September 15, 2004

Welcome

Welcome to the NEW MacArthur Water Gardens Weblog. Here you can post your questions and review answers from experts - either from us directly, or from other knowledgeable pond keepers from around the world!

We hope that you will find this to be a valuable resource, and that it will develop into a virtual pond community.

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Thanks very much,

Brett Fogle

PS> Feel free to post your feedback about our new 'blog' here in addition to your questions.

Posted by bfogle at September 15, 2004 09:36 PM
Comments

I think this is great! I am looking forward to people using this side so we can share and thus solve some of our more common problems.

I have a problem that has me puzzled for a few month now. We have a pond the size is about 2,800 Gal. We have approx. 14 Koy any where from 4 in. to 18 in. in length. The pond has no shade at any time during the day. I am running two filters but still have too much algae. Any suggestions?

Posted by: Karl at September 17, 2004 03:02 PM

GETTING RID OF BROWN WATER

Posted by: KEN at September 17, 2004 03:30 PM

you have the same problem i had,got advise from a good source an to my supprise it went, i used hornwort plants, it can be floating or weighted down with a pebble to get a better look, it worked for me. now i have pretty good clear water,my pond is just alittle smaller than yours with one filter an u.v which also makes a good difference. as for the brown water i used mud muncher.as it maybe from your plants if the kio are disturbing them,that worked well as well. hope this helps you as it did for me good luck.

best regards eileen.

Posted by: eileen at September 17, 2004 04:03 PM

I was at my wits end trying to keep my koi alive for the 6 days out of power. Not having air stones,and seeing them come to the top for air, I thought surely all my koi would be gone before I could use the equipment. Lo and behold, my son (a diver) suggested I use a collander to aerate the pond. I did this three times a day (it makes a waterfall effect and lasts awhile) and now I have my pretty fish romping around again. Who knew?
With my screens and structure down in my pool including the electrical parts, when the power came on I hooked all my equipment into the outlets leading to the house. Even though my teeny pond is in the midst of a structural disaster, my 6 beautiful 6" koi are happy little campers.

Posted by: Carol at September 17, 2004 04:39 PM

Has anyone had success with water sealing a concrete pond?

Posted by: wes at September 17, 2004 05:58 PM

We have a 8000 gal pond, needless to say we also have all the problems. I used barley extract this summer for the first time, good results. Was wondering if anyone knows the self life of this product? Can I buy now and use next spring? Thanks

Posted by: Roger at September 17, 2004 09:37 PM

Hi all,

GREAT to see that there's so much interest in the new forum! Thanks to all who are contributing with their helpful hints and tips.

I've learned a thing or two alreay ;-)

For the algae question, get a properly sized UV sterilizer. They work! For string algae, we like a product called 'Algae Fix' which you can find on our website. Just do a search for it there.

For sealing concrete ponds, there are a variety of products out there, just do some research. One good one is made by Hercht Rubber Co., but it's messy and considered a flammable substance so it can't be shipped by UPS, only common carrier.

For the barley question, it lasts 4-6 weeks, but won't last the winter. Best to pull it out and add it new in the spring.

Hope this helps!

Brett

Posted by: Brett Fogle at September 17, 2004 11:53 PM

I have bad string algae in my pond. After reading here..I got my answer from Brett Fogle's post.
Thanks so much for having this added to the site.
Kath

Posted by: Kath at September 18, 2004 12:25 AM

Hi
ok so far i have not been doing too good on keeping my fish alive, and its making me sad.
now i think ive lost..25 fish in 4 or 5 months. BUT! 13 of them were those tiny fish, and the filter killed those. i was told i was over feeding and my amonia levels are too high. i have 5 goldfish...they are to blame. so, i lowered their food, big difference, the water is much clearer. id like to know if anyone knows of an amonia test i could buy. i do want to see what the level is (for a project)..so any suggestions?
GO FISH!!

Posted by: amy at September 18, 2004 08:55 AM

I have a 2580 gal concrete pond. Wher do I find the size of the filter I need to accomadate this size pond. I'm new this and would appreciate any help. At this point I am looking to add plants at sometime but no fish. Thanks for the help.

Posted by: paul at September 18, 2004 02:55 PM

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR PREPPING MY POND FOR THE COOLER FALL AND WINTER WEATHER.I KNOW I SHOULD PUT A NET OVER IT TO KEEP THE LEAVES OUT, BUT WONDERING ABOUT ANY ADDITIVES THAT I SHOULD USE.

