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Pond & Water Gardening: Mud, koi ponds, gallon pond
koi ponds, gallon pond, spring project: Hi, Normaly koi ponds are filtered with a bacteriological filter which helps to keep the water clear and in pristine condition which enables you to view your koi and also allows you to see if they have anything wrong with them so the mud really is a no no...

Pond & Water Gardening: Muddy pond water, manure worms, microbe lift
manure worms, microbe lift, aquarium pharmaceuticals: What kind of clarifier did you use? Microbe-Lift like other good bacteria will help digest organic waste. It won t get rid of the dirt. Only physical removal gets rid of the inorganic rocks and clay in the dirt. Over time, suspended dirt will be in the...

Pond & Water Gardening: Murky Pond Water, laguna pond, aquatic plants
laguna pond, aquatic plants, hot spell: Lorie, if the pond is less than 1 year old, be patient. If it s older than a year, here is what I would do: 1) Check the pH. Make sure it s between 6 and 8. pH test kits are cheap, usually less than $6. 2) I know you have aquatic plants, but, make sure you...

Pond & Water Gardening: making a garden pond from a spring, harware store, underground spring
harware store, underground spring, wet place: If the area is is wet from the underground spring I would think that digging will allow water to come out of the ground and fill the pond you have dug. If it is way down I think about the only thing you could do is drill a well and pump it out but that would...

Pond & Water Gardening: millions of worms, horsehair worms, earth worms
horsehair worms, earth worms, red worms: There are many species of worms and many of earthworms. There are various red worms which are earthworms. You may just have found a colony of a different kind of red worm/earthworm. Since they re around the edge of dirt pond, they probably are semi-aquatic....

Pond & Water Gardening: mixing fish, large mouth bass, stock pond
large mouth bass, stock pond, ornamental pond: Hi Deb, Thanx for your question. I personally, wouldn t want to waste my time or money putting koi in a stock pond. The idea behind koi is that they are ornamental and pleasant to watch in an ornamental pond. In a stock pond, the water is going to be cloudy...

Pond & Water Gardening: will morter in the waterfall be bad for koi?, leaching, mortar
leaching, mortar, leach: Mortar will leach chemicals that raise the pH and hardness of the water. If there s just a little leaching, no big deal. A lot can kill the fish. To make the mortar less toxic after it s dry, you can leach it by rinsing it repeatedly, draining, refilling,...

Pond & Water Gardening: mosquito larvae, mosquito larvae, microbe lift
mosquito larvae, microbe lift, solar powered pump: They now sell packs that let you store solar energy for later use (OASE has them). As far as preventing mosquitoes, read over my page on them at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/mosquito.htm I suggest adding Microbe-Lift liquid Bt like http://www.thatpetplace.com/Products/KW/Microbe-Lift/Class//T1/W43AX+0154+0030/EDP/40464/Itemdy00.aspx...

Pond & Water Gardening: moving koi into the house, new aquarium, new tank
new aquarium, new tank, oxygen levels: You want to keep the 7 koi in the 90 gallon indefinitely or just until you can make a new pond? How big are the koi? Did you want advise about maintaining the new aquarium or just moving the fish around? Do you have access to your new home already? If...

Pond & Water Gardening: mud in fish pond, crystal clear water, koi keepers
crystal clear water, koi keepers, natural pond: Hi, it all depends on what you want if you want clear water you will have to clean it out on a regular basis if you want a natural pond and all that goes with it ,not very often, But you will find that koi keepers have crystal clear water so that they can...

Pond & Water Gardening: muddy and cloudy water, pond vacuum, deep pond
pond vacuum, deep pond, cloudy water: Hi David, Thanx for your question. It will take a couple of weeks for the mud to completely settle. Any time the fish stir up the mud, that will add to some cloudiness. One thing you may try to do is purchase a pond vacuum, available at nurseries that...

Pond & Water Gardening: muddy pond, aquarium pharmaceuticals, muddy pond
aquarium pharmaceuticals, muddy pond, coagulant: I suggest a coagulant. For example, Accu-Clear by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals is a polymer that binds to suspended particles in the water and makes them either sink or be sucked into the filter. It does use up some oxygen so be sure to aerate well. Also, believe...

Pond & Water Gardening: muddy pond water, muddy pond, natural pond
muddy pond, natural pond, murkiness: Hi Paula, Thanx for your question. How big is the pond? The floor of the pond is dirt/mud, yes? You re probably going to have to use alum or gypsum but I d like to know how big the pond is. Do you have a filter in it? The heavy rains are probably what...

Pond & Water Gardening: muddy waters, pea gravel, water lilly
pea gravel, water lilly, decorative plants: You are not stupid. You are simply lacking some information to help improve the situation. You have a pond which makes you smart! First, a 100 gallon pond is not that big. It s not large enough for adult koi which can grow to 3 feet long. My koi are almost...

Pond & Water Gardening: murky water, pond vacuums, aquarium pharmaceuticals
pond vacuums, aquarium pharmaceuticals, dirt particles: You can use a pond vacuum that actually removes the dirt to try to clean it out. The venturi-driven pond vacuums that run off of garden hoses run the waste through a nylon bag and back into the pond so they won t trap dirt but the electric wet/dry pond vacuums...

Pond & Water Gardening: Nasty green water, feeder fish, microbe lift
feeder fish, microbe lift, barley straw: I m sorry about your problems. Algae is to be expected in a new pond and normal. My page on controlling algae is at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/plants/algae2.htm The main things are few fish, good filtration, lots of plants, good bacteria, and maybe some...

Pond & Water Gardening: Natural Fresh Water Ponds, water ponds, natural pond
water ponds, natural pond, levee: Chris, If there is a levee or dam that holds back the water, then it is probably man made. These are usually made by using dirt from the basin of the pond to make it deeper and to form the levee. To get rid of the pond, you ll have to breech the levee...

Pond & Water Gardening: Natural Pond, killing plants, natural pond
killing plants, natural pond, water plants: Hello Helen. Duck weed can be very frustrating. As you know, it multiplies very fast. Your experiencing the fact that when netted out, it simply comes right back. Duck weed often comes from introducing water plants into the pond and from wildlife visiting...

Pond & Water Gardening: Natural Pond, blueberry farm, farm ponds
blueberry farm, farm ponds, wetland spring: What I do with my pump is wrap it in filter material (I get mine from http://www.aqua-mart.com ) and set that into a holed pond plant basket. That filter material keeps out your animals, leaves, etc. Then, for you, you might want to get a pump that can handle...

Pond & Water Gardening: Natural pond, beneficial bacteria, koi ponds
beneficial bacteria, koi ponds, natural pond: Sally, even though your ponds are next door to each other you will find that maintenance for them will be different. I would look into filter systems with UV and water quality to solve your koi pond problems. You may be able to put plants in it if the koi...

Pond & Water Gardening: NEW POND, water hyacinth, water lettuce
water hyacinth, water lettuce, pond bacteria: CJ, That is only big enough for two or three fish. Put you a layer of stones in the bottom of it. Add some commercially available pond bacteria, and float some water lettuce or water hyacinth and it will keep the water clear. Feed the fish very little...

Pond & Water Gardening: New owner of Koi pond/maintenance, free e books, pond lilies
free e books, pond lilies, fish waste: Hello Susan and Jerry! Sorry to hear you are losing fish! Most of the time fish loss at this time of year is due to oxygen depletion in the pond. Make sure you have plenty of aeration (fountain and/or waterfall). This must run 24/7 this time of year. The...

Pond & Water Gardening: New Pond Owners, Same Old Pond, living fish, oxygen levels
living fish, oxygen levels, pond owners: I would have put that fish in quarantine and cleaned out the pond when you had the chance. Adding fish does not in any way improve oxygen levels! Algae produce oxygen during the day so if fish eat it, there is less oxygen during the day. However, algae...

Pond & Water Gardening: New Pond, landscape rocks, oxygen levels
landscape rocks, oxygen levels, shubunkin: I have well water too. Mine is very soft and near neutral. What is the pH and hardness of your well water. Some well water may be too hard for fish. Mine s atypical. Marble shouldn t leach. Some algaecides can be dangerous. Since your pond is new, I...

Pond & Water Gardening: New pond construction, local power company, water evaporation
local power company, water evaporation, construction question: Hi Russell For a pond that is about 8 x11 to avoid too much splashing and water evaporation I would recommend you using a 2500 gallon per hour pump. If you are going to have fish you will need a filter capable of handling a 2500 gallon per hour flow....

Pond & Water Gardening: Noisy Pump, koi ponds, local contractor
koi ponds, local contractor, koi pond: Hi Rick, I would suggest you either change your pump maybe for two smaller and quieter ones to give the same flow rate or,use a submersible pump you cannot hear them. You can visit my pond and filter system on my website at http://koi-z-are-us.20m.com George...

Pond & Water Gardening: Novice needs advice on Spring maintenance, gallon pond, spring maintenance
gallon pond, spring maintenance, tap water: The pond is similar in size to my 1800 gallon pond as far as total volume. Koi (carp) absolutely need maintenance as does the pond itself. Koi experts say to have 1000 gallons for the first koi and 100 gallons for each additional, so, if you have 15 koi,...

Pond & Water Gardening: Novice, algae eating fish, algae eaters
algae eating fish, algae eaters, starter plants: Yes, you can add goldfish and turtles. Turtles will eat smaller goldfish and may nip the larger goldfish and tear their fins. If you keep turtles, you ll need to fence it in or make a cliff edge. See http://www.fishpondinfo.com/turtles/turpond.htm for details...

Pond & Water Gardening: Number of goldish, natural predators, microscopic plants
natural predators, microscopic plants, fish foods: Oh, then that s a pretty big pond. Since most of the goldfish are small, it should be okay. It s okay to stop feeding when it goes below 50 degrees F. Some babies will make it, and some won t. If they all made it, you d have way too many. Nature takes...

Pond & Water Gardening: natural pond, soil science, private question
soil science, private question, top soil: Van, I cannot find any specific info on what to do, the only thing I would suggest is line the bottom of the pond with that building plastic the use for roofs. Epdm plastic is what it is called that should help slow down the seepage. That is about all I can...

Pond & Water Gardening: new comet, new comet, alien environment
new comet, alien environment, nemo: Hi Donna, Thanx for your question. Nemo, I do not believe, is sick. He is adapting to his new surroundings. Can you imagine having little of a brain, being scooped out of your home, put in a bag, transported in a wildly splashing, timultuous environment...

Pond & Water Gardening: new koi pond, water lillys, hair algae
water lillys, hair algae, algae growth: Check out my site on ponds at http://www.fishpondinfo.com to get started on your pond education. It sounds like you have a good pond and setup. For algae information, see http://www.fishpondinfo.com/plants/algae2.htm Is the algae long and hairy or short?...

Pond & Water Gardening: new pond, stress zyme, uv sterilizer
stress zyme, uv sterilizer, indoor aquarium: A square 4 x 7 x 3.5 is closer to 700 gallons. Goldfish will be okay in there but it s a little too small for koi (experts say 1000 gallons for the first koi). I suggest getting dechlorinator if you have city water, some good bacteria (I use Stress-Zyme...

Pond & Water Gardening: new pond, alarm bells, trickle down
alarm bells, trickle down, new pond: Congratulations on your new pond! You have a very nice husband. The benefit to the shallow pond is that it s safer for your son. The down side is that it s not safe to overwinter animals in your pond in Zone 5. How big is the 3 foot deep area? If it s...

Pond & Water Gardening: new pond, google search, alarm bells
google search, alarm bells, trickle down: Hi Steffanie, Thanx for your question. 1. In Michigan the pond should be at least 24 inches deep in the deepest end so the pond doesn t freeze all the way down to the bottom. 2. The pump doesn t sound too large and I don t think it will cost much to run....

Pond & Water Gardening: new pond, fresh water fish, gas bubble disease
fresh water fish, gas bubble disease, carbon dioxide levels: Do you have city water or well water? If you have city water, did you add dechlorinator (also called water conditioner)? If not, get some and add that immediately. In that case, the problem would be chlorine in the water which burns the fishes gills so...

Pond & Water Gardening: new pond material, real choices, new pond
real choices, new pond, sand stone: They probably suggest not using limestone because it may change the PH of the water. We live in an area with limestone and it doesn t present any real problem. Go for it and don t worry you will be ok. The lime won t come out of the rock unless it is heated...

Pond & Water Gardening: new pond owner, water lillies, water lettuce
water lillies, water lettuce, pond owner: If the pond is a few feet deep, it s probably about 1700 gallons or less if more shallow. I ve never had herons put holes in the liner but they certainly eat fish which is why my pond is netted. Since the herons got all the fish, I m guessing the pond is...

Pond & Water Gardening: new pond, rubber liner, old newspapers
rubber liner, old newspapers, new pond: Try using old newspapers , cheap and really works well. If you want to get fancy try carpet underlay. Newspaper is 5 or 6 sheets thick ,the idea is to prevent small stones from punturing the liner. Don t let people scare you it is not rocket science. Waht...

Pond & Water Gardening: new water-fall & pond, nitrite levels, liner pond
nitrite levels, liner pond, new pond: Congratulations on your new pond! It is not normal for a new pond to foam or for healthy fish to die. What is your pond made of (liner, cement, etc.)? If your pond is cement, that would explain it as without first been treated with acid, it would cause...

Pond & Water Gardening: new water garden, water filter system, aquarium fish
water filter system, aquarium fish, biological filter: Yes they will probably survive on sotened water. I don t think thet is your problem. Look into a biological filter. There are many websites telling you how to make a biological filter. On your search engine put in biological filter. If you find nothing E-...

Pond & Water Gardening: Orange growth in a natural spring fed water fearture, rapid disappearance, nitrogen levels
rapid disappearance, nitrogen levels, chemical fertilizer: Hi Greg, Depending on where you are, your spring could be receiving a lot of nitrogen from regular lawn and agricultural chemical fertilizer. This is a serious problem. Hi nitrogen levels in the water favors the growth of algae. Too much algae will block...

Pond & Water Gardening: Orfe tail deformation problems, deformation problems, history and heritage
deformation problems, history and heritage, england wales: Hi Mike, Thanx for your question. It s great to hear from the UK. I spent a fabulous two weeks in England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland in 1992. I will never forget that trip. The UK and Ireland are magnificent from the people to the history and heritage....

Pond & Water Gardening: Orph unwell!!, nitrite levels, gold fish
nitrite levels, gold fish, pond fish: Orfe are true pond fish in that they need a lot of room to swim fast. They need a lot of oxygen too. How big are your orfe? How big is the tank? What kind of filtration and aeration do you have? The orfe may be bent from physical injury or other reasons...

Pond & Water Gardening: Outside Coy, e book, small pond
e book, small pond, book links: Hello Dane! Generally the fish stay out in the pond during the winter. The pond does have to be winterized to insure their survival. It is a fairly simple procedure. We have a free e-book on our website that you can download. It takes you through the procedure...

Pond & Water Gardening: oil, partial water change, stroke oil
partial water change, stroke oil, fish pond: Use paper towels and rags to try to soak some off of the surface, as much as you can. Skim the water off the top. Do a partial water change. Put a mesh bag of fresh activated carbon in the filter to help chemically remove more oil from the water. I hope...

Pond & Water Gardening: How to make an old bathtub into a fish pond, mail order plants, claw foot bathtubs
mail order plants, claw foot bathtubs, ph test kit: Hello Ari. Antique claw foot bathtubs make great ponds. As far as plants are concerned, lilies, floaters (hyacinths and/or lettuce) and submerged plants (oxygenators) are best to keep the water clean. Pond Market has a great selection of mail order plants....

Pond & Water Gardening: old pond, plastic basket, old pond
plastic basket, old pond, straight sides: hi, seeing that your pond is a liner it will be difficult to make a shelf, if it had been concrete you could have put rocks or stones at the sides to make a shelf, but seeing that it is a liner they could make holes in it.maybe you can find some kind of plastic...

Pond & Water Gardening: orange ghost koi, orange fish, unsual
orange fish, unsual, ghost: By definition, ghost koi are a mix of a platinum ogon koi and a common river carp. They are almost always gray/black/blah colored. I would not call an orange koi a ghost koi but I don t know if one resulted from the above breeding if it could be techincally...

Pond & Water Gardening: orf/orfe, barbels, different colors
barbels, different colors, koi: I have photos of orfe on my site at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/orfe.htm including side views of a large dead one. Koi are much wider and have barbels that orfe do not have. Orfe are orange with some black marks on their back while koi are all different...

Pond & Water Gardening: orph (orfe) life span, ph problems, outdoor pond
ph problems, outdoor pond, life span: My orfe are 8-years-old. I m pretty sure that they should live into their teens at least but I ve not heard definitive information on that. How big are your orfe? Your pond size is not that different from my own. My orfe don t normally come up to eat with...

Pond & Water Gardening: orph, incubation time, optimal temperature
incubation time, optimal temperature, shallow areas: Hi Billy, Thanx for your question. They can grow to 2.5 feet but are mature at around 8 inches. They spawn in weedy or sandy shallow areas where the adhesive eggs attach to stones or vegetation. Spawning begins in the spring once the water reaches a temperature...

Pond & Water Gardening: oscar fish, oscar fish, warm climate
oscar fish, warm climate, fish pond: Oscars would do fine as long as the water was warm, over 70 degrees F. Below that, they get sluggish. Once you go below 60 degrees F, they d start to die. I ve never had oscars myself. They are predatory fish so they would eat any smaller animals in the...

Pond & Water Gardening: What other fish can I have with goldfish and orfe?, rosy red minnows, golden tench
rosy red minnows, golden tench, mosquito larvae: Well Al, a lot of your questions are answered on my web site! I m moving it right now to fishpondinfo.com so the following URL s are the old pages which will be deleted in about a month and moved to the same pages on fishpondinfo.com Rosy red minnows -...

Pond & Water Gardening: outdoor ceramic tiles, backer board, step bumpers
backer board, step bumpers, ceramic tiles: I would think you would have problems down the road. Try a piece of chrome plated checkerplate. This is the plate that make up step bumpers on trucks. Go to a local aluminum suppler in your area, not only will it be impervious to water but it will offer reflection....

Pond & Water Gardening: outdoor pond frogs, native amphibians, pond frogs
native amphibians, pond frogs, frog eggs: Most of the frogs that are sold for ponds are bullfrogs. Bullfrogs are not native to California. They are introduced there and are considered an invasive species that harms native CA wildlife. They ll eat smaller native amphibians. I ve also seen green...

Pond & Water Gardening: outdoor ponds, goldfish, plecos, japanese trapdoor snails, feeder goldfish
japanese trapdoor snails, feeder goldfish, ramshorn snails: I don t recommend plecos. Not only will they die below 50-55 degrees F (requiring you to bring them in for the winter), they also may suck on the sides of goldfish. You ve been to my site? Most people who post to me from here haven t heard of it. My pond...

Pond & Water Gardening: outside pond, frogs and tadpoles, lilly pads
frogs and tadpoles, lilly pads, rain water: Hello Joe! It is probably not a good idea to add fish to the pond unless you know for sure that the run-off rain water cannot possibly carry fertilizer or such from the surrounding area. If it does not, then adding a few Goldfish would be okay. Koi will...

Pond & Water Gardening: Painted turtles, hatchling turtles, painted turtles
hatchling turtles, painted turtles, shredded carrot: Hatchling turtles prefer live foods, especially live blackworms. At 4 long, the turtle you have is a young juvenile but can still be treated in many ways like a hatchling. I have hatchling care information on my web site at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/turtles/hatchling.htm...

Pond & Water Gardening: Painting a pond, epoxy paint, pool guy
epoxy paint, pool guy, fiberglass boat: Why not trying the black building plastic available at Home Depot or similar building supply in your area. Just cover the existing liner with the black plastic and you have changed the color for aboout the same price as painting. KEEP PONDING...

