Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Kevin Koloff, Jun 3, 2014.
Well, it's spring! Redbuds in bloom as daffodils ect. I had to replace the waterfall pump. Barley bags in the fall filter awaiting the water to clear. Fish have gotten huge!
Beautiful! Is that a bullfrog sitting on the close edge of the pond? I just love this, and that you have built it to share with the kids at school.
Yes it's a bullfrog.
Need a quick reply. Unfortunately the auto water level valve failed this weekend and killed all my fish. Needless to say I'm heartbroken. The pond over filled. I have treated the water for chlorides. I am assuming this is mostly new water, if I treat it as new will it be okay if it isn't all new will "possibly over treatment " be a problem. I am going to restock tomorrow. I am aces sing the forum via iPhone.
Do not restock your pond until you have determined that the water is safe.
Test the water for PH, KH, ammonia.
Sorry for your loss.
pH is 7, KH, and GH are 120 (6.7). I am going to check it later today, and tomorrow morning. I hope the hardness will drop a little more. I basically treated (4000 gal) pond for 6500 gal.
The KH has dropped to 4.5. My question was I am not sure how much water cycled from this "event" was it 50% 70%, I don't know. I am treating the water (4000 gal) to a 6500 gal level, I am assuming that if the water cycle was lower than 100% over treating the water won't hurt? That's the question I have.
That's why I'm saying not to add any fish until your pond water parameters are stable and safe.
You had a mass die off, so you should measure your ammonia as well.
What are you treating your water with?
Keep your water aerated and circulating as much as possible until the chemical levels are stable.
Stuff I got at Lowes, I usually use Aquamates (SP). Waterfall is in constant operation. I checked for everything, nitrates where 0, pH was 7. The dead fish were only in there less than 2 days. The only aeration I have is the waterfall, I also have some leftover cold water bacteria I will add.
Do not add that bacteria.
I need to know exactly what you treated your pond with. I can't find anything on Aquamates (sp)
I had used aquasafe. This is what I put in pond yesterday. Treatment for 8600 gal. Pond is around 3800 gal. It's called smartpond chlorine remover.
Tetra Pond Aquasafe will eliminate the chlorine, but will not lower the ammonia level.
Overdosing by almost 3X the required amount isn't great, but since you don't have any fish in there, it's fine for now.
If you did add the leftover winter bacteria, it would have only added decaying organic matter to your pond, making the ammonia level higher possibly.
The KH reading is on the low side, so you may need to add some baking soda.
I would still test for ammonia and wait for the test numbers to indicate a safe level before adding any fish.
Do you know what the source water readings are?
Ammonia is 0 ppm. Everything else is the same.
It sounds like your pond is about ready for fish again, if you are satisfied that the numbers are stable.
The only thing I was concerned about was general hardness, looking back it's always been that. Now, I have a lead on koi. Is there anything special than I need to know? I think I did well with the comets. I have disabled the auto fill valve.
With any fish, I always recommend adequate space, hiding spots, filtration and feeding.
I don't have a lot of experience with koi, so perhaps others will contribute.
It seems like you have enough swimming room, could use some additional hiding areas (like under some lily pads) and maybe a few more details about your filtration system so it can keep up with the waste that koi produce and the feeding they require.
Right now I only have the waterfall filter with barely. I have an extreme mechanical bio filter awaiting $ to finish piping and a pump. 1/4-1/3 is shaded. I add 2-3 dozen water lettuce in a couple of weeks.
Thanks for the response!
Koi plan fell through. I have stocked with comets, 2 dozen.
You might want to consider some shubunkins, Kevin.
They have some very nice colour variations and reach a good size of 10 inches or more.
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