Easy Tips for Algae-Free Water Troughs & Less Cleaning

Sometimes the simple solutions are the ones that work brilliantly! If you want to greatly reduce the frequency with which you have to dump your water troughs and scrub them out, OR, if you have an algae problem in your trough… this short video may bring a smile to your face:


 

If you have any tips or tricks for water troughs, please let us know in the Comments section below. And remember you can upload pictures with your comment if you want to show us what you’re talking about (yes please!) 🙂

Jini Patel Thompson is a natural health writer and Freedomite. She began riding at age 2 in Kenya, and got her first horse at age 8 in Alberta, and so continues a life-long journey and love affair with these amazing creatures.
Easy Tips for Algae-Free Water Troughs & Less Cleaning

7 thoughts on “Easy Tips for Algae-Free Water Troughs & Less Cleaning

  • July 29, 2017 at 12:15 pm
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    Hi Jini, nice vid! I’ve recently moved and didn’t have automatic water filling troughs which were high on my priority list. Pretty soon though I realised how much better self fill tubs were… plenty of large tubs of water means that I clean them much more often – a very quick scrub out before they get filled up again. Much fresher water and no algae.
    The other thing I’ve implemented here is having 3 big tubs of plain water then medium sized tubs of water containing water and a splash / small scoop of each of the following: apple cider vinegar, salt, seaweed, zeolite volcanic dust, magnesium oxide, charcoal, rosehip syrup. The list is obviously endless and depending on what your horse needs in his/her diet you can vary the offerings regularly. It’s lovely to see how much they self-select and drink from each of the different tubs.

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    • July 29, 2017 at 8:21 pm
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      What a fantastic idea Jacqui!! This never occurred to me, but it’s brilliant. I also have liquid magnesium (in water) and I’ve been wondering how/if the horses would want some, so this is an excellent idea. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  • July 30, 2017 at 11:55 am
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    The video recommends what I’ve had work best…a net and goldfish! In warmer climates the goldfish can live in the tank year round most years. Not so in many climes…that’s the downside. In winter, you have to keep goldfish in the house.

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    • July 30, 2017 at 1:37 pm
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      Did you ever try leaving them outside through the winter Diedre? I read that as long as your tank has a water heater to keep ice from forming, they are okay in the tank through the winter. Also that certain species of goldfish are more hardy than others, so you request that when you buy them.

      I once had a goldfish as a kid in Alberta that grew like crazy and was miserable in the small fish tank we had, so I put it outside in our pond and it grew there to be over a foot long. It lived out there through the winter, even when the top of the water was frozen over I could see it swimming around underneath the ice. Then we had a -40 degree Celsius cold snap and the entire pond froze solid and that was the end of the poor guy. Horrible, I know, but unfortunately young kids just don’t have great consequential thinking ability.

      Ah here you go, looks like the Comet Goldfish is the one that can survive cold water:

      http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/2404

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    • August 14, 2017 at 11:57 am
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      My goldfish winter-over fine here in Missouri. I use a bottom-sitting tank heater that keeps the water about 40 degrees.

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  • August 1, 2017 at 7:41 pm
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    When I clean my horse’s water bucket I spray Listerine on the inside and scrub….then I rinse several times before refilling. It helps to keep the algae from growing and it smells fresh and clean! And my horse likes the minty smell!

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