Pond & Water Gardening: PH, calcium carbonate, garden lime
calcium carbonate, garden lime, baking soda: Most ponders use baking soda or calcium carbonate to raise the pH and hardness and/or alkalinity. I add baking soda to raise my pond s alkalinity. It also buffers the pH near 8. If the lime you are getting is just calcium carbonate, it can be used. Often,...

Pond & Water Gardening: PH in my pond, elephant ears, pool stores
elephant ears, pool stores, ph reducer: Could the problem be your cement center piece? Did you pre-treat it with an acid wash when you got it or made it? If not, it s probably leaching and raising the pond s pH and hardness. Did you test the pond for hardness and alkalinity? You should also compare...

Pond & Water Gardening: PH off the scale, screenex, new pond
screenex, new pond, bio filter: The pond chemical sold as pH down is sulfuric acid, or at the least the one I bought. Muriatic acid is another name for hydrochloric acid which is not as strong as sulfuric acid. In low enough amounts, either acid is safe. Now, if you poured a concentrate...

Pond & Water Gardening: PH, tap water, small pond
tap water, small pond, biological processes: First, have you tested your tap water? Is it the same? If it s not the same, then something in the pond is buffering the water, perhaps limestone, cement, etc. There could also be pH fluctuations from algae or biological processes in the pond. If your...

Pond & Water Gardening: Plants, pea gravel, hardy plants
pea gravel, hardy plants, tropical plants: Hardy plants can go outside once the water temperature is consistently above 50-55 degrees F but in the 60 s is better. Tropical plants should go in water over 70 degrees F is possible but I ve put them in with water in the 60 s. Where do you live? The...

Pond & Water Gardening: Please Help!, koi vet, waterfall filter
koi vet, waterfall filter, microscopic parasites: I m so sorry about your koi. Have you made any changes lately such as added new fish? The larger koi are more sensitive to certain things. For example, if it s been overly hot or overly rainy, the lower oxygen levels in a pond could have killed them even...

Pond & Water Gardening: POND CARE, prickly plants, chili pepper
prickly plants, chili pepper, pond c: Hello Jill! It is not easy to keep a dog out - but, really, your neighbor is responsible for that (and for the damages caused by the dog). I understand that it is sometimes difficult to enforce this type of thing while keeping good relations with neighbors...

Pond & Water Gardening: PONDLESS WATERFALL BLACK ROCKS, nitrogen contents, stone lanterns
nitrogen contents, stone lanterns, chemical fertilizers: In order to help you better I would need some more information: -Do you have any kind of filtering system on your waterfall?. How much water is there? Would you be able to send me pictures? There are several factors that would turn your rocks black. It...

Pond & Water Gardening: PONDS, blue heron, dear tom
blue heron, dear tom, herons: Hi Cindy, Thanx for your question. I m not sure if that will work. Sometimes seeing one of their own kind only invites more in although herons tend to be solitary feeders and I have never noticed them feeding in groups so there may be something to that....

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Alge, pond alge, pond store
pond alge, pond store, algicide: Janet, you can get rid of the alge by getting an algicide at your local pond store, it will lump the alge together and you can scoop it out. Alge is usually caused by too much sunlight and not enough plants to get the nutrition from the water. ...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Alkalinity, sodium bicarbonate, good bacteria
sodium bicarbonate, good bacteria, exact composition: Simple - add baking soda. Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is a good buffer but won t raise the pH too much since your pH is already 7.5. I have soft well water. I add baking soda to my 1800 gallon pond each week. How much? I don t measure (I m bad)....

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Alkalinity, aquarium additives, coral gravel
aquarium additives, coral gravel, sodium bicarbonate: Your pond is so small that changing the water chemistry should be simple. For alkalinity, add sodium bicarbonate (sold as baking soda). For general hardness, try putting some oyster shells (from a farm feed store) or coral gravel (from an aquarium store)...

Pond & Water Gardening: From Pond to Aquarium, comet goldfish, gallon aquarium
comet goldfish, gallon aquarium, sized fish: It may be hard on them not just for the room but the water quality. If the fish are already 6 long, in a 20 gallon tank, the ammonia is probably going to spike. A few small (under 4 goldfish) will probably be ok in a 20 gallon tank. Which variety of goldfish...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond aerator installation, pond aerator, fountain nozzle
pond aerator, fountain nozzle, aquarium pump: Hey, Jim, An aerator recirculates the water all you have to do is plug it in and let the stream break the surface of the water. Is this similar to an aquarium pump? Does it have an outlet big enough to support a fountain nozzle? It should be at leat 3/8 inch...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond algae, rouen ducks, surface acre
rouen ducks, surface acre, pond algae: Hello Kathy. There is an algaecide out there designed to work in bodies of water used for livestock watering and recreational swimming. it will not harm your ducks or anything else provided the directions on the bottle are followed. 1 gallon treats 1 surface...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond algae, peat pond, pond algae
peat pond, pond algae, water plants: Tammy, the shade should should not be a problem. Add some pond algacide, it will clump the algae and you can skim it of the surface. To keep it away you should have a biological filter or if you have a filter add a bag of pond peat. Pond peat is amazing it...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond algea, pond algae, pond algea
pond algae, pond algea, pond plants: Read over my pond algae page at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/algae2.htm for some ideas. It sounds like your algae problem is due to having full sun and a hot climate over a small pond. If plants don t do well, you can provide a sun shade for part of the pond...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Construction, exact shape, liner pond
exact shape, liner pond, lowe s: Both ponds have their advantages. Preformed is maybe neater and easier but the liner type allows you ro have the exact shape you want with ledges where you want, the only thing a little more work because you have to anchor the liner with rocks stone or what...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Construction, epdm liner, top soil
epdm liner, top soil, pond construction: Here are a few things you may look into. very porous top soil Is the pond at a low spot? This being the case you need to spread plastic about 10 feet on the ground at the low spot just under the ground surface this way the water can flow into the pond....

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond erosion, grass sod, quality grass
grass sod, quality grass, abnk: Clare, The simplest way is to just sod the banks with a good quality grass sod. Whatever variety that is suitable for your area is fine. Grass can also be planted by seed. I need to know where you are located to recommend any type of ground cover....

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Filters, pond filter, pond filters
pond filter, pond filters, wii: Hi stewart, if you go to my website and click on the MY Filter page it wii show you how to build an outside filter that actually works. my website is George s Japanese Garden at http://koi-z-are-us.20m.com I hope you enjoy your visit. George...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Filters, mechanical filtration, pond filters
mechanical filtration, pond filters, hello mike: Hello Mike! That is a pretty complicated subject you are tackling here :) First, if you are going to have Koi, please keep in mind that they will grow to 2 1/2 - 3 feet no matter the size of the pond. They are also pretty destructive on plants. We do...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Filtration & water clarity, string algae, pond filtration
string algae, pond filtration, filtration water: Hi Richard, Sorry I am a liitle late answering your question but I have had PC problems, For clarity you maybe should clean your filter more than twice a year,when you clean it DON T clean it with tap water clean it with POND WATER,also apart from adding...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Fish, fish skin, rough surfaces
fish skin, rough surfaces, pond fish: Hi there! I guess you should have resealed the surface. That could prevent any toxins from the fiber glass leeching into the water. Rough surfaces would hurt the fish skin and it could create sores that would then be infected by bacteria which would kill...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Fish - Black Moor,fantails,koi, fin and tail rot, eye parasites
fin and tail rot, eye parasites, partial water change: Did you have other fish in your pond when you added the new fish? Did you quarantine the new fish? How many new fish are there? How big is the pond? It s good to quarantine because the new fish may have brought something into the pond. Missing fins are...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Fish Dying, water hyacinths, fancy goldfish
water hyacinths, fancy goldfish, string algae: Hi Teresa, I can t find anything that specifically indicates that maple leaves cause toxicity to pond fish although I know they are lethal to horses. But, I can tell you from personal experience (I had forgotten about this.) and from talking with other...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Fish Dying, pond fish, oxygen levels
pond fish, oxygen levels, algaecide: I m not familiar with that algaecide. What s in it? Whenever algaecide is used, it s potentially harmful to animals, not just directly but also if it kills off algae, then the oxygen levels in the pond may become too low. I suggest dealing with the algae...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Fish Offspring vs. Tadpoles, water lilies, pond fish
water lilies, pond fish, gallon pond: Hi Felicia, Thanx for your question. If you live in North America, most frogs breed in the Spring in the North and until about October in the Southern U.S., so, it s nearly the end of August, I would think that much of the breeding is probably over in most...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Fish, partial water change, pond fish
partial water change, pond fish, dechlorinator: Can you give me more information? How big is the pond? Have you tested the pH, hardness, ammonia, and nitrite lately? Can you describe how the fish turn black more? Goldfish do change color as they grow so I m not sure if that s a symptom or just normal...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Float, spigot, mastiff
spigot, mastiff, waterfall: I don t know how yours is setup. Is it attached to a spigot that you can turn off? It s got to have a source somewhere where you can turn it off. What about taping or tying up the float so it things the pond is always full? I ve never used an auto...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Frog, colored frog, green frog
colored frog, green frog, sitting on a rock: If you send me a photo at help at fishpondinfo dot com as well as where you live, I may be able to tell you. If the frog is native, it s not a hazard aside from the fact that it will eat things to stay alive. It sounds like the frog is aquatic. In the Eastern...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond filter cleaning, plastic coils, good bacteria
plastic coils, good bacteria, nitrogen cycle: Is it mud or pond gold? Pond gold is a thick black slop that accumulates in the bottom of the filter. It is not where your nitrogen cycle is mostly taking place. That s on the cleaner filter media. The slop is decomposing animal and plant waste which...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond filter, drs foster and smith, whiskey barrel
drs foster and smith, whiskey barrel, barrel pond: There are some internal filters but they do take up room so I understand wanting an external filter. Have you considered another whiskey barrel next to your current pond? They make whiskey barrel liners with lips for just this purpose. Aqua-Mart sells one...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond filters/pumps, uv sterilizer, pond algae
uv sterilizer, pond algae, filtration system: The filter material falls apart? It sounds like it needs some new material! I use a Pondmaster 1000 system and 700 gph pump with my 153 gallon pond. If your pond is an average of two feet deep, then it would be at most 150 gallons which is similar to the...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond filters, diameter range, pond filters
diameter range, pond filters, goldfish: I don t understand your dimensions. You have a circular pond that is 48 inches in diameter and a rectangular pond that is 7 feet by 2 feet or 7 inches by 2 inches or what? Assuming your ponds are in the 2 to 4 feet length/diameter range, then you want to...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond fish keep dying, red ear slider turtle, shubunkin goldfish
red ear slider turtle, shubunkin goldfish, feeder fish: Oh, that s strange. It sounds like something is wrong with the water unless you ve gotten bad batches of fish each time. As I mentioned before, I suggest water changes, adding carbon to the filter, testing the pH, ammonia, nitrite, and oxygen levels, and...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Goldfish, comet goldfish, fish louse
comet goldfish, fish louse, egg binding: Does the hole go all the way through? If so, it may be from something like a heron spearing the fish. If it s not really a hole and just a black area, it could just be an injury that is healing. You d have to look closely to rule out a fish louse as well....

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Heater, south central pennsylvania, koi keepers
south central pennsylvania, koi keepers, 18c: Hi Dale, Quite a lot of koi keepers here in the UK heat there pond over winter usually at aprox 18C to 20C degrees as long as the temperature of the water is over 15C the koi will continue to eat. I do not heat my pond and I have koi that have been swimming...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Help!, drinking water supply, phosphorus content
drinking water supply, phosphorus content, water fall: Matt, I would think it is a high phosphorus content in the water. I don t know of anything to prevent it. I think it is something you water supply is generating to prevent algi in the drinking water supply. If Problem persists get back...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Leaks, pond leaks, butyl rubber
pond leaks, butyl rubber, pond liners: The liner is Butyl rubber? They are usually pretty good. Koi won t put a hole in most pond liners. I don t know much about sturgeon though so who knows. Here is my section on leaks: http://www.fishpondinfo.com/pcare.htm#leak The level to which the pond...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond leaches, pond leaches, open wounds
pond leaches, open wounds, yard pond: Leeches are fairly common in ponds. Most ponds have leeches that feed on debris. I have them in my filters mostly. In your case, you have the less common parasitic leeches that are feeding on the blood of your turtles. Many parasite medications kill leeches,...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond life, waterfall filter, waterfall pump
waterfall filter, waterfall pump, luck john: Monique, For the health of a pond that sized, you really need a good skimmer, pump, and waterfall filter. This would give you adequate filtration and aeration. A 2900 gph waterfall pump will be good. If you want to have koi, you really should add this...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond life, barley bales, keeping goldfish
barley bales, keeping goldfish, string algae: Hi Laura, Thanx for the followup. Algae will grow in sun or shade. Try the barley bales. They really work and actually, they are small not like a large hay bale. Some pond stores sell a mesh that you can use around your lilies to keep them from being...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond loosing water, day pond, simple test
day pond, simple test, waterfall: Did you check for any leaks on the waterfall? Do you leave the waterfall constantly on? The longer you leave it on, the more water you would lose trough evaporation. You can do a simple test: Leave the waterfall runing all night long. Check how much...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Maintenance/Algae, water hyacinth, water lettuce
water hyacinth, water lettuce, green algae: How big is the pond? Fish will eat a lot of the floating plants. In warm months, water hyacinth and water lettuce grow well. The main hardy floating plant is duckweed. Fish love to eat it. In fishless ponds, it grows like mad. I will refer you to my...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Maintenance, barley straw, good bacteria
barley straw, good bacteria, pond maintenance: If the grass is in the water, it in fact may be aquatic grass or other vegetation which is good for the pond, keeping it intact, clear, and full of life. You could poison the grass but I don t recommend using toxins. If you do want to use chemicals, I...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond maintenance, six ponds, three ponds
six ponds, three ponds, pond weed: I live in Maryland but my father s from Colorado; our family had a ranch in Elbert, and we used to go to Denver and Colorado Springs every three years but I was last there in 1996 (my grandfather died in 1997). I don t recall seeing many ponds since it s...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond maintenance, mud bottoms, crawdads crayfish
mud bottoms, crawdads crayfish, place bass: The crawdads/crayfish I assume are making the water appear muddy while they move around and do their thing? There must be a LOT of crayfish to do that! I guess huge bass may eat some but they have to grow up first. I don t know enough about crayfish to...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond and mud!, aquarium pharmaceuticals, wheel barrow
aquarium pharmaceuticals, wheel barrow, pond vacuum: I would personally remove the dirt now before anyone is living in the pond. There are ways to get the dirt to settle more easily but the pond will also rot much faster with dirt in it. Now, if you had put the dirt in the pond when empty and put pea gravel...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Parasites, water hyacinths, fish diseases
water hyacinths, fish diseases, red worms: It was probably sick koi to begin with I am not too familiar with fish diseases. If the goldfish are happy I would let it go like that for a while before introducing any more Koi. I don t think the red worms are a factor I have had them and they don t seem...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Pest, e mail address, water plants
e mail address, water plants, aquatic plants: Jeff, I cannot answer your question. I am at my wits end with this issue. Contact Michigan State Extension Service and I am sure they can help you. Here is a URL. If they can t let me know and I ll see what else I can do. http://www.msue.msu.edu/portal/...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Pest, blood worms, water plants
blood worms, water plants, aquatic plants: Jeff, Sounds like blood worms, but blood worms don t affect anything and they are usually less than 1/4 long. They are just the larvae of a tiny midge. They inhabit every surface in the pond, but they don t eat plants. I would sooner think you ve got...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Plants, pea gravel, pond plants
pea gravel, pond plants, soil mix: I pot most of my plants in the heavy brown clay dirt from my yard. The pots are topped with pea gravel. Sometimes I use Schultz aquatic plant soil which is like brown cat litter (it s a baked clay). It s not cheap. I also top that with pea gravel. The...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Pump, pond pump, luck john
pond pump, luck john, ground fault: Adelle, Generally IF you can find someone who will work on the pump, it costs more to fix than to replace. Depending on the pump, you may be able to replace just the motor and save a couple of bucks over the price of a whole new pump. Good Luck, ...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond plants, purple fountain grass, water hyacinths
purple fountain grass, water hyacinths, wet roots: Hello Doreen! I see no problem with putting those grasses on the plant shelves as long as a few cautions are observed: 1) be sure the growing instructions for the plants allow for constantly wet roots. 2) no fertilizer, pestizides and other poisons have...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond problem, water lillies, backyard pond
water lillies, backyard pond, clarifiers: Hello Judy. The scale you are seeing is organic build up common to water gardens. Sometimes it will grow rapidly or excessively if the pH is too high. Check you pH. There are bacterial clarifiers that will help rid of this too. You can find them at any pond...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond questions, koi ponds, filtration systems
koi ponds, filtration systems, pond questions: I assume you meant 3 deep and not 3 ? A bottom pressure filter is what, a bottom drain? The common thing for filtration systems for koi ponds now is to have a skimmer and bottom drain go to a vortex and then other filters. If your pond is mostly for...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond to raise Crabs, blue crabs, salt marsh
blue crabs, salt marsh, salt level: I live near Baltimore, lots of blue crabs here. I don t eat crabs myself. The Bay varies in salinity depending on where you are, and the crabs can move to whatever level of salt that they prefer. I don t have first hand advice on saltwater ponds. I know...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond restocking, feeder goldfish, water lilies
feeder goldfish, water lilies, aquatic plants: Hi Sheila, Thanx for your question. Before I first got started, I just went to places that sold aquatic plants and looked at what they had and then I went home and studied them on the Internet. I check out other peoples ponds too for ideas. I have been...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond rocks 'turning' black and winterizing a pond, toads and frogs, pond rocks
toads and frogs, pond rocks, pine needles: Hello Tina! The good news is that the black color of the rocks will not hurt the pond or wildlife. It s completely normal and it means that your pond is indeed growing . This explains your clear water. The black is algae, sludge, patina, and other organic...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Salt, jim lawson, water pads
jim lawson, water pads, spring feed: I have never had any experience with pond salt. I am not really sure of the real benefits. You must live near a highly industrial area to get the PH up after a rain. I would be more worried about keeping the PH between 7.2 to 7.6. Waterlillies are always good...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Stocking Question, pond stocking, gallon pond
pond stocking, gallon pond, waterfall spillway: Hi Dagan, Thanx for your question. Sorry so late in replying. It will take a few years for your comets to get 14 inches long and crowded spaces tend to stunt a fish s growth too. I think the 6 are fine and will be fine for a number of years. I wouldn...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond size/muskrats/erosion, state soil conservation, pond enthusiasts
state soil conservation, pond enthusiasts, ornamental ponds: Hi Colette, Thanx for your question. Wow! This question is way out of my and most pond enthusiasts expertise. Let me get this straight. You have a pond that is 423 feet around and 35 feet deep? This sounds like a farm or agricultural pond to me and...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond size / size of fish, algal bloom, gallon pond
algal bloom, gallon pond, excess food: Hi Beth, Thanx for your question. I don t think it s the fish that is causing the problem. Are you feeding the fish too much and the excess food is causing an algal bloom? Floating plants help clean the water but you might want to pick up a barley bale...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond size, biological filtration, filter chamber
biological filtration, filter chamber, robyn: Your pond is only about 1400 US gallons with those measurements. If you want the koi to grow larger, then I would not put in more than 5 of them. If you add more, they will not grow as large, and the pond s biological filtration will eventually not be able...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond vacuums, ground pools, pond vacuums
ground pools, pond vacuums, pool pump: You can buy a pond vacuum that runs off of your existing pump and has a little bag on it they are about $30.00. I had one but didn t find it very good. What I will be experimenting with is a swimming pool pump and sand filter. Many times people with above...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Water / Plants, plant fertilizer, pond plants
plant fertilizer, pond plants, potted plants: The plants don t like hard water. Rain will dilute it some. Have you tested your well water for the following: pH, hardness (yes on that), ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, iron, phosphorus, etc.? The well water may have too much or too little of some nutrient...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Water Quality, pond bacteria, pond bottom
pond bacteria, pond bottom, fish pond: Hello Colby! Some sediment will always accummulate on the pond bottom and it is best to use a good beneficial pond bacteria to keep it to a minimum. If the worms are about 1 inch long, very skinny and brownish they are nothing to worry about, your fish will...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond Water, water butt, storage tank
water butt, storage tank, uk poster: I normally hold about 50% of the water so I end up doing a 50% water change which is less stressful. The new 50%, I get from my well. If you have city water, you d have to add dechlorinator. A water butt is like a storage tank or a well? Is it different...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond water quality, barley bales, water lillies
barley bales, water lillies, water lettuce: Hi Gordon, Thanx for your question. The fact that your water is turning color means you have algae in the water. I would recommend using water hyacinth, water lettuce, azolla and other floating plants that have extensive root systems that very effectively...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond weeds and edge, plant grass seed, pond weeds
plant grass seed, pond weeds, acres pond: Vetches come in all different colors choose the one you likeand to prevent it fom creeping into your lawn take a 1 foot strip of landscaping cloth and dig a 1 ffot slit in the ground and add the cloth vertically in the slit. this will stop the vetch from getting...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pond, red mud, farm pond
red mud, farm pond, watering hole: I once saw a site that they asked me to link to that has an additive that you add to dirt ponds to help them retain water. I can t find that site right now. I m afraid I m a bit out of sorts trying to fix my site which has been repeatedly hacked and totally...

