Im having problems with these waterers*sigh*

The Chickeneer

~A Morning's Crow~
9 Years
Jan 9, 2011
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Central Valley California
My automatic DIY waterers are getting green and slimy. I clean them out, once a week, then they start getting green again
. It's not the water that gets green, its the walls of the bowl and the inside of the bucket. Why does this happen? How do I stop this from happening
, any remedies. Thanks
 

gale65

Songster
9 Years
Aug 19, 2010
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My Coop
Do you add anything to the water? Some people add apple cider vinegar and it seems to help with the green slime. If needed you can also add bleach but I don't know the concentration. I'm not comfortable adding bleach to drinking water so I use ACV.
 

HogbackMtnChickns

Chirping
9 Years
Nov 21, 2010
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New Castle, Colorado
What material is your DIY waterer made of? I have read that using white or clear plastic encourages algae growth by admitting sunlight. Some BYC'rs have had success painting or covering white PVC or buckets to block the sunlight that causes the algae.
 

nwfl

Songster
9 Years
Jan 4, 2011
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Northwest Florida
There are some threads, blogs and reports done about Oxine AH that eliminates slime and bacteria in watering applications. It does not degrade metals and plastics like bleaches and other chlorines. Google it. And shagbarkbatams.com has good old info on oxine. I use it in some applications.
 

speedy2020

Songster
9 Years
Jul 24, 2010
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I put 5 100%(1969-1982) copper pennies in the bucket and don't see any green algae growing yet. The automatic nipple setup is about 2 months old. Will see if the copper pennies did the trick.
 
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allpeepedout

Songster
8 Years
Mar 2, 2011
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Southern Indiana
A good scrubbing of a all surfaces with a good bucket brush can remove invisible slime on plastic that becomes food for next week's algae crop. Plastic needs to be squeaky clean, not just look clean.
 

KDK1

Songster
8 Years
Jun 29, 2011
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Tennessee Plateau
When I had the 1 gal. plastic vacuum waterers I washed them out, not just rinsed, every day and had no algae problems. Now I have two automatic waterers (one store bought, LG, and one I made myself) that I just rinse out every 3 or 4 days and have no problems
 

woodmort

RIP 1938-2020
9 Years
Jul 6, 2010
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One simple solution from my aquarium days--algae needs light, move the waterers away from the light or cover/paint them and you won't have a problem.
 

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