water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins
I have a 300 ish gallon hot tub pond, right now 9 adults and 3 kids live nicely in it. I put in the 9 adults, they are maybe 4 inches in size.
It's not a silly question. It looks like a submersible pump so you will be okay. I have known people that put a regular pump in the water and expect it to pump. As far as refilling it as I said earlier use clean water. The water you have is filled with dirt. So you will be starting out with a dirty pond and your filter will have to clean up the mess.US or UK gallon? Mine is around 200 gallon I'd say. So I should be ok with 4. Il start off with 2 and see how I get on. Dont want to add too much. This may seem a silly question but does the cable for the pump need protecting inside the pond? I planned on putting it in some pvc conduit on the outside of the pond
You can add a couple of fish right away as they'll help the pond cycle. Don't add more as this is when you'd get into trouble. If you have plants, they'll help buffer any spikes you might get but the main idea is don't overfeed. Goldfish do just fine eating what falls in as well as plant roots, algae growing on the side. It won't take long if you didn't scrub the liner much (just hosing it off would be enough).The pump and filter will obviously help. Should I give it around six weeks before adding fish?
you don't need to worry about the marsh marigold; it is typically a cool weather bloomer. When it gets hot, it'll naturally pull back. And yes, if you prune now you'll lose your flowers. Marsh marigold is a marginal and should have it's crown planted just above the water level. It is very hardy and comes back beautifully for me in zone 5b.I didnt scrub the liner or hose it. I just picked as much dirt out as I possibly could. Once the water clears up I will add two fish. Does the marsh marigold need height taking off it? I'm guessing the pot was slanted or wonky in the pond which is why its growing all to one side and looks bare and dead on the side I can see. I wanted to hide the pond pipe. I'm not good with plants. I never know how much to take off and if I reduce the height I will end up cutting off the yellow flowers. Once it starts dying back I will take some height off it
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