November 12, 2005

Today's Pond Q&A

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Today's Pond Q&A

In this issue:

- WINTER - CAN SOMEONE PUBLISH THE PROPER WAY TO PREPARE A POND?

- USING AIR CONDITIONER PADS AS FILTER MEDIA - IS IT SAFE?
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Question>

Could someone publish the proper way to prepare a pond for
winter, I live in northern Alabama, and the proper way to
prepare/clean a pond in the spring.

Is it necessary to empty, power wash the lining, etc etc.

Thanks

- Jerry Schoo

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Answer>

There are many publications on these topics already. But for the
fall, here are a few preps for you. Do a thorough cleaning, put
a net over the pond to protect from falling leaves, stop feeding
the fish, remove any dead or dying vegetation and tropical plants
from the pond, clean the filters, bypass and remove the UV lights
to clean and store for next season. Check for any leaks. Shut
off any above-ground water features, such as waterfalls and
streams.

Yes, this is somewhat oversimplified, but it is the gist of what
is expected of you as a pond owner in the fall. I will add to
this by saying you can do a 3-week salt treatment for parasites,
at .3%, then do 50% water changes until you have removed most or
all of the salt. I use Microbe-Lift Autumn Winter Prep on my
pond, so I don't have to do so much work.

As for the power washing, unless you have an Aquascape pond, it
is not necessary. The growth on the sides of the pond are part
of your biological filter and is best to leave undisturbed. If
you have rocks in the bottom, you surely have to take the entire
pond apart and blast it clean in the spring, as an annual chore.

Keep tuned, more to come! Watch for the longer versions in our
monthly journals.

-Carolyn

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Question>

I have a question.. I have a magna drive pump that requires a
long (24 Inch) filter attached to it with a piece of pvc that
has holes drilled into it. It kind of looks like a long fibrous
cigar. The filter medium is like air conditioner pads, something
that looks like shredded coconut fiber and is a creamy white in
color.

The pond supplier I bought it from no longer carries this product
and when I bought mine, it wasn't cheap, like $30+ for just the
filter medium. She informed me I can buy air conditioner
replacement pads like we use here in the southwest. They are only
$3.00 a bag of one replacement and would fit perfect. They look
identical to the pad that is on there, with one exception, the
air conditioner ones are dyed blue with some kind of vegetable
dye. I contacted the actual pad company and the rep there told
me she knows people do use them for ponds, but she wouldn't
recommend them. Do you have any opinion? Thanks, and I am
looking forward to hearing your response!

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Answer>

I am really not knowledgeable of the airconditioner pads,
however am skeptical about using materials that are made for
other purposes, especially ones that are dyed. But I am going to
put this on the daily Q&A and I'll bet we get some input from
others who know more.

- Carolyn

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Posted by bfogle at November 12, 2005 02:02 PM
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