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    API test kit question

    Yes, your saltwater tests will work in freshwater. These test for specific things. For example any test for pH is measuring hydrogen icons whether those are in freshwater, saltwater, beer, pee, etc..., even soil if you know how to prepare the sample. Same for ammonia, nitrite, nitrogen, KH, GH...
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    Question about pumps and physics

    Check and foot valves work great in clean water applications. In ponds they have a couple of problems. Clogging is the most common problem. A foot valve addresses this by adding a basket - basically a check valve with a basket. The basket catches debris and has to be cleaned. This basket is what...
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    rain water and dead fish?

    You're welcome. As I said, specifically, oyster sells will do nothing to solve this issue. They're really very poor pH buffers especially for this issue. They're very, very slow to stabilize pH. That's OK in some ponds that are inherently stable whether any buffer is used or not. For example in...
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    How long can I turn the pump off? Chasing a leak...

    Plants can also remove a shocking amount of water just via transpiration.
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    Weeds

    I don't know anything about this install so for what this is worth...for me and my garden things like this would drive me crazy every time I looked at it. And down the road when the fabric starts appearing as it often does I would really be upset. Easier to fix sooner than later. But your call...
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    leak

    By hippo effect I assume that means floating liner? Hadn't heard that term before. If you do mean floating liner then no, a leak will not always produce a floating liner. It depends on the elevation of the pond's top, soil type and a few other things. Also you would have had to be present to see...
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    Emergency: pond water level drop off 3/4 and substrate removed! Fish clamped and struggling

    I assume you only have a chlorinated water supply and no access to chlorine remover so adding water is an issue. However, if the choice is between chlorine causing damage and certain death of the fish I would risk the chlorine. Has to be your call. I would only add as little water as I thought...
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    rain water and dead fish?

    When it comes to rain my first thought is the KH level. Rain does have a very low pH, generally in the 4.5 range but can get down to the low 2's for thunderstorms which is in the vinegar range. So say a pond is pH 8 but low KH (buffer). A lot of rain water can consume what buffer is there and...
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    Question about pumps and physics

    Insightful, not stupid, There are some external pumps that are called self-priming. But these do have limits. Assuming the pump is not self-priming or placement of pipes and pump aren't within the self-priming pump limits... The answer you want is that the pump and pipes need to be below the...
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    My take on green water

    Whenever I read this type of post I say to myself "wait for it...string algae" and am never disappointed. Normally it goes like this: long battle with green water, finally it suddenly clears. Then the person says "now I have a string algae problem". Not that this matter or anyone really cares...
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    Pond Liner Defect: Anyone see this before?

    I have not seen that exact type of hole but have seen holes caused by dragging a folded EPDM liner on concrete (I assume). They were along the fold and clearly caused by rough abrasion so I don't think they were not caused inside the shipping box. There were also boot prints on the liner. In my...
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    Weeds

    Yes, this has been a problem with weed blocking fabric for many years. I see it in many yards and have heard professionals talk about it. There are several issues. There will always be edges. The fabric, even when permeable will funnel water to edges and seams giving plants more water there and...
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    Common goldfish, water to hot?

    Hard to say if the indoor tank would be better or not. Also hard to say at what point a temperature will kill. It's a stress thing. Size of fish, water quality and length of time the temperature is high matters. In a really small pond the temp can drop at night giving the fish a chance to...
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    How long can I turn the pump off? Chasing a leak...

    What I don't know: - Kind of fish (assuming goldfish or koi) - Size of your fish. Sounds like a new pond so would assume the fish are small. - Water temp and climate. - Water chemistry, ammonia and KH specifically. - Current pump size. With that info I could make a guess. In general... given...
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    Ideas?? Newly dug pond has water before I'm able to add liner

    If you are adding a EPDM liner you can put the liner over the hole floating it on top of the current water. Then add water on the liner and the weight will push water out of the hole as you fill the liner. This is tricky and adjusting liner position is very limited. And this only works if water...
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