October 04, 2005

Today's Pond Q&A

Today's Pond Q&A

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Hi Carolyn!

I was cleaning out my pond filters yesterday and noticed for the
first time small red worms in the filters. They are about the
size of a fingernail clipping.

Do you know what they might be and how I should treat the water
to kill them? I put pond salt in the water so hope that will do
the trick but if I should do something else, please let me know.


- Barb

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Hi, Barb,

They aren't any harm to your pond. These are the small
bloodworms you would buy in the pet shop if you were looking for
live food for tropical fish! If you try to kill them you might
just upset the balance of nature in your pond, so I would leave
them alone. We all have them.

It's not a nice thing to look at but they are harmless and normal
to be there.

- Carolyn



Hi again Carolyn.

A few weeks ago you advised me to take my fish in this winter
because my pond is so shallow and the winters here in
northeastern Ohio are pretty cold. I still have a few questions
to ask you.

The first is, how cool should the pond water be till I have to
bring them in? Also, should I use pond water to fill the aquarium
inside or can I use tap water or a combination? Also, should we
keep the same feeding habits as if the fish were still outside?

I think that's all for now unless you can think of something I
may have missed as you obviously know alot more about this than I
do. Thank you again for all the knowledge you bring with your
pond q&a's. I appreciate it and I know my fish do as well as it
helps me in keeping them alive.


- Mike Malcuit



Well, Mike-

I think the fish will do best if you don't shock them with 100%
new water, for starters. A 50/50 mix should work. The
temperature should be the same, or within two degrees in both
places when you transfer them, and make the move slowly, as you
would from a pet shop, gradually allowing them to acclimate to
the new water. The chemicals and minerals are different in the
new water.

I would not wait until the water is too cold before bringing them
inside. It is still warm now, but whenever your area weather
starts to cool off at night is when the transfer should take
place. Remember, in a shallow pond the temperature fluctuates
rapidly, creating more stress for the fish from day to night.

As for the feeding, that depends entirely upon the indoor
temperatures and environment. Do you have a good filter system
in there to process and nitrify the ammonia produced by feeding?
Will you have easy access for water changes? If not there could
be a nitrate or phosphate build-up which is not healthy for them.
If the temperature is around 72-76 like most homes, I think they
are going to be metabolizing and needing fuel. Hope this helps.

- Carolyn


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Posted by bfogle at October 4, 2005 06:33 PM