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To stabilize ph you can go to a farm store and buy crushed oyster shells that they use to feed chickens to make there egg shells harder
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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Thanks for the comments guys to answer a few of them...Yes my wife already named them, Cha and Ching, get it Cha-Ching....lol. Once the pond completes cycle we will get two more small ones and name them Euro and Yen. Then as they get older and larger I will make them a much larger pond. I'm sure I'll have a least 2 summers before that happens. I also will be adding shade to the pond along with finishing the slate rock. There's a Filter/Fountain with UV built in it running 24/7 and I do have a nice hiding spot in there for them as well.
I tested my water and so far the levels are fairly low and I'm keeping my eye on the Nitrites and Nitrates and Ammo. Making sure that they stay low...My PH will always fluctuate in the pond.
What no pound sterling? - perhaps you know something about the brexit vote that I don't?
 

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I have never heard of, and can't find online, a case of pond fish dying because the water is too acidic, whereas there are loads from it being too alkaline, which was also my own experience where newly introduced fish died in about 8.0 - 8.2.
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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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.
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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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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