Pond & Water Gardening: Ponds, ground ponds, filtration
ground ponds, filtration, frogs: Frogs are good at hopping and can jump into above ground ponds. Tub ponds don t have to have filtration but they will look cleaner if they do. I have tub ponds with and without filtration. My page on tub ponds is at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/tubpond.htm...

Pond & Water Gardening: Ponds, aquarium pharmaceuticals, pond algae
aquarium pharmaceuticals, pond algae, barley straw: Here are a number of ideas: Do a pond cleaning if you haven t done one this year. Add barley straw or extract. Add BZT (see www.united-tech.com, get their phone number, call them and ask for the ponder s special which is about $35 and will last you at least...

Pond & Water Gardening: Poorly Orfe, fish tuberculosis, water quality issues
fish tuberculosis, water quality issues, aquarium fish: I too have a bent orfe in my pond. The bending can be due to physical injury, shock (voltage in the water from a faulty pump, etc.), lightning, fish tuberculosis (my aquarium fish have it so that s a possibility in my case), vitamin deficiency, etc. I m...

Pond & Water Gardening: PROTECTING FISH, plastic piping, water sensor
plastic piping, water sensor, water plants: 5 or 6 inch would be OK. It is probably a good solution. Check out pricing it may be cheaper to use plastic piping. Toxitity is not an issue with either. This is a slice of life. Offer the protection to the fish. Only the smart and strong eill survive. Pick...

Pond & Water Gardening: PROTECTING FISH, chimney pipe, transistor radio
chimney pipe, transistor radio, water sensor: Hello Ray! How awful to be loosing fish on such a regular basis! Putting pipe in the pond is indeed a good idea in your case. What size you would put in depends on the size of your fish, but I would use at least 4 diameter. You can use WHITE PVC or terracotta...

Pond & Water Gardening: PROTECTING FISH, terra cotta pots, water sensor
terra cotta pots, water sensor, water plants: Hi Ray, Thanx for your question. You can use some terra cotta pots or build a series of caves with some rocks for your fish to hide under. Sometimes fish will jump out of the pond and beach themselves. I have seen this happen before with koi. I hope this...

Pond & Water Gardening: PROTECTION FOR FISH, pvc pipes, clay pots
pvc pipes, clay pots, water plants: Net your pond now. I ve had my pond since 1997 with no heron problems until this spring. I have lots of plants, PVC pipes (those non-toxic pipes you were asking about), clay pots, and a special thing sold for fish to hide in. I lost my favorite goldfish....

Pond & Water Gardening: PROTECTION WHEN KOI POND PUMP FAILS, siren alarm, circulation pump
siren alarm, circulation pump, koi fish: Hi Leo, You could have a secondary, independent pump system. It doesn t need to be sophisticated. The same system that activate the alarm could activate a well hidden sump pump with a pipe gushing the water up; just to aerate it. That would give you...

Pond & Water Gardening: Prefab pond floats, water seepage, little bit of water
water seepage, little bit of water, gallon pond: Hi Todd, Thanx for your question. I have never heard anything like this before. Are you sure there is not a small spring underneath your pond? Remove the pond completely and take a look at the earth underneath. Is there water seepage, some kind of spring...

Pond & Water Gardening: Prefab pond floats, little bit of water, gallon pond
little bit of water, gallon pond, pond kit: Todd, Put a plastic bowl full of water in the sink and start filling the sink outside of it. When the water reaches the lip of the bowl or slightly above it, it will float. The prefab pond shell weighs virtually nothing and even a small amount of water...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pregnant fish - I think!, egg binding, kidney malfunction
egg binding, kidney malfunction, koi carp: Pregnant koi/carp will be slightly enlarged but not large enough to burst. It is likely that the koi has either an internal bacterial infection or a kidney malfunction. Egg binding may happen if you don t have a male to help her lay the eggs. Egg binding...

Pond & Water Gardening: Problem with a goldfish, sick goldfish, aquarium pharmaceuticals
sick goldfish, aquarium pharmaceuticals, aquarium salt: Goldfish are known to pester or nibble on each other. If your fantail is female and the other one male, then it could be that he s trying to eat the eggs out of her and the tail is getting eaten too. Or, if any goldfish has an injury or lethargy, other goldfish...

Pond & Water Gardening: Protection of Koi fish in pond, air pumps, automatic generator
air pumps, automatic generator, driven air: I don t know too much about electricity. Is there a reason you or the neighbor can t check on the pond at least twice a day. If the fish will die faster than that, then the pond is really overcrowded. You can install and automatic generator to supply...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pump pumps out water overnight, poor fish, head scratcher
poor fish, head scratcher, large pond: OK this is a head scratcher at best. Two things does the area get windy at night or is there an intruder who diverts the water? Fiirst off where do you live ? I am betting on a prevailing wind. Do you live in the country or the city? If you answer these...

Pond & Water Gardening: Pumps, fountain instructions, impellor
fountain instructions, impellor, table fountain: Hi, If it is a submersible pump it should be completely covered by the water ,there should not be any damage by storing the pump over winter. does the pump make a noise when it is switched on? Is the impellor blocked ? Has the fuse blown? if it dosn...

Pond & Water Gardening: painting a pond, water lettuce, spray paints
water lettuce, spray paints, water plants: Hi Bonnie, Most of the spray paints would be toxic to fish. Before using anything, call the manufacturer and tell them what you intend to do. Maybe you should try to get in touch with the previous owner and ask him what did he feed the koi with. You don...

Pond & Water Gardening: papyrus tips turning brown, water lillys, dwarf papyrus
water lillys, dwarf papyrus, brown thumb: Plants aren t my forte (I have a bit of a brown thumb) but this is what I think. Dead leaves brown obviously. Sometimes you ll get healthy leaves though that get brown spots on them that then turn brown. I think that that may be some fungal rot. If a tropical...

Pond & Water Gardening: parasites, tiny worm, foodwise
tiny worm, foodwise, luck john: Tony, Sounds like tadpoles to me. Frogs very often lay eggs in new ponds and they hatch quickly into tiny tadpoles, often thousands of them. Here they are usually black, but they can be any color. They usually do no harm. The fish usually won t...

Pond & Water Gardening: persistant cloudy pond with clogged pump, partial water change, algae growth
partial water change, algae growth, good bacteria: It s probably not bacteria that are clogging the pump. It s probably a mix of algae, plant debris, and other debris. How big is your pond? What kind of pump and filter do you have? It sounds like the pump and/or filter are not adequate. Is the filter...

Pond & Water Gardening: pH, cu yd, nitrate levels
cu yd, nitrate levels, algae growth: Hi David, Sorry for being a bit late wuth an answer but I have been a little busy of late. I would try changing about 10% of the water on a weekly basis for a few weeks and then their should be some change in the water parameters.. You can visit my pond...

Pond & Water Gardening: ph 8.4, gal pond, calcium carbonate
gal pond, calcium carbonate, biological filter: Hi Joe, To lower your PH you need to add Calcium carbonate (CaC03) you will have to ask the supplier the amount to add, Your green water, if your UV bulb is over a year old it will not be working if it was working and was a big enough wattage for the size...

Pond & Water Gardening: ph in the big(8000 gallons) pond, water lettuce, water lilies
water lettuce, water lilies, water clarity: Hi there! Typical ponds have a pH range of 6 to 11. Any variations within that range would be considered normal. A rapid change in pH level could be dangerous and cause the whole system of a man made pond to crash. If the water looks a little green,...

Pond & Water Gardening: ph too high, ph of vinegar, white vinegar
ph of vinegar, white vinegar, gene hope: Hello Gene. pH is a very problematic variable with pond owners including me. Vinegar can be used to lower pH, but, vinegar is basic. The pH of vinegar is between 8 and 9 on the pH scale. Take care in using city water to fill your pond. Make sure you re...

Pond & Water Gardening: ph levels, cement ponds, cement mortar
cement ponds, cement mortar, liner ponds: Ponds are fine at a pH of 7 to 8. A pH of 7.5 is fine. If I said otherwise, it s because I have the flu and got confused with another e-mail with someone with a pH of 9.5 which is NOT good. If your pH is below 8, I wouldn t worry or do anything to adjust...

Pond & Water Gardening: placement of pond, front yard, back yard
front yard, back yard, rural areas: No, I ve not heard that. I don t recommend putting ponds in the front yard because the pond will attract more attention from passersby, neighbors, etc. who may harm the pond. Exceptions would be in rural areas or if the back yard is just too small. Good...

Pond & Water Gardening: plants, hand trowel, natural wetland
hand trowel, natural wetland, cat tails: You want to move cattails from a natural wetland to your pond? That s how I got my first cattail. Regular cattails grow like crazy and need yearly repotting if in a pot of 2 gallons like mine. Cattails are hard to kill. If you can get any root, you ll...

Pond & Water Gardening: plants that like a high ph, fancy goldfish, water lilly
fancy goldfish, water lilly, water lilies: What is your pH? If it s 8.5 or lower, that s usually fine. If it s higher than that, you really should try to bring it down. They sell pH down which is sulfuric acid but you can also use hydrochloric acid (sold at pool stores cheap but called muriatic...

Pond & Water Gardening: plants for shady pond, usda plant hardiness zone map, usda plant hardiness zone
usda plant hardiness zone map, usda plant hardiness zone, hardy lilies: I took this from a website on the subject. Bottom line is it looks like flowers need sun, but there are varieties which will flower somewhat Hopre this helps. If you go into Yahoo search for pond plats in the shade there are several websites you may be able...

Pond & Water Gardening: plants for shady ponds, marsh marigold, zebra rush
marsh marigold, zebra rush, shady ponds: Hi, Larry. None of my ponds are in full shade. Well, actually I have a 16 gallon pond in shade that is basically for the deer to drink out of. I don t keep plants in there anymore since they eat them all but I have kept parrot feather and water lettuce...

Pond & Water Gardening: plants, wetland area, wild plants
wetland area, wild plants, ornamental pond: Hey Steve, Thanx for your question. You may snag a few wild plants and I think that is great for a natural pond. Bear in mind that cattails often grow 4 feet tall or taller. Do you have room in your pond for these plants? You don t have any soil in...

Pond & Water Gardening: pleco problems, algae eaters, summer squash
algae eaters, summer squash, pond plants: Hi CJ, Thanx for your question. Plecostomus will not survive in areas where it gets cold. I just thought I d throw that in for general info. You should remove the fish (if you want to keep it alive) before water temps fall below 60 degrees F. Plecos...

Pond & Water Gardening: pleco's, liner pond, gold fish
liner pond, gold fish, goldfish: Plecos die below 50-55 degrees F so you d have to bring in plecos for the winter if you wanted them in your pond. How shallow is your pond? Have your goldfish overwintered okay in it? What problem do you have that makes you want to add the pleco? These...

Pond & Water Gardening: Should we take the plunge?, thier prices, hozelock
thier prices, hozelock, cotterill: Dear Kristine Well the first question to ask yourselves is how big you want it to be. The physical size has a direct affect on how much you will need to spend and how much it will cost to run. If you have a massive pond with fish in this will need filtering....

Pond & Water Gardening: polycarbonate sheeting, pond forum, pagola
pond forum, pagola, koi keepers: Hi Larry If you go to this pond forum http://www.koichat.com/ you will be able to find plenty of koi keepers who have done what you are going to do and you will find plenty of advice, If you wish to visit my pond the url is http://koi-z-are-us.20m.com...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond, outdoor spa, coarse screen
outdoor spa, coarse screen, filtering system: Kinda weird,but probably easy. Turn the jets down fairly low I assume there is a filtering system of sorts. Put a coarse screen on the water outake to prevent fish being sucked through it. Add plants and fish, get rid of the chemicals and go for it. ...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond, physical ability, colleen
physical ability, colleen, aquarium: Hi Colleen, Thanx for your question. To me, keeping an aquarium wasn t difficult. Like any hobby it required some time and attention. Keep a pond requires a certain amount of physical ability. If one cannot bend over, kneel, stretch, even get in the pond...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond, cement mortar, milky brown
cement mortar, milky brown, pond plants: Is it milky white or milky brown? How big is the pond? What s in it? Has it rained lately? Does rain from land around the pond run into the pond? Do you have any cemen, mortar, or limestone in or around the pond? How old is the pond? A milky white...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond, foam fractionator, waterfalls and fountains
foam fractionator, waterfalls and fountains, soap suds: Foam can be caused by actual soaps (soap suds) or by DOC (dissolved organic carbon). What was with the lily aside from the lily (meaning potting media, etc.)? It s possible something in there is organic and causing the foam. If the pond is really sudsy,...

Pond & Water Gardening: I have a pond, about 700 gallons,..., new pond, substantial size
new pond, substantial size, water changes: It s dissolved organic carbon. I cover some about it at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/pcare.htm#foam so read that. You can do water changes or add some carbon to try to reduce it. My guess is that it will continue to be a problem with that many fish in 700...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond algae, hair algae, pond algae
hair algae, pond algae, barley straw: It is normal for short hair algae to grow well in the colder months. At this time of the year, the plants and other algae are still dormant so the hair algae does well. Even I have a nice coating in my waterfall right now. That will not last once the plants...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond algae, feed algae, pond algae
feed algae, pond algae, ammonia levels: Hello Anne. As a person with ponds, I feel your pain! There are several things you can try. Enzymes and beneficial bacterias are usually your best bet for suspended algae. I can give you a few instances where they would not be very effective: 1) if the pH...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond algae, pond algae, barley straw
pond algae, barley straw, second pond: I would think for some reason the PH of the water is out of whack. Is should be somewhere about 7.4. Clean as much algi as possible try putting either pond peat in the filter or sink a bag of it in the water. You might also try barley straw it is supposed...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond bacteria, north central wisconsin, different types of bacteria
north central wisconsin, different types of bacteria, types of microorganisms: Hi there! A healthy pond would have many types of microorganisms. You can buy many different types of bacteria but only some of them will survive under specific conditions. Water acidity, chemical composition, light and temperature are the things that...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond cleaning, microbe lift, pond vacuum
microbe lift, pond vacuum, electric pond: I tend to just use a net to get up the larger debris. I add good bacteria and enzymes (BZT from http://www.united-tech.com and Microbe-Lift) to eat up the smaller debris. My 1800 gallon pond has never had a real cleaning and has very little debris. My smaller...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond cleaning/maintenance, mirror carp, pond algae
mirror carp, pond algae, lilly pad: Your cleaning program should help. You ll have to be careful while removing sludge to not stir things up too much and release bad gases in there. Do you have a Pondovac or some other pond vacuum? The water change and physical removal of the algae will not...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond cleaning, plastic fish ponds, barley bales
plastic fish ponds, barley bales, straw bales: Hello Linda! A brush is okay to use as long as it is new and clean (no cleaning agents or chemicals of any sort). A little green fuzz is just fine on the sides of the pond, though, it is a natural and good thing. If it starts growing long or really thick...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond clearity, water hyacinths, water lettuce
water hyacinths, water lettuce, gold fish: Tim, Unfortunately, an unlined pond is virtually impossible to clear. With fish and turtles in it constantly stirring up the mud, and outside water constantly running into it, it won t ever completely clear. Add a large quantity of floating plants like...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond construction, surface debris, mil epdm
surface debris, mil epdm, water plants: Hello Jeremy! Since you do not want fish, you will not really need a filter. The skimmer will be enough to keep the pump from clogging and to keep the pond clear of surface debris (most skimmers will also do a little bit of filtering). The tubing must go...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond design and building, diy pond, border collie
diy pond, border collie, prime functions: Mary, how big in gallons of water are you thinking? If over 1000 gallons look in the newspaper for someone trying to sell a pool filter. This kind of a pump will be invaluable for what you want. The intake can be contained in a box, the outlet can be adjusted...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond diseases, fish salt, helo
fish salt, helo, dyeing: Hi Linda, Thanx for your question. I would remove all of the fish because I think they are passing the disease amongst each other. Continue to treat the pond with the treaments and then start over next year with new fish. Salt is not the answer. Hope...

Pond & Water Gardening: My pond and my dog...., fish parasites, red worms
fish parasites, red worms, border collie: If the red worms were really small and actually have little heads, then they re bloodworms which are the larvae of midges (little flies commonly called gnats). If the red worms were larger, they could be earthworms or other real worms. None of these are...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond filter stopping up over night even though water is crystal clear???, pondmaster pump, pond filter
pondmaster pump, pond filter, uv light: Without seeing it is very difficult to be sure but somehow I think there is something wrong with the filter setup, I think after it is in use a few hours somehow the something shifts in the filter blocking the hose off stopping it up. check very carefully...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond filters, pond filter, pond filters
pond filter, pond filters, majic: Hi, If you take a look at my website and scroll to the filter page it will show you how I have built my own filter and how well it works, in fact I call it George s Majic Box becuase it is that good.my website is http://koi-z-are-us.20m.com George...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond filtration, water lillys, partial water change
water lillys, partial water change, water lillies: Hi Thomas, I don t know what a savio filter is as I have never heard of one, First you will find that koi keepers do not have pond plants or water lillies in their ponds ,the reason being that the koi will just pull them out of their containers or disturb...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond fish, water quality problems, odd fish
water quality problems, odd fish, pond fish: There a number of reasons fish may jump out of the water. Here are some that come to mind: 1. Simple fish happiness! 2. Spawning. 3. Parasites. 4. Water quality problems (poisoning, bad pH, high ammonia and/or nitrite, etc.) - you should check your...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond fish, golden orf, ultra violet filter
golden orf, ultra violet filter, diseased fish: Hi Hazel, Thanx for your question. Here s what I think. It sounds like a diseased fish was into the pond at some time or the fish were stressed for some reason (new surroundings, temperature changes, chemical changes to the pond from too much rain, etc.)....

