Lots of filters, 2 goldfish, and still ammonia!


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Hello, glad to getting some advice for you pond, I must say you set up a very cute pond for your daughter's.
 
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Nice pond! Are you sure no dogs are lifting their legs on those plants and causing the high ammonia?
 
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Hello, glad to getting some advice for you pond, I must say you set up a very cute pond for your daughter's.
Thank you, my wife did all the planting. Adding fish to it this year has been a learning experience. I thought you could just throw some goldfish in a pond and call it done. :)
 
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Hi Jason. I like the plantings around the pond. Your wife did a fantastic job. Just wondering why do you have what looks like soap bubbles? Is that from the scrubbies you put in by mistake? If that is so you should probably follow Mitch's advise and drain everything.
 

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what about runoff from the yard and fertilizer from the pond .Did you look at your test kit because it does have 2 bottles
 
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welcome to our group! Nice looking pond you built
 
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I noticed that the ammonia test tube in your photo isn't full to the fill line... If your are using an API test kit your water sample should fill the tube to that line. Then add 8 drops of ammonia testing solution bottle #1, followed by 8 drops of ammonia testing solution bottle #2. Cap it, shake 5 seconds, and wait 5 minutes to read the results.

Unless you are using a different kit than the one I described, or perhaps you dumped out part of the tested sample before your photograph..?. I'm thinking you may be getting false readings on your ammonia.
 
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I noticed that the ammonia test tube in your photo isn't full to the fill line... If your are using an API test kit your water sample should fill the tube to that line. Then add 8 drops of ammonia testing solution bottle #1, followed by 8 drops of ammonia testing solution bottle #2. Cap it, shake 5 seconds, and wait 5 minutes to read the results.

Unless you are using a different kit than the one I described, or perhaps you dumped out part of the tested sample before your photograph..?. I'm thinking you may be getting false readings on your ammonia.

Yes, I filled it a bit just to show that the solution in Bottle 1 is brown, not to show a real test. Just wanted to make sure it looked right.
 
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Hi Jason. I like the plantings around the pond. Your wife did a fantastic job. Just wondering why do you have what looks like soap bubbles? Is that from the scrubbies you put in by mistake? If that is so you should probably follow Mitch's advise and drain everything.
I'll put up a photo of the bubbles. They pop almost immediately once the fountain is shut off, and do not look like soap bubbles.

I've done a large water change when the wind blew the fountain over and it pumped out 2/3 of the water while we were at church.

Still have bubbles after a really large water change.
 
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I'll put up a photo of the bubbles. They pop almost immediately once the fountain is shut off, and do not look like soap bubbles.

I've done a large water change when the wind blew the fountain over and it pumped out 2/3 of the water while we were at church.

Still have bubbles after a really large water change.
Organic materials like leaves decaying in a pond will cause bubbles. Think how detergent is made.... I would think there wouldn't be a lot of that in your pond if it is fairly new.
 
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aeration causes bubbles also .I get lots of them and nothing on the bottom .Just good old fashioned air .
 
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Those don’t look like pond water bubbles to me. The surface tension is wrong. I see a film I believe as well. Something is getting in there. I must have missed the info on your water supply. Also I normally don’t recommend products to often but SEACHEM PRIME and SEACHEM STABLE. Read up on them. Nice pond! I have a 355 gallon with a 950gph pump and homemade gravity filter. My 7 comets went in the day the water did. My NH has never been close to .25ppm. Currently zeros across the board. Water lettuce, hyacinth, hardy lilies and native rushs.
 
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aeration causes bubbles also .I get lots of them and nothing on the bottom .Just good old fashioned air .

I think it is just air as well. When the pump is turned off they go away within 10 seconds or so, and do not have any of the other characteristics of a soap bubble that I can tell.
 
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Great news. All the ammonia is out of the water. I believe adding the Zeolite and Carbon to the water helped immensely.

I removed the bag and will continue to monitor the ammonia. I'm curious if the Zeolite did all the work, or if the ammonia cycle is kicking in.

Thank you for all your help!
 
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Great news. All the ammonia is out of the water. I believe adding the Zeolite and Carbon to the water helped immensely.

I removed the bag and will continue to monitor the ammonia. I'm curious if the Zeolite did all the work, or if the ammonia cycle is kicking in.

Thank you for all your help!
Awesome! Any nitrites?
 
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I started with just feeder goldfish too. I now have fish about a foot long, plus lots and lots and lots of babies.
 
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I think it is just air as well. When the pump is turned off they go away within 10 seconds or so, and do not have any of the other characteristics of a soap bubble that I can tell.

The bubbles are from the anti-algae product. When I added a bit more the bubbles were much more. Now I know.
 

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