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  1. Dave 54

    Still not well even after latest operation

    Thanx guys hope all is well with you other news the filter shed is doing its best keeping the pond temp at a greater temperature than the outside giving us 12c with an outside temp of 1c in the first test of extreme cold of the start of winter all last winters survivors are doing well. Won't be...
  2. Dave 54

    Still not well even after latest operation

    So sorry folks about my continuing health issues, as you know I had two operations in 2017, they worked out quite well however I was scheduled for reconstructive foot surgery which I underwent earlier in the summer, it was one of the most painful operations I have ever undergone in my 60+years...
  3. Dave 54

    Sorry for continued absence

    He has accute pancreatitus from what the experts say with gallstones and other complications but is comfortable Dave
  4. Dave 54

    Any of my fish friends know what this is please

    Looks like the site of a scale that's all. The koi remember is a varient of the doitsu it may not have scales but it's still a doitsu. So nothing to panic about Dave
  5. Dave 54

    Sorry for continued absence

    Just heard my stepdad was rushed to hospital suffering from chronic pancreatitus. This is almost a year since mum died. Much to say we are very concerned about his illness he being 80 now can we ask you all to pray for a speedy recovery Dave
  6. Dave 54

    What is the difference from pond salt and sea salt that is much cheaper

    As to the salt issue one should never use table salt as there are impurities in it. You can if you wish buy large sacks of medicated pond salt if you wish, or simply go to your usual supermarket and buy 3kg sacks of cooking salt and use that instead it's a darn site cheaper than the medicated...
  7. Dave 54


    I only have two books on water gardening both are a number of years old Water Gardens in a weekend ISBN 060060697x Author Peter Robinson. The second John Dawes's Book of Water Gardens ISBN 0866226621 Author John Dawes. Hope they help Dave
  8. Dave 54

    Val and I are in total shock.

    Yep I do my friend Dave
  9. Dave 54

    Val and I are in total shock.

    x Dave
  10. Dave 54

    Sorry for continued absence

    Hi everybody please accept my upmost apologies for my continued absence, Val is my main worry at this moment in time as she has not well, she developed large leg ulcers just prior to her going in for her knee replacement and it has been the devil of a job to get them to respond to treatment. If...
  11. Dave 54

    Can goldfish have a stroke?

    Do goldfish have strokes @Patfish in answer to that I would say yes they can, I've seen a koi die from a heart attack at one of our shows However Looking at the photo of your fish i would say that you have issues with water quality in your pond The fish looks stressed out of to the eyeballs at...
  12. Dave 54

    Spammers on GPF(?)

    Oh we are the nights of the round table who love to eat the :spam: allot:singing::coffee: :oops: sorry @Lisak1 (now would I do that :playful:) ???? Dave 54
  13. Dave 54

    Spammers on GPF(?)

    I agree with both @MitchM and @Lisak1 , you learn to spot them quite early though the odd ones selling something sometimes geting through , but not very often. Some folks however are just out to create mischief and strife on a somewhat large scale, (we had one woman banned from three sites in...
  14. Dave 54

    Bug in my filters

    Karon these are a type of aquatic pill bug and they are a major plus to your filtration which is healthy and capable of holding life, If you look closer you may just find small earth worms living in your filter too (we have) loads of both in our filter system if you look closer still with a...
  15. Dave 54

    Koi on side

    Great now that you have her in your holding tank could you please post a good clear photo of your sick koi , one of its cloudy eye plus your ponds water parameters i:e Ammonia , Nitrate , Nitrite Ph , Kh please. Dave 54
  16. Dave 54

    Pond Pumps KEEP Dying!!!

    My in-line pump has been going for a least 9 years , the only time it stops is if a piece of K1 filter medium gets in their and stops the impellor . I've seen it red hot because of this jamming before now, All we do we switch it off remove the offending piece of K1 let it cool for a few hours...
  17. Dave 54

    Val and I are in total shock.

    Oh yuck that really looks bad is the wall actually rotting away there , it makes you think just how much water the walls will suck up, what with the mold as well . Well that's it we are now the proud owners of a plastic shed , however we decided on a change of plan we bought instead an 8 x 8...
  18. Dave 54

    Koi Food and Expiration Date

    You only start to loose the goodness after the expiration date which you can bulster somewhat by using koivit's a form of liquid vitamins for koi . We use ours up to six months this way, see link :- Hope this helps @Gordo33...
  19. Dave 54

    Hello everyone

    No we don't have plants in our pond most hard core koi keepers in the UK don't believe in them allowing the fantastic colour's of the koi in our in our ponds using the black background to do the talking so to speak. Dave 54