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Hi Tula. The pond isn‘t in full sun because it gets midday shade from our building. I agree that I should find a way to get more water flow. I was talking to my wife yesterday and she agrees I should enhance the water flow of my little waterfall. The plan is to build it higher with at least one more level and add another pump. I have all the stuff I need for that so I won’t have to buy anything more unless I want to go with a much stronger pump. The filter has its own pipe and doesn’t expel water over the waterfall. That’s all pvc so it would be a lot of work to change it. I’m not sure if that would make much of a difference because that flow slows up considerably just before I need to backwash my bead filter. Thanks for your suggestions!

Keith, how about doing a small stream out of your wetland area? That should pick up quite a bit of oxygen. Maybe something along the lines of this sketch?

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Keith, how about doing a small stream out of your wetland area? That should pick up quite a bit of oxygen. Maybe something along the lines of this sketch?

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Yshahar actually that’s a great idea. We had some plants planted there but the local rabbits ate all the flowers :( I will need to check with my wife who has the final say on these things…. I did install another pump yesterday and one more level of stone. It’s not a finished product but at least it will give the fish some more oxygenated water in the meantime. It hit 99 degeees F today here!
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Makes a nice difference :) I also see discharge from a black hose and that is sure to help also.
Thanks Tula. That’s the discharge from my bead filter. I just backwashed it so it’s flowing better. I also cleaned a lot of sludge from the bottom of it. My water flow through the filter seems to be a lot better. Do you think it’s because I cleaned the sludge? Also the pond water is a lot clearer today. So question is this because my filter is more effective or maybe the pond finally cycled? It was pretty cold here until mid May but I haven’t noticed any string algae so maybe it cycled a while ago. It’s hard when you go away for 3 weeks in the Spring to know exactly what’s going on! Here is a pic I took today with the clearer water.
ps I noticed the fish swimming around much more quickly the last few days so I’m guessing the extra oxygen from the enhanced waterfall really helped them!
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I know our sand & gravel filter has reduced flow when it's dirty and it's improved after we back wash it. Your fish look so colorful in the clear water, such a pretty picture.
 
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I know our sand & gravel filter has reduced flow when it's dirty and it's improved after we back wash it. Your fish look so colorful in the clear water, such a pretty picture.
Thanks! It’s so much fun having clear water. I’m sure it’s my filer because it’s working so much better now. Here are two more pics. The second shows my out of control lilies and how big the bog plants are getting!
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Have any of your koi spawned this season ? Summer 2021 was the first and only season ours didn't spawn. We were hopeful they'd just stopped spawning....but no such luck....both females spawned this past week.
 
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Have any of your koi spawned this season ? Summer 2021 was the first and only season ours didn't spawn. We were hopeful they'd just stopped spawning....but no such luck....both females spawned this past week.
Hi Tula so that’s a great question! As far as I know my Koi have never spawned. I’m guessing maybe they are all males!?! My goldfish have spawned but not much. So the weather has been very unusual this year and seems like nothing in the middle temperatures… either very cold 40-50’s or very hot 80-100. We have had only a few days in the 60 s and 70s so not totally conducive to spawning. I bought some hardwired lights today and removed the solar lights. This is two views about an hour apart.
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A couple of mine spawned this year. I wasn't sure until I started seeing fry on the underwater cameras. Pond is overcrowded so not a lot of eggs. The goldfish on the other hand have been chasing - again! Last years tiny feeders to control mosquitos and I now have a pond full of goldfish.
 
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A couple of mine spawned this year. I wasn't sure until I started seeing fry on the underwater cameras. Pond is overcrowded so not a lot of eggs. The goldfish on the other hand have been chasing - again! Last years tiny feeders to control mosquitos and I now have a pond full of goldfish.
Hi are the goldfish in the same pond as your Koi? I was so worried about putting them together and now I think it’s not such a big deal. Lol
 

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Hi are the goldfish in the same pond as your Koi? I was so worried about putting them together and now I think it’s not such a big deal. Lol
Nope, koi in one pond, goldfish in plant pond. We sold off all the koi from this pond to lower the sides. Raised pond in danger of collapse
 
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Just saw this product featured on the Pondguru's channel:

I'm wondering if it might help you (and others) who are battling heat-related oxygen depletion. Looks like an affordable alternative to adding pumps!
 
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So the other night I heard a car alarm in the middle of the night (2:30 AM) and I woke up and looked outside to investigate. I saw that the pipe to my bog was spitting out water in all directions! I’m guessing the water hit one of our garage windows and that set of the car alarm! I went outside and unplugged the bog pump. The next day I had to refill the pond because it lost about 6” of water and I cleaned the bog standpipe of mulch by reconnecting the pipe and running the pump... which I had been planning to do for a while … This is a cautionary tale not to let your sludge build up in your bog pvc pipe! Luckily my car alarm let me know I was losing water ;)
 
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