Pond & Water Gardening: pond fish, orange pond, pond fish
orange pond, pond fish, orandas: Hi Marvin, Thanx for your question. I think your fish is fine. It is common for goldfish and koi to change their colors and markings as they get older. I think your fish may have always had red coloring around its eyes and this has become more pronounced...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond fish, aquarium store, sick fish
aquarium store, sick fish, pond fish: Hi Linda, Thanx for your question. There is definitely a disease in the pond either introduced by one of the fish or by some other animal. I would suggest taking one of the sick fish to a store that sells gold fish (preferably a professional pet or aquarium...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond fish, dead plants, pond fish
dead plants, pond fish, fish pond: The plants are dying or just dying back for winter? It sounds like you need to get a pump and filter that works. How big is the pond? Stop feeding the fish when the water temperature is below 50-55 degrees F. Where do you live? I m in MD and have stopped...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond fish, blanket weed, salt concentration
blanket weed, salt concentration, gold fish: Your pond is overcrowded. Koi and orfe both need large ponds (over 1000 gallons), and you have a lot of fish. You re also adding even more fish. I suggest that you stop adding fish and work on treating those that you have already. To treat the ick, use...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond fish, koi keeper, agressive fish
koi keeper, agressive fish, pond fish: Hi, The koi will mix quite well as they not agressive fish, but it is not a good idea to mix fish from different ponds especially koi withot quarantining them as disease can easily be transmitted from one fish to another,just keep an eye on the fish for a...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond fish, water quality issues, nitrite levels
water quality issues, nitrite levels, pond fish: I m sorry about your fish. It sounds like the new fish brought in some parasite, bacteria, or other problem. It s a good idea to quarantine fish in the future. To diagnose your fish, you might try taking one to a pond store that has a microscope or contacting...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond fish, adult fish, pond fish
adult fish, pond fish, gold fish: Hi Kimberly, Thanx for your question. I have to admit that I cannot tell you how to determine the gender of goldfish. However, I can tell you that in my experience, when I had 6 or 8 adult fish in the pond, I ended up with babies. The fish usually start...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond fish, domestic fish, koi pond
domestic fish, koi pond, reproduction rate: Ricky, yes you can put bluegill in your koi pond. It would be wise to quarantine the bluegill for a couple of days before putting them into your pond. Sometimes wild fish may have parasites etc that could harm your koi pond. Wild fish will keep the reproduction...

Pond & Water Gardening: My pond fish are acting crazy, goldfish spawning, goldfish breeding
goldfish spawning, goldfish breeding, calico fantail: Um, welcome to the world of goldfish spawning! When people say their goldfish are acting crazy, it s usually breeding activity. It sounds like the Oranda and shubunkin are female, and the others were trying to spawn with them. Goldfish don t need an excuse...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond fish acting strange, water quality issues, partial water change
water quality issues, partial water change, microbe lift: Microbe-Lift should not harm the fish. It sounds like the fish are scared because a predator has visited. Are any fish missing? Could a heron or raccoon have visited? I would rule out water quality issues by testing the pond for pH, hardness, alkalinity,...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond fish dying, ammonia levels, oxygen levels
ammonia levels, oxygen levels, pond fish: Your pond is about 600 gallons. If it has a lot of plants, the fish might get enough to eat but I recommend feeding them. You say you run a fountain during the day. Does that mean that you turn it off at night? It should run all the time. Does it include...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond fish/frogs in winter, pond frogs, frog eggs
pond frogs, frog eggs, sunlight requirements: The pond is not that small, almost 500 gallons with the smaller size estimate. Goldfish will do fine with most species of pond frog. Larger pond frogs like bullfrogs may eat smaller goldfish. In turn, goldfish will eat frog eggs and smaller tadpoles. I...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond fish, golden orfe, predator problem
golden orfe, predator problem, lack of oxygen: Hi Maureen, Thanx for your question. You are absolutely on target that your fish are suffering from lack of oxygen. You said you shut off the filter and the water got murky. In general, what you described about your fishes activity indicates a lack of...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond foam/suds, goldfish pond, water change
goldfish pond, water change, pond liner: I am not sure exactly what has happened but doesnt soung good. The only thing that might help is apond starter chemical, then treat with an algacide a few days later. Sounds like maybe some kind of fungus. Othe thing you did t overdose the pond with plant...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond frogs, pond frogs, dead frogs
pond frogs, dead frogs, gallon pond: You can bring the frogs in and keep them warm and active, hibernate them indoors, hibernate them in the pond if it s deep enough, or relocate them to a pond that is deep enough. I have a section on helping frogs to overwinter in the pond (I also used to have...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond and gold fish, fish deaths, gold fish
fish deaths, gold fish, hole in the ice: The fish just died recently or was this last year? How cold was it when the fish died? The goldfish shouldn t die unless they actually freeze, or there is not a hole in the ice for gas exchange. How big is your pond and how deep? If it s over two feet...

Pond & Water Gardening: My pond is green!, polly wogs, barley straw
polly wogs, barley straw, lakeland fl: Ok build a biological filter and put pond peat or barley straw in it, I don t know what the PH of the water in Florida is but doing this should keep it at 7.4 or ther abouts. Sometimes Mother Nature needs a helping hand. I think this is a guy that sells pond...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond ich treatment, goldfish pond, clout
goldfish pond, clout, stres: Hi Sarah, Love your name. Thanx for your inquiry. You have legitimate concerns but I think, based upon what you have indicated, your fish are probably going to be okay. You made the treatment. The treatment will only stay active for a short while however,...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond lillies, lilly pads, ornamental pond
lilly pads, ornamental pond, problem thanks: Sheila, lilies are very invasive. If the stems are growing overly long, it could be the plant is reaching for more sunlight. Has a tree grown larger in the past three years and possibly taken some sun from the plant? Another reason could be that the plant...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond lillys, cement blocks, deep pond
cement blocks, deep pond, lillys: Linda, The lillies should be about 3 feet deep. Put them on a couple of cement blocks or how ever many until they break the surface. You can keep moving them down after that , but be sure to fertilize them and they should be good to about any depth. I would...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond lillys, tropical lilies, shallow areas
tropical lilies, shallow areas, robyn: Normally, 6 inches to a foot it good but smaller lilies may like less water over the crown while larger lilies and tropical lilies may be able to take a few feet of water over the crown (usually only once the leaves are up). If your pond doesn t have shallow...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond liner, roofing supply, roofing company
roofing supply, roofing company, size pond: That is correct (you d need a 17 x 17.5 liner) if your dimensions are correct. The liner would be the length plus twice the depth plus a foot overlap on both ends minimum. I m afraid the 16 may barely fit or fall back into the pond over time but it may...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond liner, pond liner, skimmer
pond liner, skimmer, koi: Hi, I am afraid you have got problems if one root has got through your liner, more will most probably follow, I would find which plant or tree it is and look at removing it or at least the roots near your pond.The best way to mend your liner is to patch it...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond liners, truck bed liner, fiberglass resin
truck bed liner, fiberglass resin, pond liners: How big an area are you talking about if it is fairly small you might try brush on truck bed liner they use in pickup trucks. A resin may work but I would suggest going to a fibreglass supply store or marine supply. I will surf the web a little more and try...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond maintaince, pvc pipe, copper sulfate
pvc pipe, copper sulfate, acre pond: Take a couple of pieces of styrofoam, fairly thick so it will float on the surface. Take some pvc pipe stick it through the foam it will act as a chimney to remove any gases built up by the fish. you might also float a couple of logs in the pond to prevent...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond maintenance, brown algae, organic debris
brown algae, organic debris, good bacteria: Things will grow in a pond. Some of what you re seeing could be brown algae (diatoms). In the rocks, it could also simply be settled organic debris (bits of plants from around the pond and so forth). Microorganisms will start to grow in the pond even without...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond maintenance-lily pads & cattails, grass carp, lily pads
grass carp, lily pads, country pond: I am against herbicides. None are truly safe. Some will probably be ok for fish and humans to some extent. Not using them myself, I don t have a preferred toxin. Cattails can be almost impossible to get rid of even with toxic chemicals. Lilies are eaten...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond maintenance, cat tails, pond maintenance
cat tails, pond maintenance, pond supply: That is a problem, try using something like sump pump with a big hose and a strainer on the end the pump will be 11/4 to 11/2 in diameter the big algaie will get caught in the strainer and the clearer water will be returned to the pond. You might want to...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond plant protectors, koi ponds, potting plants
koi ponds, potting plants, pea gravel: I live in the US and have bought some of the plant protectors. They re not as good as you d think. They tend to bunch up, let fish in to nibble, trap fish (mine even trapped and killed a bullfrog, collapse over time, and hamper the plants by reducing light...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond plants, hardy water lilies, water lillies
hardy water lilies, water lillies, water lettuce: Where do you live? How cold does it get there? The cattails and hardy water lilies are hardy and can live below freezing. The cattails can freeze solid and live but the roots of the lilies must not freeze. The water lettuce is a tropical plant. I ve not...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond plants, hardy waterlilies, pond plants
hardy waterlilies, pond plants, lilie: There are no true evergreen lilies. If you mean ones that come back each year then that would include all the hardy waterlilies. In warm zones like Florida, the tropical waterlilies may remain active (leaves) all year. There are tons of waterlilies out...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond plants - papyrus, canna, etc, sphagnum moss, pond plants
sphagnum moss, pond plants, usda zone: Papyrus likes semi-shade. Since it s warm where you are, it is probably better to have shade than sun. If it is in 100% shade, I would move it to get some sun for just an hour or two a day at least. Some canna will grow in water but others do not do well....

Pond & Water Gardening: pond plants, pool ph, pond plants
pool ph, pond plants, new roots: Hello again, Donna! You can adjust the pH with product available for it. Since you mentioned that the plants in the waterfall are green I suspect it is probably your fish. Maybe you can rotate the ones in the waterfall with the ones in the pond so the ones...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond problems, dead goldfish, kind of trees
dead goldfish, kind of trees, pond problems: Hi James, Thanx for your question. First, do you have any trees or shrubs dropping leaves into the pond and if so, what kind of trees or shrubs are they. You said the water was turning yellowish so there may be an infestation of algae. I would suggest...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond pump & filter, heating pumps, gal pond
heating pumps, gal pond, time jerry: Hi Jerry, If you take a look at my pond and filter on my website at http://koi-z-are-us.20m.com you will see on the DIY page how to build a filter ,the pumps that I use are central heating pumps, hope you enjoy your visit to my Japanese garden. All the...

Pond & Water Gardening: getting pond ready for cooler weather ahead, 20m, waterfall
20m, waterfall, filtration: Hi, I keep my filtration running all the time but in winter I turn the pump down so that it is a lot slower ,but we don t get the cold and freezing winters that we used to get years ago.I don t know how cold it gets in Ohio but you must keep a part of the...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond rust, beneficial bacteria, gal pond
beneficial bacteria, gal pond, biological filter: If you have a biological filter which you should have be sure to put pond peat in the filter it stabilizes the water. Do you have a pump or fountain running? I think it would be OK to add some plants. The water should clear. The problem is that for a pond...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond salt, salt treatment, seasalt
salt treatment, seasalt, hi tim: Hi Tim, Thanx for your question. Yes, you may use rock salt in place of pond salt. Follow the same dosage procedures. In generally a gradual salt treatment for whole ponds is the norm over large dosages. You may use stronger doses in a hospital aquarium...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond set-up, happy plants, great fish
happy plants, great fish, gallon pond: Hi alex, When you clean your filter DON T use tap water use pond water as tap water will kill the bacteria that has built up on the media in your filter, it dosn t need cleaning to often, alll ponds and filters work differently even ponds of the same volume...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond set-up, uv clarifier, bio balls
uv clarifier, bio balls, water lilly: Alex, Sounds like you are well on your way. You may still have a couple of green cycles in the next year or so. So if you start getting green water, just cut back on the fish food and double up on your bacteria concentrate and let the water balance...

Pond & Water Gardening: Is our pond too shallow?, algae bloom, wildlife ponds
algae bloom, wildlife ponds, shallow ponds: Where do you live? If you re in Zone 7 or higher, it should be deep enough for small animals to overwinter. If you re in a colder area, it may be harder for tadpoles or small native fish if you added those to survive the winter. If you added aeration and/or...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond snails, pond snails, flag fish
pond snails, flag fish, parrot feather: Hello Mary! Sorry it took me so long to answer, I was out of town for a few days. You can use pretty much any vegetable that is light in color and will float for a while (lettuce, thin potato slices are a couple of examples). It would also be good if you...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond snails, ramshorn snails, pond snails
ramshorn snails, pond snails, flag fish: Hi, I am no expert on snails all I know is their eggs are laid on plants and look like blobs of jelly, your best chance to get rid of them maybe to introduce some fish they will eat the eggs and the small snails and yes they certainly will breed . you can...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond stocking, california fish and game department, california fish and game
california fish and game department, california fish and game, dfg ca: Hi CJ, Thanx for your question. For best results, contact the California Fish and Game Department. There are many restrictions for shipping plant and animal material into California so the Cal. F&G might be able to hook you up better. Hope this helps....

Pond & Water Gardening: pond stocking, rosy red minnows, feeder fish
rosy red minnows, feeder fish, pond stocking: There are lots of fish you could try. I suggest native fish which include the rosy red minnow which is sold as a feeder fish. There are hundreds of native species including some huge catfish and smaller catfish. My page on native fish is at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/misc2.htm...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond turning color, water hyacinths, shubunkin
water hyacinths, shubunkin, pond system: Hi Don, Thanx for your question. You have a pond-system that is out of balance. Have you checked your filters to make sure they are working properly? Can they handle the amount of water that they have to filter? Check your filters to see if they are clear...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond walls, retaining wall blocks, cinder blocks
retaining wall blocks, cinder blocks, pond walls: I m not familiar enough with the sturdiness of the exact wall blocks you might be considering using. The pressure on the blocks will depend on the depth of the water above ground. You can use cinder blocks with mortar or wood (2 x 4 s and such) to make the...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond water, barley bales, string algae
barley bales, string algae, pond water: Hi Linda, Thanx for your question. It sounds like string algae which may sometimes attach itself to the sides of the pond and make the water appear green. There are several types of algacide you can buy at the garden store that has pond supplies. Barley...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond water, aquarium pharmaceuticals, marble chips
aquarium pharmaceuticals, marble chips, accuclear: It helps to pre-rinse any gravel or rocks added to the pond as you ve found. Once in there though, the rock dust should settle out onto the bottom over time or can be filtered out using thin filter matting. You can add a polymer coagulant like AccuClear...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond water, water celery, louisiana iris
water celery, louisiana iris, water lettuce: Hi Mary, Thanx for your question. So, you have a pump and filter, yes? YOu can use the barley bags which are available at nurseries that sell pond supplies and these help keep down the string algae and other vegetation that causes the pond to get stagnant....

Pond & Water Gardening: pond water, roof runoff, rain barrel
roof runoff, rain barrel, golfish: It is not a good idea to run your roof runoff into the pond. If the roof is new, there are chemicals that will run into the pond, and many are toxic. Even if the roof is well aged and devoid of chemicals, think of what could end up in there. With each rain,...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond water, water hyacinths, soap suds
water hyacinths, soap suds, water overflows: Hello Frank! Generally bubbles in the pond mean that there is an overabundance of decomposing organic matter. The best way to get rid of them and improve the water quality is to improve oxygen content (by using a bigger pump or supplementing with a second...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond water and fish, algae problems, barley straw
algae problems, barley straw, lawn fertilizer: When fish try desperately to get out of the water, poisoning is often a cause. This can be due to ammonia, nitrite, pesticide/herbicide/chemical runoff, or direct poisoning (humans can be nasty). The remedy is a larger water change ASAP with the addition...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond water lillys, lilly pads, water lilly
lilly pads, water lilly, gallon pots: Often, when you buy a new lily and put it into the pond, it will drop most of the growth that it had on there when you bought it. This is normal and do to the stress of moving from place to place. The lily should be potted in a 2 to 7 gallon pot (I mostly...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond water/muddy, tea color, water ph
tea color, water ph, pond water: Is the mulch getting wet? that may be causing the problem. You may also have a condition called black water, which to my understanding is great. I only experienced it once and it was awesome. No problems. What you might try is pond algacide, use as directed...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond water stays green, algae in ponds, annoying task
algae in ponds, annoying task, rain water: Hello Tammil! Algae in ponds is a very lengthy subject, much too involved to answer quickly here. I can steer you toward a free resource, though, that should be able to help you eliminate the problem. Just go to www.pondmarket.com and download the following,...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond water, water hyacinth, water lettuce
water hyacinth, water lettuce, plastic balls: Hi Donna, Thanx for your question. When you say dirty do you mean the water is cloudy as though there is mud in it or do you mean cloudy with algae (greenish, yellowish or brownish green)? Have you cleaned out the filter? If it s a bio filter with the...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond/waterfall problems, hydrogen peroxide, blanket weed
hydrogen peroxide, blanket weed, algie: Hi, I am sorry to say but I think your pond will allways suffer from blanket weed as you say it is in full sun and with it being small at 48 X12 deep the water will quickly warm up thus making the weed grow and the water turn green but if you have no fish...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond/waterfall pump/filter, waterfall pump, leaks
waterfall pump, leaks, good luck: I m sorry about your leak. The auto fill will mostly stop running if the leak was in the waterfall. If it s in the pond itself, it will keep filling as it leaks. Here is my section on leaks: http://www.fishpondinfo.com/pcare.htm#leak Good luck...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond weeds, feeder goldfish, pond weeds
feeder goldfish, pond weeds, happy valentines: Apart from getting some harsh chemicals and killing everything in it you are stuck with a small lake Mother Nature at her best. What I would suggest is get a bunch of feeder goldfish. They are available at any fish store for about 35 cents. Thay will grow...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond in a wetland, drainage control, drainage system
drainage control, drainage system, weland: I am sure it is possible. There is a lot to consider. The location of the pond has to be lower than the wetland, then comes the problem of overflow it would have to be pumped or on the low side of the pond. I would really have to see it to see what you are...

Pond & Water Gardening: pond, oak tree, passersby
oak tree, passersby, acorns: Oaks and a lot of plants produce chemicals that deter other plants from growing under their canopies. Also, shade reduces the plants that grow. You can have ponds in a front yard but they are more prone to being seen and tampered with by passersby. I would...

Pond & Water Gardening: pondfish disease, pond plants, pond fish
pond plants, pond fish, lathargic: Sorry I just got this message again I guess my first answer didnt make it through. I think you have a disease in the pond alright. Getting rid of it could be a problem. If the chemical treatment doesn t work you may have to drain the pond and refill. In any...

Pond & Water Gardening: ponds, water chemistry, gallon pond
water chemistry, gallon pond, new pond: If you don t already have fish that need to go into a new pond, I suggest letting it sit for a week or two. This lets you make sure everything s working (filter, aeration, no leaks, etc.), lets plants get established, lets the water chemistry even out, and...

Pond & Water Gardening: ponds, cottonmouth snake, garter snake
cottonmouth snake, garter snake, water moccosin: I think the problem is the pond. The snake can spot easy pickings. That is a slice of nature. I don t think the rocks are a problem. Try letting the snake form it s boundary he may keep the others away. Personally I would kill the bugger and all his friends...

Pond & Water Gardening: ponds, heavy rain, water features
heavy rain, water features, ponds: Hello Lilly! It sounds like someone poured something into the pond (or something washed into it if you had a heavy rain). Is it accessible to children or teenagers, who may have thought they were being funny? The pond will most likely have to be emptied and...

Pond & Water Gardening: ponds, oak tree leaves, oak leaves
oak tree leaves, oak leaves, lignins: A few leaves would not cause much problem. A lot of leaves will release a lot of tannins and lignins and their related acids such as tannic acid. Those will turn the water brown and lower the pH, perhaps to a dangerous level. So, oak leaves can be toxic...

Pond & Water Gardening: ponds cont ., carnivous plants, ground ponds
carnivous plants, ground ponds, cement wall: You can make an above ground pond. Some people make a cement wall with mortar which is then lined with a pond liner. Others make a 2 x 4 wooden frame for the pond and line that. I don t have any personal experience with above ground ponds but it certainly...

