Duckweed and watermeal are two very similar aquatic plants and many times are found together in the same water body. They are both free-floating plants that float around on the water surface. Once these weeds get established, they become difficult to eradicate. They spread rapidly across quiet water bodies and under ideal conditions; they can double their area coverage in a few days. They are extremely resilient and difficult to eradicate. Once a water body is covered with duckweed and/or watermeal, natural oxygen transfer from the atmosphere is greatly reduced. Many times this leads to massive fish kills and will restrict sunlight that native aquatic plants need to survive.
It is thought that duckweed can be used as a water purifier, as the plant consumes nitrogen and phosphorus from the water. Due to this nitrogen and phosphorus consuming quality you will find duckweed in many ponds that have problems with septic, agricultural and fertilizer run-off. But using duckweed for water cleansing is certainly a low tech and time-consuming process and duckweed cannot get rid of pesticides, heavy metals or toxic substances. Also, as mentioned above, duckweed can very quickly cover a whole pond and is very difficult to get rid of manually once it is overgrown.
Identifying Duckweed and Watermeal
How to Get Rid of Duckweed and Watermeal Naturally
Aeration for Duckweed and Watermeal Control
Aeration systems are ideal for oxygenating a lake or pond that has been overtaken by duckweed or watermeal. By increasing dissolved oxygen in an environment depleted of oxygen, water quality improves and fish and other aquatic wildlife thrive. Aerobic bacteria thrive off increased oxygen levels, resulting in improved water quality and natural decomposition of organic matter—reducing duckweed and other plant life.
CLEAN-FLO’s approach to natural control involves the use of laminar flow aeration. Our aeration technology is proven to oxygenate the entire water column and the organic sediments that cover the bottom. The Clean-Flo process of water body restoration provides a custom solution for providing aeration in your water-body from bottom to top.