November 02, 2004

Beware of Scarecrows!

We've got some great emails to share with you today. I think
you'll find them pretty entertaining. Here goes:

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Ha! Ha! Ha! I'm writing to tell you how effective the 'Scarecrow'
deterrent is!

It has worked very well on my husband and I. So far, he has been
'hit' 17 times to my 8. The funniest thing-there is a tiny little
"click" just before the blast of water goes off. What is your
first response to the click? You look back of course, only to get
a full spray of water right in the face! Right when you're
shouting the Oh S---! phrase.

This has been very entertaining for the neighbors but it HAS
stopped the neighborhood cats, children and yes, heron, from
fishing in our pond so it's worth it! And we're finally catching
on...turn off the scarecrow, THEN enter the pond area. And the
fish don't seem to be bothered any by the ruckus.

MiSchelle
Pond Fanatic

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Hi Mischelle,

Why do you think I never connected mine? ;-) I can only imagine
what it would be like to get a 'surprise' cold shower early in
the morning on a cold day - an abrupt end to my moment of
solitude out by the pond...

But of course, if I had a heron problem - I'd definately hook
mine up!

-> To order your Scarecrow, or for more information, click here:
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/scarecrow-motion-activated-sprinkler.shtml

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Pond Q&A - Fall Pond Cleanings

Question>

You mention Spring cleaning of ponds, but what about Fall
cleaning?

I am trying to keep out leaves, but know there is a lot of
sediment in the bottom of my pond. The water is also dark. I
will soon be shutting off the pump and putting in the heater.
What would the fish make of a clean pond?

Thanks for your help.
Maxine

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Answer>

Hi Maxine,

Great question. The answer is it really depends. Doing a full
pond cleaning during the colder winter months can be very
stressful on your fish. However, if the pond is really dirty and
full of 'muck' - then you may want to consider it because all of
the decaying organic matter in the pond can cause problems if the
pond ices over, and this begins to de-gas and rot.

So, I think the best solution, and what we used to do for our
clients was do a partial Fall pond cleaning.

Here's how to do it:

First, get a container that will hold roughly 100 gallons or so,
or up to half of your pond volume (bigger is better). Then take a
pump with a hose, and pump out the relatively 'clean' water from
your pond by holding the pump just beneath the water surface.
Keep as much of the 'old' pond water as you can. Then, catch your
fish (if possible) and place them into the holding tank of their
own (clean) water.

Then you can either net out your leaves and dispose of them,
along with any muck that you can get out also. Alternatively, you
can then pump out the remaining water and do a thorough clean
out, including vacuuming out the pond with a large wet/dry vac
(this works great!).

Then refill the pond back up to the level it was at before
disposing of the water, de-chlorinate the water, and adjust the
pH to match that of the 'old' water in your holding tank. At this
point, start pumping new water from the pond into your holding
tub, and then pumping the mixture back into the pond. Do this for
15-20 minutes until the new water mixture matches that in the
pond - and then pump the remaining water back into your pond
while netting your fish back in as well.

But it's very important not to expose your fish to new water
conditions too quickly as differences in temperature and pH can
cause extreme stress to your fish, affect the immune system, and
even cause shock or fish death. So always be careful when
changing water.

Hope this helps..

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Happy Pondkeeping!

Brett Fogle
MacArthur Water Gardens
www.macarthurwatergardens.com

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Posted by bfogle at November 2, 2004 07:06 PM
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