Pond & Water Gardening: ponds and gardening, tall weeds, accessible html
tall weeds, accessible html, landscaping company: You can try your local landscaping company or maybe the quarry. Our local quarry will bring rocks like slate to you but usually don t set it up. Perhaps you could get someone to help you with that (relative, friend, neighbor) for free or less money than...

Pond & Water Gardening: ponds, biological filters, linda linda
biological filters, linda linda, baf: Linda, it appears you have an agai problem, try to scoop it out if it clumps. If not you should probablt try algacide and sink a baf of pond peat in the pond , it will hwlp your algai problem check out some websites for making biological filters failing that...

Pond & Water Gardening: preformed pond material, preformed ponds, polyethelene
preformed ponds, polyethelene, polyvinylchloride: Hi there! I think that those ponds are made out of PVC plastic(polyvinylchloride) Why don t you do a little test? Use a fine sand paper so that the surface of the preformed pond will adhere better to the foam. Stick a piece of the liner to it and see...

Pond & Water Gardening: pregnant fish?, water lettuce, beneficial bacteria
water lettuce, beneficial bacteria, green water: Vikki, They may be pregnant. Spawning activity usually includes a lot of chasing around and jumping. From you description of the green water, you may be over feeding which could also cause the fish to be fat. A simplified formula for green water...

Pond & Water Gardening: pregnant goldfish?, pregnant goldfish, baby frogs
pregnant goldfish, baby frogs, algae control: When a goldfish becomes egg laden, she becomes slightly enlarged. If she is huge or really fat, she is probably not full of eggs. This section on my site is entitled, Why is my fish fat? and lists some possibilities: http://www.fishpondinfo.com/health4.htm#fat...

Pond & Water Gardening: problem with fish, gold fish, garden pond
gold fish, garden pond, ponds: What is the temperature of the pond? What is the temperature of the inside container? Or was it outside? You may want to bring the fish inside until spring. The warmer water will let you feed him and treat him for a possible internal infection or perhaps...

Pond & Water Gardening: problem with fish, water quality problem, fish pond
water quality problem, fish pond, water ph: Hello Jan! The first thing would be to test the water (pH, ammonia, nitrite) to make sure it is healthy. It does sound like there is a water quality problem. Most pet stores that sell fish will test water for free. Please let me know what the test results...

Pond & Water Gardening: protecting fish, water sensor, water plants
water sensor, water plants, lillies: hi Ray, I am sorry to hear of your problem, I cannot think what can have pulled the fish out and laid them side by side on the ground apart from a person, if an animal or bird had done it there would have been marks on the fish, I had to net my pond last...

Pond & Water Gardening: pump size for small pond, bell shape, riser tube
bell shape, riser tube, belated response: Sharon, sorry for the belated response. For some reason, every time I tried to answer this question the site would time out and I would loose everything. Try tightening up the fountain head. It s probably two or three pieces. There e the riser tube, the...

Pond & Water Gardening: pumping water, shallow lake, hot weather
shallow lake, hot weather, sump pump: John, a third, half or three quarter will work. A sump pump has an inch and 1 quarter outlet. reduce that down to a half inch garden hose and the pressure will water the neighbors lawn across the road. I would settle for half, when in doubt go for middle...

Pond & Water Gardening: Questions about Half-barrel pond, barrel pond, gallon pond
barrel pond, gallon pond, shubunkin: I personally have never put a liner inside a container to make a pond. I think that they usually put some sort of rim around the edge between the edge and the liner and then put in nails or staples. If you just staple gun it around, it should be functional...

Pond & Water Gardening: Raccons, raccoon deterrents, hot chili peppers
raccoon deterrents, hot chili peppers, rosy red minnows: I m sorry about your koi. I too have raccoons who visit my pond almost every night. They haven t gotten too many fish but like to dump snails on land, knock over pots, tear up plants, and generally be bad. My raccoon section is at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/mammals.htm#raccoon...

Pond & Water Gardening: Raccoons proofing a pond, smart alec, pond one
smart alec, pond one, water plants: Hi Lizz, Thanx for your question. Not to be a smart-alec but basically, an outdoor dog or dogs will keep the critters away from the pond. Once they find easy pickings they will raid the pond until they have decimated it and then move on to green pastures...

Pond & Water Gardening: Raiding my pond, fish pieces, ground hog
fish pieces, ground hog, dogs and cats: Hi Susan, Thanx for your question. Dogs and cats will raid ponds. I have seen them do it. I live in the city also, right near downtown and I have seen raccoons and possum too and they will eat fish. I think the raccoons will actually get into the water...

Pond & Water Gardening: Raising pond acidity, cement mortar, limestone rocks
cement mortar, limestone rocks, pool stores: Aha! So, we know the problem is not with or in the pond but the source water or the pH test kit. To rule out the test kit, I suggest testing the water with two or three different types of pH test kits. You will find they do not all agree. So, assuming...

Pond & Water Gardening: RES, plastic storage container, red eared sliders
plastic storage container, red eared sliders, algae eaters: Your 60 gallon pond may be ok for a few small turtles. It s not large enough for koi. Koi experts say to have 1000 gallons for the first koi and at least 100 gallons more for each additional koi. In such a small pond, it would be very hard to maintain water...

Pond & Water Gardening: Re-intoducing fish., blow up pool, kiddie pools
blow up pool, kiddie pools, good bacteria: Your new pond should have everything running and working fine including filters and aeration. Aerate the new pond well because both well and tap water are low in oxygen. You can use air stones, fountains, waterfalls, etc. to do that. After the water is...

Pond & Water Gardening: Re-intoducing fish., blow up pool, fish waste
blow up pool, fish waste, beneficial bacteria: Hello Lindsey! First make sure that a) the pH in the pond has been adjusted and b) the chlorine has been removed. After those steps, the most important factor is that the water temperature in the pond and the container with the fish is about the same. Stop...

Pond & Water Gardening: Re-intoducing fish., blow up pool, plastic baggie
blow up pool, plastic baggie, gallon pond: Hi Lindsey, Thanx for your questions. I have put tap water (almost full) into a 1,300 gallon pond, let it sit overnight (at least 24 hours) and reintroduced my fish (gradually). Here s the deal. One can put tap water into the pond, let it sit for 24 hours...

Pond & Water Gardening: Rebuilding a pond, vacuum effect, dilemna
vacuum effect, dilemna, water flow: I would think it is either a semi clog or the pipe is too small in diameter to accomodate the flow. How big is the pond and how big is the pipe? As far as a reference book knowing your situation the only I would think is search the Web until you find your...

Pond & Water Gardening: Red Worms In Filter, red worms, blood worms
red worms, blood worms, pool filter: I assume you are referring to blood worms? Or, are they larger, more like earthworms? Either way, the chlorine should kill them. Are you sure they re still alive (moving)? Bloodworms are the larvae of certain midges which are little flies. They may lay...

Pond & Water Gardening: Red worms ?, water hyacinths, red worms
water hyacinths, red worms, blood worms: Hi Eleanor, Thanx for your question. I apologize for being tardy in my response. The red worms sound like blood worms which are the larvae of the midgefly. They are harmless and fish will eat them. I ve seen them a lot in fresh water ponds and slow moving...

Pond & Water Gardening: RedGoldfish turned white, shubunkins, parasitic disease
shubunkins, parasitic disease, change colour: Hi Alfie, Thanx for your question. Does the fish look like it has a lot of white fuzz or fur on it? If the pigment of the skin has change this is quite possible. Goldfish and koi will change colors as they age. Is the fish acting any differently than...

Pond & Water Gardening: Reducing lime in new concrete pond, coffee pots, concrete pond
coffee pots, concrete pond, sweeping brush: Hi, My pool is concrete and what I did was scrub the walls and base with a strong solution of acetic acid (VINEGAR), you don t say how big your pond is but depending on the size pour one or two bottles of acetic acid in the water that is allready in your...

Pond & Water Gardening: Reflection pools, reflection pools, mosquito larvae
reflection pools, mosquito larvae, bacillus thuringiensis: Hi Emily, Most of the pools that I design have a filtering system. People can run them at night, or whenever no one is around. Not only they prevent mosquito larvae from growing, but also get rid of fallen debris. Mosquito rings could be placed in ways...

Pond & Water Gardening: Run-off Water Contamination, aquarium pharmaceuticals, plant pots
aquarium pharmaceuticals, plant pots, accuclear: If it s just dirt that got in, it should be ok. If the dirt has a lot of nutrients, expect an algae bloom though. To clear up the dirt, you can simply let it settle over time or add a polymer coagulant like AccuClear by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals (a bit expensive...

Pond & Water Gardening: Running the Pump..., planktonic algae, rock and gravel
planktonic algae, rock and gravel, pond pump: The koi really will learn stay out. They ll only get trapped when they are weak or sick, or if your pond level gets low and the get sucked in. Put a screen over it for a while just to be sure if you want. But this negates the skimmer action. Good luck...

Pond & Water Gardening: Runoff/ground water problem?, flexible drain pipe, diane armstrong
flexible drain pipe, diane armstrong, flexible liner: I think the problem is the red clay, because the clay does not drain well what is happening the water is getting behind the liner and the clay underneath acts like a pot that is filling up and displacing the liner. Here are some ideas, redirect the water from...

Pond & Water Gardening: Ryukin goldfish's hump, how long till it is prominent?, temperature water, hump
temperature water, hump, four inches: It will become more prevalent as the goldfish grows older. A one inch goldfish is still pretty tiny. I would say that by four inches, the fish should have a pretty obvious hump behind the head (up to the back). A ryunkin may take 2 to 5 years to grow to...

Pond & Water Gardening: raising minnows, drs foster and smith, minnow pond
drs foster and smith, minnow pond, pond plants: What species of minnow? I will assume the fathead or rosy red minnow since they re easiest to get and my favorite. My page on them is at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/rosies.htm They will eat most anything. Pond plants are a long discussion. My page on...

Pond & Water Gardening: I just recently started having..., anchor worm, sick fish
anchor worm, sick fish, bacterial infection: At 2-3 long, she/he is too small to breed yet. How big is the swelling? If it s severe, it may be a bacterial infection. What hole is the white string coming from? If it s from the wound, that makes sense. A thin white string hanging off a fish is...

Pond & Water Gardening: red worms, midge larvae, insect larvae
midge larvae, insect larvae, caddisfly larvae: They are most likely bloodworms or other midge larvae or perhaps caddisfly larvae. Bloodworms are the larvae of midges which are tiny fly-like insects. They will not harm the tadpole. They will eventually pupate into adults so you may not want the little...

Pond & Water Gardening: Tubifex or blackworms, insect larvae, brown tubes
insect larvae, brown tubes, blood worms: The tiny legs at the front of bloodworms are hard to see. You may not see them without a microscope. Bloodworms are bright, bright red. The worms are eating the leftover food? First, then I would use a gravel vacuum to remove that food and the worms...

Pond & Water Gardening: rejuvenating pond in S.W. Florida, crushed oyster shell, drought season
crushed oyster shell, drought season, oyster shell: I don t know that you could prevent grass from growing on the edges as the water recedes aside from using poisons or adding more water. I suggest planting those areas with drought-tolerant marginal plants like spike rush and other rushes and the smaller kinds...

Pond & Water Gardening: reviving my pond, tropical water lilies, tropical country
tropical water lilies, tropical country, pond liner: Hi Matthew, Thanx for your question. I think your idea has merit. You ll need to make sure there are no sharp edges that will puncture the liner. Check this website out for more information. I hope this helps. Tom http://www2.luresext.edu/aquaculture/stopping_leaks_in_ponds.ht...

Pond & Water Gardening: Getting rid of algee, blanket weed, excess nitrogen
blanket weed, excess nitrogen, weed killer: Dear Larry Well i finally got some info for you. The Algae you refer to is Blanket week. The primary cause of this is too much Nitrogen in the water. In particular nitrates. Do you have a pond test kit. You can buy simple ones that test. 1. PH, 2. Ammonia,...

Pond & Water Gardening: getting rid of salamanders, feeder goldfish, smart alec
feeder goldfish, smart alec, salamanders: Hi Karen, Thanx for your question. I know some people might recommend poisoning them, but, I don t believe that is humane or responsible. Not to sound like a smart-alec but maybe just netting them out into a bucket and releasing them elsewhere? If the...

Pond & Water Gardening: How to get rid of snails, potassium permanganate, snail eggs
potassium permanganate, snail eggs, little snails: Some fish are more apt to eat snails, for example orfe but I don t know if your pond is large enough for them (how deep is it?). I have a page on snails at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/snail.htm including a section on how to control them. You can also try...

Pond & Water Gardening: get rid of water, mosquito breeding, irigation
mosquito breeding, irigation, weeping willow: Well, John& Judy, Truth of the matter is it is pretty hard to fool Mother Nature. Is there someone lower than you? You say your are the lowest point & yet you say if you dig a ditch you will flood someone else. Failing digging I would suggest planting a weeping...

Pond & Water Gardening: roof runoff into pond, curtain drain, roof runoff
curtain drain, roof runoff, roof tiles: Your feeling is good. You need to run the drain spouts into tubing past the pond to a lower level. You don t want rain water from the roof in the pond. First, if the roof is new, yes, it could be leaching toxins. New roof tiles are impregnanted with chemicals...

Pond & Water Gardening: run off in pond, oxygen level, oxygen levels
oxygen level, oxygen levels, bait fish: A lot depends on what was in the runoff. First, there was dirt and silt. With that came any pesticides, herbicides, oils, etc. that may have run into the culverts. If there were poisons in there, those alone would harm the fish. The dark color could be...

Pond & Water Gardening: Salamander, indoor aquarium, fuzzy patches
indoor aquarium, fuzzy patches, bladder disease: What species of salamander was it? Salamander adults are not aquatic except for ones like mudpuppies, sirens, etc. Most salamanders only come to ponds to lay eggs. Newt adults are aquatic after passing through an eft land stage. Salamanders can carry...

Pond & Water Gardening: Salamanders, mud puppies, external gills
mud puppies, external gills, gal pond: I don t think the salamanders will harm the koi. Most diseases or problems they might carry aren t likely to cause problems with fish. Salamanders tend to be healthy but sometimes get fungus. Most salamander adults are NOT aquatic. Exceptions include mud...

Pond & Water Gardening: Salt for slider tutles and koi's water, slider turtles, turtle tank
slider turtles, turtle tank, tutles: I suggest adding salt for both koi and turtles. A tablespoon per 5 gallons is a conservative amount. I use that in all my aquariums and turtle tank. Salt deters bacteria, funguses, and parasites and helps with osmotic regulation. For more on salt, see...

Pond & Water Gardening: Salt-water pond with waterfall, salt water pond, indigenous fish
salt water pond, indigenous fish, wading birds: Hi there! If you send me pictures of the place, I could help you to design it. There is a very good book on pond and waterfall building published by Aquascape Designs it is called The pond builders bible You can call them @ 1-866-877-6337 Good Luck!...

Pond & Water Gardening: Several - right now water maintenance, microbe lift, gal pond
microbe lift, gal pond, necessary input: Bacteria hapens naturally, a UV filter I am still not sure of how well they work. If you have had no major problems in the last 2 years why do you think the world is all of a sudden destroy your pond? You appear to have a very adequate system. Unless you have...

Pond & Water Gardening: Shubunkins, mosquito larvae, mosquito control
mosquito larvae, mosquito control, tiny pond: I m glad your shubunkins are okay! Fish are good at hiding. The fish will do better with water movement and filtration but, if you have to turn it off, they should survive. It s up to you what pond that you want to put them in and when. They will like...

Pond & Water Gardening: Sick Comet, bladder disorder, fancy goldfish
bladder disorder, fancy goldfish, first fish: I m sorry about your fish. Normally it s fancy goldfish that have problems with buoyancy. They can get swim bladder disorder. The belly is a bubble? Is the fish just really large or is there an actual bubble? Is the comet in a pond? Does it look like...

Pond & Water Gardening: Sick Fish, kidney malfunction, kidney problem
kidney malfunction, kidney problem, poor fish: Sounds like the poor fish has an internal bacterial infection, probably something like dropsy. See koivet.com for treatment options. They cover goldfish as well as koi. Unfortunately, dropsy is hard to treat. You can try antibiotics and salt (aquarium...

Pond & Water Gardening: Sick Goldfish, slime coat, protective slime
slime coat, protective slime, sick goldfish: The slime is her slime coat. When a fish is sick, they will increase production of their protective slime coating to try to slough off parasites, bacteria, funguses, etc. The slime coat will also slough off after the fish were exposed to poison or if it...

Pond & Water Gardening: Sick goldfish, sick goldfish, feeder fish
sick goldfish, feeder fish, fungus problem: I m sorry about your fish. It sounds like they have white spot or ick. It most likely came from the fish from the fair. Goldfish won at fairs are normally feeder fish who were treated horribly. They usually have some parasite, bacteria, and/or fungus...

Pond & Water Gardening: Sick Koi?, lymphocystis, sick fish
lymphocystis, sick fish, oxygen levels: White blobs on a fish may be lymphocystis which is a virus. It s not curable but it s not deadly either. It also usually doesn t go away so that may not be the problem. You can look on images.google.com for lymphocystis and see examples. It could have...

Pond & Water Gardening: Sick Koi, sick koi, predator fish
sick koi, predator fish, aquarium fish: I m sorry about your koi. Algae will grow on raw areas as well as fungus. It sounds like he got scraped up. That can happen just from fooling around, spawning, or escaping a predator. Fish can recover from some injuries but not all. I suggest quaranting...

Pond & Water Gardening: Sick Koi, eco systems, melafix
eco systems, melafix, koi fish: If you found a large white feather, it may have been an egret. Either way, heron or egret, the bird could have spooked the one koi into the skimmer. Moving around in there would cause bruising and damage. If you want to remove the koi for treatment, I suggest...

Pond & Water Gardening: Sick pond goldfish, mid abdomen, fetal position
mid abdomen, fetal position, several inches: Hopefully the red threads are just something that s not part of (or attached to) the fish. I would check out photos of anchor worm to verify that you did not see anchor worms on the goldfish. The larger parasites include water lice which look like dark or...

Pond & Water Gardening: Sick Sturgeon, sick fish, high temperatures
sick fish, high temperatures, something in the water: I m sorry about your sturgeon. I don t know much about sturgeon specifically. Severe problems swimming and breathing can be indicative of almost anything; they re often the last moments of a sick fish. You should first rule out water quality by testing...

Pond & Water Gardening: Side floating Koi, nitrite levels, old water
nitrite levels, old water, new water: Did you acclimate them to the new water by putting them in a container of old water and slowing adding new water? If not, the shock can cause listlessness. At this point, you can t undo that but you can ensure the water is of good quality. Is the water...

Pond & Water Gardening: Simple shallow pond for animal, kiddie pools, kiddie pool
kiddie pools, kiddie pool, shallow pond: You could dig a hole the apprpriate size and put a pond liner in it. You would only need a small fountain pump with a small intake filter. The only problem I have with that is be sure to keep the dog s nails clipped. If they play in the water a lot they may...

Pond & Water Gardening: Sloping from front to back of yard, cement path, grass weeds
cement path, grass weeds, pond liner: At one of the highest points is where you need to put the waterfall and trench it to the lowest where the pond will be, line the trench with liner material as well as the pond.You could anchor the sides of the pond with rocks or patio stones. You could cover...

Pond & Water Gardening: Small outdoor fish pond, outdoor fish, fish pond
outdoor fish, fish pond, water changes: Sorry I couldn t answer your question yesterday. I couldn t get into the account. Yes, add water now. Also, add dechlorinator with it which is sold at most stores that sell aquarium and/or pond stuff. This will deactivate the chlorine. It is stressful...

