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Hi!
I just moved into a house that has a small koi and goldfish pond near the front door. The pond is now dark green. There is no filter or pump. The person who owned the pond wasn't much help. Im guessing that she had someone else maintaining it, because she couldnt tell me anything about it. She did give me the number of the person who cleaned it. There are no working electric outlets near the pond so I cant use a filter. Luckily, its small. Its 7 feet by 5 feet, and about 1.5 feet deep. So far, ive noticed about 9 fish. Two are koi. There is also a toad and tadpoles in there.What can I do to get this pond back into shape? I'm not working right now so,I can't afford to pay someone to do it. Any suggestions would be helpful.
 
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You must mean feet in your measurements.
If there is no filter or pump.
I can only think it was being maintain threw water changes and little to no feeding.

Is there any plants in the pond ?
if there is not I would recommend getting some maybe a few.
Plants will help filter and suck some of the nutrients the algae is feeding and growing on.

Since there If no fiter per say I would not do a water change in till you get some plants
As the algae although unsightly it is actually filtering your pond.
Recommend
Water Declorenator you can get this at a fish store.
Pond plants preferably free floaters as they feed much quicker.

When you do do a water change start out with May be 25% wait a week or so and do another 25 %.
When you replenish make sure you use some decor water conditioner.

Good luck
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Hi Ruben!
Yes, I did mean feet. Lol. I really appreciate the advice. I had no idea what to do first.
 
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Looks like a preform pond from the pic.
Is that thing in the center a fountain of some sort ?
If it is then there is a pump down there somewhere and I would think electrical or solar maybe.

You really need something for water movement even a small fountain pump.

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Is that a watefall on the left of the attached file where the rocks are piled up? If so I suspect there is a pump in the water and power somewhere, perhaps hidden.
 
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Looks like a preform pond from the pic.
Is that thing in the center a fountain of some sort ?
If it is then there is a pump down there somewhere and I would think electrical or solar maybe.

You really need something for water movement even a small fountain pump.

Ruben
I asked her if it was a fountain, and she told me no. She said that it was just decoration. English is not her first language so, maybe she didnt understand all of my questions. I was thinking of purchasing a solar pump. The pond is small so, I should be able to afford a small solar pump.
 
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It's a little thing, but you could scoop out the leaves and debris. That would at least help keep things from getting worse.
Yes,
Is that a watefall on the left of the attached file where the rocks are piled up? If so I suspect there is a pump in the water and power somewhere, perhaps hidden.
No, just a pile of rocks. Maybe it was a waterfall. I do want a waterfall though. Maybe that will be my long term project. I do believe there is a pump in the water.
 

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I would bet that budgenator is right.
That stacked rock was a waterfall at one point but it might of started leaking or the.pump failed and they just removed it
And just left alone.

That is a small pond so I guess a solar pump would be ok.
But it will only work during the day, and they don't last long (from what I here) and they cost more then a electric fountain pump.
How far away is a electrical outlet
Any chance you can get a outdoor extension cord and a fountain pump 200 gph they are pretty inexpensive.
It has been a while but I think you could get a pump with a sponge filter and a extension cord for $70.00 or there about.

Then you could just hide the extension under the rocks tape and seal where you plug in to it.
You could even put a timer on it if you don't want it running 24/7.
Although these small pumps don't use a lot of electricity.

Just a idea
And beleave me once you start seeing the fish and here the water you are going to go/want it bigger.

Ruben
 

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lowes or harbor freight carry smaller pumps and they have a foam filter in them that needs to be cleaned often
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I would bet that budgenator is right.
That stacked rock was a waterfall at one point but it might of started leaking or the.pump failed and they just removed it
And just left alone.

That is a small pond so I guess a solar pump would be ok.
But it will only work during the day, and they don't last long (from what I here) and they cost more then a electric fountain pump.
How far away is a electrical outlet
Any chance you can get a outdoor extension cord and a fountain pump 200 gph they are pretty inexpensive.
It has been a while but I think you could get a pump with a sponge filter and a extension cord for $70.00 or there about.

Then you could just hide the extension under the rocks tape and seal where you plug in to it.
You could even put a timer on it if you don't want it running 24/7.
Although these small pumps don't use a lot of electricity.

Just a idea
And beleave me once you start seeing the fish and here the water you are going to go/want it bigger.

Ruben
There is a close outlet that I can run an extension cord from. Right before I joined the forum, I purchased an electric pump. I took it back because the instructions were saying that I needed to plug it into a gcfi outlet. The closest pump is a regular outlet.It was a submerged pump so, I wasnt sure if it was safe. Would it be okay to plug an outdoor extension cord into it?
 
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lowes or harbor freight carry smaller pumps and they have a foam filter in them that needs to be cleaned often View attachment 99076
I did buy a pump kit similar to that. I ended up taking it back because it said I needed a gcif outlet. I was afraid of electrocuting myself or the fish.
 
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if the cord is plugged into a gfci you would have been fine .As long as you unplug the pump before touching it you would be fine anyways.All pumps say that .As long as the plug in part is kept from getting wet yo are fine .They have plug protectors .All you have to ask is some one there where to find the protectors .You can have someone change the outlet out for a gfci outlet .They are just like the outlet you have .I have installed them and swapped them out where there is just a plain outlet .Lowes also sells a pug in that has it's own gfci built into it .Any electrician can swap out the outlet and even run an outlet outside for you .Most times it will be under 100 dollars .If I was close I would do it for you for nothing .Ask your hardware store or lowes and they can tell you or even ask a neighbor to give you a reference for someone
 
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There is a close outlet that I can run an extension cord from. Right before I joined the forum, I purchased an electric pump. I took it back because the instructions were saying that I needed to plug it into a gcfi outlet. The closest pump is a regular outlet.It was a submerged pump so, I wasnt sure if it was safe. Would it be okay to plug an outdoor extension cord into it?
They also make extension cords that have a GFI built into them. You could plug that into your normal plug & you would be ok.

Here is one example:
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Shock-Buster-2-ft-15-Amp-3-Outlet-12-Gauge-Yellow-Black-Outdoor-Extension-Cord-with-GFCI-Circuit/50394552

I'm sure there are many more out there.

Phil
 
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Just want to say thank you to everyone who has given me advice. As you all can see, I'm the real definition of a newbie. Lol. Thank you for sharing your knowledge
 
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Question...if i purchase a pump with a foam filter inside, will that be enough? Or do I need to still purchase an actual filter system. When I bought the pump, I was confused when I saw the filter. I thought you needed both.
 

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You can always see what happens first .I know colleen and jw use those extra filters you can add to your pump .But the filter box should work pretty good on your pond for now
 
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