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     This pie-eyed sergeant is on the job 24/7


Hi Friend,

Here are some quick readers comments that just came in, and then on the today's Pond Q&A...

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"The same thing happened to me today.

For the first time, a large blue heron landed in my pond. I immediately chased him off by letting my Irish Setter chase him across the yard.

Then I came in and ordered the scarecrow you are always talking about. Hope it gets here soon! The heron is sitting on my neighbor's roof."

Gail

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B.F.> Hi Gail. Thanks for the suggestion. Yes, it's true...

The only thing more effective than The Scarecrow for scaring off big ugly fish-eating birds is -- A BIG DOG! (Or a little one, with a big heart...)

I with I had unleashed my 2 year old American Eskimo puppy 'Casper' on that big boney varmint when he tried to land in my pond last week.

But all I could think of at the time was to run out there screaming and clapping like a crack-crazed lunatic. But it seemed to do the job (try that next time if your dog is asleep).

Your Scarecrow is on the way! We'll ship it right out pronto.

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"The Great White Egrets cleaned out my Koi ponds last fall. All but two fish that is. This spring I found the head of my largest Koi laying in the weeds near the edge of the pond. The fish were replaced soon after with the WalMart variety. If I am going to feed the predators of the neighborhood, they will at least be eating low cost fish.

Reading about your Scare Crow I followed up with an order about five month ago. This pie eyed sergeant has been on the job ever since. I hear it go off from time to time during the summer when the windows were open. It has faithfully chased away Raccoons, and Egrets on several different raids. I am happy to report, I have not lost a fish since he was put on the job.

Mr. Crow has also kept my dog from her morning swims. Which has also allowed my dog to stay dry and the house clean.

Thanks for a great product"

Tom Gegenheimer

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B.F.> Hi Tom,

Thanks for the story, that's great feedback. I haven't 'fired mine up' yet, b/c I don't have the darn battery, but I'll get around to it...

It's in the ground, all ready to go - and if nothing else, it looks cool and is a great converstion piece for now.

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"Interesting stories and usefull as well.

I may be interested in the product called Microbe Lift that you mention. Is now a good time to apply it and how much should I use to treat a 1400 gallon pond? I went to the web site but nothing is said about how much to use, etc., only the price."

Thanks,

Ron Wasson

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B.F.> Hi Ron,

The Microbe Lift works best in warmer weather, but can be used in cooler temeratures like right now. For your size pond, a quart of the PL or Autumn Prep should do it..

The instructions are on the box, and involve a larger initial dose, followed by smaller 'maintentance' doses, but it really does help to keep the pond clean and free of sludge, etc.

Here's the page for that:

http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/microbe-lift/microbe-lift-products.shtml

Hope this helps.

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Questions>

I need to know if it is possible to transport my fish this time of year safely and what is the best procedure. I live in the northeast and the temp is in the 40`s and 50`s now.I may be moving and i`m going to have to move them if i can. I have 7 KOI and 30 to 40 goldfish of all varieties.

Thanks
Cindy

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Answer>

Hi Cindy,

Sure, it's actually best to move them when the water temperatures are a little cooler as cooler water holds more oxygen and there is less chance that they will suffocate in the bags, assuming that's how you were going to move them.

The very best way, however, is to go ahead and rent a small oxygen tank to fill your fish bags with pure oxygen. Fish will use it up quickly, especially if many are in a bag - but you really don't have to worry if there is pure oxygen in there.

Importers ship large KOI in bags barely big enough to hold water in them with no problems using pure O2.

When re-acclimating, just float the bags in the new water for 10-15 minutes to equalize the temperature. Then slowly mix in pond water for another 10-15 minutes (to equalize pH and other water parameters) then let them swim out...

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Question>

Greetings from the great state of TN. I purchased a home this past spring and 'inherited' a pond that was in complete disarray. Well, over the summer I was able to get my little 600 gal pond going, have 1 koi and 2 really fat goldfish. Along with the pond I also inherited a small pump with one of those small box like submersible filter containers that you put the pump in along with some bio balls and filter material. Well, this is just not doing the job. I need something more powerful and efficient to keep things in balance. I have always had a bad alge problem and if I change the filter material (I don't mess with the bio balls) because it gets really gross, my ammonia levels get really out of kilter for several weeks. It really is a struggle to keep the fish happy with this kind of system. What would you suggest? I want a water bell for aeration and I also have a smaller pond that sits higher than the main one and makes a little waterfall and seems to be a nice home for frogs. I can't tell you how large my pump is, but I think it is too small for the size of the two ponds combined. I am kind of like 'Tim the Tool Man'......more power...lol. I am also thinking that I should have an outside filter system that would possibly be partially underground. Again, any suggestions? Of course all of this for less than $100...big lol here :-) Kidding of course. Anxious for your input. I enjoyed your website very much. Thank you for your time, Regards, Cynthia Van Den Berge (new pondwoman)

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Answer>

B.F.> Yep... That's exactly how this one came in..

Folks, if you're going to send us an email question, please try and be brief and not write your version of 'War and Peace' ;-) My eyeballs are getting old as it is, and this one just makes me want to fall out of my chair as I read it here at 12:30 AM.

But here goes...

http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Hozelock_Cyprio/Hozelock_BioForceUVC_Pond_Filter.shtml

http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Hozelock_Cyprio/Hozelock_Titan_Pond_Pumps.shtml

Hope this helps, thanks for your compliments.

(See how concise my reply was, and how I used line breaks to make it easy to follow?)

;-)

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That's all for today.

Happy Pondkeeping!

Brett Fogle

 
 
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