Pea soup, overnight


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HI,

New to this forum. Glad for any help. We have a pool to pond conversion with lots of vegetation (Cattails, papyrus, taro, watercress) and have not had the best clarity, but overnight it went to pea soup. We are hoping our water hyacinths will spring back to life and help with that but any ideas for making it more clear would be appreciated. We run our waterfall about 11 hours a day. Pond temp just went up to 63 degrees. We have koi, 5 other species of fish and 4 turtles.

Input for us? Thanks!
 
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HI Judie
Is there much rotting vegetation on the bottom of the pond? What type of filtration do you have? (what is in the filter).
Ray
 
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Welcome and in the spring it takes time .Get some koi clay it clarify's the water
 
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HI Judie
Is there much rotting vegetation on the bottom of the pond? What type of filtration do you have? (what is in the filter).
Ray
We muck the pond with a sump pump, so pretty clear down there. We have vegetation filters. My husband is better schooled in these answers. I better get him involved in this forum!
Welcome and in the spring it takes time .Get some koi clay it clarify's the water
Never heard of koi clay. Will look it up.
 

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montimorillonite clay can be even used by humans if food grade
 

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So is your waterfall pump your only circulation? Can you give us some more info about your pond? Size, filtration, number and size of fish?. One of my ponds has gone pea soup but it has no plants and 12+koi. Starting to clear now that filters are running.
 
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hello and welcome im also newhere so ill be looking to hearing and reading your future posts
 
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Welcome @judielincer !

More details would be helpful. How big is the pond? How old? How many total fish and how big are they? How big is your pump? Do you add any chemicals or treatments to the pond?

One thing that sticks out in your post is that you only run your pump part time. Does that mean you are only filtering part time?

And you say you hope your water hyacinths will spring back to life - did they die?

Water turning green overnight isn't unusual at all and typically it will reverse itself just as fast once you sort out the issues. So have patience and we'll see if we can walk you through it. Some pictures would be very helpful!
 
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There are tricks to Polish the water, remove the algae and free floating particulates. If you have a spare pump, go get a plastic crate if it’s submersible and the sheets of quilt batting, pure polyester. You line the crate with the batting, put the pump in, cover that with batting, and find a way to keep it all from floating out as well as weigh it down. Then you’ll need to pull it about once an hour at first, to rinse the batting out. If it’s not submersible, get a big pack of the cheap nylons, and put them over the outlet hose. Again, change frequently, and you’ll need like zip ties to keep it on the hose. You’ll want the hose over the pond but not in it so you can keep an eye on it. That just removes the free floating algae, and you’ll want to move the pump around every so often to different areas to get as much algae as you can.
 

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Welcome to our forum!

Post some pictures of your when you have time.
 
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If after a few weeks you still have green water then get a UV light. It will clear it up in a few days and you can shut it off. Then do as the others have recommended.
 

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