November 22, 2005

Today's Pond Q&A

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Today's Pond Q&A

In this issue:

- LEAKS - HOW TO REPLACE THE LINER AND NOT LOSE THE FISH

- POND PLANTS - CAN I OVERWINTER THEM?
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Question>

After four years of having a pond with a water fall, I've noticed
the depth of water has decreased over the past couple weeks.
I've added water, only to have it decreased again. Since we are
going into winter I figure I should wait until spring to fix the
problem. I do have Koi and goldfish, and a few snails. How do I
house my fish to empty and replace the liner??

The Koi are as old as our pond. We would love to keep our Koi and
not start over!

I have learned alot with these Q&A emails. Sure hope you can
help.

Thank you

- Linda

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Answer>

Hi, Linda,

Many of us have great success in using kids pools for temporary
holding ponds. Pump the pond's water into the pool to fill it,
put the fish in, then cover with a net to prevent any jumping
accidents. Set a filter up on this temporary pond. Then when
all is done, pump that water back into the pond so you will have
some "aged" water to start off with instead of 100% new water.

-Carolyn

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Question>

Hi Carolyn,

Thank you and your fans for so many interesting and informative
subjects that are offered for the Q&A.

My question is about moving plants inside with fish.

After much deliberation, we decided that we would have more
problems winterizing our pond and bog than moving the fish
inside.

They now live in an 8’ (across) x 2’ stock tank in our garage.
Initially I was going to move our 5 water lilies into buckets,
but when I pulled them out of the pond they had outgrown the pots
I transplanted them to during the summer. I cut them all back,
divided them, in some cases, and discovered that the roots were
covered with black gunk -- which I hosed off – removing the roots
that easily fell away, repotted them in washed pea gravel and
water garden “media,” with one tablet of lily food, and they
are growing back quickly. We had a real problem with string
algae. This is our first year with a bog, lined pond and fish --
it has been an “interesting” summer.

I put the pots along one side of the tank and the fish really
enjoy them. I have seen your reference to plants wintering over
with fish and don’t want to ask for trouble and am now wondering
if the plants should be removed, as I would hate to jeopardize
the fish. We have only goldfish now, but they have controlled
our lives this past summer. They have a bio falls (one that has
a bag of light weight material with two mesh pads below the bag
that we clean weekly), and one aeration brick. We do a 15 minute
water change weekly, but the water is still green (same as it was
in the outdoor pond).

I look forward to reading your thoughts.

Thank you,

- Donna Browne from Colorado

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Answer>

Hi Donna,

I think the plants will do alright in the pond indoors if there
is adequate sunlight (or simulated sunlight equal to what they
had outdoors). Plants are different than fish when brought
indoors. But if I remember right, we might be talking about
annuals, such as water hyacinths, that I spoke about before.
Those are a different story than potted plants. The hyacinths
tend to die, but potted lilies should make it through. Not sure
if we are talking about lilies, or whether tropical or hardy,
but if they start to look like they are not going to make it,
with leaves turning yellow, then I would suggest removing them.
It would be helpful to suspend fluorscent light fixtures about
6-12" above the water, with grow-lux bulbs, to help both the
fish and the plants survive the winter indoors.

- Carolyn

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Posted by bfogle at November 22, 2005 02:10 PM
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