Blanket Answer is a unique blend of minerals and enzymes to combat blanket weed – the nightmare curse of many....
Blanket Answer is a unique blend of minerals and enzymes to combat blanket weed – the nightmare curse of many a pondkeeper. The special formula produced in the Netherlands works in all temperatures, and seeks to succeed where many commercial bacteria cultures will fail. It is 100% safe for all pond fish, plants, and biological filtration systems. UV units or protein skimmers need not be switched off. Unlike some products on the market Blanket Answer is not dependent upon water temperature, and is not held back/restricted by high ph levels.
For persistent filamentous algae growth it is recommended that the pond be treated 8 times a year. This in itself will likely mean that the treatment over the course of a year will be cheaper than many similar competitive products.
Blanket Answer is simply added to the pond by stirring the product into a can or bucket containing 2 gallons/9 litres of pond water. The water will initially take on a white milky appearance, but this will clear after about 5 days. The composition of the ingredients will form as a powdery layer on the ponds liner faces, and it is here that the roots of any blanket weed gets attacked. As with most water treatments the pond should have a good level of oxygen saturation.
During and after applying, common sense should prevail in the washing of hands, and storing the product in a dry place away from the reach of children. Although no known dangers are thought to exist the application to the pond of any other chemical or treatment should be spaced 10 days from applying the Blanket Answer.
The ingredients of Blanket Answer will start to work immediately, and will be seen to even make a contribution towards the filter mediums staying cleaner. Whilst some amounts of breaking down the algae will result in weed particles being pumped into the filter, the unique ingredients will also erode the algae conveying the illusion that it has vanished into thin air.
Many Koi keepers have a routine of flushing out their large filter systems, and carrying out small water changes at very regular intervals. Alas Blanket Answer is not so magical as to be immune from being flushed out of the pond, however with the purifying properties within the treatment the ponds past balance will change for the better, and so Cloverleaf recommend that water changes are restricted on the basis of only doing so if detrimental water parameters are established by a test kit. For those who refuse to go down such paths, then the other option is to add a dose of Blanket Answer every 4 weeks – making a total of 13 treatments per annum instead of the normal 8. Minor overdosing is not known to be dangerous, but likewise nothing is to be gained in applying a higher dose rate at any one session.
The recommended schedule for applying 8 doses per year is based upon dosing during the months of March to October with no treatment required during the 4 winter months between November and February. It is certainly the case that filamentous algae’s will often continue to grow (or exist) during the colder months, but the amalgamated potency of 8 doses of Blanket Answer will be sufficient to protect the pond during the winter.
There will be many pond keepers who obtain good success in the short term. They can be fully assured that they will not be “locked in” to having to purchase Blanket Answer every month of their lives.