In a previous post I was excited about a water trough filter. I've had this filter for a couple months now and honestly it's not the best it could be. It keeps the water moving, I like that, one can easily add a heater into the filter for winter but I don't think it really filters the water well. I think a fish pond filter would do a better job of getting all the debris out; I still use a fishnet daily.
I do use a tank drop now though and it seems to help with the algae. So combined the two work fine; the water isn't quite as murky. I noticed this first with the filter and more so with the tank drop. I think I'm done for now with futzing with the tank. On my own property I'll figure something else out or just go with the automatic waters that only waste a couple gallons when you clean them. For now this works and Dani drinks well and I don't have to completely drain and clean the tank as often, wasting 100 + gallons of water each time....so I'm happy.