs...hopefully the goats and sheep will catch on, too.
     
  9. ozark_jewels

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    Try just a tiny bit(a teaspoon for forty gallon tub) of copper sulfate in the water tubs. Works wonders here for the algae......