May 11, 2015

New Pond Water Quality / Carp Pox

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Today's Pond Q&A

In this issue:

- New Pond Water Quality

- Carp Pox

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Question #1>

Dear Carolyn,

I built a pond a couple of months ago. I have just put about
twenty different sized fish in and the water has gone all murky.
Is this normal and will it clear itself?

I have a pond filter. Is there anything i can do to help it to
clear pond size 12 x 7

(thanks)


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Answer #1>

Hi,

It would be quite normal, although not exactly desirable, for the
water quality to decline as it has. What happened to your pond
is that you added a lot of fish before the biological activity
(bacteria) was able to develop.

You have to hold off feeding the fish until the bacteria develop
or you will start to find fish dying from ammonia spikes. Do
you have an ammonia test kit? And a nitrite test kit?

A new pond is a critical balance with only a couple of new fish,
but when adding 20!

Please get some Bacterial additives and a UV light. MacArthur Water
Gardens sells UV lights and Bacterial Additives for the pond.
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Aqua-Ultraviolet/Aqua-uv-menu.shtml
and
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/microbe-lift/microbe-lift-products.shtml

Regards,
Carolyn


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Question #2>

Dear Carolyn,

One of my koi has a white spot on its top fin and 2 on its back
tail. They look like a blister or boil. I dont want my other
koi to get any of these white spots as well. I was told it
could be carp pox. What do you think of that? Can you tell me
what that is and how to treat it?

I drained one-third of water from the pond and put new water in
and added melafix to the pond. Our pond holds roughly 4,000
gallons of water and the pond is nearly crystal clear as well.
My lilies are trying to grow as well, but my problem is with
this koi. I don't want to get rid of him, he is blue and
orange. Please help me.

Thanxs
A koi lover at heart


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Answer #2>

Hello,

I agree with whoever told you it may be carp pox. That's what it
sounds like, but I am not a veterinarian and have no way of
really diagnosing the fish. Other than that, it could be
parasites, but I doubt it.

A little about carp pox-- it is incurable and is spread by
direct contact, which in a heavily stocked pond is easy to do.
It is temperature sensitive and will disappear by itself in
another month when the water warms up more. It also is not
fatal. It won't kill a fish as a rule, unless the pox is on the
mouth and the fish becomes unable to eat, so it is mostly a
disfiguring disease.

What I would recommend, before considering removal of the fish
or spending a lot of time and money treating it, is to seek a
professional opinion. It might just be something treatable.

Regards,
Carolyn


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May 10, 2015

Spring Cleaning / Bacteria & Algae

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Today's Pond Q&A

In this issue:

- Spring Cleaning

- Bacteria / Algae

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Question #1>

Dear Carolyn,

I live in Michigan and the weather here is warming up so I want
to clean my pond of dirt and algae.. I have about 200 gal with
fountain and waterfall..

I plan on removing the 8 fish and put them in a 40 gal tub with
aerator for a couple days..

I will remove the water and rocks from the plastic pond and clean
the rocks and the liner with diluted bleach then rinse it good
and refill with water and run the pump for a day before putting
back the fish...

Does this sound like It will be OK to do it this way?

Thank You


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Answer #1>

Hi,

It all sounds fine except for the bleach part. I don't think
bleach is a good idea. This will kill any good-guy bacteria you
have anywhere in the pond system and it will take up to 5-6
weeks to rebuild.

In that time, I am going to assume you will begin feeding the
fish. So here's the scenario- you feed the fish, the fish make
ammonia and there's no bacteria to neutralize the ammonia, so
the fish will die.

How about just a good cleaning with the hose (probably has some
chlorine in the water anyway), refill with fresh water and
dechlorinator, let it sit for about a day to acclimate to
temperatures and then return everybody to the pond. But, add
more bacteria at the same time and wait a week before feeding.


Some of the stuff on the liner is good stuff and you don't want
to kill it all, such as the black built-up gunk on the sides.
That's your good-guy bacteria, not dirt. Then concentrate on
keeping the filter clean and running smoothly and all will be
well.

Regards,
Carolyn


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Question #2>

Dear Carolyn,

I just put in an Aquascape pond and I was told to put in liquid
bacteria every two weeks. They sell a 22 ounce bottle for $32.
This gets a little pricey since I have to put in 6 ounces each
time. Do you sell something that is the same?

Also I'm getting a lot of string algae. What do you have to
take care of this problem?

I know it will take awhile to develop good algae in my new pond.
I live in Omaha, AR,


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Answer #2>

Hello,

First, I have to commend you on your healthy attitude toward
algae! Most people don't realize that algae is good in a pond.
We have bacteria for ponds, yes, but when you use algaecides you
will retard the development of these bacteria.

You want the bacteria to develop and eventually compete with the
algae for nutrients in the pond. Everytime you kill off algae,
you have to double up on the bacteria in order to eat up the
dead algae and recolonize the filter.

