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 06:39 AM | Comments (0)

Today's Pond Q&A of the Day

Question #1:

Frogs laid hundreds of eggs, they hatched. 3 days later they had all disappeared. What happened? Our small comets also have disappeared.

Answer #1:

There are a few things that could have happened and most of these, if not all, would be a meal for some other animal. Grown frogs will eat anything that can fit into their mouths, including tadpoles and especially fish. But you could have a problem with chipmunks that are doing this. Most people don't realize these cute little critters like meat (and fish) in their diet. If the pond is shallow enough, birds (including ducks and geese), cats, and other small predators could be the culprits. Snakes should be mentioned here also, because they are great pond "emptiers" if in your area. Don't forget about fish eating the tadpoles and then the other predators eating the fish. It's the law of nature, survival of the fittest. I should recommend looking for something with not that large a mouth as the guilty party, since it didn't eat your larger comets… yet.


Carolyn

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Question #2:

Hi Carol,

We hope your move went well. Welcome back. A question we have -- We are in a flyway for Heron's & Egrets here in California. Given that our pond is in and has a depth of two feet, is there anything you would recommend for protecting the fish from the "fishing" birds. thanks for your response. John & Sharon Lyon

Answer #2:

I was in one of those flyways in my NY home. These birds have photographic memories apparently and great eyesight. They can spot a pond or water body from way up high. The sounds of a waterfall or running water from a fountain also attract predators. The best defense, and this comes too late for your pond, is in the initial construction of the pond. Make the sides vertical, and at least 3'deep so the birds, which are waders, can't simply wade in there looking for lunch. In your case you will have to do as I did, to string clear monofilament fishing line back and forth across the pond, especially around the perimeter, like a spider's web, but make the strings at different heights so the birds have to step over them. Make it as inconvenient as possible for them. If they find it challenging, they will go elsewhere. There is always another pond down the street from you that is not protected and an easier meal.

Carolyn

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Posted by bfogle at 06:30 AM | Comments (0)