Pond & Water Gardening: Small Pond - fish/toads/plants, white cloud mountain, white cloud mountain minnows
white cloud mountain, white cloud mountain minnows, rosy red minnows: I live in Howard County. My ponds with fish are 24 and 26 inches deep. With de-icers and aeration/waterfall, the fish overwinter fine. With a 15 deep pond, you will need a de-icer. Since the pond is small, one de-icer should work. My page on overwintering...

Pond & Water Gardening: Small pond maintanence - worm infestation, hardy water lilies, water hyacinths
hardy water lilies, water hyacinths, hydrogen sulfide: Aside from the clarifying products, were any changes made to the pond before the deaths? Anything else abnormal? Cloudy water is usually not fatal nor should the products depending on what they were. What did you use? The red worms are probably eating...

Pond & Water Gardening: Small red worms in filter, lava rocks, red worms
lava rocks, red worms, bloodworms: They are probably bloodworms which are the larvae of a midge (small gnat/fly). They females lay eggs in the water. Fish love to eat them. They are no harm to the water or any life in it. My section on bloodworms is very small, at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/insect2.htm#true...

Pond & Water Gardening: Small red worms in my pond filter, red worms, pond animals
red worms, pond animals, bloodworms: I ve gotten this question a lot lately! They are bloodworms which are the larvae of a midge. Bloodworms are no threat to people or any pond animals. They like to live in low oxygen dark areas in the filter. They are read due to hemoglobin which lets them...

Pond & Water Gardening: Small shallow water fountain, white cloud mountain, paradise fish
white cloud mountain, paradise fish, zebra danios: All fish can jump out. Some fish can jump more than others. If you can have a lip at least two inches above the water line, that will help a log. Of the fish I listed, the paradise fish is the most likely to jump out. The others can as well. I had a white...

Pond & Water Gardening: Snails, snails, cold winters
snails, cold winters, raccoons: Do you know what species that they are? What other animals are in the pond? How big were the snails? Could the snails be hiding? Larger fish may eat the snails if the snails are small. Raccoons love snails but the net should protect them. My page on...

Pond & Water Gardening: SOAP SUDS, soap suds, little bit of soap
soap suds, little bit of soap, soap bubbles: Hi Margo, Thanx for your question. If you have a filter in the pond, this will take care of it as you say you don t have a lot. If there aren t a lot, nature will gradually do away with the problem as most soaps are now biodegradable in a few days. If...

Pond & Water Gardening: Springs, recirculating pump, natural pond
recirculating pump, natural pond, large pond: It is almost impossible to stop water without capping the source. I think the best thing to do is live with it, maybe bank the sides with flat rock to slow down erosion put in some gravel on the bottom to filter the water. This could be a blessing in disguise...

Pond & Water Gardening: Squirrels, gold fish, bright colors
gold fish, bright colors, garden pond: Hi Pat, Thanx for the question. I cannot say I have ever seen a squirrel eat or fetch after another animal. I have always seen them going after nuts or tomatoes or fruit. Sometimes they are attracted to bright colors or metallic flashes and the squirrel...

Pond & Water Gardening: Starter Pond, ph test kit, pool ph
ph test kit, pool ph, starter pond: If you already built biofilters yourself, I m not sure why you need to buy another one? I don t use UV lights on my pond. For a balanced pond with plants, you don t need one but they keep ponds without plants much more clear. I don t have enough experience...

Pond & Water Gardening: Starting up a goldfish pond., goldfish pond, pvc liner
goldfish pond, pvc liner, zone 7b: If the goldfish are small, then they won t contribute much waste to setting up the nitrogen cycle. Adding three goldfish should be fine if they re small. When full grown, goldfish can grow a foot long but will probably stay a bit smaller in a 130 gallon....

Pond & Water Gardening: Stocked Pond?, fish eggs, rain storms
fish eggs, rain storms, lakes and ponds: Hi Vic, Thanx for your question. I think I can answer both questions. Did you know that fry (very small fish babies) can be transported through rain storms, suck up off of lakes and ponds and transported many miles away through windy rain? The eggs of...

Pond & Water Gardening: Stocked Pond?, fish eggs, pond fish
fish eggs, pond fish, pet fish: In your case, it s most likely someone put in their former pet fish or stocked the pond. In a truly isolated pond, fish can still appear. Usually, it s from animals who have fish eggs stuck on them that they then transfer to the fishless pond where they...

Pond & Water Gardening: Stocking a tiny pond?, deer chaser, shishi odoshi
deer chaser, shishi odoshi, mosquito fish: Hi Justin, Thanx for your question. Is the pond 5 inches deep? If so, this isn t deep enough for fish like goldfish. YOu might get away with putting some cheap guppies or mosquito fish in it but as hot as it gets in Sacramento in the summer the oxygen will...

Pond & Water Gardening: Strange living "thing" in patio water garden, midge larvae, caddisfly larvae
midge larvae, caddisfly larvae, patio water garden: Do they have little houses into which they hide around the fountain? Whether they do or not, they may be the larvae of one of the many species of midges or perhaps caddisflies. My bug page is at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/bugs.htm They are harmless outside...

Pond & Water Gardening: Stream as filter, floating aquatic plants, keeping fish
floating aquatic plants, keeping fish, deep pond: Hi Chris, Thanx for your question. I should like to think that continuously moving water will be a lot cleaner than water that just sits. Yes, I would go ahead with your idea. I don t think there is any harm in turning off the pump for half the day. I...

Pond & Water Gardening: Sudden Comet Deaths, pond area, putting on weight
pond area, putting on weight, water tests: Hi Heather, Thanx for your question. How new are the comets? If they have been recently introduced, they may have suffered some kind of trauma during introduction. Personally, though, I think the koi are bullying the fish and you just don t see the behavior....

Pond & Water Gardening: Sudden Death, oxygen test, landscape pond
oxygen test, landscape pond, dozen fish: Certainly low oxygen levels are a concern in this heat. I ve lost half a dozen fish in the last 3 weeks with no symptoms. I suspect oxygen and the extreme heat at least played a part even though I have two waterfall systems and recently put in my air stone...

Pond & Water Gardening: Swelling on Golden Orfe, golden orfe, swollen stomach
golden orfe, swollen stomach, internal organs: Hi Lisa, Thanx for your question. There could be a number of reasons your fish looks like it swallowed a tennis ball. It may have a tumor on one of its internal organs. If so, there is no cure. It could be a bacterial infection. You may be able to treat...

Pond & Water Gardening: Switching a Water Fall pump, luck john, extension cord
luck john, extension cord, water fall: Charlie, Probably... But it depends on... how many amps your pump draws. How far the actual distance is. What size extension cord you use. How old your GFI is. Anyway, you are probably OK. Simply adding a switch shouldn t add any extra amperage draw....

Pond & Water Gardening: sachool pond, gallon pond, foot walls
gallon pond, foot walls, pond life: What do you mean by pond dipping? You can clean the pond out and sift through all the debris for any living animals, even insects. It will take a while but it would be a good way to learn about maybe some of the smaller species of pond life. You can certainly...

Pond & Water Gardening: salamanders in Koi pond, beetles and other bugs, pond fish food
beetles and other bugs, pond fish food, gallon pond: Salamanders only come to water to breed so if you put them in the koi pond, they will not stick around. They seem to know also that laying their eggs there would not be a good idea as the fish would eat them all (eggs and larvae). The salamanders eat small...

Pond & Water Gardening: salt water pond, salt water pond, salt water aquarium
salt water pond, salt water aquarium, aquarium store: I would think this quite feasible. Is it practical to fill it right frrom the ocean and use a fountain pump to move the water? If so go to a salt water aquarium store and get some details on checking salt levels because the sun may diminish salt contents....

Pond & Water Gardening: salt water pond, salt water aquarium supplies, salt water pond
salt water aquarium supplies, salt water pond, salt water aquarium: This is possible but I think would be costly depending on the plants and fish you select. you would need to get a recirculating pump that is non corrosive (platic) Replenishing the sea salt could be done through a store that sells salt water aquarium supplies....

Pond & Water Gardening: set up for a patio fountain, water jets, cust services
water jets, cust services, voice mail: Hi Ethan If you are thinking of letting the kids play in this type of installation then i would not advise this. Using a tank to hold water has health implications if the water (especially spray or mist) can come into contact with humans as there are a number...

Pond & Water Gardening: setting up pond, feeder goldfish, shoe string budget
feeder goldfish, shoe string budget, hardy plants: No you shouldn t need chemicals unless you have a problem. You can put some hardy plants ind and fish but DO NOT feed them until the water is about a constant 60 degrees. If you do you run the risk of poisoning them because their digestive system may not...

Pond & Water Gardening: shell of marine snail, marine snails, marine snail
marine snails, marine snail, rhudy: I m afraid that I don t know much about marine species. The crab and shell are from the ocean. I m familiar with freshwater species of snail to some extent but know less about marine snails. I m afraid I can t answer your question. Sorry. Ms. Rhud...

Pond & Water Gardening: shubunkin fish disease, dead goldfish, melafix
dead goldfish, melafix, secondary infections: I had a goldfish with similar lumps. Did they look like this (perhaps less advanced)? http://www.fishpondinfo.com/photos/fish/goldfish/tumorgf2.jpg In the case of my dead goldfish there who had been laying on the bottom for almost a year, I m not sure what...

Pond & Water Gardening: shubunkin fry, pond fish, goldfish
pond fish, goldfish, fry: It depends on what animals and predators are in the pond and how safe you want the babies to be. In general, if you want them to be safe from foot-long goldfish, the babies should be at least an inch long with tail. By the time they are 2 inches, they should...

Pond & Water Gardening: sick (and dying) goldfish, partial water changes, visible parasites
partial water changes, visible parasites, northeastern florida: Hi Jackie, Thank you for your continued support of AllExperts. If you have discovered a runoff, I would try to control that first before completely emptying the pond. My reasoning tells me that if some toxin is being fed into the pond, the logical thing...

Pond & Water Gardening: sick fish in pond, aquarium pharmaceuticals, two ponds
aquarium pharmaceuticals, two ponds, original pond: Your old pond was at most 288 gallons while your new pond is at most 3150 gallons. Koi experts say to have 1000 gallons for the first koi and at least 100 gallons for each additional koi so your pond is close if not over (eventually) capacity. When koi...

Pond & Water Gardening: sick fish, water quality problem, nitrite levels
water quality problem, nitrite levels, koi pond: What size tank is he in? Do you have other fish in there? Are they ok? What kind of filtration and aeration do you have? Have you recently tested the pH, ammonia, and nitrite levels? Koi don t do well in aquariums; they need ponds over 1000 gallons. ...

Pond & Water Gardening: sick koi carp, partial water change, sick koi
partial water change, sick koi, nitrite levels: Hello Adam! It is very important to check the Nitrite and Ammonia Levels at once. If they are high, a partial water change (1/2 to 1/3 of the water) needs to be done at once and all feeding of the fish should be stopped immediately. Try adding some PondCare...

Pond & Water Gardening: sick koi, sick koi, organ failure
sick koi, organ failure, clean filter: I m sorry about your problems. 0.3% salt is a lot. Normally 0.1% is fine without plants and half that for ponds with plants. Dropsy (popeye often goes with it) is very hard to treat. Antibiotic injections are the only cure that I ve heard of really working...

Pond & Water Gardening: sick, dead skin, goldfish
dead skin, goldfish, parasites: Are these goldfish? Goldfish can change colors throughout their lives, especially when young. If it s not a color change, then it could be dead skin, with the black showing the body s attempt to heal (like a scab). Such damaged areas can occur from physical...

Pond & Water Gardening: sickfish, size pond, oxygen levels
size pond, oxygen levels, deep pond: I m so sorry about your fish loss. Someone else contacted me today that lost all their koi. In there case, I suspect low oxygen levels in the bottom of a deep pond. in your case, you saw white fuzz which is probably fungus. What size pond do you have?...

Pond & Water Gardening: side swimming koi, butterfly koi, amonnia
butterfly koi, amonnia, fahrenhite: Hi, It could be swim bladder problems if you can take it out of the pond and put it in a quarantine tank and gradualy heat the water to 70 degrees fahrenhite and add cooking salt( not domestic table salt as this contains chemicals) at 1 to 3 grams per litre...

Pond & Water Gardening: sinking pond, cement curb, sinking pond
cement curb, sinking pond, plastic pond: Hi Jeffrey, If it is a preformed plastic pond you will have a job trying to make a waterproof seal with your cement, I would suggest the best way is to empty it and lift it out and start again with a level base ,it will be best in the long run because it...

Pond & Water Gardening: small goldfish pond, ammonia tests, feeder fish
ammonia tests, feeder fish, black moors: That pond would be about 150 gallons if a foot deep, twice that if two feet deep if it had straight edges. To be told half the fish you buy will die makes me mad! There is no reason for any fish to die. Now, if you buy feeder fish, they are so sick to...

Pond & Water Gardening: small indoor pond, grade school teacher, indoor pond
grade school teacher, indoor pond, lowe s: Hi Susana, There are a number of small pond kits you can buy at local nurseries or DIY stores like Lowe s or Home Depot that you can use in your class room that have small fountains. These often include small filters. It s like keeping an aquarium really....

Pond & Water Gardening: my small pond/water garden is all green, black moors, sucking fish
black moors, sucking fish, aquarium plants: Carol, your problem is very common. There are many things you can do but not as many than if your pond was larger! I assume your koi and moors are still young as a 50 gallon pond is not really big enough for koi. The sucking fish is probably a plecostomus....

Pond & Water Gardening: I have a small pond with a..., comet goldfish, uv sterilizer
comet goldfish, uv sterilizer, string algae: It is called string algae. A real challenge to get rid of. No algae until the leaves fell off the tree indicates more sunlight and not too many plants in the pond. The foam indicates an excess of phosphate. An algacide might help it will gwt some of the algae...

Pond & Water Gardening: small shallow water fountain, white cloud mountain, comet goldfish
white cloud mountain, comet goldfish, zebra danios: It s possible but probably not a great idea. With only 4 inches of water, it is likely that a predator could get them, they could more easily jump out, the pond would get too hot in the summer, and algae will grow a lot in there without strong chemicals (which...

Pond & Water Gardening: snails, japanese trapdoor snails, string algae
japanese trapdoor snails, string algae, pond algae: It sounds like hair or string algae. It will rise to the surface if dislodged or something else happens to it. Snails may eat some of it but it s not their favorite thing to eat. The best snails for ponds are black Japanese trapdoor snails. They don t...

Pond & Water Gardening: snails and koi, fuzz ball, nitrite levels
fuzz ball, nitrite levels, ammonia levels: The pond is 7 feet deep! Wow! If it s just 500 gallons, it must not have much surface area if it s 7 feet deep. Have you tested the water s pH, hardness, ammonia, nitrite, and oxygen levels? I would do that. If I had to guess, I would say that either...

Pond & Water Gardening: too many snails!, ramshorn snails, potassium permanganate
ramshorn snails, potassium permanganate, apple snails: It sounds like the snails you have a lot of may be common pond snails. They will eat some of your plants. I have a zillion myself. They always end up in the ponds even if you don t add them. Eggs can cling to the feet of birds for example and certainly...

Pond & Water Gardening: snakes in my pond, garter snakes, garter snake
garter snakes, garter snake, snake photos: I m sorry for your troubles. I think you mean the snakes are 2 feet and not 2 inches long. Even newborn snakes are larger than that. First, you need to identify the species of snake at your pond. What do they look like as far as colors and patterns? See...

Pond & Water Gardening: soap in pond, little bit of soap, dechlorinator
little bit of soap, dechlorinator, water changes: How big is the pond? If it s only a few hundred gallons or less, I would do a 100% water change. Move the fish and animals to new water that is well aerated with added dechlorinator and some pond salt. The pond will need to be rinsed many times to get it...

Pond & Water Gardening: Too soft water, crushed oyster shells, sodium bicarbonate
crushed oyster shells, sodium bicarbonate, oyster shell: Oyster shells are easy to get. I get a 50 pound bag of crushed oyster shells for a few dollars at the feed store for my chickens. Since it s crushed, it dissolves slowly over time more readily than whole shells. You can use other shells from snails, conch,...

Pond & Water Gardening: soothing sound of water, solar water fountain, reflection pool
solar water fountain, reflection pool, reflection pond: Yes, you can use the 25 GPH pump no problem, what I am saying is why spend the additional money for a pump you don t use? Ultimately the decision is yours. If you are happy with that go for it. I just hate to see people spend extra money for things they don...

Pond & Water Gardening: sources for native fish, killie fish, feeder goldfish
killie fish, feeder goldfish, pond snails: I am not too sure about what fish will survive. Bottom line is if you have fresh water {not salted water) try using something as common as feeder goldfish. You can get them at any fish store for about 40 cents each. If you can get them to breed you will have...

Pond & Water Gardening: spagetti snake ????, horsehair worm, limestone falls
horsehair worm, limestone falls, bizarre life: That must have been a lot of work! It certainly was a lot of acid! Most snakes are much thicker than spaghetti so you probably didn t see a snake. I m guessing it was maybe a horsehair worm. They are very long and skinny. They have a complex and bizarre...

Pond & Water Gardening: spots on goldfish, aquarium fish, gold fish
aquarium fish, gold fish, pond fish: Hi Louise, It sounds to me like your fish as Ich. You can go to a petstore and buy liquid treatments for Ich. Eventually, your other fish will become infected if this is not treated now. The results could be the death of all your fish if not treated. ...

Pond & Water Gardening: stocking problems, bullhead catfish, aquarium fish
bullhead catfish, aquarium fish, endangered species list: Hi CJ, thanx for your question. I went on a pond tour here in Kansas City a few years ago and this man had a small pond that he had stocked with native fish. There were bluegill and bullhead catfish in his pond. If you want to stock native fish, for a...

Pond & Water Gardening: stoping raccoons and Herons from eating my fish, gold fish, cats and dogs
gold fish, cats and dogs, fancy gold: Hi David, Thanx for the question. Critters are hard to keep out of the pond once they find an easy feast. Cats and dogs help keep these pests away. That s all I can think of. I ve had people write in before about herons and they are just going to hang...

Pond & Water Gardening: suddenly all fish disappeared from the pond.. within 3 weeks, water lillies, two ponds
water lillies, two ponds, how to get rid of frogs: Hi Asha, Unfortunately, there isn t much you can do to get rid of the frogs that owon t harm your fish or plants. What I would do is continue to remove tadpoles and look for eggs. The eggs look like clear jelly with black dots in them. As the eggs mature,...

Pond & Water Gardening: sunbathing goldfish?, water test kit, red veins
water test kit, red veins, red caps: Hi Toni, Thanx for following up. Your water quality is good. If the fish aren t constantly swirling around the top of the pond gasping (you ll be able to tell because they gasp like we do) you ll know they need oxygen. Buy a biological pump available at...

Pond & Water Gardening: Tadpoles with goldfish, fish food flakes, algae wafers
fish food flakes, algae wafers, natural pond: Tadpoles may nibble at whatever is around to taste test it. Most fish won t allow that unless they re ill, or it feels good. If the tadpoles just nibble a little, they might just get some dead skin or even parasites. If they nibble more voraciously, they...

Pond & Water Gardening: Tadpoles in our pond, cane toad tadpoles, nitrite levels
cane toad tadpoles, nitrite levels, oxygen test: I m so sorry about your fish. The tadpoles may have caused their deaths indirectly. The shear number of tadpoles could have raised the ammonia or nitrite levels up. Did you test the water for those (and check pH too)? Since you had those four large fish...

Pond & Water Gardening: Tadpoles, tadpoles, large pond
tadpoles, large pond, toads: Hi Craig, Thanx for your question. The goldfish aren t eating the tadpoles eh? I m surprised. Usually the fish go crazy for the tadopoles but maybe your fish aren t large enough to eat them? The only other method is to use a net and scoop them out. Toads...

