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We have a local high school...... Liberty Technology Magnet school..... In addition to the computer and technology courses they have four greenhouses where they do hydroponic gardens..... They raise Koi and Tlilpia..... And use the waste from the fish for the nutrients for the Hydroponic gardens..... The vegetables are used in the school system cafeterias..... They sell the Koi and the garden plants to the public..... The Tilipa are sold to a fish processor.....but they are working on getting USDA approval to use them in the school system cafeterias. It is operated by the school kids..... The young lady that caught our fish and took our money is a senior at Liberty..... They also have a large outdoor garden..... I just think this is a neat idea
 
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Well just an update.... I bought four Koi yesterday..... One large regular Koi (12") .... It's bright yellow and orange spots (Sarah's favorite) ..... And three Butterfly's..... Two 8" long and one 6" long..... One of the butterfly's I think is spectacular..... It's dark on each side but you can tell there is orange and yellow mixed in but along its back and belly..... They are bright yellow and orange....The other two are are a mixture of black orange and yellow...... The funny thing is when I put them in the pond yesterday it reminded me of when you get a group of dogs together that don't know each other..... They all run around in circles trying to sniff each others butts..... Donald and Hillary were going nuts..... They have settled down down this afternoon.....all my string algae has disappeared from the rocks at the base of the waterfall..... Don't think the new guys have ever tasted string algae before.... All swimming around in a school and doing well...... And yes I checked my water chemistry today and will continue to every couple of days until I am sure that my filters have adapted.... Jimmy
 
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Sorry I will do that but I was enthralled with feeding and watching the new fish..... I went out with a flashlight this morning before I went to work to make sure they made it.... Thankfully they are fine
 
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That's got to be a great educational experience for the students. Great pictures and very interesting. Just curious... that's quite a bit of new fish to add all at once. How large is your pond?
 
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That's got to be a great educational experience for the students. Great pictures and very interesting. Just curious... that's quite a bit of new fish to add all at once. How large is your pond?
Well on day two of four new fish being added..... The ammonia is up a bit.... As to be expected.....the Nitrite and the Nitrate is still the same..... I expect the nitrates to go up because the new fish has scoured all the string algae off the rocks at the base of my waterfall, the liner, and the walls of the pond..... Being raised in a greenhouse don't think they have ever tasted string algae before.... And they like it.... Then I can see how well my filtration is going to work..... As to be expected the new guys don't like the direct sunlight..... During the day they stay in the shadows.... They will get used to it.... Donald and Hillary swim the whole pond all day don't bother them..... And in case you are wondering we are not naming any other fish..... Donald and Hillary came to us by accident and were in a very bad situation ( On inauguration day)..... So they are our anchor fish and will be with us until we die or get too old to pond anymore..... Jimmy
 
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Just an update for those that are interested.... My ammonia is still at. 50 ppm and has stayed there since I added the new fish..... But I am happy to see that my nitrates came up a small amount..... Just a change in the tint..... No nitrites yet..... I have noticed that my sponge media that I put into my skimmer filter has changed from yellow to light brown.... Water temperature has been at 74 degrees for over a week now and the fish appetite for wheat germ proves it.....got rid for the most part the foaming problem by water changes and controlling the person that feeds the fish..... Now the fun part of spring..... I have 3 large Red Oaks.... Two Popular's and various other trees that enjoy dropping stuff into the pond..... It's an every day ritual to clean out the skimmer before I go to work and when I get home..... But I will take it over winter anytime..... Thanks for all your help. ... Jimmy
 
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I don't like the colour of that ammonia test. Do you have a plan for dealing with that?
Didn't take a picture of it today...... But from what I saw it was at .50 ppm and the picture you saw was a week ago and even then when held up against a white background it showed a. 50 ppm
 
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How long has your pond been cycling?
If you're reading ammonia now, nitrites will be next and that process could be hard on the fish.
You might want to consider a binder to get them through this.
Just to let you know Mitch I got my ammonia back down to almost zero.... Nitrates are actually coming up a bit..... No nitrite..... I know I made the same mistake lots of other folks have made too many fish too quick but I have the biological filters enough to handle these fish and probably more ... But my new mantra is "Patience.....Patience..... Yeah gotta keep saying that.... This "Newbie" will make it through this.....Sarah has started to add plants and I am sure that the local greenhouse that specializes in water plants are going to learn to love her..... Thanks for your help and everyone's else......Jimmy
 
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Ok just an update...... I have seven Koi in 3000 gallons with lots of bio filtration..... As alot of you know I have been struggling with getting my pond to cycle.... And yes it was my own fault too many fish too quick..... I added Pond Prime one time when my ammonia went above 5.0, but none since then .... I used frequent water changes to maintain the ammonia..... But I am happy to say it's been 6 days since I have done a water change and my PH is still at 7.5.....ammonia is still at .25 ppm and holding there..... Nitrates are at 5.0 and holding and zero Nitrites..... I changed their diet I feed them cheerios for two days and on the third day give them a high protein food..... Unfortunately Sarah and I worked on our gardens for the last 5 days..... And no telling how many earthworms they digested.... But I want to send a special thanks to Meyer, Comet Keith, Tula, Addi, Sissy and especially MitchM that finally drove it home that I had a problem..... So I am on the road to a balanced pond I am not there yet but I feel like I am going in the right direction.... So I will say I am not going to add another fish..... Forever.... Or until I see another kool one..... Lol Jimmy
 
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Ok just an update...... I have seven Koi in 3000 gallons with lots of bio filtration..... As alot of you know I have been struggling with getting my pond to cycle.... And yes it was my own fault too many fish too quick..... I added Pond Prime one time when my ammonia went above 5.0, but none since then .... I used frequent water changes to maintain the ammonia..... But I am happy to say it's been 6 days since I have done a water change and my PH is still at 7.5.....ammonia is still at .25 ppm and holding there..... Nitrates are at 5.0 and holding and zero Nitrites..... I changed their diet I feed them cheerios for two days and on the third day give them a high protein food..... Unfortunately Sarah and I worked on our gardens for the last 5 days..... And no telling how many earthworms they digested.... But I want to send a special thanks to Meyer, Comet Keith, Tula, Addi, Sissy and especially MitchM that finally drove it home that I had a problem..... So I am on the road to a balanced pond and I am not going to add another fish..... Forever.... Or until I see another kool one..... Lol Jimmy
Damn...... I forgot Waterbug..... There is no telling how many of yours and Meyers post I have read..... Thanks
 

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