Hello to All and HELP!

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    capewind

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    The problem with some words is some mean them differently than others. To ME, an easy low maintenance pond mean 1-2 hours of work per week (not counting feeding time, I can do that for hours LOL) ... to my husband, low maintenance means 6-8 hours per week (messing with something everyday LOL) ... some folks dont want to spend more than an hour per month LOL.
     
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    Wow....Waterbug....how ya doin...fancy seeing you here sir...I saw crsublette...I feel right at home....it looks like some people on here need just as much as on our other forum my friend....input...more input...MORE INPUT...learn, learn, learn...that is the name of the game...learn and have fun....i concur with all of your advice sir....this nice person needs more friends like us...
     
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    These were things I would do. You can do with the info as you like. Hopefully it would give you ideas to consider and maybe research. Or you could email it to your Pond Guy and get his opinion. But yeah, there is a bit of effort and a bit of learning. Sorry.

    If the question is whether there is a filter you can buy, or a fish safe chemical you can add, that will make your pond clear and keep it clear for a long time with little or no additional effort the answer is no.
     
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    AlaPAMa

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    You will all be happy to know that I found a new Pond Guy. This one seems considerably more knowledgeable. With his assistance, I will continue to struggle on until next spring when we can $$$ a rebuild. This pond guy tells me that the liner is not "pond grade" in addition to being too short around the sides. I cleaned out as much of the leaves and detritus as possible. Built up the sides where ever I could and removed as many stray water lily rhizomes as possible and divided the one giant water lily. The pond guy gave me a few water hyacinths to get me through the worst of it.

    I will continue to visit here and learn, learn, learn...... :D
     
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    callingcolleen1 mad hatter

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    You sure have a big back yard and the landscaping is pretty too. I use ez Bio 20 filters that are submersible. They are made by Matala and you can find them online for about $40. I don't know how to make a "link" cause I just have a tablet and just got into these "computers" now for only a year and have lots to learn. You can goggle the name and many sites come up. I have been using these filters for years and really like them and you can connect two together for a bigger more powerful filter.
     

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    Full sun will produce MUCH algae and your plants will explode. a UV filter along with a bio filter will help keep the algae down but you also need to reduce the algae food load such as fish/frog excrement (bio-filter), excess fish food (weather it's feed to them or not). I'm in SO CAL so I have sun 365 days a year. I use a bio/UV filter with waterfall and a UV/Mechanical filter with a waterfall and short aerating creek. I've NEVER had luck with barley straw and the only water additives I use is chlor-gon (for when I add tap water). I vacuum the pond 2-3 times from April (just before koi spawning) through October which REALLY helps. If I suck up a small koi, sorry. I don't attempt to spawn them so I "might" get 2 or three that survive nature and their parents hunger. Is your pond small enough to put up a patio umbrella to block sun for a few hours a day? Initially, my pond was to cut down time mowing the lawn......... :goldfish: yeah sure... Back yard Panarama shot 08-06-2012 (1).JPG
     
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    Thanks callincoleen1! That's actually my FRONT yard..... for some reason, the previous owners put the pond in the front. I will see what I can find on these filters.
    Thanks again!
     
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    callingcolleen1 mad hatter

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    You are very welcome, and I hope your pond clears up soon! :)
     
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    welcome from another VA person.My pond is in the front so I can enjoy it from the front porch
     
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    welcome

    AlaPAMa...love the humor you have about the tadpoles
     
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    :LOL:
     
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    Got my test kit today.
    Test results: pH +9
    Ammonia 0
    Nitrite 0
    Phosphate 0

    MucVac should be delivered today although I have hand picked a good bit of the visible debris.
    Ordered the ez Core Bio pump recommended by callingcolleen1. Upon it's arrival will attach to Pacific Hydrostar pump recommended by you ;)
     
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    I just use a swimming pool net .
     
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    Do you know why I am unable to enlarge your attached photos?
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    The ones in the signature area you can't enlarge. If you look hers are below the blue line, i.e. the signature area.
     
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    sissy sissy

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    The photos in the signature, specifically Sissy's and some others, have a the word ENLARGE on the bottom border and a very small magnifying glass in the lower right corner.
    Right mouse click exactly in the center of the magnifying glass, this displays a context menu
    PS - the right mouse click position for me is very picky, may take a time or two to find the magic spot
    From the context menu, pick one of the "open link in .... " options, or the "view image" option.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Don't know if y'all can see this little guy/girl, but it's 4-6" with spectacular markings, orange & black. This photo was taken 2 months ago. I now have almost 2 doz., 1" grey/black/brown fry, but haven't seen this one in over a month. I only have 2 orange adult koi, 1 red adult comet, 1 white adult koi and 1 white adult comet. So I feel pretty confident the fry came from the orange & black one. Is it possible she didn't survive spawning?
    All advice is appreciated.
     

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    sissy sissy

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    it is always a possibility .I had had to take some out of my pond because they are getting beat up top bad .That is why I always have a stock tank ready .i keep an aerator line in it and a small fountain pump in a crate of lava rock with my hyacinth that are extra .It is near the pond also .With a pond you need to be prepared for every thing .
     
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