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    toadfarm

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    I live in Maryland and built a pond. I didn't realize how much is involved with the build and then the build of the ecosystem. Picture attached. I have since added more hyacinth and 2 margin plants.

    Size is 10' x 10' with levels to 42" deep. 1500 gallons

    The pond is now 1 month old and I lost my first fish. An Apricot Comet. When i inspected it, it's gill plates were very red. Not sure what would cause this.

    My test readings are;

    PH - 7
    KH - 30
    GH - 20
    Nitrates and nitrites very low

    any thoughts?

    Also, are regular comets known to jump out of the water? I have one that thinks it's a dolphin
     

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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    What is your ammonia reading?

    I have heard of fish jumping out esp when they are new to the pond.
     
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    welcome toadfarm and addy lives there and it could be a lack of oxygen because of the heat .Do you have an oxygen pump ?
     
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    oh hi addy LOL
     
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    I have a submerged pump that feeds the waterfall. Is that not enough oxygen? I also have oxygenating plants. it was very warm when it happened
     
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    I'm not sure what the ammonia is. I'm going to purchase a better kit than the basic strips that i have.
     
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    could be both high ammonia and lack of oxygen .Remember plants give off oxygen but also take a lot of oxygen from the pond too .It may not be enough .you may need an air pump .
     
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    I saw that in my neighbors pond when her air pump went out and she did not know .They were breathing real heavy and gills were a little red
     
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    It did coincide with my son giving way too much food that day too.
     
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    Check you ammonia, I have test strips, but found that the liquid kit is more accurate. With way too much food, the water may have fouled, low o2, hot. all factors in
     
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    Addy - I looked at your pics. Amazing pond!

    If ammonia is high, what's best way to lower?
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Thanks we really enjoy it.

    Water change and watch how much food you feed. See if you have a build up of muck on the bottom. Your pond is on the new side, how many fish do you have in it?

    and oh hi sissy! lol
     
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    water change ...25%... be sure to dechlorinate....no food for a couple days...
     
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    yeh seems over feeding in the heat is a big problem and right now they are only getting food in my pond every 2 or 3 days
     
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    I have 3 regular comets, 1 koi and 3 apricot comets. about 30" total fish length. I also have some tadpoles.

    there is muck on the bottom, but the snails do a good job of staying up with it.

    I changed about 300 gallons, 20%. We are on a well so no chlorine to worry about.

    I will definately lay off the feeding for a few days and monitor.
     
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    Good keep us informed and watch your water tests. My well water is real acidic, make sure yours does not drop the ph. I have to make sure we don't add too much water at any time, our well reads 5.6 or so.
     
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    Our water is similar. I did the water change yesterday and the PH this morning was just about 7.
     
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    Welcome!
     
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    Thanks

    These forums are great for discussion and learning
     
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    Another way to help lower ammonia and nitrates is by adding plants, A pond that has a good 50% or higher plant coverage to surface area will keep lower readings as the plants will use these as nutrients.
     
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