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Foam on the water #1
I have had a problem of late and that is small amounts of foam on my water. Never seen it before and cant quite put my finger on the cause. Pond guys & gals any ideas as to what the possible cause is and any preventative measure that you could suggest.
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Re: Foam on the water #2
Do you have a water feature at all as this can cause the water to foam otherwise hopefully one of the others can put light to your query
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Re: Foam on the water #3
have you added any medications etc lately, do you get on well with your neighbours? it has been kknown for neighbours to "soap" ponds before.
i'm not sure but high phosphates may cause foaming.
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Re: Foam on the water #4
i think it may be DOC's (dissolved organic compounds) or DIC's (dissolved inorganic compounds) but im not sure which, sean knows but i can never remember
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Re: Foam on the water #5
Found this-don't know if it's of any help?

It's probably DOC (Dissolved Organic Carbon), or the visible results of
overfeeding, perhaps the need to clean the pond or filters, etc. Water
changes can help; I also know people that have used food grade liquid
silicone to change the surface tension of the water so the foam goes away.
This is a neat trick to use 2 hours before a house full of guests shows up
and you want the pond to look its best, but the *best* way of taking care of
the problem is to, well: take care of the problem. Clean the pond/filters if
necessary, cut back on feeding and do some water changes. It's harmless, but
unsightly.
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Re: Foam on the water #6
I'd completely disagree with putting a film of anything over the water to make it look nice! Thats just asking for trouble. The toxic gasses being produced need to be able to easily break the suface of the water to escape.

The best way to get rid of the DOC's is to either scoop it out and or use a skimmer with a pad in to catch the foam.

Of course it is spawning season, have you seen any activity yet?
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Re: Foam on the water #7
Can you look in the pond and tell if there are any frogs or tadpoles or toads or toadpoles?

any new plants added? it could be a number of things. there is a few breeds of water spiders that release foam into the water around its home.

do you have a water fall? what kind of filter do you use?
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Re: Foam on the water #8
MangoFish,

I hope you didn't get the impression that I was advocating putting a silicone film over the pond surface! I just found this description of DOCS and pasted in the whole piece, mainly to identify a possible reason for the foamy water. Sorry about that!

I noticed foamy water developing last year immediately after my fish spawned, so maybe as you say that is the reason for it
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Re: Foam on the water #9
if u see foam after spawning normally than i would start keeping your eyes open for some babys
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Re: Foam on the water #10
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I hope you didn't get the impression that I was advocating putting a silicone film over the pond surface! I just found this description of DOCS and pasted in the whole piece, mainly to identify a possible reason for the foamy water. Sorry about that!


Oh no i'm sorry! I wasnt telling you off! LOL I was just saying its not good!

QueenWen, spawing can happen at any time, regardles of wether the female has eggs, or if its spring! A massive water change, alot of rain, sudden(ish) rise in temp, a big feed...........It doesnt always result in babys