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#1 Speedy13

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 09:36 PM

Okay so I know they make little things to go in ponds and stuff to keep mosquitoes away but are there any that are safe for water that horses are drinking from???

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 09:38 PM

If you're talking about mosquito dunks, they're supposed to be safe. However, you can keep the water stirred up to kill them, or dump the water, scrub the trough, and refill it.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 09:47 PM

I have two horses on a 100 gal. tank. They drink it down to about 6" deep in 4 or 5 days. I dump it and refill it. Mosquito eggs take longer than 4-5 days to hatch so I never have mosquitos.

You can put some bleach in there also. A cup in a big tank will kill the mosquito larvae and will not harm the horse. City water has bleach in it.








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Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:24 PM

What about for a pond? Is there anything I could put in that?

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:28 PM

QUOTE (Speedy13 @ Jun 11 2010, 11:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What about for a pond? Is there anything I could put in that?



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Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:59 PM

Bwaha! Why didn't I think of that? Any particular type of fish that keep ponds cleaner than others?

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 07:03 AM

Bass or Crappie.

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 08:44 AM

Koi also seem to do a good job and are pretty flashy too.
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Posted 12 June 2010 - 12:13 PM

Just watch out with the flashy colored Koi. Birds have an easier time picking them out and preying on them than they do the natural colored fish.








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Posted 12 June 2010 - 02:43 PM

QUOTE (manesntails @ Jun 11 2010, 09:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have two horses on a 100 gal. tank. They drink it down to about 6" deep in 4 or 5 days. I dump it and refill it. Mosquito eggs take longer than 4-5 days to hatch so I never have mosquitos.

You can put some bleach in there also. A cup in a big tank will kill the mosquito larvae and will not harm the horse. City water has bleach in it.

then y dont u just put a bit of bleach in yours? Y do U dump and refill?
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Posted 12 June 2010 - 08:13 PM

QUOTE (Speedy13 @ Jun 11 2010, 11:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Bwaha! Why didn't I think of that? Any particular type of fish that keep ponds cleaner than others?


I made a pond last year. It's 10' round, and about 2' deep at the deepest part. I have a ton of frogs in there, and threw some feeder goldfish in. I still have some of them left, and they multiplied! I do nothing to the pond other than keep the leaves out, and when it needs it, I'll thin the vegetation. I hardly have any mosquitoes in my yard.

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 08:42 PM

QUOTE (myraven00 @ Jun 12 2010, 03:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
then y dont u just put a bit of bleach in yours? Y do U dump and refill?



Where the heck have YOU been Blaise?????


I dump it cuz it's about empty, so why not? Saves me the bleach. But I do have one that is wedged between the fence which is shared by the house area and the front pasture. That one is hard to pull out so, I put bleach in that one, then dump and refill it every other week instead of every 5 days.








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Posted 12 June 2010 - 11:49 PM

I was in rural king the other day and saw this burlap bag thing that was for stock tanks and ponds. It was to keep algae and larvae from growing in drinking sources, it said it was safe for horses, cows, goats, etc.

I was kinda upset I didnt know about it when I was keeping my horse at home! Lol.

Something to look into. I cant remember the name of it, but it was a little burlap bag type thing, stuffed with something, it was only about, I dont know maybe 8" by 8" big.


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Posted 13 June 2010 - 04:55 AM

Those don't work all that well. We got one last year. We have an automatic waterer which is horrible to clean! There's no way to shut the water off. And, while there's a plug in the side for draining, it's almost impossible to get everything out of it. (We have a bunch of grackles that use it for a bird bath, so we have to get rid of bird crap. bang_head.gif) It turns green in just a few days at this time of year. We tried one of those bag things last year. And, while it did a little bit of good, we still had to clean the waterer quite often.

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 07:57 AM

QUOTE (manesntails @ Jun 12 2010, 08:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Where the heck have YOU been Blaise?????

I dump it cuz it's about empty, so why not? Saves me the bleach. But I do have one that is wedged between the fence which is shared by the house area and the front pasture. That one is hard to pull out so, I put bleach in that one, then dump and refill it every other week instead of every 5 days.

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Posted 14 June 2010 - 12:28 PM

Koi will eat the larvae, and Apple Cider Vinegar will keep the mosquitoes from laying there in the first place.

I have a 75 gal trough I fill every two or three weeks. I let it run down, and then dump it and give it a quick scrub. No problems so far!
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