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Dale369 Dale369
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  • Posted on: 2/9/2010 13:25
Re: Pics of the pond and fish #1
It doesn't stop, it just gets worse, you always want to go bigger!

You mentioned you built a brick wall around it before, have you ever thought of building a raised brick built pond, would make it easy to make different sections which could cascade into each other.

Also, in response to kazs_angel. Putting gravel in the pond is not a good idea in my opinion. It's another object for the fish to catch themselves on (don't know how much your fish add up too but when your putting hundreds/thousand of pounds worth of koi in the pond it's the last thing you want). Also, silt will settle in the gravel and the gravel will make it awkward to clean. You want as little obstruction in the pond as possible for muck to settle.


Dale369 Dale369
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  • Posted on: 29/8/2010 17:13
Re: Just starting - is the tank too small - some advice please #2
11 inch long, what the!? It looks so tiny on the picture? I have fish in my pond that are 14" and they look massive in my 3200 litre pond lol


Dale369 Dale369
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  • Posted on: 29/8/2010 14:17
Re: Hey! #3
Sorry pics seem to be missing from my thread, here they are.

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Dale369 Dale369
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  • Posted on: 29/8/2010 14:11
Re: Building your first pond #4
Not only that, but stones are another object the fish can damage themselves on. You should have as little in the pond as possible unless it is built purely as a wildlife pond.

Biggest tip when building a pond, BUILD AS BIG AS YOU CAN, GET IT RIGHT FIRST TIME!!!!


Dale369 Dale369
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  • Posted on: 29/8/2010 13:30
Hey! #5
Haven't been on here in ages! Been really busy and sort of dropped out the fishkeeping hobby for a while, but I'm back into it now & recently just purchased 4 new Koi for the pond.

There is also talk of an extension on the cards

Not happy with the size of my pond (7ft x 4ft x 4ft) so the plan is to leave length 7ft but extend the width to 10ft, and build up 16". New section will also be dug down 1ft so I will have a 6ft x 7ft shelf which will be 28" deep and a 7ft x 4ft deep section at 5.5ft deep

Attached is a pic of what my pond looks like now & what I want to do

And here is a little video of my fish qualities not the best it was a spare of the moment thing on my mobile phone...

http://picturepush.com/public/4087121


Dale369 Dale369
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  • Posted on: 12/9/2009 17:24
Re: *****Advice please***** #6
The filter will smell yes because this is where all the muck is trapped. You can/should clean it out every so often using bucketed pond water, NOT a hosepipe.

That's a lot of fish for a pond that size, depending on their size you could be close to overstocking.

When the water temperature drops, i.e winter the fish become less active and don't have as much as an appetite as they do in the summer months. You should be feeding your fish as much as they will consume within 5 minutes, twice a day in the summer then cut this down to only one time a day during the colder months.

Providing your pond isn't indoors in a shed etc the fish would most likely survive without being fed because of natural foods that fall into the water, but still it is adviseable to feed them.


Dale369 Dale369
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  • Posted on: 12/9/2009 17:19
Re: Thousands of tiny black insects in pipework. #7
Like you say if your lid is not very tight at the moment they may just be escaping as they hatch. Mine is tight so they are trapped until I open it.

Yeh, wouldn't bother putting any effort into getting rid them they will only be back in a week or two.


Dale369 Dale369
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  • Posted on: 12/9/2009 12:40
Re: Thousands of tiny black insects in pipework. #8
You can't get rid of them. The flys lay their eggs in the water & they get pumped through into the filter box where they cling on so a tight fitting lid wouldn't make any difference unfortuantely.


Dale369 Dale369
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  • Posted on: 12/9/2009 9:20
Re: Thousands of tiny black insects in pipework. #9
Still, i'm going to have to go with larvae. From the image you posted they look very like black fly larvae which like to grip themselves to walls where water is flowing by fast.


Dale369 Dale369
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  • Posted on: 10/9/2009 19:13
Re: Thousands of tiny black insects in pipework. #10
Sound like larvae, which are completely harmless to your fish & feed on the debris in the water, so if anything they are doing your pond some good. Ever wondered why swarms of flies shoot out when you open the lid?



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