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Hi Liz. I totally agree with all the advice you received. The only chemical you should ever add to a pond is declor. If you want to cut down on ammonia and algae stop feeding until the pond has properly cycled. They will not starve. Also you are not the first person that ever lost fish when they first started. My first pond was about 10 years ago. I lost all my goldfish except one when I first started. I felt bad because he was so lonely and I did not add any more fish until all my readings were perfect. I still have that fish and it is a pretty as ever! Good luck!
Thanks CometKeith! I want to keep these 5 for decades!
You can get zeolite for ammonia but stop feeding fish so they can clean their own home View attachment 115363
Thanks for the suggestion. I think my ammonia number is okay, and I obviously would love to see the nitr go up...I will quit feeding them and allow the green machine to do its thing.
 
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Sorry about the fish you lost, but it really wasn't your fault if you didn't know better!
Most fish keepers (including myself) learn the hard way the dos and don't of keeping a healthy pond. you seem willing to follow this group's advises so it can only get better from here
Welcome to the forum! :)
 
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Welcome, sorry about your fish. I'm a new pond owner also, so I can say I'm still on that learning curve you mentioned, it will get better. Green water, can't see the fish, fish acting funny, all these things have happened to me. The bright side is, it gets better, and there is lots of helpful information, and advice here.
 
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Sorry about the fish you lost, but it really wasn't your fault if you didn't know better!
Most fish keepers (including myself) learn the hard way the dos and don't of keeping a healthy pond. you seem willing to follow this group's advises so it can only get better from here
Welcome to the forum! :)
Thanks, yes! This is a great place to get help and sympathy.
 
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Welcome, sorry about your fish. I'm a new pond owner also, so I can say I'm still on that learning curve you mentioned, it will get better. Green water, can't see the fish, fish acting funny, all these things have happened to me. The bright side is, it gets better, and there is lots of helpful information, and advice here.
This is such a nice place! Thanks for your warmth.
 
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Hi Liz and welcome to the group. I think you are going to find "ponding" to be an addiction! I like your set up, it's a nice addition to your wall. You will find lot's of great advice and motivation on here. I live in Pdx also, am new to the forums, but not to ponds. I'll enjoy seeing posts from someone else in our area.
 
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Hi Liz and welcome to the group. I think you are going to find "ponding" to be an addiction! I like your set up, it's a nice addition to your wall. You will find lot's of great advice and motivation on here. I live in Pdx also, am new to the forums, but not to ponds. I'll enjoy seeing posts from someone else in our area.
Yay, you're in PDX... You know we'll have to do a meet-up as the kids say....ha
 
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Don’t worry about the algae! Leave it be. Part of the deal.
 
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