Posted by: PAT at September 18, 2004 03:53 PM

What is the best way to control Chara in my small (1/4 acre) fish pond? Will carp eat the Chara?
I have conflicting opinions. Will Citrine-Plus harm the fish? Thanks, Roy

Posted by: Roy at September 18, 2004 04:13 PM

nice place.

Posted by: slow at September 18, 2004 06:27 PM

Our seven year old koi developed recently a red (blood?)spot on the back of his neck under the first large scale. Next to it seems to be a small crater. Can you please help me. Tell me what it may be and how to treat it. No other fish has the symptoms. Thank you Sonja

Posted by: sonja at September 18, 2004 07:03 PM

Thanks for the answer but I was wondering how long barley extract, a liquid, would last in the bottle before it goes bad, if it does. Thanks Roger

Posted by: Roger at September 18, 2004 08:13 PM

I have 20 baby red eared slider turtles to overwinter in my pond. I live in northern Indiana and my pond is 6' deep.


Posted by: Susan at September 18, 2004 09:10 PM

I have 20 baby red eared slider turtles to overwinter in my pond. I live in northern Indiana and my pond is 6' deep.


Posted by: Susan at September 18, 2004 09:12 PM

I plan to build an approximately 15 ft by 10 ft concrete pond. The pond perimeter will be natural flat slabs of rock about 6 inches thick that will be embedded in the concrete to prevent water leakage. The water surface will be 3 inches below the rock top surface. All the concrete must be poured at once to prevent cracks. I know how to lay the concrete in the excavated cavity, but I don't know how to work the concrete under and around the rocks.
Does anyone have a solution. Thanks

Posted by: Ben at September 18, 2004 09:17 PM

Hi, I'm glad to see this site! I live in NE Penna. and wondered when I am to stop feeding Goldfish for the winter. I have 6 of them, 3 each, in two small connected ponds. The ponds are 20 and 30 inches deep. I purchased a Winter Island,to put in the deeper pond, and planned to put all six fish in that one for the winter. Some friends advise I bring them in for the winter. Can anyone tell me what is the best way to care for my fish over harsh NE winter? The ponds are netted against leaves, thus far.

Posted by: Valerie Andrews at September 18, 2004 09:57 PM

We have a 3000 gallon pond and have had great luck with Microlift Fall Prep. It takes care of a lot of nasty buildup in the pond. Check for it online.

Posted by: RUSTY at September 18, 2004 11:24 PM

Sounds like your fish may have an ulcer Sonja. Go to Koivet.com for help.

Posted by: RUSTY at September 18, 2004 11:27 PM

Very interesting forum

Posted by: rbob300 at September 18, 2004 11:38 PM

Do Koi mate with large goldfish? I think I have some half breeds. If so I will give the goldfish away. I have 6 very large 6 year old Koi. This past Spring I added another pond much larger connected to the smaller by a stream. Had lots of babies, some look like they are goldfish with some koi markings. Plan to enjoy this sight.

Posted by: Kathryn at September 19, 2004 12:04 AM

I built my pond this spring and I am having trouble with murky water. I want to purchase a uv filter but I don't know what I need that will be compatible with the pump and filter I have.My pond is about 1200 gal. and I have a beckett pump and filter combo 550 gph.I also don't know if I need a biological filter to go with my uv filter?

Posted by: georgia at September 19, 2004 12:36 AM

I have a 2580 gal concrete pond. Wher do I find the size of the filter I need to accomadate this size pond. I'm new this and would appreciate any help. At this point I am looking to add plants at sometime but no fish. Thanks for the help.
Posted by: paul at September 18, 2004 02:55 PM

In answer to your question Paul...I am of the school that advocates the use of plants as a filtration system. In all my years of pond installations I have never used anything but biofalls, a skimmer, and lots of plants when needed.

David S

Posted by: David V. Sibel at September 19, 2004 12:59 AM

Brett,
How did you handle your filters after being without power for 4 days ?? And how long did it
take for them to respond ?? Dan

Posted by: Dan at September 19, 2004 01:01 AM

i have been using potassium permanganate to clear my pond of algae. what it is is an oxidizer that breaks down the organic matter, which is nutrients that feed the algae, therefore the algae dies,then it has to be neutralized by de-chlor or hydrogen peroxide. it is also good for killing aeromonas bacteria in the pond, but it is not specific so it can kill the good bacteria as well.but learn about how to use it because if you use to much it can kill your fish.

in a power outage a great way to add oxygen to your pond is hydrogen peroxide. i have a 4500 gallon pond and i put a quart of hydrogen peroxide in it.you really cant overdose by using to much.
i hope this info is helpful

Posted by: joe matranga at September 19, 2004 01:34 AM

How much potassium permanganate do you add for getting rid of the algae?

