Re: Moving home

Discussion in 'Pond Archive' started by Timmy T, May 25, 2011.

  1. Timmy T

    Timmy T Guest

    Thanks for your thoughts!

    We're only moving about 5 miles down the road, so I hope the water
    should be fairly similar, and the spring that feeds the pond only rises
    about 3 yards from the pond itself, so the isssue of run
    off/contamination should be fairly low.

    I say "spring", but it doesn't gush from the ground like a guyser, more
    like a seep, so again the flow through the pond is quite slow.

    The transportation of fish/toads should only take about 15 mins, so
    again I hope this trauma should be kept to a minimum. I've aquired some
    polythene bags that a local shop use to transport purchased fish, so I
    hope this will be sufficient. They recommended filling about 1/3 full
    with pond water, and placing the bags in the new pond for 30 mins or so
    before letting them out. Does this sound a sensible plan of attack?

    Thanks again for your help, it's very much appreciated,

    Timmy T, May 25, 2011
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    Spencer G Guest

    Well, I live in the USA and Here you have to be aware of temperature
    changes from season to season. Now I lived in England up till I was 15
    years old and if that is were you are then unless you are going from
    southern England to Scotland I don't believe that will be an issue.
    There are however a couple of things that caught my eye.
    1: Are you moving from water that is soft or hard to a place that is
    opposite that?. say Hard to soft or whatever. In any case some fish
    prefer hard water, but since gold fish are much hardier than Koi that
    might not be to much of a problem if you release them the right way
    which I'll describe in a bit.
    2: I would get a inexpensive test kit to check the water at both areas.
    You can get a kit that has a paper strip in it that will tell you some
    important factors. Those being Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, hardness, PH
    which BTW: can tell if the water is HARD OR SOFT. Hard water will always
    be on the high side of 7.5 PH. That is it will show alkalinity to it and
    Soft water will be on the acidic side. The water here is 8.5 to 9 PH and
    is hard and that is due to the minerals (calcium and magnesium are 2 of
    them), the water has flowed thru, If you are in an area that is made of
    peat then it will likely be soft water and acid. Anyway with the kit
    test to see if there will be a major change in any of the areas that the
    kit will test for.
    3: Water flowing in from an outside source is a concern in this day and
    age due to run off from fields or other places that may bring harmful
    chemicals into the pond you are moving to. Also you will have to worry
    about the flow. If a heavy rain storm hits will it send a lot of debris
    and mud down? Will it possibly overflow the pond and take the fish with
    If that all seems OK by you then using a container draw water from the
    original pond, catch your fish and head to the new pond. On this, be
    sure to let the container be able to get oxygen in to mix with that
    water for the fish to make a long journey. If you take a peek at them
    every so often just be sure they are not at the surface gasping for air.
    If so a gentle agitation of the water will help to draw oxygen into the
    water for the fish.
    The toads will be no problem as long as they have a few nice spots to
    make them selves a home close to the pond. A few rocks that have a few
    inches space beneath them and the ground is a good start or just form
    something that resembles what they life in/under now.
    Finally, when you get the goldfish to their new home let the container
    sit in the pond water for a time to equalize the temperature between the
    bucket/bag that the fish are in and the new pond. Lastly don't just pour
    the fish in, mix a bit of the new pond water in with the old and
    continue to do this at short intervals . This way they are not "shocked"
    by a dramatic water change.
    That's all I can think of at the moment but it's 11PM here and I'm off
    to bed. I'll check back and see if you have any Q's I didn't address and
    also any5thing else I need to say...Don't worry I have hit the most
    important ele3ments on this, but I'll think some more.
    Good luck
    Oh the Lillie's should be fine if the water and temperature of the new
    area. With that constant flow and I am guessing a certain amount that is
    leaving via the ground the water will not have the same feeding ability
    as the enclosed pond since fish droppings feed the plants and the plants
    give oxygen and help clean your water. I have 8 or so in my large pond
    and you may want to get small feeding sticks that press into the are
    around the Lillie but only give a Small amount to feed the plant and not
    put phosphates or other things into your water.
    The toads will enjoy a cool container that is damp and has some natural
    vegetation put in with them to help, Being cold blooded they need to be
    kept at a even comfortable temp as they might have difficulty regulating
    there temperature as they do out in nature.
    Spencer G, May 25, 2011
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  3. Timmy T

    Timmy T Guest

    Done it!

    Caught them all and placed them in a huge plastic sack about 1/2 full of
    pond water in a large cardboard shipping crate. Took them over to their
    new home and within an hour they were happily swimming in the pond as if
    they'd been born in it!

    3 days later and all seems great. Sorted!
    Timmy T, May 27, 2011
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    Jim Guest

    Well done! May they all prosper!
    Jim, May 29, 2011
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    ~ jan Guest

    Good to hear. Spencer had some good info for you, I hope it helped.

    Sad to hear though that the new people are removing your old pond. :regular_waving_emot
    ~ jan
    ~ jan, Jun 14, 2011
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