Yeah I figured the location I have it in isn't the best with it providing plenty of bright sunlight. However I really don't have any other location with shade. Besides that, I really really really wanted the fountain as a center piece for my garden which, of course, is in center of full sun. Lol, so I figured I'd fight the algae for the location. I shall win!!
Definitely going to try most of your suggestions.
* Location - Again, not really wanting to change that.
* Regular cleaning - I was cleaning it closer to once a month. I'll switch to once a week.
* Water plants - My fountain is far too small. Unless there's a plant that would survive in the cavity of the vase with no sun light available.
* Copper piece - Didn't think about that, I'll get that right away.
* Cider vinegar - I'll be doing that also.
Here's a clip I read on another site just before coming back to this post: "Preventing algae build up
Algae grow fastest in bright light so it may be a good idea to position your fountain in the shade. After this changing the water in the fountain every month will help reduce algae growth. Cleaning with bleach, Listerine, lemon juice or vinegar can also help prevent the growth of algae or you could buy a commercial algaecide such as Fountec."
The only problem with the algaecides ...so far... they are claiming they are not safe for humans and pets which I'm assuming they are then not safe for the birds either. Over the phone, a lady from Home Depot said that adding a tiny bit of bleach to the water wouldn't hurt the birds. But I'd rather go with another option that would seem to be safer.
Just thought about something... My fountain recycles it's water as it pours back in through the slit. With the water "falling" back into the pool of water in the cavity ... would that not be adding oxygen to the water? Also on the copper, I don't think I'll find any copper pennies so I'll go with a piece of copper. Yep, sounds good.
I know removing the rocks from the fountain would make it easier to clean but that would take away from the look of the fountain, in my opinion. So I would like to keep those in there as well.
That's a long post ... I think I'll go now, lol.