Posted by: RUSTY at September 19, 2004 02:25 AM

How much potassium permanganate do you add for getting rid of the algae?

Posted by: RUSTY at September 19, 2004 02:25 AM

I live in ohio and would like to know if you would take in your fish for the winter or leave them outside in the pond with a heater. I have two shabumcans. If I were to bring them in would I just put them in a tank in normal filtered water or start out with pond water. I have a fishtank inside with bio wheels filter on them but I was going to put theses two pond fish in a separate tank. Need thoughts and info.

Thankd Bob

Posted by: Bob at September 19, 2004 03:11 AM

I am glade there is a place to share information on ponds and pond fish. I have only a small water garden pond on my porch (40 gal. Rubbermaid stock tank). I have been learning all summer. I have been lucky I guess as I haven't lost any fish or plants. I surely don't have the problems that the people with big ponds do.

I am now heading into fall and winter in the mountains of Idaho and so learning how to winter my two koi (3") two pond goldfish (2-3") 6 comets (about 1/2" or smaller) and 2 coldwater catfish (1/4" & 1/2"). My plants have gone dormate so they are cut back and I have bio-wheel pump (finially). I test my water for ph, ammonia, nitrate and nitrites every other day and after a water change. So far my leavels stay good. I change water 1/3 to 1/2 once a week and clean the bottom debree with the water suction pump that I drain the water out with. I check the water temp and wont feed if it is below 50F. Right now it is tuff as one day is cold then the next is indian summer warm.

I have a de-icer ready for ice to come. I plan to make my pond as protected on the porch as possable. I am now getting wheatgem food so that I can feed them a little more before the real cold comes. I am also looking for the right things to use in my pond to keep it clean once I take the pump out. I know I will need to get a oxygen pump and am looking for one for my size pond.

I would appricate any suggestions on what I should use in the pond to keep it balanced once my bio pump is off? I know not to feed them durning the winter. My biggest worry is the balance of the pond durning the winter without being able to change the water.

I have raised kids, horses, cows, cats, dogs and a husband so a lot of my pond/fish care is common sence and learning from others. I know what to look for as far as their health and know how to treat most of their medical problems that they might come up with. So far they are really healthy and still very active on warmer days.

But as with anything worth knowing a person will never know everything about it. I never trust anyone that says they know everything about a subject. You are talking to a mind that has closed it's self to any new knowledge that may come along.

I am glade to share anything I have learned by trial and error but I am also seaking any infomation that will help me get my fish through their first winter. I have already grown attached to the little guys. So lets share and helpe each other.

The Dragon Lady

PS: I have a friend with a very large pond that my little one will go to when they are too big for my pond and start with a new little bunch.

Posted by: Kelly Bledsoe at September 19, 2004 03:12 AM

What are the best proceedures for wintering water lilies, iris and other perennials. Can water lettuce and other floaters be saved for next spring?

Posted by: Charles Kaplan at September 19, 2004 03:34 AM

I love this, hearing from other "pond people" and to know other people love their koi as much as I do!!!!! Keep up the good work Bret!!!!! This is GREAT!!!!!!! Thanks

Posted by: Etta at September 19, 2004 03:46 AM

Glad to see this site. Looks like it will cover a lot of issues! Six months ago I created two container ponds. One is an old metal horse trough (lined) for all kinds of plants and the other a 40-50 gal. plastic tub with 2 goldfish and one large comet (for my grandson). After a few initial problems with the goldfish container (solved with larger/better filtration and LESS food!) my only real concern now is winter. We live in southwest Louisiana and really only have 5-6 freezes a year, seldom below freezing for more than 6-8 hours. The local pet store told me that it wasn't necessary to even add a heater for the goldfish but I don't feel comfortable with that answer. I was wondering about caring for them in less than harsh but still cold weather.

As for the plant pond, I have tried quite a few different kinds of plants and only had to remove one when it started looking 'not well'. I have irises, cannah lilies, elephant ears, devil's ivy, philodendron and some I can't even identify! The water has never been changed, only added to almost daily and it has remained quite clear and healthy (all the plants are overgrowing and having to be thinned out now). Again I am wondering about winter with these pond plants. I hate to have to remove any of them for winter but am not sure how to protect them. Any info/advice is greatly appreciated! =) Take care!
p.s. any suggestions for things that might attract more dragonflies (other than mosquiitoes, we have plenty of those!)