Pond & Water Gardening: Tank Cycling, gravel vacuum, frozen shrimp
gravel vacuum, frozen shrimp, fishless cycling: Adding fish food to an empty tank will not help much with the nitrogen cycle. It will, however, make the tank very dirty and help bad bacteria and funguses to grow. In order to do a fishless cycle, you should add ammonia to the tank. You can buy ammonia...

Pond & Water Gardening: Tiny Pond, deer chaser, rosy red minnows
deer chaser, rosy red minnows, shishi odoshi: I assume those measurements are in inches? If they were in feet, that would be a nice 10,000 gallon pond! Since they re in inches, it s only 6 gallons. That really isn t enough to hold more than a few tiny fish (less than 6) like maybe a few guppies in...

Pond & Water Gardening: Toads & Goldfish, bufo, chicken wire
bufo, chicken wire, small pond: That is a small pond! Toads don t normally eat fish but frogs will. If you have the non-native Bufo marinus there, then they are very toxic if the fish tries to eat their eggs or tadpoles. Hopefully, it s just a native species. For more on toads, see http://www.fishpondinfo.com/toad.htm...

Pond & Water Gardening: TREATMENT FOR ALGAE, aquarium pharmaceuticals, plants and animals
aquarium pharmaceuticals, plants and animals, algaecide: I am personally against algaecides. Most are toxic and can also hurt various plants and animals. Any toxin like bleach will kill algae on contact but also will harm your pond! The only algaecide I ve used is AlgaeFix by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals(in a pond...

Pond & Water Gardening: Trees & healthy fish, maple tree leaves, japanese maple tree
maple tree leaves, japanese maple tree, japanese maples: Some trees and plants are more toxic than others. In order for a toxic tree to harm the fish, it either has to drop enough leaves/fruits/etc. into the water to raise the toxin in the water, or the fish have to eat those things. Dwarf Japanese maples are...

Pond & Water Gardening: Trying to find the water treatment "Back-up", river otters, river otter
river otters, river otter, good bacteria: I have not heard of that product. I tried to search for it but, unfortunately, the words back-up are just too common even with pond water treatment added to it. Do you know who made it? Do you know what it was (good bacteria, enzymes, chemicals, what?)....

Pond & Water Gardening: Turtle Pond in Miami Beach, FLA, water quality maintenance, hyacinth plants
water quality maintenance, hyacinth plants, turtles and tortoises: I suggest making the pond deeper than one foot. In Florida, you don t have to worry about freezing but added depth will keep the pond cooler in the summer and allow the turtles to hide should predators come around. Since you also want turtles that are not...

Pond & Water Gardening: Turtle pond, musk turtles, turtle pond
musk turtles, turtle pond, tub pond: Yes, you could overwinter the turtles inside either active (with heat and food) or hibernate them someplace cold. If kept active, most adult aquatic turtles can do okay in a 40 gallon breeder tank. You could start with baby turtles but keep in mind that...

Pond & Water Gardening: Turtles & Koi Do they mix?, nip fins, red eared sliders
nip fins, red eared sliders, feeding turtles: Red-eared sliders will eat small fish and nip fins off of larger fish. If the pond is large enough, and the koi are large, normally a few turtles can exist with some koi. How big is your pond? You say it s shallow so it may not be large enough for the koi....

Pond & Water Gardening: Turtles in pond?, fish fins, turtle info
fish fins, turtle info, painted turtle: Turtles sometimes may nip some fish fins or eat some small fish or frogs as well as chew on various plants. Check out my turtle pages at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/turtle.htm for more information on the types of turtles common to the US (if you re here),...

Pond & Water Gardening: Turtles..., eastern painted turtle, red eared sliders
eastern painted turtle, red eared sliders, mr turtle: Painted turtles aren t too aggressive compared to some other turtles. If you get a large pond net, you may be able to get him up against the pond wall. Then, lift him into a large bucket. The turtle will hiss and may try to bite but they can only bend...

Pond & Water Gardening: tadpoles eating pond plants, keeping frogs, water hyacinth
keeping frogs, water hyacinth, water lettuce: Pete, Thanx for your question. I have purposely put tadpoles in my pond trying to get a frog colony established and I have never had the problem of tadpoles decimating my plant life. I believe something else is eating your plants. Do you have koi? Koi...

Pond & Water Gardening: tadpoles, green frog tadpoles, tub pond
green frog tadpoles, tub pond, tree frogs: I suggest setting up another small pond from a kiddie pool, tub pond, Rubbermaid storage tub, etc. You can move a lot of them to other ponds. Do you know what species they are? If they are toads, they will leave in just a few months. The same is true for...

Pond & Water Gardening: taro, pea gravel, taro plant
pea gravel, taro plant, pond plants: Keep the taro in a pot with dirt and topped with pea gravel. Keep it soaked (add water daily). It needs good light but can take less light than other pond plants. It should get natural sunlight, full spectrum fluorescent light, or metal halids. I have...

Pond & Water Gardening: tea color of water in pond, tea color, leaf debris
tea color, leaf debris, filtration system: Brown water can be due to tannins and lignins from leaves and branches or from dirt. If it s dirt, it is usually cloudy brown as opposed to a clear brown. Do you have mulch near the pond? If so, it could be releasing lignins and tannins into the pond. ...

Pond & Water Gardening: toads, water lilies, kiddie pool
water lilies, kiddie pool, small fish: I wish I had some toads! We didn t get any eggs this year, just two males. When my pond was new, it attracted a lot of toads. Perhaps as your pond ages and the fish get larger, the toads will leave. The only way to keep them out is a fence or net with...

Pond & Water Gardening: transplants, pea gravel, coy pond
pea gravel, coy pond, nearby pond: Plant the lilly in a pot put a thin layer of pea gravel over the soil, preferably soil fom a nearby pond as it won,t dissipate in the water too quickly. I am not sure if you will not get root rot but no serious damage happen to the pond or fish. It is woth...

Pond & Water Gardening: How should I treat my sick fish?, partial water change, koi club
partial water change, koi club, pectoral fins: White spot or ick is pretty rare in ponds. Can you send a photo of the fish with spots? Are they little spots all over or only on certain areas? Males get white spots on their gill plates and sometimes head and pectoral fins. The bleeding is not good....

Pond & Water Gardening: tree roots during pond construction, many roots, flexible liner
many roots, flexible liner, tree roots: Get some of the black building papersold at a builders supply store and lay down the paper next to the roots the roots will not grow past the paper, a layer or two may be a good idea on the bottom to prevent the roots growing up into the liner. An old carpet...

Pond & Water Gardening: turtle tank and gnats, midge larvae, insect larvae
midge larvae, insect larvae, caddisfly larvae: Are you just finding adults above the water line or do you find larvae in the water? I ve had larvae in the water of my turtle tank. I do a 100% weekly cleaning and water change which helps. For the adults, you can buy fly sticky traps to set up near the...

Pond & Water Gardening: turtles, native floridian, terrestrial plants
native floridian, terrestrial plants, turtle pond: I m afraid this is a bit beyond my area of knowledge. I know some about terrestrial plants but even less about those native to Florida. I suggest contacting your local Florida garden club. You will want to be sure that the plants are safe if the turtle...

Pond & Water Gardening: turtles and goldfish, turtle tanks, turtle index
turtle tanks, turtle index, turtle tank: All aquatic animals produce ammonia with their waste. Turtles and goldfish both make a LOT of waste. A turtle tank is rarely clean enough to keep healthy fish alive in it. Also, turtles will eventually try to eat your fish. It is not a good idea to keep...

Pond & Water Gardening: turtles, golden orfe, pond animals
golden orfe, pond animals, koi pond: Well, you mentioned turtles! Also, bullfrogs, other carp, goldfish, golden orfe, tench and rudd in the UK, snails, etc. Larger turtles and bullfrogs may eat small koi. My site has pages on many pond animals. A true koi pond has no other animals as it...

Pond & Water Gardening: Updating old concrete Goldfish Pond, hardy water lily, barley bales
hardy water lily, barley bales, aeration system: Hi Patrice, Thanx for your question. I apologize that I couldn t get to your question sooner. I am estimating that you have a pond of about 740 gallons with 66 square feet of water surface. One inch of fish per square foot of pond surface. Go to your...

Pond & Water Gardening: Utilizing existing watershed creek, acre wildlife sanctuary, nutrient rich water
acre wildlife sanctuary, nutrient rich water, string algae: Glen, In order for a pond to balance and attain maximum clarity, it has to be a closed system so that the plants can remove all the excess nutrients that the bacteria convert to nitrates. We call it the nitrogen cycle. It is impossible to get a pond to...

Pond & Water Gardening: unsur new pond, indoor ponds, gallon tank
indoor ponds, gallon tank, indoor pond: I just got a message from All Experts saying I had an unanswered questions (I answer all questions within 24 hours). I am sorry that somehow your question got lost. How big is your porch outside? How much room do you have inside? For either situation,...

Pond & Water Gardening: Can I use synthaproof as a liner for my pond, rubber liner, concrete base
rubber liner, concrete base, home depot: Hi Grenville I am not familiar with the material that you have mentioned. If you call the maker they would be able to tell you if it is non toxic to fish and plant life. NEVER use anything that is oil based. I know that Home depot sells something called...

Pond & Water Gardening: uv filter and hair algae control, hair algae, full time job
hair algae, full time job, algae control: hi, hair algae or as we call it in the UK blanketweed is a complete menace I get rid of mine by vacuming it out but it is a full time job to keep the pond clear of it. UV filters don t control the hair algae they only affect the water that passes through...

Pond & Water Gardening: vanishing goldfish, grass snake, defence mechanism
grass snake, defence mechanism, dissappeared: The fish will hide after the herons have visited. I don t know anything specific about the grass snake (where do you live; I m guessing not US since you used the metric system). While some snakes do eat fish, a snake probably wouldn t make the fish cower...

Pond & Water Gardening: WATER FEATURE, mosquito larvae, copper nails
mosquito larvae, copper nails, apple snails: The lip of the barrel is about an inch thick fix the plastic sheeting to the top lip with thumb tacks. You could look in abuilding supply for some appropriate plastic trim which could be formed to the top of the barrel to cover the tacks and noone will be...

Pond & Water Gardening: WATER LILLYS, water lilly, fish waste
water lilly, fish waste, fish pond: Carl, I am assuming the lillies get some sunlight. With fish in the pond you should have enough nourishment for the plants. Whatever dirt is in the pot should be good enough. You may have a rare situation that they will not produce. Did you buy the lillies...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water clarity, hardwood mulch, water hyacinth
hardwood mulch, water hyacinth, pond algae: Tea colors usually comes from leaves and branches. If your mulch is leaching into the pond, that could account for it. That will usually clear up as the mulch ages (it no longer leaches then). Stone, if not washed, may make the water white cloudy but usually...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water Falls & Barley, oxygenating plants, rubber liner
oxygenating plants, rubber liner, two rocks: I have never used barley balls but understand they work great. I use pond peat in the filter but barley should do the same thing. You should have something in there most definately. Pick off any algaie you can from the plants and leave the rest the fish will...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water Feature, railway sleepers, building a water feature
railway sleepers, building a water feature, foam jet: Get a pond pump and incorporate an intake filter available from your pond supply store. They are usually around $50.00 this will allow adequate filtration for your project. The filter will be a box of sorts that fits on the intake of your pump. Get a pump...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water Features, something in mind, water features
something in mind, water features, all sorts: Gavin, I am not sure what you are looking for. I have copied a search http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=water+features&fr=my_top This gives you several websites to look for the type of feature you are looking for. It is easier if you have something in mind...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water feature growing lillies, growing water cress, slime molds
growing water cress, slime molds, whiskey barrel: Hi Stephen, Thanx for your questions. I ve not dealt with a white slime problem before. Sometimes certain cleaning products that may have been used to clean the whiskey barrel before it was sold to you could have embedded sulphur and other chemicals into...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water Garden Construction - novice, water garden construction, section filters
water garden construction, section filters, filtration system: Chris, you might be able to get away without a filter but I think it will cause you more grief than it s worth. You don t have to get an elaborate filter. One of those 3 section filters 2 with sponge and the third section with a cereamic media about $60.00....

Pond & Water Gardening: Water Garden Plants, water garden plants, rock garden plants
water garden plants, rock garden plants, ornamental grasses: Hi Randy! Check out my plant page at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/plant.htm I have a huge list of plants on there like my marginal list a http://www.fishpondinfo.com/marginal.htm that gives you a lot of plants to chose from. I m not as big on plants around...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water Garden/Pond Water Lily Problem, water garden pond, small waterfall
water garden pond, small waterfall, water lily: Sounds like you have a good problem. Some would kill to get the lillies to flourish like that. I think that sludge is whats making the plants work.The tangle of plants make it a good hiding spot for small fish. If you want to thin the lillies go to a website...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water Garden Winterizing, ponding, water garden
ponding, water garden, surface of the water: If the pond is at least 24 inches deep keep the pump running all year round. The fish will live well but DO NOT fedd them when the temperature of the water is under 50 degrees F. You should take any fancy fountain type sprayer off the pump and let the outlet...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water Hyacinth, algae growth, fish tank
algae growth, fish tank, water hyacinth: Hello Ron! Thank you for keeping me updated. I think it is great that you have hit upon a method of keeping the things alive. I will definitely try it next winter. How is your pH? I am asking because you mentioned a lot of algae growth. Best regards Brigitt...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water Iris, water iris, pond water
water iris, pond water, vegetation: Water iris is not poisonous. It can though make the dog feel sick to his stomach and possibly vomit as would be the case anytime a dog eats vegetation. If he acts like it s worse than that, then I would take him to a vet to be checked out. I hope he s ok!...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water iris, compost heap, water iris
compost heap, water iris, backyard pond: Hi Steve, Thanx for the follow up. Irises shouldn t be floating. They should be anchored in the mud at the sides of your pond. If they floated around all winter, they may not have survived. If you don t see any green growth by now, my guess is that they...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water Lillies, lilly flower, root structures
lilly flower, root structures, water lillies: Hi Bill, Thanx for your question. My hardy waterlilies bloom for most of the summer and into the fall. The flowers don t last very long, maybe a couple of days at the most. I can t tell you what is wrong with your plant. If it is newly planted it may...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water Lilly, water lilly, lilies
water lilly, lilies, ponds: You should repot the lily. They will grow up out of the water when they re out of room to grow on the water s surface and/or need repotting (root bound). You can divide it up to put some back in your pond and/or for another pond. Check out these links on...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water Lily roots, river pebbles, true novice
river pebbles, true novice, water lily: Hi Pat, Thanx for your question. Fine a pot that drains that is large enough to comfortably accommodate the rhizome of your water lily. Place a little bit of soil in the bottom of the pot and then the rhizome on top and then cover with soil up to about...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water Lilys, water lilys, potting soil
water lilys, potting soil, gallon pond: Hi Angel, Thanx for your question. Go ahead and plant them in a larger pot. Use a heavy potting soil and then cover the soil with about 1 inch of small pebbles. Allow the pot to become fully waterlogged before you try to sink it to the bottom of the pond....

Pond & Water Gardening: Water Lotus Seeds, lotus seeds, baby lotus
lotus seeds, baby lotus, lotus plants: You can always transplant the baby lotuses later if they take. If you have enough time, pots, room, etc., you could put just one seed per pot. If not, then you can stick groups of two to five seeds in a 5 gallon pot. It s rare to have them all do well so,...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water lilies, hardy water lilies, lily pad
hardy water lilies, lily pad, pond two: Hello Jim. An occasional lily pad falling to the pond bottom and decomposing is not going to be a problem. Like anything else, moderation is key. Too much decomposing in the pond can cause foul water and promote fish disease. Your water lilies are like any...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water lilies, yellow water lilies, feeder fish
yellow water lilies, feeder fish, tiny spiders: Hi Anne, Thanx for your question. The pest you describe sounds like water lily aphids. Your husband is doing the right thing by removing dead or yellow leaves. If you can remove the affected plants safely from the water garden do so and then spray them...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water lillies in farm pond, water lillies, farm ponds
water lillies, farm ponds, farm pond: Hi Patsy, Thanx for your question. Farm ponds are out of my expertise however, if you can tell me your county and state, I can provide you contact information for your local Extension service. I have worked with mine as a volunteer before here in Kansas...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water lillies, water lillies, water lilly
water lillies, water lilly, pond temperature: I just added a new section to my lily page on removing spent leaves at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/plants/lilies.htm I usually just pull them off with a snap of my wrist. Ideally, you would prune them at the base. What is your pond temperature? Is it a...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water lily blooms, tropical water lily, tropical water lilies
tropical water lily, tropical water lilies, hardy water lilies: Hardy water lilies don t do well when it s really hot. You might indeed try a tropical water lily. It s not too late in the year. If your pond water goes below about 50 degrees F, you can overwinter the tropical lily inside (see http://www.fishpondinfo.com/plants/overwinter.htm...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water lily leaves turning black, water lily, pond supply
water lily, pond supply, blooms: It sounds like the lilliy is either pot bound or there is a fungus present. Try repotting and look for a fungicde at a pond supply store. I tried surfing the web to find a more specific answer but to no avail. Hope this Helps Leigh...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water PH, hardy water lilies, water lilly
hardy water lilies, water lilly, ph level: Hi Barry, Thanx for your question. The ideal pH level for hardy water lilies is a neutral pH of 7.0 to 7.2. A healthy range is 6.8 - 7.5. I prefer to keep mine in the middle around 7.0. I try not to use any chemicals to regulate the pH but I try to rely...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water for Plants, swamp plants, weeping willow
swamp plants, weeping willow, underground spring: I would think you have an underground spring or if you live in the city a broken watermain. Lets assume it is a spring. Try planting a weeping willow in the center or some swamp cedars or some other water sucking tree plant bog plants, available at a pond...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water pumps and filters, pentair whisperflo pumps, hp fall
pentair whisperflo pumps, hp fall, waterfall pond: Hi, I have never used a sand filter or bead filter so I am sorry that I cannot help with this also I live in the UK so have no idea of the pumps available in the USA, you can visit my website and click on the links to koi and pond page and find links that...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water quality/ chlorine/chloramine, biological filtration, gallon pond
biological filtration, gallon pond, water splash: Hi Greg, Why don t you change 10% twice a week and let the water splash into the pond rather than trickle straight in, this will disperse the chlorine in the water and should have no adverse effect on your filter. George. You can visit mt pond at http://koi-z-are-us.20m.com...

Pond & Water Gardening: Water, marine salts, water chemistry
marine salts, water chemistry, tap water: Goldfish or most any fish will not survive in distilled water alone as it s devoid of electrolytes. You can add aquarium or marine salts to the distilled water and then use it. Or, better yet, use spring water. The only reason not to use your tap water...

Pond & Water Gardening: Waterfall Construction, waterfall construction, open surfaces
waterfall construction, open surfaces, diameter height: Hi there, 1 It does depend on the height of the fall, the pipes diameter, pipe turns and the depth of the pump. Pumps usually come with charts that will indicate that. 2 That depends on the diameter of the pipe+length+ plus turns (the more turns on the...

Pond & Water Gardening: Waterfall Construction, waterfall construction, whatever your budget
waterfall construction, whatever your budget, field stones: Line the area with pond liner or heavy building plastic. Design the pond and get a recirculating pump equal to half the number of gallons per hour or bigger whatever your budget will allow. Hope this help Keep in touch if this answer...

Pond & Water Gardening: Waterfall construction, waterfall construction, building a pond
waterfall construction, building a pond, underlayment: Hi There! Use the underlayment. It s always good to prevent... Carpet would decay and probably contaminate the water. If you intend to have any fish there, it wouldn t be a good idea. Make sure that everything is properly sealed. You do not want any...

Pond & Water Gardening: Waterfall construction, waterfall construction, acre pond
waterfall construction, acre pond, pond supply: Your liner should be the black stuff they sell for ponds available at pond supply centers Sounds like a great project just make sure the hose you use is good quality. Best of luck, should you run into problems don t hesitate to ask ...

