Thanks, Think my problem is the sheer amount of rain were having. The pond is continually refilling with quite acidic rainwater. My garden is flooding. Hopefully the rain will subside, even considered partially tenting the pond. Thanks once again.
After partial water change, dosing my pond with ph adjuster and salt the PH level went up to 7 from 5 but am concerned that another heavy downpour may have reversed this. I've added biostart to both filters and the pond itself, An acquaintance is having similar problems with his much larger pond, but he considers run off is his problem. I have only rain coming directly into the pond, but tested it and it is very, very acidic. I've been advised to add bicarbonate of soda, but would need to be sure before I did, at the same time I'm putting a daily dose of ph adjuster into the pond which is hellishly expensive. My problems seem to have arisen after installing a bigger pump and a new bigger filter box. If I were to do it again, my thoughts would be to run it alongside other filtration for a few months rather than replacing it. Any comments advice would be appreciated.
I've had a sudden change over the last week PH Levels have dropped to 5! I've done a part water change, added Blagdon Ph leveller, salt as a buffer and put a dose of BIO START in both filters. Ammonia levels fine. I've had an incredible amount of rain going into the pond and also used a course of bacterad last week and have had a possible bacterial bloom prior to that. Will be testing again tonight, but someone suggested using Bicarbonate of soda to raise PH, anyone on here an opinion of that? Thanks in anticipation.
Levels all ok, but that's the one, a bit milky. Ive just found a Koi looking a bit raggy, looks a bit unwell although swimming feeding perfectly well. Do you think I should treat pond and fish with an antibacterial additive like Bacterad. Thanks for your advice.
I've recently bought a new pump & big new filter box. Water should now be changing more than 1.5 times an hour. No green at all, but water has gone cloudy, although looking clear on exit from both filter boxes. No idea what's wrong as I thought more filtration would be better? Worried that I may be pumping too much water, or it may be simply that the new box hasn't got up to speed yet. Has anyone any thoughts? Fish seem happy enough. I've a 1,000gph & a 800gph pump 25 gallon filter box & a 40 gallon filter box. I've ordered some extra filtration pads in the hope it may help.
I realise it's early, but my fish are constantly searching for food. The pond is only 8.5c risen from less than 5c and my fish are active. Had a few deaths last month, with no apparent cause, so did a water change and fish seem happier although they look weak. Was wondering when I could start feeding wheat germ? Had why not to feed high protein admirably explained on here a few years ago and have had success by following that regime. Just concerned this year that my fish are running out of steam before I intended to start feeding. Any advice please.
Thanks. I've been trying peas. Problem is it's winter & the fish shouldn't be feeding anyway. I've been considering Epson Salts, but would have to put the fish in a container for a while. No idea for how long? Best wishes & thanks, Karl.
Hi, One of my Carp (Not Koi) has developed what I think is swim bladder. The fish is around 11" & has become very swollen. Remedies I've seen aren't much good for a big garden pond. I'm not feeding as it's cold but under advice have put in some garden peas crushed. Any advice please am reluctant to remove fish long term from pond as I've simply nowhere to put it until April. Got somewhere to put fish for a while if anyone thinks the Epsom Salts or other remedies work. Thank in anticipation. Karl.