Posted by: Polly Stewart at September 19, 2004 04:45 AM

a small dose of potassium permanganate to get rid of algae.4 ppm is used to kill bacteria, which is about 1 tsp for 600 gallons, i think 1 ppm is sufficient, maybe treat it 2 or 3 times at this dose every other day. Ive treated my pond at 4ppm and neutralized it with hydrogen peroxide after 4-6 hours, but you have to bypass your biological filter because the pp will kill beneficial bacteria.

Posted by: joseph matranga at September 19, 2004 02:20 PM

How to "de-muck" a large pond???
I recently bought a house that includes a 1/2 acre pond. The previous owner did not take great care of the pond.There is lots of sedimenation and "muck" on the bottom (probably 3-4 feet at the deepest part of the pond). I'm pretty sure the "muck" is fish and duck waste, dead algae, and leaves. I know there are plenty of bacteria products that will eat away at the muck in water temperatures above 55 degrees F.
Does anyone have suggestions for chemicals or bacteria products that will work on the "muck" during the winter time??
Thanks in advance.
Steve

Posted by: Steve at September 19, 2004 03:06 PM

I have had a small fish pond in Mass for 3 years. To overwinter your fish is a breeze.. I haven't lost one yet. You should get a treatment called microbe-lift autumn/winter prep. It is safe and beneficial bacteria for your pond It helps jump start your pond for spring. Helps maintain their immunity system and helps reduce buildup of dead leaves and sediment all winter long. I used to use just an aerator pump for the fish, but I have found with cold new england weathers that on a couple of occassions the pond froze anyway. Last year I bought a floating heater. It only turns on if it drops to freezing (saves electricity) and it saves you from worrying so much about the fish. If your pond does freeze if you loose power or something go out there with a hot pan and sit it on the ice. DO NOT JAR the ice it is dangerous for the fish. Hope this helps.

Posted by: Cindy Lavine at September 19, 2004 03:13 PM

Question: My boyfriend just bought me a uv filter. My pond does not currently have a clarification problem, we've had it 3 years and have been lucky. But we are told it would be easier to maintain if we had one. What time of year do you put it into your pond and when do you take it out? I have a submersible ultravilot clarifier. Also where does it get hooked up in the filteration system?

Posted by: Cindy Lavine at September 19, 2004 03:16 PM

This is indeed a great addition to the site. I've got a 1200 gallon fish pond, Little south of Atlanta, GA. Water is clear as can be. I've got 2 Koi (1 @ 8" and 1 @ 16") and I've got 24 gold fish 7-8" long. I've just give away (yesterday) 47 fish that were 7-8" long. Earlier this year I gave 60 fish away. My filtering system was having a hard time keeping up. Anyway, for the winter I do not do anything to my pond except thin the fish out and I keep the stems from the water lillies picked out as they die down. I trimed the lillies one year only to find that they didn't come back the next year as pretty. They come back each year bigger and better just letting them die and keeping the remains out of the pond. I stop feeding my fish when the water temp. gets down to 55*F. The fish all huddle under the waterfall (approx. 3' deep) and just sit there.
Knock on wood, I've had the pond 4 years and have yet to loose a fish. I filled the pond for the first time with chlorinated water, I just threw the fish in and prayed for the best. The only thing I've ever added to the pond is soda ash to lower the PH. I've never had to purchase any other type of chemicals. The only problem I really have is my plants. They grow and spread faster than I would like. It's a pain for me to thin them out and I'm running out of friends to pass them too. I made the mistake of putting floating lettuce in the pond this year. It multiplied like crazy. Every 3rd/4th day I was throwing away a 30gallon trash bag of it away. there was so much that I couldn't even see and enjoy the fish and or feed them.

I do have one question. Some of the goldfish that are 7-8" long have yet to turn gold. Some have a gold scale here and there. Others have gold on the very top and others around the tail. However you have to look hard to see the color. I feed the fish food that is supossed to bring out the bright colors. Any ideas why the fish are not turning. They are 2 years old that were born from orange goldfish.
Thanks

Posted by: Scott at September 19, 2004 03:56 PM

Can you overwinter water hyacinths if brought inside during the winter months????

Posted by: Gina Bain at September 19, 2004 04:39 PM

Can you bring water hyacinths in to keep them for next spring?

