Blue-Green Algae and Cyanobacteria Treatment & Management in Ponds
Toxic cyanobacteria blue-green algae can occur in lakes and ponds of all sizes, and can be dangerous or fatal to fish, wildlife, pets, and even humans. Toxic cyanobacteria harmful algae blooms are most common in ponds that have excessive nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus which can be caused by runoff, animal waste, failing septic tank systems, natural aquatic plant decay, and other sources.
When these extra nutrients end up in your pond, algae growth is stimulated, resulting in an algae blooms.
Effects of Cyanobacteria Blue-Green Algae Blooms on Pets and Animals
Cyanobacteria produce compounds that are toxic to animals, including pets and humans. These toxins include cylindrospermopsins, microcystins, anatoxins, and saxitoxins. Microcystins are part of the hepatotoxins family which affects the liver. Anatoxins and saxitoxins are neurotoxins, which affect the nervous system.