Check our website at www.macarthurwatergardens.com and think
about using some Barley Straw or Barley Straw Extract for now.
It won't hurt the bacteria.

Regards,
Carolyn


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May 04, 2015

Bacteria Additives / "Green" Water

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Today's Pond Q&A

In this issue:

- Bacteria Additives

- "Green" Water

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Question #1>

Dear Carolyn,

I have a new pond, about three months old. I have put some
fish in, but do I need to put bacteria additives in, and if so
can you suggest some?

(Thanks)


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Answer #1>

Hi,

Bacterial additives are very helpful in getting a new pond
stabilized. In fact, it's the lack of adequate bacteria that
causes the instability and dangers of "new pond syndrome".

MacArthur Water Gardens sells several additives. I use
Microbe-Lift/PL in my pond. The bacteria will make it a safe
place for the fish and keep a balance in water chemistry by
removing toxic waste by-products.
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/microbe-lift/microbe-lift-products.shtml

Regards,
Carolyn


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Question #2>

Dear Carolyn,

I have an oblong preformed 125 gallon pond. My water is dark
green and I cannot see my fish. I have about 11 gold fish in the
pond. I have two rectangular filters from Lowes that have
biological balls in them.

I started out great with clear water and as time progressed the
water became green and I have not been able to get it clear to
this day. I live in Louisiana and have a partial cover over the
pond so it does not get direct sunlight.

Can you please advise me as I would like to see my fish again.
Where I had the pond before at my other house I was under trees
and did not have this problem. Since I moved to a new house it
is out in the open and I cannot seem to control it.

Please advise me.

Thanks


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Answer #2>

Hello,

May I suggest adding a UV light? Especially in your area, and
especially in the sun, you are going to have little chance of
eliminating algae without extra help. Check the UV's on
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/uv-sterilizers/uv-sterilizers.html

Good luck,
Carolyn


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May 02, 2015

String Algae / Leaking Pond Addition

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Today's Pond Q&A

In this issue:

- String Algae

- Leaking Pond Addition

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Question #1>

Even though I removed by hand nearly all the string algae in my
pond last fall, it has flourished during the winter and has
completely overrun my 8000 gallon pond in Northern New Jersey.

It's still too cold to do any hand removal but I would like to
try to attack it now. I have read your article "The string algae
blues" and just want to check if those recommendations still
stand: Barley Pellets, Algae Fix, and Microbe Lift.

Can Microbe Lift be used when the temperatures still drop to 20
degrees, and if it can be applied now would I use the Fall or
Spring version.

Thanks for your help.

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Answer #1>

You can use either the Spring Summer Cleaner or the Autumn Winter
Prep because they both contain the cold weather strain of
bacteria. All other bacteria become dormant or die off at 50-55
degrees Fahrenheit. And although there are other methods that
may be quicker, the quick fix isn't always the best way to deal
with algae.

A certain amount of algae in a pond is healthy, believe it or
not, but string algae can become quite unsightly when the fish
aren't eating it. It never grows in my pond, only the stream
where the fish can't reach. I just fish it out and toss it into
the pond where the fish make quick work of it.

But along with bacteriological management, you may have to look
at your pond and fish husbandry this year more closely than in
the past. As the fish grow, even if not that noticeably, they
are producing quite a bit more nutrients for the algae. Cutting
back on food may only hurt the fish, so it's probably you that
will need to work harder at cleaning the system throughout the
year. Algae is a great indicator of how we are doing as "pond
parents."

Regards,
Carolyn


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Question #2>

Help !

My pond is about 2400 gallons, last fall I added a section and I
am having a problem with a leak. The area I added was sealed
over and the floor is gravel. I just redid the bottom of the
joined area with Latex Modified Concrete covered with Gravel.
And I still have a leak. I am thinking of going over the side
of the liner where it is joined with Latex Modified concrete
also.

I have also checked around the skimmer and redid all the seals
on this a few months ago. I have had my water fall off most of
the winter, trying to find the leak. My fish seem to be doing
ok, I am concerned by the numerous water changes I have done
trying to find this leak as I have had to drain about 1/2 of the
water each time. I have been adding the chemicals to get rid of
the chlorine.

Any further suggestions? Between the leak and the crane that
is trying to get my fish. (Fortunately the pond has a net but
that bird still tries) I am at my wit's end.

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Answer #2>

On the positive side, the fish are benefiting nicely by the
water changes.

In my experience, hardly ever has an addition to an existing
pond been successful. They almost always leak.

If you have really had it, think about doing one of the spray-on
urea coating liners or you can reline the whole thing. Might
be a great time to put in your next pond?

In order to locate a leak, you need to be able to shut
everything down and let the water empty out until it stops.
Wherever it stops, you will find your leak somewhere around the
edge. It doesn't work too well if there are fish in it and the
leak is at the very bottom though....

Regards,
Carolyn


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