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     Today's Pond Q&A

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In this issue:
Pond Q&A - Goldfish Emergency
- Don't Suck Your Polywogs Out of the Muck
- Sand Filters On Ponds
- Keeping Hyacinths out of your skimmer
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With pond season upon us, the questions are really coming in.. We've got four good pond questions for you today, so here goes:

Question>

I have a problem with my goldfish. i had her for 3 years and i dont want my little friend to die. i would like you to tell me one thing my fish has fin rot and i am not really sure how to treat it and it looks pretty bad so if you can give me some advice please email me at xxxxx@hotmail.com

Thank you very much

Paul

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Answer

Hi Paul,

We always recommend pond salt to reduce stress and help with infections. If your fish has fin rot, there is likely something wrong with the water and a partial water change would also help. He will 'perk up' with the new water (be sure to dechlorinate!)

You can find more information about pond salt here:
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Additives/pondcare_pondsalt.html

Depending on the size of your pond, you may want to treat the water with an anti-bacterial medication.

Here are some that are good:
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Page_39_40/ClearPondPge39_40.shtml

Hope this helps,

Brett

Question>

I have a 12x19x3ft pond that I designed and installed in my back yard. I have a sort of ecosystem going. There is some decaying matter in the pond but the water is pretty clear. I have frogs that come from the pollywog's hiding out in this gunk in the bottom of the pond, and I adore them. Also baby fish (koi and goldies) that get bigger when the weather warms. I bought "muck vac" and have enough water pressure for it to work to vacuum out this pond, but I definitely don't want to vacuum out the baby fish and polywogs. Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance, a faithful reader
Kate Carter
Washington DC

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Answer

Hi Kate,

That's a tough one, it's hard to vacuum out the muck without removing the little creatures living in the pond like baby fish, tadpoles, or similar.

One way to handle the sludge in the bottom of the pond naturally, is to use a microbial additive product like Microbe-Lift. This will help digest and decay the organic sludge in the pond, while adding beneficial bacteria to the pond.

You can find out more about Microbe-Lift here:
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/microbe-lift/microbe-lift-products.shtml

Question>

I had a pond installed a couple of years ago. It is 15' by 7', kidney shaped. It is approximately 38" deep. There is a waterfall that is approximately 3 1/2' high. The person that installed it put a sand filter that is used for swimming pools, pump and skimmer box.

I added an additional small filter on the bottom of the pond to get the water to clear up last year. All I know is the sand filter is a huge pain in the butt.

It has to be constantly backflushed and does not pump the water with much velocity to the water fall. I have goldfish in the pond right now.

I am thinking that I need a different set up and was wondering if you might have some suggestions for replacement pumps and filters.

Thanks.
Randy Nash

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Answer

Hi Randy,

Well everybody here knows how I feel about sand filters ;-)

Sand filters are hands down just about the WORST possible choice for a pond, but unfortunately, many landscapers and pond builders will install these on ponds, (because they don't know any better..)

The problem with sand filters on ponds is that they are great for polishing the water in pools, but terrible for filtering pond water which had more particulate matter and waste in the water -- and that's why they clog so quickly.

The other major problem with sand filters is that they are very inefficient biological filters and can grow anaerobic bacteria, which can be dangerous. In low oxygen environments, anaerobic bacteria thrive and are not healthy for a pond ecosystem.

so the best answer I have for you is to get an Aquabead filter system.

These are the best pond filters we've come across in ten years (and believe me I've seen them all...) If you would like more information, please contact me directly or click on the link below.

Aquabead Pond Filters:
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Aquabead/Aquabead_Filters.html

Hope this helps,

Brett

Question>

Question: How do I float water hyacinths in the pond, where I have a pond skimmer and everything ends up in the skimmer?

Patricia J. O'Donnell, Esq.

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Answer

Hi,

Try making a floating circle out of black tubing, taping together with electrical tape. Keeps hycacinths together, and out of the skimmer. Plus, they bloom better this way!

Brett

 
 
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