Pond Re-Build, near completed


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My Problems with my old pond have been solved with a rebuild:

i lifted all of the cement that was oosing lime into the pond and killing the fish, lastnight the ph was 7, its stayed at 7 all day long until an hour ago when it really started coming down hard (rain), it used to be when this happened the ph went straight to the top of the scale, I just went out and checked the ph, if anything it has fallen to just below 7 because of the acidity of the rain water, looks like my issues are gone :)

below are some pics of the pond in development and the final product


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Very nice! nice deck too, what a relaxing place
 
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Thanks guys, I'm really happy with it, iv been so stressed lately an iv Bren blaming eork, now that the pond is sorted I'm no longer stressed
 
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thanks, it just standard decking, no idea what kind of wood it is - it is sprayed with something in the factory to stop it from rotting, but so far it hasnt caused any issues.

i carried 5 tonnes of stones in today and put it around the pond, picture attached below:

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It looks nice and I sure hope they didn't use anything poisonous to the fish on the decking.Some preservatives are not good. I guess at this point you will just have to wait and see and hope for the best :cool:
 
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Yeah we have had some Real heavy rain since it went down, I did notice the water got a little cloudy after?
 
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could just be dust/dirt being washed in, keep an eye on your pond.
 
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Water quality seems spot on, iv got an expensive test kit for testing loads o stuff and it all cheeks out, all I got is a thin coat of oil on top because there was oil in my soil which it thrown up by all the digging, what's the best way to clear the oil?
 

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lay sheets of newspaper on top of the water. The oil will stick to the paper. I have done this when I had an old pump leak oil into the pond. You really need to watch your fish. Deck lumber here is treated with chemicals that are poison.
 
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im in Ireland, where are you?

just looked at your location lol

wonder if the decking is coated with the same stuff over here?
 

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Check with the store where you purchased it . Treated lumber here used to contain arsenic which is poison. The newer treatments contain a copper additive but it still is toxic. Not sure if there is some type of sealant that would make it safe.
 
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if the timber is tanalised it will need sealed as the tanalising process involves the use of arsnic which will leach out with water and is very poisionous to fish, i would look intothis with where you baught the timber from, as most outdoor purpose timber is tanalised !
 

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mrsclem said:
lay sheets of newspaper on top of the water. The oil will stick to the paper. I have done this when I had an old pump leak oil into the pond. You really need to watch your fish. Deck lumber here is treated with chemicals that are poison.

Great idea, I used a container and it took hours to skim all the oil when I had a pump leak. I wish I had thought of the newspaper, it would have save me a lot of time and effort.
 
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Dr. Dave- I make sure not to buy any more oil filled pumps. Our local pond guy gave us the tip of the newspaper. It really does work.
 

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