- Jul 3, 2016
- Reaction score
- Jackson TN
- Hardiness Zone
Sorry I posted the pictures twice haven't fully mastered this forum yetFollowing Nature's lead in recycling.
3000 gallon with lots of filtration...... Going to keep a close eye on itThat'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..... JimmyThat'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?
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 ppmI don't like the colour of that ammonia test. Do you have a plan for dealing with that?
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......JimmyHow 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.
Damn...... I forgot Waterbug..... There is no telling how many of yours and Meyers post I have read..... ThanksOk 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
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