October 03, 2015

Today's Pond Q&A of the Day

Question #1:

I have moved into a new home with pond containing Goldfish and Koi. Unfortunately, I can't see them although I have a pump filter and recently changed the ultra violet bulb. Any suggestions? Only a small Lily as plant life

Answer #1:

Most often this occurs in spring, and then clears up with a UV light. However, to be a problem in August, there is something else going on. It is either too many fish, too little filtration, or you are overfeeding them. Lilies are "specimen" plants, not really useful at removing nutrients from the water. My gut says it is the filter and might be ready for an upgrade. Go to http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/biological.shtml and http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/external-pond-filters/external-pond-filters.htm to see what would work for your pond.

Carolyn

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Question #2:

Hi Carol,

I have some hardy Water Lilies & some Bog Plants that I would like to over winter. I have them in a 250 gallon stock watering tanks at the moment. I was planning on getting fish next year. I need to remove the water from the tank before winter and want to take the plants out of water and store them. I thought about putting them in large freezer bags to keep them moist. Would you need to add soil free water planting medium to the bag, which they are growing in now? Would they also need Light source? I would appreciate any information about problem. Thanks in advance Bill

Answer #2:

There are several different types of waterlily, each with a different way to overwinter. Another should be kept in a greenhouse, in water. Without knowing which one you have, if a Tropical Lily, I couldn't tell you how to keep it. If these are hardy lilies, they only need be settled to the bottom of the pond. One variety needs to be kept in moist sand. Another can be kept in peat moss and newspaper. Why are you removing the water from the pond/tank?? The bog plants are usually perennials and will need water and sunlight. If you can't provide a greenhouse, then I recommend a very sunny window with plenty of good air circulation (not right over a radiator). They may become leggy or pale/yellow, and some may not survive indoors, but putting them into plastic bags will encourage rot. Even the water they are in should be circulated or aerated. Either way, you aren't looking for them to really "grow" and bloom, but just to survive the winter indoors.

Carolyn

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Posted by bfogle at October 3, 2015 06:39 AM
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