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    Graham Griggs

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    Oyster shells are calcium carbonate and not very soluable (otherwise the oysters would dissolve) they neutralise acid and do nothing in alkaline water - great stabilisers.
     
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    Graham Griggs

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    Wow - would love one more pond , never mind 10. And 5ft deep is a swimming pool not a pond! Seriously envious.
     
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    Graham Griggs

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    What no pound sterling? - perhaps you know something about the brexit vote that I don't?
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    I lost all of our original fish when we first built our pond. Our well water is around 5.4 ph. I put the fish in within a few minutes to a hour they were all floating, this was around 2 months after we filled the pond. The only issue with the water was the ph, it read 5.5 when the fish died.
     
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    Wow - again I stand corrected. 5.4- 5.5 is seriously acidic it will kill anything. I have no idea how it could have got that acidic from a natural well, I hope you are not drinking it yourself !. If the pond is still acidic then the previously mentioned oyster shells and/or some lumps of chalk will bring it back. Don't put any more fish in until it has been stabilised at over 6.9, and certainly don't put any soda in which will only make it more acidic.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    I keep crushed oyster shells in the bog, add 100 lbs every spring. The ph is a nice 7.6 or so for the last 6 years.
     
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    The comfort zone of a steady 7.6 - perfect
     
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    Hang on to your koi, you will build a bigger one later because this is how it starts:)
     
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