Posted by: Gina Bain at September 19, 2004 04:41 PM

I'm trying to find out more about the use of laterite. This red clay, used with grey clay( kitty litter) is reported to be GREAT for potted plants in the pond. At 2 feet depth the ion exchange is supposed to really efficient at removing the chemicals we are trying to get out out of the water to help keep it clear and "fresh". Using clays keeps the pots from becoming stagnet from organic material. The problem is finding it. Will any high iron clay work? Has anyone tried this? How did it work? What did you use? I've read on line red potters clay will work, as long as it hasn't been fired.

Posted by: David at September 19, 2004 04:42 PM

Hi
I would like to know how you tell when you pond
has matured if the bacteria has established it self in bio filter thanks for any help I can git

Posted by: David at September 19, 2004 05:48 PM

Thanks Cindy and Scott for the great information.

Here is an answer to Amy's question. I got a Fresh Water Master Test Kit by Aquarium Pharmacuticals, Inc. At www.Animalworldnetwork.com
for $14.49. It tests for Ph, Hight Ph, Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate. It does 700 test and has a book that explains it all and what should be for healthy ponds. PS: Don't blame the goldfish. It is just an unbalanced cycle. Can be balanced with a little knowledge.

Answer to Kathryn's question. Yes Koi and Goldfish can cross if they both live in the same pond. It just depends on whitch male covers the eggs first. Koi are usually more agressive than goldfish. I have one that is a cross and she/he is beautiful red and black not Koi looking yet not goldfish either. I wouldn't trade her for anything.

Poly, the only time you will need to use a heater is if the top of the pond freezes over solid. The pond needs breath and release gases or it will kill the fish. My only concern would be to the pump freezing up.

Scott, your goldfish should have their adult color. Your fish sound like they are Comets or Comet/goldfish crosses. I have serveral that are gold and white and even one all white. They add more color and interest to the pond.

I hope this helps some of you. I have water ires and a hardy water lily. I would like to get some oxygenziers next spring but don't know what would be good for Zone 4 and my pond. Any suggestions?

In our part of the country there are two ways to deal with the plants in a small pond. One when they die back cut them back or remove them and put the blub in peat moss and store in a cool place for the winter. I am tring the cut back this year as I really don't want these guys to take over the pond.

Well take care everyone and happy ponding.
The Dragon Lady

Posted by: Kelly at September 19, 2004 06:50 PM

Thanks for the info...think I will keep my few mixbreed Koi. I live in St. George Utah. For the past 2 years I have been using Microbe-Lift products and have had great success keeping a clean, clear pond. I have a large pond/waterfall and a small pond/waterfall connected by a rambling creek. The sides are rock with smooth river rock on the bottom. Since I can't vacumn I use Microbe-Lift SA. and the PBL blend. Some of my Koi are about 30" now. Question...My total gals are about 4,200 gals. I have a new pondmaster pressurized 4,000 gal. filter (no mess or hassle, easy to flush out) How many Koi can my ponds manage of various sizes. Had lots of babies this past spring growing fast. I do plan to sell Koi in my area since ponds are popular. Hate to part with any of them because I like to name them. A few of the large ones eat out of my hand and love it when I get into the pond to skim out debre. Really enjoy this hobby, never thougt it would turn into a business one day. Kathryn

Posted by: Kathryn at September 19, 2004 10:25 PM

We've had our pond (swimming pool size)for 6 yrs, started with 50 feeder goldfish, every year we have lots of new babies and many are very colourful, yellow, white, spoted black, orange, deep orange, etc etc. all are beautiful. We live near vancouver, british columbia and generally do not have a very cold winter, though one year the water fall was frozen and very pretty, the fish did not mind that the water was sucked from the pond to make this frozen wonder as they still have 4 feet of water to live in. They do not get food past oct 14 or 50 degrees whichever comes first. We had a massive growth of floating water hyacinths this year that covered the entire surface, we've given away, composted and resold to a local nursery and they still grew and grew. They DO NOT winter and they DO NOT keep in the house, I have tried that before. They are one season plants. Too bad, ours flowered so lovely this year, but we have already removed 95% of them before they get a frost on them and pollute the water by sinking. Keep on enjoying the fish.

Posted by: Cat at September 19, 2004 11:03 PM

Water hyacinths can be wintered in the pond in the south for the winter months if covered with clear plastic, I have done this for several years and had really good luck with my plants surviving. The plastic seems to function as a greenhouse and they survive nicely. I do however cut several small slits in the plastic to allow for drainage from rain.

