mel1of4 wrote: TEST RESULTS for the outdoor pond Ammonia = 0 Nitrite = 0 Nitrate = 0 phosphates = 0 pH = 7.7 GH = 60 KH = 80 it seems I have 4000g of slightly soft slightly alkaline distilled water!!
whats interesting is that my tap water is pH7.0 and has 5ppm phosphates
I mentioned that I have made a nursery pond with a cattle drinker. This fills with rain and if levels demand tap water. the tests here show phospate of 1ppm (makes sense as the rain has diluted the tap water) but a pH of 8.8 !! (at least as this is the highest reading from a high range test - it could be even higher) What could have caused such alkalinity?
I attach some snaps of the sorry plants. ALso one of the whole pond which is 50% covered with PVC sheeting to reduce light. Few weeks ago the water cleared - is this because of the lack of light killed the algae - or did they use up all the phosphate then die? If the water is this sterile what have the fish survived on? they have grown 2" over the winter without any food from me.
look forward to your comments
Hi, Sorry I've not been on in the few days but at least it looks like you've made some progress. With regards to the test results it appears that you have very little remaining nutrients in the water. The alkalinity could be explained by various chemicals entering the water, possibly leaching from the pots or washing in with rain water - off a roof, painted fence or concrete patio for example.
Tap water straight from the tap will often have temporary adjusters to get the PH close to 7.0 for drinking. Leave it 24 hours on a windowsill and then see what it is. The high phosphates in the tap water are not uncommon and will cause algae growth if left unchecked but rain water will have diluted that in the pond as you said.
I'd assume the fish are surviving on the food you add plus the odd insect that falls in. They wont be worried about the current water softness, the ph or the nutrient levels. Although if the KH or GH drop much more it could be a problem. You could probably feed them a little more as the extra waste will add to the plants nutrients. Ideally you'd want to maintain 5 or 10ppm nitrate and a trace of Phosphate.
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