November 23, 2005

Today's Pond Q&A

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Today's Pond Q&A

In this issue:

- MICROBE - LIFT / AUTUMN WINTER PREP USAGE 8 PLANTING
MEDIA - HOW DO I USE IT AND WHERE DO I GET IT?

- POND VACUUMS & SALT - DO THEY REALLY WORK?

- PH - HOW DO I TEST FOR THIS?
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Question>

I would like to use the Microbe-Lift Autumn Lift Pond Additive
but can find no indication of how much to use. I don't want o
order it until I know how much. Also, where on the site can I
find the planting medium?

- Joy
East Fallowfield, PA

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Answer>

Hi, Joy,

MacArthur Water Gardens carries Microbe-Lift/Aquatic Planting
Media if you want to check the website or call the 800 number.

ML/Autumn/Winter Prep is a four month application. The quart
size comes with 1 quart of liquid and 2 water soluble packets.

The directions on the side of the box:

Size of pond 1st Application 2nd App. 3rd App. 4th App
80-200 3oz 4oz 5oz 6oz
201-500 5oz 6oz 7oz 8oz

Note: simply toss into your pond 1 water soluble cellulase enzyme
pack during the 2nd month's application.

Size of Pond 1st Application 2nd App 3rd App 4th App
501-1,000 6oz 7oz 8oz 9oz
1,001-5,000 7oz 8oz 8oz 9oz

Note: simply toss into your pond both water soluble cellulase
enzyme packets during the 2nd month's application.

-Carolyn

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Question>

Do pond vac really work? Can I expect to draw the bottom grunge
up with any of the choices out there? As to the parasites and
bacterium. I have already changed out the water for the winter.
I have a 4500 gallon pond. So if not salt, is there another way
to treat the pond?

- Mike

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Answer>

If you have been able to clean the pond to some extent, you can
use potassium permanganate to exterminate existing parasites.
Then you can use LymnoZyme to maintain an Aeromonas &
Pseudomonas-free pond. I believe the regimen is a 6-week
application, but check the label. Potassium Permanganate is a
two-part treatment and what I particularly like is that if the
fish show any signs of stress when using it, all you have to do
is throw in some Hydrogen Peroxide (which practically everyone
has in their medicine closet) to reverse and neutralize the
effects instantly.

- Carolyn

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Question>

Thanks for your response.

What is the best method to check the PH of the water?

- Mike

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Answer>

You can get a test kit that measures pH, nitrites, and ammonia,
and will cost around $20-30. It's something everyone should
have in their closet, and test weekly, if not daily. pH isn't a
problem unless the ammonia is high, then it can be deadly. Let
me say that pH is something that has to be "stable" no matter
what the reading. If it is going up and down, it's not too good.
It's not good to try to instantly fix it either. Any rapid
fluctuation of pH can hurt fish.

- Carolyn

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Happy Pondkeeping!

MacArthur Water Gardens
www.macarthurwatergardens.com

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

Posted by bfogle at November 23, 2005 02:11 PM
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