Posted by: Sharron Pickle at September 20, 2004 12:50 AM

Hi
First year with fish! In the northeast (cold!!)
And my pond is not deep enough not to freeze
so i have 3 tier pond fountain in my finished basement to bring the fish in, can someone answer a few questions?
do i use new water?or fish pond water? combination?

i only have 2 6in koi and 1 sm goldfish is 25 gal enough space?

any other info greatly appreciated!!
thanks

Posted by: michelle at September 20, 2004 01:13 PM

We are just beginning our new pond. Expected completion 9-30-04. Our contractor has given us some info but we would be interested in getting helpful hints on start-up and maintenance from more experienced pond owners. We live in Northern Virginia and will have a pond approximately 8'x6' with waterfall. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!

Posted by: Elizabeth at September 20, 2004 04:14 PM

I live in Chicago and have a very small pond, only about 55 gallons and 10" at the deepest part. The pond is built into my deck which is on top of the garage. The container was originally built to house plants. I have four 2" goldfish that appear to be rather happy. I can't leave them outside during the winter and have a 25 gallon aquarium to put them into. My question, do I use the water from the stabilized pond, or start with new water, to fill the aquarium?
Thanks,
Rosalie in Chicago

Posted by: Rosalie at September 20, 2004 06:48 PM

i had a big problem this summer with beetles eating my water plants. i was afraid to put anything on them to kill the beetles for fear of harming the fish. don't know what to do if that happens againg next summer

Posted by: carolyn fender at September 20, 2004 07:57 PM

Hey guys,

I've updated the site so that it is easier to see and post a comment using the "user panel" I believe its useful!! Have fun :)

"Temporary" Webmaster

Posted by: IonZ at September 20, 2004 11:34 PM

Here in N. Carolina I've noticed that on particularly warm days...my KOI gather under the waterfall and sit at the top of the water. Is this an indication of oxygen deficiency? My pond is 1500 gal...w/ waterfall plus 1 bubbler. All tests - salt, nitrites, ammonia are right where they should be. Water is crystal clear.
The pond is not in any direct sunlight. Do you think I need an aeration pump? I've never purchases a KOI larger than 6"...and 7 years later I've got some that are pushing 24"- 30". What a pleasure this pond has turned into.

Posted by: Bob Eddings at September 21, 2004 04:03 AM

Temp Webmaster:

I will fix this comments box ;)

Posted by: IonutZ at September 21, 2004 12:24 PM

This is great to be able to post questions and comments.. I have a problem that i can't seem to solve and it is fustrating. We have a very large man made pond clay bottom (aprox.250 000 to 280 000 gallons 16 feet deep) We have koi and bass in it but can't see them to often because of the water being brown. Sometimes it will clear up so you can see about 2feet down but that is about it.I have one pump runing 24hrs with only foam filters (2200 gal/hr)I have another bigger pump i,m working on with a sand filter (3/4 hp)Don't know if it will even do much .Is there anything i could do to clear up such a large pond?

Posted by: scott at September 21, 2004 10:34 PM

I am digging a backyard pond that will have a small water way running down a small hill through a 3' "stream" into the pond. I am using a liner for pond. Question-- is there a "glue" substance that can be used to connect the 3' stream onto the pond liner?? Thanks -Jim-

Posted by: Jim at September 22, 2004 02:45 AM

Hi - just a note about the XML portion of you site. I'm reading the "stream" named "First Weblog" (http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/BLOG/index.rdf) and see only one title, the initial "Welcome". All other comments are appended to it. The other XML streams I read each comment is has an individual title am I reading your feed wrong?

Wouldn't a forum be easier to read? I see comments I'm interested in and have a difficult time finding replys to it.

I find the information very useful and quite interesting. Please keep the idea up - news feeds have been corupted to the point they are useless anymore.

Thanks,

Meggeler

Posted by: Meggeler at September 22, 2004 03:55 AM

Hi everybody,

Glad to see that there is so much interest on the new pond blog!

With so many questions however, it's a bit cumbersome to reply to everybody here, so I'll do my best to send out daily replies to the list in a 'pond Q&A' format.

But as Meggeler suggest above - maybe a true members forum would work better, so people could reply to individual posts.

I've taken the liberty of setting one up at Topica, which you can sign up for by sending a blank email here:

PondUniversity-subscribe@topica.com

Or, by visiting this page:
http://lists.topica.com/lists/PondUniversity/subscribe/

Let's give this a shot, and see what people think.

We'll continue to use the BLOG for certain announcements and timely articles.

Brett

Posted by: Brett at September 22, 2004 10:21 AM