Carolyn22's blog: Pond Journal 2009

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

First Snow on 12/5

First snow of the year.....

Last week, Dave changed the way the heaters were put into the pond. Turned on the heaters as ice is forming on the pond...
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Pond shut down

The uv lights and the pressure filter were cleaned and brought in today.

Trying a new set up with the heaters - they are lined up using a cord.

Water temp. 40.7
ph 8.6
air temps 45.7 @ 5:27 pm
Fish seem to be fine.

Temps are supposed to plunge tomorrow (Thursday)
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Thursday, November 26, 2009


Water temp: 48.2
Ph 8.3
Air temp 44.1

Took out main pump in order to go to Watertown for Thanksgiving....Bubbler is on and 2 waterfalls are still running.
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Coffee this Morning by the Pond

I was surprised it was warm enough to have coffee this morning by the pond.....

Water temp: 49.6
ph 8.3

Today, the air temps got to 67, but it felt warmer than that.
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Saturday, November 14, 2009


Apparently Dave had added another 6 boxes of salt that I did not know about. So the total was 36 boxes of salt at 4 lbs each. We did get a salt tester that worked at Petsmart and the percent worked out to be 3.8% which is far too much. Dave let out approximately 1400 gallons and now we are at 2.8%. We will keep it at the 2.8%, but would really prefer to have it at 2% for the winter.

Next year, we will start with 15 boxes and take a reading and then add another 5 boxes if necessary.

Salt tester - to have the PPT end up as a percent, add a 0.
Sunday, November 8, 2009

cut back plants in bog

Cut back all the remainder of the bog plants today. Today was gorgeous - air temps 70-75 degrees and the water temp this morning was 41. By the time it was late afternoon, the water temps were in the low 50's and the fish were moving around.

Put 14 more boxes of salt in. There is now a total of 28 boxes @ 4# each or a total of 112# of salt.

Need to pick up a drop tester for the salt......
Sunday, October 25, 2009

Coffee this Morning by the Pond

This was probably one of the latest mornings we have been able to have coffee by the pond. It was a beautiful day today and reached 68 degrees in the sun. The water temperature was 56.7 degrees.

I thoroughly enjoyed the fish this morning ..... the sun felt so good and it seemed the fish were happy to see us.
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Sunday, October 25, 2009


Looks like this guy has a cataract....he seems to be blind on this side. I am wondering what the odds are that he will not develop a cataract on the other side.....
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Friday, October 23, 2009


Dave put in 14 boxes of salt at 4# per box or a total of 56# of salt. This put us at 0.5% so we need to add at least another 56# of salt.
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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Winding Down Soon

Water temps this morning: 59.7 - soon we will have to wind down the pond for the winter. I am sad about this. I miss sitting by the pond - especially when it is time to have our coffee in the morning.

This picture was taken of the fish on 10/3/09 - everybody seems very healthy. Need to start salting the pond.

Started with the Spring/Fall food this morning.
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

pond gallons

again measured to 4850
Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Dumped & Vacuumed Pond

Came to the conclusion the pond needed to be dumped and we needed to vacuum the pond. We were going to do a partial water exchange, but didn't like the smell coming from the pond. When we dumped the pond, there really was not a lot of crud left in the pond, which tells us that the crud, for the most part, went with the water. Dave indicated that he was not using the Pondzyme this year and now we think the Pondzyme was doing more than we originally thought. Ordered 6 - 1# canisters of Pondzyme. There should be enough to take us through the remainder of this year and all of next year.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Measured the fish while we were emptying the pond....

Kohaku - 23.5"
Hi Asagi - 21.5"
Asagi - 20.5"
Showa - 20"
Caramel and White - 19.5"
The General - 19"
Ki Utsuri - 19"
GinRin Yamabuki - 17"
Shishui - 17"
Matsuba - 17"
Kigoi - 16"
Bela - 15"
Orange and Black Doitsu (Ki Doitsu Matsuba) - 14.5"
Orange - 14"
Sanke - 9.5 - 10"
Baby Asagi - 8.5"
3 Babies @ 4" each
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Cut back waterlilies. Covered waterlilies with newspaper and sprayed to keep them moist until we can put them back into the pond.

Marked Black Princess Waterlily with white electrical strapping
Marked Peach Waterlily with white electrical strapping and marked with blue marker...
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Thursday, September 10, 2009

New Pressure Filter Came today....

Hooked up to 2400 gallon pump. Guestimate the gph at the top of the falls to be 1800-1900 gph. The new pressure filter also has a 9 watt uv light in it. This is hooked up in tandem with an 18 watt uv light for more killing power....

Water clarity has been an issue all pond season..... Dr. Foster & Smith indicated the constant rain was a factor....
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Saturday, May 30, 2009

still having problems with clarity

Dave cleaned off the filters about every hour or so. We then found that the floating algae seems to be a symptom of high nitrates. I read this will also cause low oxygen problems. Turned on bubbler and immediately the fish seemed more active.

Went to Horseheads and bought new test kit. Tested:

Water temp: 70.9
ammonia: 0
Nitrate: 0 or just over 0
Nitrite: 0

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Problems with clarity

Put in new UV light bulbs
Saturday, April 25, 2009

Dinner out by the pond

I think this is the earliest we have ever eaten dinner out by the pond. It really was wonderful. The night was like a hot humid July night.
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Thursday, April 16, 2009


Last day of Pima fix. Added more melafix. Need to dose with Melafix until Thurs next week. Orange baby looks better already.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

water exchange

did a 1/5 water exchange. Fixed crumbling bog wall and started adding melafix and pima. Orange baby has fungus.

Dave gave me a paper on this with how many gallons were in the exchange - which I lost. I really need to do better! I think it said 1050 gallons.
Friday, March 27, 2009

Light & Cover on Bog

Today, the light went into the main waterfalls and the cover came off the main bog.

We sat outside today after work with our coffee. All the fish were swimming around - water temps 51.8F

Water in pond is crystal clear.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Decided to try fertilizing the Waterlilies every other year. Not going to fertilize this year, will need to do it in 2010
Saturday, March 21, 2009


Will need to fertilize Waterlilies this year.
Sunday, March 8, 2009

So far so good

they look good so far.

Air temp 50F
Water temp 46F
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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Started up the other 2 pumps

Started up the other 2 pumps and hooked up the other uv light. Fish seem active and tonight with the lights on the pond, I could see them eating algae over by the fence. Hopefully things will clear up soon so I can check everyone out to make sure they are all ok.
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Saturday, March 7, 2009


Put in first dose (2 bags) of Microbelift Spring/Summer start up. Will need to add each Saturday.

Air temp 50 degrees
water temp 43 degrees
Friday, March 6, 2009

Started 1 pump

Took off net and skimmed the algae. There was a lot of algae this year. The skimmer is frozen solid - trying to melt that so we can get that pump going.

Hooked up 1 pump and uv light.

Water temp - 42 degrees
Air temp 62.4 degrees
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Beautiful outside

5:30 pm. Sat outside. I don't ever remember sitting out this early. We had to wear jackets, but was still really nice.

Water temp 42.4F
Air temp 50F
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Water Iris

I knew water iris was a tough plant, but it's growing right through the ice........ If it was from last year, it would have been brown long before now.
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