November 16, 2005

Today's Pond Q&A

Today's Pond Q&A

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I have two small preformed ponds linked together via a small
waterfall that I established in the summer of 2004. I have 7
goldfish in the bottom pond. This summer I noticed seven
"miracle" baby fish in the upper pond. Both ponds have only the
fish and Lillies.

The fish are all healthy. My problem is the ponds are being
overrun with snails. The snails cover the bottom of the lilly
pads and eat holes in them. I live in Daytona Beach, Florida.

How can I get rid of the snails?

- Joni

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Hi, Joni,

I don't know how scientific this sounds, but I checked with a
few friends about your snail problem. The best way to kill
snails is copper but it will also kill the fish. So, it was
suggested that starting in the spring, you float romaine
lettuce leaves on the pond in the evening. In the morning,
gently remove the leaves, so the snails don't drop off, and
the bottoms will be covered with snails. Drop them right into
the garbage.

It may take a while, but you will get rid of them this way.
The eggs and baby snails should be eaten by the fish. Let us
know how you make out. One of the only successful ways of
controlling snails is hand-picking.




Dear Carolyn

I have been reading all the letters from other pond owners and
your advice has been incredible! I have my own little pond which
is about 1000 gallons and my husband has a gigantic
pond - actually 2 - with a waterfall inbetween-you know how men
tend to go overboard! But-my pond is manageable for me!

I dont know how he found your website. I just started reading your
emails and have consulted you several times and you have been
really helpful-which i appreciate as a new pond person.

Could you tell me what kind of filter you would recommend for my
1000 gallon pond? Could I buy it from your company? Also a vacuum
would be great - I try to remove the crud and leaves with a net
but it doesn't work too well.

Thanks again

- Karen Oconnor



Hi Karen,

Good for you! A pond of your own!! Yes, mucking with a net is
cumbersome business. Why not browse the website at and see what you like? As for
vacuums, there are all types, but I used the one that uses the
garden hose and pushes leaves into a bag at the end of the pole.

I now have a bottom drain in my big pond and a retrofit bottom
drain in the small one (quarantine tank), so I don't collect any
dirt on the bottom anymore. The best filter will be one that is
easy to maintain from outside the pond. When you have 1,000
gallons, you don't want to wade in to clean the filter,
especially when the water gets cold. Luckily they make bubble
beads and pressurized filters that can fit any size pond. Pick
a filter and pump for the amount of fish you will have, which
is usually more than the amount of water in the pond. So, to
start you off, figuring you have fish, shop for a filter that
will handle 2,000-3,000 gallons rather than the 1,000 gallons
you measured.

If you choose an external filter and pump you can use a
retrofit bottom drain too. Then start using MICROBE-LIFT/PL
and either Autumn/Winter Prep or Spring/Summer Cleaner to get a
jump on cleaning the bottom without a vacuum.

- Carolyn

Happy Pondkeeping!

MacArthur Water Gardens

MacArthur Water Gardens
PO Box 3628
Alpharetta, GA 30023-3628

Posted by bfogle at November 16, 2005 02:05 PM