grayson wrote: if something went wrong with the pond construction what test would show that? new concreate was laid and several layers of pond paint applied. thinking back, it was a struggle getting the pond paint to dry as was 2 weeks of bad rain (despite being covered)?? is there a way to test the pond infrastucture is ok??
No idea about the construction of the pond but if you used paint especially formulated for ponds it should be ok but wait for others advise.
Water readings should be Ammonia & NitrIte 0, NitrAte no higher than 50ppm ideally closer to 20ppm or less, to an extent this depends on your tap water nitrate too. NitrAte is the last stage of the nitrogen cycle and can only be kept in check with partial water changes.
Now: you will have to thin the ammonia and nitrite by doing daily partial water changes, not sure how easy this is going to be seeing as its a pond but you have to dilute the toxins. It will also help your fish if you can add air to the pond..again not sure how this will be achieved so wait for others to give advise.
Well yet again i discovered goldfish fry in the external filter (about a month ago now). I couldn?t bear the thought of pouring them down the drain and besides Mr J fell for them in a big way. He?s in awe at how they managed to survive the filter so I have them in a nursery tank (really useful storage box) with a tiny fluval 2 (in a pop sock so it cant suck them in). Even on the lowest setting the filter buffets them about, they will be healthy swimmers should I be able to raise them. 1 is about 1.5 cm, 2 are a touch smaller and 2 are absolutely weeny, they look like eyelashes with big eyes. I haven?t told Mr J how big a tank they are going to need yet, I?ll let him figure that one out on his own
rubadub wrote: Hi, Just a quick comment on the filter. I have an Oase Filtoclear and I am assuming your Oase is something similar? For the Filtoclear, it does recommend regular cleaning (the manual says regular, a shop-added advice sheet specifically for that filter said weekly). Sorry if that contradicts what you said Jellybean.
No problem, its best to iron these things out to get it right. I only have a tank to refer to which doesn?t need the filter cleaning quite so often so i thought this could have been an issue.
Ammonia and NitrIte should be at 0 in a healthy tank/pond, this is taken care of by the filter which holds majority of nitrifying bacteria, nitrate being the last stage is kept under control (in a tank) by regular water changes.