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DigdirtJen

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I'm a little concerned about all the 'trash' i see lying on the bottom of my pond. By trash i mean, fish poo, tiny pieces of plant roots, and some other small particles i can't identify. Is it normal for all this stuff to be at the bottom? I have a 300 gallon pond, an aerator with 2 round stones, a 700 ghp submerged pump, and i just installed a bog filter with a waterfall. I installed the aerator in hopes of moving all this 'trash' around so it would hopefully find it's way to the pump filter, but it just lies there until a fish swims by and kicks it up. Is this a problem?

(Here are a couple of pictures. My pond is a work in progress. I still need to fill in lots of dirt and mulch. The bog filter is brand new so my fingers are crossed that my elephant ears will survive the transplant from the front yard :) )
 

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I'm a little concerned about all the 'trash' i see lying on the bottom of my pond. By trash i mean, fish poo, tiny pieces of plant roots, and some other small particles i can't identify. Is it normal for all this stuff to be at the bottom? I have a 300 gallon pond, an aerator with 2 round stones, a 700 ghp submerged pump, and i just installed a bog filter with a waterfall. I installed the aerator in hopes of moving all this 'trash' around so it would hopefully find it's way to the pump filter, but it just lies there until a fish swims by and kicks it up. Is this a problem?

(Here are a couple of pictures. My pond is a work in progress. I still need to fill in lots of dirt and mulch. The bog filter is brand new so my fingers are crossed that my elephant ears will survive the transplant from the front yard :) )
your pond bottom looks very clean, as long as there arent an eccsesive amount of leaves and such at the bottom ( multiple inches, as leaves can be toxic over time ) it should be okay. What kind of fish do you have in there?
 

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thanks for the reply. I have 5 comets and 2 koi.
 

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@DigdirtJen You have koi in a 300 gallon pond? Hopefully you are in the planning stages of building a bigger pond. Koi will not do well in small bodies of water — you need at the minimum of 1000 gal for one koi, and an additional 250-300 gal for each additional koi. They grow fast and produce a lot of waste. Water quality will become an issue very soon. With water quality issues come illness, and often death.
 

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Thanks Turtle Mommy for the info and i'm very aware - see my pasts posts. I've just upgraded from 120 gal to 300 gal and hope to enlarge more next spring. right now my Koi are about 6" long. If they get too large before next spring, I will then give them to a friend of mine who has a very large pond on a farm.

If you have any advice related to my current post here, i would greatly appreciate that. Thanks so much!
 
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You'll always have small amounts of debris in the bottom of a pond. If you have a well balanced eco-system it will break down over time. If it's enough debris to scoop, then a good net will come in handy to scoop it out.
 
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