Foamy surface in Goldfish pond


Joined
Mar 5, 2019
Messages
9
Reaction score
0
Location
Hixson TN
Hardiness Zone
7b
Country
United States
I cleaned my filter yesterday, and in doing so, stirred up the 1400 gallon pond. As I would normally do, I added some flocculent to clear the pond. I have been using this product for some time now. The label states that water temp, which is 45 degrees, does not matter. last evening, I checked on the fish and the progress of the clearing of the water, and found thick off-white foam near everyplace the water is agitated. This is at the base of the waterfall, and aeration devices. Has anyone else had this issue before? The fish seem to be fine, but having lost all of them in the past, this really concerns me. There appears to be some type of film in the water surface as well. Has this happened to any one else when using RapidClear flocculent? I will clear as much foam from the surface as possible today, but have no clue why this has happene
Pond foam 1.jpg
Pond foam 2.jpg
d. HELP!!!
 
Ad

Advertisements

sissy

sissy
Joined
Jan 17, 2011
Messages
32,793
Reaction score
15,424
Location
Axton virginia
Showcase(s):
1
Hardiness Zone
7A
Country
United States
babies on the way ,get the bassinet ready ;)instead of a chemical use koi clay it is cheaper and safer
 
Joined
Mar 5, 2019
Messages
9
Reaction score
0
Location
Hixson TN
Hardiness Zone
7b
Country
United States
I appreciate your response, but I have some questions. I have babies already, that were born in the last 6 months. I have not seen this foam though before. Can you explain your information? I honestly think the babies could have been "in process" when some of the fish were added over the summer last year, so that would explain several things. If this is part of the breeding process, should I do nothing to the foam? Not skim it off? Thank you again. Now I have more to consider....
 
Last edited:

mrsclem

mrsclem
Joined
Jul 21, 2008
Messages
4,835
Reaction score
4,275
Location
st. mary's county, md.
Hardiness Zone
7A
Country
United States
Doubt that the foam is from spawning- water temp at 45. The foam is from the flocculant you added. It makes the particles in the water clump together and you will get foam where you have water movement. Did you dose correctly for the size of your pond? I would not use any chemicals with water temps that low, the fish are dormant and are easily stressed. Skim the foam off and keep an eye on the fish.
 

sissy

sissy
Joined
Jan 17, 2011
Messages
32,793
Reaction score
15,424
Location
Axton virginia
Showcase(s):
1
Hardiness Zone
7A
Country
United States
reason I said that is because if you measure water temperature at the top of the water it is colder than the bottom of the pond .Could it also be settled rotting leaves and fish poop on the bottom of the pond .My pond is 50 degrees on the top but 59 degrees on the bottom at the shallow end and 62 at the deepest end.Is your pond in full sun and do you know what your ground temperature is
 
Joined
Mar 5, 2019
Messages
9
Reaction score
0
Location
Hixson TN
Hardiness Zone
7b
Country
United States
I'm going to skim the foam off, then hope for the best. I just cleaned the filter yesterday, and scooped as much debris as possible at the same time. I hope the fish are ok. The label for the flocculent said water temp didn't matter. I hope they are right. Thank you all for the help and responses!
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Jan 2, 2020
Messages
76
Reaction score
21
Location
outside st.louis mo
Country
United States
hi there shannon 3. what you have there is a simple case of DOCS . dissolved organic compounds. you canmake a phoam- phraxionator to solve the issue fast..it uses no chemicals. just pvc and bio balls. it will clean that size pond up in 3 days...
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Dec 16, 2017
Messages
6,994
Reaction score
5,061
Location
Ct
Hardiness Zone
6b
Country
United States
I agree with mike the foam is organics that were once solids like leaves blades of grass or pine needles that are now in a liquid form and when agitated if foams up just like the ocean you can;t have miles of coast line get exposed to air and not have death.. an other way to help remove the foam is water changes and a protein skimmer
 

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Top