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Mitchofmedway Mitchofmedway
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  • Posted on: 8/5/2010 13:22
Re: Fresh start #1
A pond vacum is the way forward (if you know of anyone with one). This will take care of the site and some come with an algae brush.

Although it will not get rid of everything, it will effect your pond water and fish less then adding fresh.
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Mitchofmedway Mitchofmedway
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  • Posted on: 1/4/2010 20:56
Re: Need to quarantine plants? #2
I also quarantine my plants, but the dry packed kits I've put straight in this year.

I quarantine my new plants in fresh pond water, that way I can also see if the plants respond in any way. Normally over a two week period.
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Mitchofmedway Mitchofmedway
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  • Posted on: 1/4/2010 20:51
Re: Pond Lighting #3
I found some colour changing bulbs online, for about ?2 each. They have 18 LEDs in each bulb and phase through red, green, blue.

I have swapped them back out for my white lights and the pond looks great in the evening. I love the reflections and shadows it causes around the garden too.
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Mitchofmedway Mitchofmedway
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  • Posted on: 29/3/2010 18:09
Re: Pond Lighting #4
Hi

Are you talking in pond or around pond? There is so much available now! I have a 12v set of four spots on my pond. They are connected via a transformer and give of loads of light in the evening. You can even buy colour changing bulbs for them too. They came from B+Q i think and have an optional daylight sensor, but I used a switch/timer instead.

Have seen a fair bit of solar powered stuff online, think it really depends what you want and how much your willing to pay to run them.
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Mitchofmedway Mitchofmedway
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  • Posted on: 28/3/2010 20:58
Re: goldfish living under fountain #5
I would agree with Coralline (cool name btw).

Unless your seeing any other strange behaviours, although your fish may not be ready to feed just yet due to water temp.

Could try posting in the pond section also, they seem a friendly bunch.

Mitch
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Mitchofmedway Mitchofmedway
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  • Posted on: 28/3/2010 20:53
Re: what kind of fish is this? #6
Your photo is a shubunkin, looks a nice fish.

Not sure on what was in the tank, but some younger fish do appear slime coated at this time of year. This is due to a virus that every fish has, but normally appears in spring, but disappears again as the water warms up. Its called carp pox if you want to look up some images on a search engine. Its non treatable, but just unsightly.
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Mitchofmedway Mitchofmedway
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  • Posted on: 24/3/2010 18:37
Re: feeding fish #7
I use a simple rule, that was passed to me by a "fish guru". If you can stand outside in just a T-shirt or thin jumper without feeling the cold, its okay to feed the fish.
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Mitchofmedway Mitchofmedway
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  • Posted on: 24/3/2010 18:19
Re: Pond question #8
Just build you fish stock up slowly. Most of my local suppliers are still closed for pond fish and plants.

Good luck
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Mitchofmedway Mitchofmedway
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  • Posted on: 24/3/2010 18:17
Re: starting out #9
If you want to build a "koi pond" you could be getting in to an expensive arena. Really depends what you mean by koi pond? Crystal clear waters with a variety of fish can be achieved reasonably easily with 2nd hand pumps and filters sourced through sites like ebay. I don't have a bottom drain, but a pump anf filter that turns the volume of water over every two hours or so. I didn't want to invest in quality koi at ?100s per time.

I now have a mixed variety pond (with a couple of 10" koi), semi raised approx 12' x 25' x 3' deep, couple of pumps and a box filter. Managed this on a budget of around ?500.

Have already started enjoying feeding them in the lighter evenings.

Guess you really have to decide what you want.
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Mitchofmedway Mitchofmedway
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  • Posted on: 24/3/2010 18:02
Re: ulcers and cotton wool #10
Hello Tony

Sorry can not see the pics you have posted. Have you looked up Carp Pox through a search engine?

This effects many younger fish and is unharmful, but also untreatable. All fish carry the virus and younger fish show it as what can only be described as drops of candle wax. It will normally disappear as spring kicks in.
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