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Common Aquatic Plant Management Problems

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Freshwater Fisheries Section

Aquatic plants can be a part of a healthy, balanced pond environment, providing food and cover for some species of fish and other aquatic creatures. Plants can also help add oxygen to the water. However, sometimes plants become too prolific in a pond, causing problems with pond access, water flow, and inefficient predation by bass. Too many plants remove valuable nutrients needed for fish growth and condition, become a nuisance that is expensive and difficult to control, and in severe cases, affect water quality as well. The information in these pages should help with identification of the plant species and give information about a reasonable course of treatment.

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This information is intended for educational purposes only. References to commercial products or trade names are made with the understanding that no discrimination is intended of other products which may be available. Any herbicides recommended herein for the treatment of aquatic vegetation have been registered by the Environmental Protection Agency for use in the manner described. The registration and use of a particular product may change, therefore the information provided here may not remain current indefinitely. It is the responsibility of the user to read and follow the manufacturer's label to prevent misuse of the product.
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