Summer Tips for Algae-Free Livestock Tanks & Happy Animals

Summer Tips for Algae-Free Livestock Tanks & Happy Animals

In the summer, algae growth can be particularly challenging to control in livestock troughs due to the warmer temperatures and increased sunlight.

However, with some proactive steps, you can effectively prevent algae growth. Here are some tips:

1. Increase tank shading

Position the tank in a shaded area or provide artificial shading using canopies or covers to reduce direct sunlight exposure. This helps lower water temperature and inhibits algae growth.

2. Use aeration

Install an aeration system, such as an air pump or a solar-powered fountain, to keep the water constantly moving. Aeration prevents stagnation and creates an environment less favorable for algae to flourish.

3. Clean the tank regularly

Regularly clean the tank to remove any accumulated debris, algae, or organic matter. Summer warmth accelerates algae growth, so more frequent cleaning may be necessary.

4. Check water levels

Ensure that the tank is adequately filled with water. Lower water levels can heat up more quickly and promote algae growth. Refill the tank as needed to maintain an optimal water level.

5. Reduce nutrient input

Avoid overfeeding your animals, as excess food can add nutrients to the water, fueling algae growth. Feed livestock only the necessary amount to minimize excess waste.

6. Utilize aquatic plants

Consider adding floating aquatic plants like water lilies, duckweed, or water hyacinth to the tank. These plants compete with algae for nutrients and help in limiting algae growth.

7. Monitor water quality

Regularly test the water quality during the summer months. High temperatures and increased livestock activity can impact water parameters and potentially promote algae growth.

8. Implement partial water changes

Periodically replace a portion of the tank water with fresh, clean water to dilute nutrients and discourage algae development.

9. Keep the tank cover clean

If you have a cover over the tank, ensure it is clean and free from debris. A dirty cover can block sunlight and lead to stagnant areas.


10. Inspect tank surroundings

Check the area around the tank for any sources of nutrient runoff, such as fertilized fields or manure piles. Minimize nutrient input from external sources.

11. Limit livestock access

Where feasible, use troughs or other waterers to provide water to animals rather than direct access to the tank. This reduces the potential for contamination and nutrient input.

12. Use livestock tank treatments

If needed, use livestock-safe algae control treatments specifically designed for tanks. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and dosage recommendations.

Earth Smart Solutions offers a natural Livestock Tank Cleaner (ESAA) which offers immediate algae, moss and slime mold removal. ESAA will remove the buildup of wastes and keep the water trough clean and clear. It will also help by adding oxygen to the water making a healthy environment. Learn more about this product here.

    By implementing these tips, you can create a more algae-resistant environment in your livestock tank during the summer, promoting clean and healthy water for your animals. Regular monitoring and maintenance are crucial to effectively prevent algae growth.

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