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Was happy to get the box early morning. Everything looks good: ludwigia, mermaid and hornwort. Also got 12 trapdoor snails of various sizes. Two were floating. Hope they are OK.
Everything is in the pond and of course the shubies are ignoring all of it.
Hoping the remaining green water fades away as new plants get going.
Here is how they were packaged. Snails were in wet paper in a bag but no water.
 

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Glad your plants arrived okay. Keep an eye on the snails... Were the ones that were floating clamped up tightly or were their bodies hanging out of the shells? If clamped, it may be they just have some air trapped in their shells (I can't believe they sent them without some water). But, if they're hanging out of their shells, and not retreating when touched, they're dead. Obviously, if you find dead ones you'll want to scoop 'em back out of your pond.
 
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All of the snails were locked up tight. I put the floaters in the upper pond so I can keep and eye on them. Until now I hardly ever had anything in the skimmer basket. I guess with new plants there may be some debris so I will need to be watchful. Fish remain active and hungry. Made blanched spinach for them but they did not swallow any, just swam around and spit it out.
 

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When we went to Across the Pond It was hard to decide since there were so many to choose from. I picked 2 and wife picked three including the two mostly white ones she calls the twins. They have already grown some and are always begging for food. I hope the net gets here before the heron that overflies our house to and from a pond up the road stops for a pretty snack!
 
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Beautiful Shubunkin! Hope the snails are all ok
 
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I really like those white ones! We have a couple calico shubbies with blurry markings, and they just disappear into the shade of our pond. They're pretty, but I'd like it if I could see them better.
 
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I have one Sunrise like in your photo @addy1... Rescued it from Petco. At the time it was just pinky/white with dark eyes. But once it came to our ponds it started to develop pearl blue patches like that. I'm pretty sure it is one of the fish that contributed to last year's babies, as there are a couple in there that are the same.

My favorite fish was sold as a Shubbie, but it has no visible blue. It's body is white and it has a few random spots of red/orange and black - Similar to those markings like on @MajorDan 's two white fish. I really hope to get some little clones of that one in our pond!
 
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hello everyone this is my second year with a bog. and I'm noticing some of the plans are showing an iron deficiency where they're yellowing and becoming lighter green between the veins my bog is 10 in deep it is actually a shelf within the pond how do I treat these plants for an iron deficiency? I added some koi clay not sure if that was going to really help. Let me know your thoughts
 

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Here are some of my sunrise shubbies.
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I have heard of putting steel wool near the plants, under the gravel.

Mine were doing the yellow thing until the fish population exploded and now the plants do just fine.
I'm noticing some of the plans are showing an iron deficiency where they're yellowing
 
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Is iron bad for fish? If not could we put a few grains of Ironite at the base of the needy plants. We use it in the garden and on evergreens and some years on the lawn so we always have an open bag around.
 
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Here are some of my sunrise shubbies. View attachment 120975

I have heard of putting steel wool near the plants, under the gravel.

Mine were doing the yellow thing until the fish population exploded and now the plants do just fine.
Thanks, I did not know about the sunrise shubbies. Mine must be a mixed breed as they are not totally like yours. They are a lot different the the other three.
 

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Is iron bad for fish? If not could we put a few grains of Ironite at the base of the needy plants. We use it in the garden and on evergreens and some years on the lawn so we always have an open bag around.
I can not answer that, it was a pond person that said they did the steel wool. I just didn't worry about the plants they were yellow the first year and since then dark green healthy and tremendous growers.
 
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We used to use Ironite on the lawn to green it up - then I learned that it's high in arsenic and contains lead. That put a stop to that.

I've used aquatic plant fertilizer in pellet form for my pond plants (the ones that are not in pots but rather planted directly in the pond) but it was kind of tricky. I used a piece of paper towel and created little packets of the pellets that I could then just tuck into the gravel near the plants roots. That way it would stay a bit more contained rather than just get dispersed throughout the pond. Then I found some fertilizer that came in tablets - much easier. THEN I learned that you can save a whole lot of money and just buy plain old plant spikes - Jobes makes them - and use those. Same thing, just not the specialty marketing.

@addy1 I've mentioned the steel wool - we got plain old steel wool and put chunks in the gravel near the bog plants. That's an old trick my grandpa taught me that he used in his gardens. My plants got green - not sure if it was the steel wool or just time!

This makes me grateful to be past year one and two when I had to baby my plants! Now they take care of themselves!
 

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I've used the steel wool in water lily pots before and no issues at all. Gets rid of the yellow on the pads. Don't do it anymore tho as my lilies are pot free now.
 
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Thanks guys I will use some steel wool around the plants that are having problems not all the plants are yellowing just a 2 of them and we'll see if that improves things for them. I did use koi clay and it does contain magnesium potassium and iron and a lot of minerals that the fish and plants need. So that doesn't work I will implement the steel wool. Great idea thanks
 

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