Pond colorants have several benefits: they improve the appearance of water, help control algae growth, and they can hide fish from aerial predators. There are also certain qualities colorants do not have, despite much belief to the contrary. If you are thinking about using lake dye, you may have heard that it performs the following, all of which are myths.
Myth One: It Stains Fish
Applying blue water dye to a pond will make its fish turn blue—the idea seems plausible, but it is false. The pigment stays suspended in water and does not attach to objects; therefore, it does not stain animals, humans, plants, or fish. If fish swam in a body of water containing nothing but blue water dye, they would not turn blue.
Myth Two: Everlasting Effect
Many property owners are so pleased with the effect of the product they wish it was permanent, but a single application normally lasts six to eight weeks. Once the product is applied it cannot be removed, but it gradually fades away.
Myth Three: It Kills Algae
Pond colorants do not contain ingredients that kill algae, but they can limit the growth of algae by limiting the sunlight it receives. This happens because the suspended pigment prevents UV rays from reaching low growing algae. Lake dye inhibits algae growth, but only algaecide is designed to kill algae.
Myth Four: It Makes Water Look Unnatural
Some hues of dye, such as light blue and aqua, give water a tropical appearance that looks unusual in certain surroundings, but dark blue and black hues make water appear natural in almost any surrounding. Because they reflect the sky and nearby foliage, woodland water bodies that are dyed dark blue or black look especially natural.
Myth Five: It is Harmful for the Environment
Some water colorants may harm the environment, but Aquadye products are formulated to be environmentally friendly. They are harmless to fish, humans, plants, and animals, and are free of chemicals that pollute soil, air, and water. The easiest way to learn if a product is environmentally harmful is to check if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has regulated any of its ingredients.
Myth Six: It is Expensive
Water colorant is not expensive to purchase, and a single application lasts well over a month. Therefore, the only way that coloring a body of water can be costly is if it is especially large. Most domestic water bodies can be treated year-round for less than $1,000. For example, a 16-acre foot water body that has a moderate water turnover rate can usually be treated for about $800 a year.
Call Aquadye for Water Colorant
Lake dye by Aquadye gives property owners the unique opportunity to change the color of their lake or pond. It may also help them control algae growth and hide fish from predators, but it does not do what is listed above. For more information about pond colorants, browse through our website, or call us today.