Pond & Water Gardening: Waterlillies, waterlily, water temperature
waterlily, water temperature, lilies: Hi Lori, thanx for your question. As long as your pond is at least 18 inches deep and your lilies are hardy not tropical waterlilies, they will overwinter just fine. If the waterlily is a tropical, lift the pot out of the pond and store it in a cool (not...

Pond & Water Gardening: Waterproofing Resin Container, neighborhood hardware store, lightweight resin
neighborhood hardware store, lightweight resin, waterproofing: Hi Chris, Thanx for your question. This really isn t a gardening question and I am not an expert in this particular field however, I would guess that a latex sealant would be a safe use. I would go to my local DIY or neighborhood hardware store and ask...

Pond & Water Gardening: Winter Algae, green hair algae, water celery
green hair algae, water celery, water algae: String and hair algae are often used interchangeably but there are many species of algae (I just don t know their scientific names; most people don t.) The hair algae likes cooler weather. As long as it s not clogging up your filter or smothering plants...

Pond & Water Gardening: Winter Feeding, goldfish food, black fish
goldfish food, black fish, pond fish: Where do you live and how cold is the water? When the water goes below about 55 degrees F (12 degrees C), the fish should not get any food. Is there a thermometer in the water? Even if the water is not that cold, since it is cooler than in the summer, you...

Pond & Water Gardening: Winter feeding, golden orfe, nibble
golden orfe, nibble, goldfish: I assume that you mean 10 degrees Celsius. Yes, you should stop feeding. There won t be much algae in your pond yet but the fish eat very little when it s cold. They are on hold. Since you have plants and probably some overwintering insects, they may still...

Pond & Water Gardening: Winter koi fish loss, hydrogen sulfide, aeration systems
hydrogen sulfide, aeration systems, dream pond: I m so sorry your koi died. Your pond is nice and big and deep. You kept a hole in the ice which was good. Unless you had a ton of leaves in there, that alone shouldn t have been the problem. How far down did your aerator aerate? If it was only on the...

Pond & Water Gardening: Winter Water Garden Care, water garden care, winter fish
water garden care, winter fish, winter temp: Don t believe everything that you hear. Bottom line is if the temperature never dips to 40 below you should be OK, I would like to see the pond at least 3 feet deep you should be OK take off the fancy fountain head and keep the water running through the pump....

Pond & Water Gardening: Winter - White Koi Dying, lionheads, air stones
lionheads, air stones, water chemistry: I ve never heard of koi of certain colors being more likely to die. I don t think they have died because they are white. If they are related to one another, it could be that they have a gene that makes them less able to handle the cold or something. How...

Pond & Water Gardening: Wintering, diy store, lack of oxygen
diy store, lack of oxygen, kansas city area: Hi Sally, Thanx for the additional information. I live in the Kansas City area and have used the floating deicer. All it does is keep a hole clear where ice can t form and the water is about 38 degrees so it is still cold but can t freeze. Ice freezes...

Pond & Water Gardening: Winterize pond with fish, free ebook, free resource
free ebook, free resource, waterfall: Hello Candise! Winterizing a pond is a bit of a lengthy subject, too long to cover here. I can direct you toward a great (and FREE) resource, though: Just go to www.pondmarket.com and download the free ebook: How to winterize the Pond . It goes through...

Pond & Water Gardening: Winterizing my fish pond, fish pond, hole in the ice
fish pond, hole in the ice, cold area: That is a nice, big pond. Where do you live? Unless you live in a really cold area, you can easily leave the fish in there. See my page at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/winter.htm for tips on how to keep a hole in the ice and the fish healthy and happy all...

Pond & Water Gardening: Winterizing Pond with Fish, ebook links, debri
ebook links, debri, small pond: Hello Kellie! I have the perfect resource for you to winterize the pond step by step! Go to www.pondmarket.com and click on any of the free ebook links, you will find one for winterizing the pond. The ebook is short, to the point and easy to implement....

Pond & Water Gardening: Winterizing Pond with Waterfall and No Fish, buckets of water, beneficial bacteria
buckets of water, beneficial bacteria, jason clark: Hello again, Jason! You did fine taking the pumps in! Indeed, you can buy the special bacteria right here: http://www.pondmarket.com/store/category.cfm?Category=12 It is called Microbe Lift Fall/Winter Prep We do not drain ponds unless absolutely necessary,...

Pond & Water Gardening: Winterizing Pond, water iris, hardy plants
water iris, hardy plants, deep pond: Ideally, your pond would be at least 3 feet deep for your area. With enough aeration, de-icers, etc., you might be able to keep a hole in the ice. Do you know how deep ponds freeze there? I m in Zone 6/7 with a 26 deep pond. The thickest ice here has...

Pond & Water Gardening: Winterizing pond plants, mexican petunia, water hyacinths
mexican petunia, water hyacinths, water lettuce: Hi Diane, Thanx for your question. Some of your plants will be difficult to over winter but you can try. If the waterlilies are not tropical they should do fine in a pond that is at least 18-24 inches deep. I think you are talking about water hyacinths...

Pond & Water Gardening: Winterizing water lilies, water lilies, growlight
water lilies, growlight, barrel pond: I have successfully overwintered tropical lily tubers before but since my ponds are larger, I overwinter the hardy ones outside so I don t have personal experience with that. You can try to overwinter them in a small pond inside over winter with a good growlight...

Pond & Water Gardening: Winterizing water pond?, beneficial bacteria, oxygen supply
beneficial bacteria, oxygen supply, water pond: Hello Karin! Hope you had wonderful Holidays! In your area you probably do not need to do much to winterize the water feature as long as no fish are present. Once fish are present there are a few pre-cautions to take such as reduced feeding (or no feeding...

Pond & Water Gardening: Winterizing, bird bath, cold in the winter
bird bath, cold in the winter, pond filter: I m not sure if I m correct but I ll give it a try. I have silicone around my pond filter lip. After 5 years, it has hardened, kind of rotted, and started to fall off. So, I would say that for your bird bath, the silicone should be ok for at least a few...

Pond & Water Gardening: Worms, midge larvae, insect larvae
midge larvae, insect larvae, elodea anacharis: What color are they? If they are red, they are bloodoworms which are the larvae of midges which are like small flies. They are insect larvae and not really worms. If the worms are darker and have little houses with them, they may be caddisflies or other...

Pond & Water Gardening: Worried about my Minnow, blue orfe, artifical plants
blue orfe, artifical plants, raggy: That is less than 8 gallons, very small. The orfes may just fit in there now but they grow fast to about 1.5 feet long. Add to that 6 minnows, and your tank is too small for 6 minnows or 2 baby orfe let alone both. Fin displays can be fish trying to show...

Pond & Water Gardening: Wounded Oranda, tea tree oil, white fungus
tea tree oil, white fungus, pond snails: Well it sounds like you ve tried some good treatments for the fish. I use MelaFix and have used fungal treatments a few times in aquariums. Do you add pond salt to the pond? If not, this will also help the goldfish, especially healing for the sick fish....

Pond & Water Gardening: What to w/ frogs when re-doing a pond, stock tanks, kiddie pools
stock tanks, kiddie pools, epdm liner: I suggest that you buy some kiddie pools or livestock stock tanks. As you catch frogs, put them in there. You ll have to net the temporary ponds, or the frogs will just hop out and go back to their old pond. If you just move them aside while working, they...

Pond & Water Gardening: water coler in Koi/goldfish pond, goldfish pond, water striders
goldfish pond, water striders, gallon pond: Do you have any idea why it s black? Could it be dirt, something washing into the pond? Clear, black water can sometimes indicate tannins but that would be from leaf fall, and your pond is new. The water striders are fine. They will spend time on both...

Pond & Water Gardening: water features, tub pond, water feature
tub pond, water feature, little water: There is so much to cover! If you re interested in a small tub pond, read over http://www.fishpondinfo.com/tubpond.htm My site has a ton of pond stuff on it so see what s there and let me know if you have more questions! Good luck! Robyn fishpondinfo.co...

Pond & Water Gardening: water garden, aquarium pharmaceuticals, pond algae
aquarium pharmaceuticals, pond algae, plant pots: That s actually a pretty good sized pond, about 300 gallons I m guessing. It s normal for ponds to turn green but they should not be dirty. Did dirt run into the pond when it rained? Is there dirt in plant pots getting out? Some algae may appear more brown...

Pond & Water Gardening: water garden & dogs, hardy water lilies, water hyacinth
hardy water lilies, water hyacinth, water lettuce: Hi Trayce, Thanx for your question. I could not find any information that indicates the standard hardy water lilies are toxic for dogs. There are some good water cleaners like water hyacinth and water lettuce. Water lettuce IS toxic to dogs. I could not...

Pond & Water Gardening: water garden, feeder goldfish, clear pond
feeder goldfish, clear pond, ponding: Karen welcome to the world of ponding, put in the rocks put in some plants put in some fish, preferably a 6 pack of cheap feeder goldfish from the pet store. You need to have the whole ecology thing happening to get a clear pond. Do this see what happens and...

Pond & Water Gardening: water gardening and muddy water, dirt particles, water lilies
dirt particles, water lilies, gallon container: Hey Kevin, Thanx for your question. A 20-gallon container isn t very large but the water should settle rather quickly. Allow the planter to sit idly for a few days and the dirt will settle to the bottom. If this doesn t work, post a follow-up. I am here...

Pond & Water Gardening: water gardens, whiskey barrel, water garden
whiskey barrel, water garden, water gardens: Hi Gary, Sorry to take so long. I have been looking everywhere inlcuding trying to think up something on my own. I m not much of an engineer though. The only advice I can give is to go to a nursery or garden center that has a water garden line of products...

Pond & Water Gardening: water gardens, whiskey barrel, water garden
whiskey barrel, water garden, water gardens: Fill the back side of the pail with syrofoam. This will make the front side heavier causing it to tip. If you still have a bit of a promblem. Move the handle pvots towards the back making it want to tip forward. Once the water emptys the syrofoam wil be the...

Pond & Water Gardening: water gardens, whiskey barrel, japanese garden
whiskey barrel, japanese garden, water garden: Hi Gary , Sorry I have been a while answering your question but what with xmas I have been a bit busy,The only thing that I can suggest is that you have a small bucket with the handle pivoting from just below the half way mark of the bucket and fix a weight...

Pond & Water Gardening: water hyacynth, water hyacinths, whiskey barrels
water hyacinths, whiskey barrels, water hyacynth: Hi Brad, Thanx for your question. Do not use Miracle Grow. This will make the problem worse. Some times the tips of water hyacinths will burn for no apparent reason but they usually recover quickly. Don t trim them either as this makes it worse. Allow...

Pond & Water Gardening: water iris, insect pests, natural predator
insect pests, natural predator, iris borer: I m sorry about your iris. I m not all that familiar with all the diseases that may befall an iris. I know there are insect pests and funguses. My iris have gotten these bugs in the stems that turn them mushy with holes. You may have the same thing. I...

Pond & Water Gardening: Something in my water lilie roots..., algae killer, water lily
algae killer, water lily, new leaves: Hi Kelly, Thanx for your question. Don t add any algacide to the water. I don t think algae is the problem. There may be a pest, specific to the plant like a waterlily beetle, midges or something else. Can you look at the plant closer and see if you can...

Pond & Water Gardening: water lilies, submersible sump pump, water lilies
submersible sump pump, water lilies, pvc hose: The easiest thing would be to put a submersible sump pump in the pond and run a pvc hose from the pump to above the surface it will probably pump 35 or 40 gallons a minute which will give you a fountain effect and give you the water movement you need. You...

Pond & Water Gardening: water lilies, insect larvae, plant pests
insect larvae, plant pests, water lilies: That sounds okay. You may want to repot the other lilies as well as you don t know how long they were in the pots. I pot my lilies in heavy clay soil from my land. What media/soil are yours in? When first repotted, it takes the lilies a short time to recover....

Pond & Water Gardening: water lilies, pea gravel, water lilies
pea gravel, water lilies, clay soil: What is the lily in? Did you repot it or put it in as bought? Is the pot solid or does it have holes? Is there gravel on top of the substrate? Have the fish been digging in it? Certainly if the water went hazy right after you added the waterlily, there...

Pond & Water Gardening: water lilies, water lilies, rain water
water lilies, rain water, resevoir: Hi, No water lillies are rooted in the bottom of the pond or in tubs of gravel and I do believe that 3.5 metres is far to deep for them ,I would suggest if at all possible to get some large tubs or barrels and plant them in them and then put them in your...

Pond & Water Gardening: water lilies, hardy water lilies, gallon pots
hardy water lilies, gallon pots, pond two: Yes, you should remove yellow, brown, and severly damaged leaves. They will not only rot in the pond if not removed but also attract aphids who like to feed on the leaves. I too get few flowers from my lilies despite monthly fertilizations and repotting...

Pond & Water Gardening: water lilies, water lilies, acre plot
water lilies, acre plot, michael morrison: Hi Carolyn, Large ponds and lakes are pretty much out of my field of expertise. I usually recommend people with questions concerning larger bodies of water to their local County Extension Agent. Here s a contact point. They can be very helpful. This...

Pond & Water Gardening: water lilies and fish, red slider turtle, water lilies
red slider turtle, water lilies, kind of fish: Hi Rob, Thanx for your question. I don t think it s the fish. I ve had these kind of fish before and really haven t noticed that they harm the plants as much as I think the turtle would. Can you put the turtle in a separate cage for a while and see if...

Pond & Water Gardening: water lilies, scorched, water lilies, water lily
water lilies, water lily, water plants: Daisi, Thanx for your question. Do you live in the U.S.? I live in an area of the U.S. that often tops 100 degrees F in the summertime and have never had my water lily leaves scorched . Do you have koi in the pond with the lilies because koi will ravage...

Pond & Water Gardening: water lilies, water lilies, lilles
water lilies, lilles, biological filter: The problem is you are rushing things. If the lilles have sunlight at least 3/4 of the day they should bloom for several days before wilting to the bottom of thee pond. What I think is happening is you want everything to be perfect right off the bat. If you...

Pond & Water Gardening: water lillies, water plants, water lillies
water plants, water lillies, cold in the winter: Hi Terre, In all but the warmest zones of the United States, water plants are going dormant for the winter. They should be okay and come back next spring. They will not come back if they are tropical waterlilies and you don t live in a tropical area. If...

Pond & Water Gardening: water lilly problem, tropical lilies, flower buds
tropical lilies, flower buds, plant fertilizer: When I ve bought new lilies, they often die back at first when put into the pond. They ve gone through the shock of multiple homes/ponds, transport, lack of light at times, etc. I got some tropical lilies this year in the mail with flowers on them. The flower...

Pond & Water Gardening: water lily care, hardy water lilies, pond lily
hardy water lilies, pond lily, water lily: Hi Dave, Thanx for your question. I just leave my hardy water lilies in the water over the winter. My pond is about 28inches deep and the water never freezes down that far. I have lotus I leave in the winter also. I live in Kansas and it can get very...

Pond & Water Gardening: water lily root floating, lily pads, water lily
lily pads, water lily, potting soil: Hi Jaime, thanx for your question. The waterlily roots looks somewhat like a deformed pine cone. If it is a large root, you can cut it in half as long as there are growing points on the pieces. Growing points are nodules that you can see have buds that...

Pond & Water Gardening: water lily roots, water lily pond, lily pads
water lily pond, lily pads, plastic containers: It sounds like the tuber. A portion of the tuber that has roots and some growing tips (pads) should be viable to repot. The smaller tubers (newer ones) are better to use as the thick, huge, old tubers that are really long will probably just rot. They usually...

Pond & Water Gardening: water lily,s, flower bloom, water lily
flower bloom, water lily, waterlily: Waterlily flowers only last 2 to 4 days. The leaves are turning black too? The leaves only last a few weeks each. When they yellow and later brown, they should be removed. If all the leaves are turning dark, then the lily is dying. What else do you have...

Pond & Water Gardening: water lily, water lilies, water lily
water lilies, water lily, water plants: Hi Teresa, Thanx for your question. You do not describe the environment in which your water lilies live. However, I can tell you, your lilies are being eaten by an animal or you have a neighbor who has an issue with you and s/he is coming over and chopping...

Pond & Water Gardening: water lilys, water lily plants, water lilys
water lily plants, water lilys, plastic gloves: They must have grown them in a large tank to get tubers that long! You won t be able to tell what color they are until they flower. You can overwinter the tubers a variety of ways. Since they re already bareroot, you might try putting them in an open ziploc...

Pond & Water Gardening: water lilys, water lilies, disease organisms
water lilies, disease organisms, water lilys: Hello Wendy! It could indeed be a problem to transplant those Water Lilies into the closed system of a garden pond. The Lilies could transfer parasites and other disease organisms to your pond which could kill your fish. It is best to purchase your Lilies...

Pond & Water Gardening: How much water loss is expected in a pond?, rain barrel, feed water
rain barrel, feed water, tap water: Hi Dianne, Thanx for your question. Yes, a waterfall increases the amount of water that is evaporated into the atmosphere. Additionally, the hotter it gets the more evaporation will take place. I don t think you have a leak. You may want to keep a large...

Pond & Water Gardening: water loss in pond, grafton vermont, natural history museum
grafton vermont, natural history museum, cat tails: Hello Betsy! Ponds can lose quite a bit of water every day in the hot summer months (even more so if it is windy). You did not say how much water you have to top off and if there is a water feature like a fountain and/or waterfall which can increase water...

Pond & Water Gardening: water loss in pond, hurricane katrina, st tammany parish
hurricane katrina, st tammany parish, allexperts: Hey Al, I love Louisiana. I lived in NW Florida (Fort Walton Beach) for 3 years back in the mid-80s and visited New Orleans, Gulfport, Biloxi, Pascagoula, often. I have been through most of the state of Louisiana except the Lake Charles area. Anyway,...

Pond & Water Gardening: water plants, uv sterilizers, barley straw
uv sterilizers, barley straw, water plants: I m sorry about your hungry groundhog. I saw the first groundhog on our property in 30 years last year; he was by the pond but didn t harm anything. We have deer that eat everything they can reach. Does the groundhog get into the pond to eat the plants that...

Pond & Water Gardening: water plants; botany, chris cheers, terrestrial plants
chris cheers, terrestrial plants, water plants: I believe you asked me this question elsewhere already! Perhaps on my forum - fishpondinfo or my e-mail? I told you I didn t know really! Sorry! Respiration for completely submerged plants is not all that different than for terrestrial plants except the...

Pond & Water Gardening: water-plants and white-fly, yellow sticky traps, pond plants
yellow sticky traps, pond plants, water plants: Hi Betty, Thanx for your question. I don t recommend spraying white-oil on pond plants. The oil could have an adverse affect on the pond water. White-flies are difficult to control, especially outside. One method of I have seen is to use yellow sticky...

Pond & Water Gardening: water plants, essex england, queen victoria
essex england, queen victoria, water plants: Hello Carol! You should be able to divide the Lobelia and use some young ones in the garden. Be careful,though, to plant it where it gets plenty of moisture. Lobelia does like it s feet wet. Also, do wait another months or so, until the weather stabilizes....

Pond & Water Gardening: water trouble, southern ontario canada, water trouble
southern ontario canada, water trouble, biological filters: Well Michelle I had a similar problem and I live in Southern Ontario Canada. We have basically the same climate. The only way I could cure it was to have the outside pond at least 32 inches deep, use pond peat in the biological filter and the problem disappeared....

Pond & Water Gardening: water worms, insect larvae, aquatic worms
insect larvae, aquatic worms, water worms: Ok, if they have little tube homes, then they are not worms. They are insect larvae, probably caddisfly larvae, bloodworms (if bright red; a type of midge larvae), or midge larvae. Some of those insect larvae can eat plants. Two or three inches long seems...