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Pond Journal 2008
Posted on Mar 17, 2016 11:20 AM


Sunday, November 23, 2008

none too soon.

water temp 39 degrees - air temp 34
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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Salt and Shut down

Added 27# salt which was only 0.08% salt.

Today, pumps and uv lights were pulled. Water temp is 37 degrees F. Air temp is: 24.6 degrees.

Next year, need to add at least 81# salt. Should probably add gradually over October or so. UV Lights have to be out first.
Saturday, November 1, 2008

Bog

Cut down and covered bog. Netted pond.
Monday, August 18, 2008

Water Hyacinth

This batch flowered late, although I do not think this was the first flower of the season.
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Monday, August 18, 2008

Water Hibiscus

After 3 years, she finally flowered!
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Froggie!

He likes the small fry tub. Look at him posing!
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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

White Spot

Started dosing pond. Several fish have white spot. Can't figure that one out - no new fish added this year....
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Friday, August 1, 2008

Fish Breeding

Fish Breeding this morning. Set up breeding tank by privacy fence under trumpet vine.
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Friday, August 1, 2008

Cardinal Flower Blooming

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Water Parameters

Checked levels with dipstick. Everything reads as perfect.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Black Princess Waterlily

The Black Princess Waterlily is always the last to start flowering.....

Isn't she a beauty?
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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Pickerel Weed

in full flower.....
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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Sprinkler

Dave woke one morning to find a Great Blue Heron making a breakfast out of the koi. We put in the Sprinkler alarm and a decoy to prevent the heron's return. To the far right, you can see the sprinkler.
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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Decoy

Heron Decoy
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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Return from Boston to Missing Fish

Retuned from Boston mid June. Knew some of the fry were missing, however attribuited it to the fish hiding or at the bottom of the pond digging at waterlilies or just hidden by waterlilies. Did not realize yet we had a heron visiting us. We think it started while we were in Boston for 3 or 4 days.
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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Readings

Tested salt levels - they are at 0.

Water temp - 65F
Air temp 74F

Added Pondzyme to pond
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Monday, May 12, 2008

UV

Turned UV lights back on. Next year, run UV all year - put Pondzyme in once water temps hit 65F
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Monday, April 14, 2008

Microbe Lift

The microbe lift added the needed oxygen instantly to the water. The fish seem to be better. Will be adding every Monday.

Also still adding Pima Fix and Melafix.
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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Water Readings

Water temp 50F
Nitrites
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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Enlarged Bog

Enlarged the bog. It now goes the length of the pond.

Fish still on antibiotic food.
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Saturday, April 5, 2008

Water lilies

Fertilized waterlilites with year long fertilizer spikes.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008

More water

Topped off more water. Salt reads at 1%
Monday, March 31, 2008

More Water Exchange

Lowered the level in the pond by about 1/3. Added 12 - 4# boxes of pickling salt. Salt reading = .16% Need to read again tomorrow after salt has circulated longer
Sunday, March 30, 2008

Antibiotic food

Noticed algae on both The Generals and the Caramel White. Started antibiotic food.
Sunday, March 23, 2008

Treatment

Nitrites
Saturday, March 22, 2008

Waterfalls & fish

3 pm
Water temp 45F
Ph 8.0

Hooked up waterfalls by privacy fence. Small waterfall by walkway from deck to driveway. Hooked up 2 UV lights.

Showa is jumping. Has head down and tail up and there is a small spot on her tail from flashing.
Friday, March 21, 2008

Readings

7:35 pm

Water temp 44F
Ph 8.3
Saturday, March 15, 2008

Water Readings

11:34 am
Water temp 42.8
ph 8.1
Friday, March 14, 2008

More start up

Added more Melafix and more Pimafix
Thursday, March 13, 2008

Turned on 1 pump

5:15 pm

Water temp 43.7F
Ph 8.4
Turned on 1 pump and added melafix and pimafix
Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Took off net

Took the net off. Skimmed some leaves - the skimmer is frozen solid.

Water temp 43.5F
Ph 9.2
Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Waking Up

The fish seem to be waking up and the ice is melting. The fish are swimming and there is a little bit of flashing and jumping. The General swam over to see me today.

Air temps mid to high 30's and 40's.

Spring order from Dr. Foster & Smith arrived today.

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Pond Journal 2007
Posted on Mar 17, 2016 11:19 AM


Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Good Bacteria

Good bacteria starts working at 52 F. As soon as water hits this temperature, add the good bacteria.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Waterlilies

Aren't they pretty?
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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

More Waterlilies

Love this.....
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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

More waterlilies

and these......
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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Water Hyacinths

Water Hyacinths are flowering. They only seem to flower when they are planted in the bog.
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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Water Readings

Day is overcast @ 6:30 pm.
ph - 8.4
water temp 55.3 F
NO2
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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Koi Small Fry

Ended up removing 90-95% of the water in an effort to remove the baby koi. We took out 30 of the koi fry and gave them to Tammy. We kept 3 of the fry.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Skimmer

Bought skimmer from Tim at Totalily. Got a great price on it for end of year sale.

10.9.07 & 10.10.07 Michael put in the new skimmer. Looks like it has always been there - he did a great job!
Sunday, October 21, 2007

UV Light

Turned UV light back on. Pond is getting green. Water temps are fluctuating all week from 55F - 60F. Today the water temp is 60.8F.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Water readings

ph - 8.6
Water temp 56.7F

Readings taken at 1 pm
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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Pond tasks

Water temp 41.oF
Air Temp 28F

These readings were taken at 8:30 am

Cut back water plants and covered bog. Put net on pond. I am trying to winter over the shelf plants on the shelves.
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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Shut down

Water temp 48.6F

UV lights came in and were put away. All pumps, except the main falls were shut off and brought in.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Last pump brought in

Water temp 37F
The last pump was shut off and brought in. Melafix was added to the water. Net is still on the pond. Dave wants to overwinter with the net on the pond.

Deicers in pond
Sunday, December 2, 2007

Uggghhh! Snow~

The first measureable snow 3-4". Had to shovel. I don't like snow or winter!

This picture was taken through the back door and the screen. Not ready for this.
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Pond Journal 2006
Posted on Mar 17, 2016 11:18 AM

Monday, October 16, 2006

Netted pond

Netted pond. Michael and Kattie helped. This was hard - Mom hadn't been gone that long and we still were all having a difficult time because of this.

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Pond Journal 2016
Posted on Mar 9, 2016 6:52 AM

Started up the pond March 7th. Water is still very murky, so I haven't been able to inspect the fish for problems yet.

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Seeds
Posted on Feb 29, 2016 3:33 PM

Planted 2/29/16

Rudbeckia Cherry Brandy
Canterbury Bells 30"?
Hollyhock - peach or pink - 4-6'
Hollyhock - Single Pink
Hollyhock - Majorette Mix
Hollyhock - Rosy Red
Hollyhock - Queeny Mix - blooms first year - 24"
Calendula Pacific Beauty
White Coneflower - 2014 - we will see....
Agastache White Giant
Rudbeckia - Saraha
Rudbeckia - Irish Eyes
Hollyhock - Black
Gallardia Mesa Yellow
Gallardia - Arizona Sun



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