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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    j.w, Jul 25, 2011
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    digginponds pondaholic

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    goldfish and koi are known to be jumpers.especially if they do not like their water.

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    I just got results from more accurate test tube type kit.

    PH - 7.75
    Phosphate - 0
    Nitrite - .25
    Ammonia - .50

    We did have a strong rainstorm today and had some mulch bleed brown into the pond because my liner extends a few inches beyond my stone edging. I will be trimming that post haste. Water is a semi clear brown color. Should I try to do anything for the water or let it run its course?
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Rather than trim the liner, add some dirt under it to make a berm to keep any run off from getting into the pond. i.e. raise the liner a little above ground level
     
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    They put a lot of bug stuff in that mulch so you may want to add something extra to your filter to get what ever leached in there out .Use quilt batting .Better to be safe than sorry .You never know what they add to mulch
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Yep do like addy suggested mound up the dirt under your excess liner so you have a hill that water can't get up and over. It works wonderfully :cool:
     
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    Hi Toadfarm, Welcome to gpf. You have a big bio-load for such a new uncycled pond. I would add several aerators and forget about feeding them again until your ammonia goes down to zero. They will not starve!
     
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    Getting an aerator today to help oxygen levels. I wish I'd found this forum before getting too far into the project.

    I'll get it straightened eventually. I just hope my buddies can make it through.
     
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    It was actually looking really good and everything seemed to be thriving. The I noticed some string algae forming in areas. Upon a recomendation from my local pond supply, I added some magic in a bottle that takes care of the string algae. Well it killed the algae by depleting the oxygen to very dangerous levels and thats when all heck broke loose. Big lesson learned there.
     
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    We have all done things of that sort, I do my best to add nothing to my pond now except water and food for the fish..........lol
     
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    I have been seeing that these are some pretty common issues with new pond owners.

    I'm in day 2 of no feeding in order to get my ammonia (.5) and nitrate (.25) counts down. it's hard not feeding them.
     
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    especially when you see them looking up at you with there months open .I have not fed mine in 3 days .We have had heavy rains but it is just to hot and don't want to harm the fish .It is easier when you releize that you are doing it for there own good .You don't want more dead fish
     
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    A hungry live fish is better than a dead one. I discovered about 1000 tadpole eggs this morning. What do you do with them?
     
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    I just left them, but I am not having any water issues. I still am seeing little tads hatching out. Tons of tiny toads hoping around, they are cute, some small frogs.

    Our cricket population is really down from last year, they must like them.

    Do some water changes, that will help lower your ammonia.
     
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    Does ammonia settle to the deepest part of the pond? I want to change out 20% but don't know if it's better to take from the deep or shallow. Or middle
     
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    Thanks! One more question, bear with me. Is there a better time of day to make a water change?
     
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    I don't think it would matter, maybe best not to do late in the day, the water may cool the pond some, with the sun out it will warm back up before night.
     
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    That read was very informative. It all makes sense looking back to when my problems started. I essentially created my own algae bloom crash with the alagefix, which raised my bad levels and now i need to get it balanced. My counts aren't 0, but they are well within safe parameters according to the info.

    And the lower (deeper) layer of a pond can be more enriched with ammonia.
     
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    If you are having problems with ammonia, the best time to make a water change is NOW!!! John
     
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