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Keeping Water Troughs Clean?

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  • COPaints Original Poster
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    I have recently taken over as the barn manager where my horse is boarded which means I get to deal with all the fun stuff like ordering hay, deciding on whether or not to leave horses inside for the night, making sure we have enough boarders to cover pasture lease and hay, and of course, cleaning water tanks. So, I have to large water tanks that I’m using and cleaning…frequently. Are there any good cleaning products or water additives that work in regards to minimizing algae growth? Seems like every 2-3 days, the tanks need to be emptied and scrubbed. I’m not opposed to good ol’ fashioned elbow grease when it comes to cleaning the tanks but I’m just trying to figure out if there is anything out there that won’t harm the horses but will help minimize the amount of algae growing or at least help get the tanks cleaner when I do empty them.

    pheets pheets
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    If you have access to an outlet, invest a small amount in those little fish tank aeratours. Moving water gathers no algae. Keeps the tanks open in the winter, too. Doesn’t add but a few cents a month to the electric bill. I have used a half cup of bleach added to a full and clean tank (55 gal minimum), yes it works, no the horses won’t die. Those copper scrubby things also work for a while, just throw a couple in the tank, but they degrade rather quickly. Brown cider vinegar works well, too, cup or two per 50 gals. All of these methods work for a time but the tanks will still require a good scrub. Just knocks the full scrub down to once or twice a week. Requires fill time more often but less full tanks are easier to dump and keep clean.

    Congrats on your new position! Good luck, I hope you enjoy most of it : )

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    Joan Fry
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    Pheets, do you mean plain old undiluted household bleach, the kind you can pick up in any grocery store?

    pheets pheets
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    Hey JoanFry, sorry for getting back to you so slowly, out of town and busy, you know how it goes : ) I typically shut everything down when off line for more than a few days and it takes me a while to get it back together, being the ultra techno-maroon that I am….

    Yes, plain store-bought bleach. Not my first choice (prefer the aeratours) but definitely effective.

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    Joan Fry
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    Plain old white vinegar would probably work too. We’re on a well and have a lot of minerals in the water–so much calcium that it builds up in all my potted plants, the dog’s water bowl, the dishwasher, and even (surprise!) the horse’s water trough. I stopped using copper scrubs when I realized how much they do degrade. I don’t want my horse drinking metal filings, thank you–that’s how enteroliths get started. I either just scrub the trough with a scrub for non-stick cookware, or I use baking soda, which is abrasive enough to require less elbow grease than the plastic scrub alone. I always keep vinegar in the tackroom–great for the final rinse of a horse’s tail (gets all the soap scum out)–so next time I will try that. Thanks for the tip. And OP–I hope you have a long and successful future at your barn!

    pheets pheets
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    I noticed with the vinegars, white and brown, that my tanks would get cloudy fairly fast but not with algae, just icky cloudy. Wasn’t appealing so I went back to my aeratours. I suppose, if I was truly conscientious, I would just scrub the tanks daily. I am either whining about the work load or the trouble time savers cause : )

    Ride on.

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    NinaJD NinaJD
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    how big are the tanks and what color are they?
    I notice where we board the darker the tank the faster the algae grows and especially in plastic. Metal not so fast.
    we have goldfish in ours and it helps a bit. But we only have 2 in the tank, which I want to say is maybe..200 gal?
    Is there anyway you can put it under cover? that helps too.

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
    Pat Parelli

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