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Bird Bath Red Algae

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For the last couple of years I have had a problem with my bird bath. The water keeps turning red. I am assuming this is red algae but can anyone tell me a safe way to stop it happening and also whether it is harmful to the birds?

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  • Hi Alasdair

    Have a look here uk.answers.yahoo.com/.../index

  • No real way of stopping it. I use a stiff scrubbing brush when I clean out the water and that keeps it in check. My bath is a similar age and construction to yours.

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  • Hi Alasdair, my bird bath is made of plastic and is green, but when I clean my bird bath a do have a green like algae on the bath itself, which I scrub off. Is your algae in the water itself?

  • Hi Jason

    Thanks for your reply. My bird bath is concrete and is over 30 years old. The algae only grows under the water. I have occassionally let the bath totally dry out and the dried algae just falls out therefore I am assuming it is not growing from the bath itself but in the water itself.

  • Hi Alasdair

    Have a look here uk.answers.yahoo.com/.../index

  • No real way of stopping it. I use a stiff scrubbing brush when I clean out the water and that keeps it in check. My bath is a similar age and construction to yours.

  • Thanks everyone who answered I now feel confident that the birds that visit me are safe.

    Alasdair