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aldra 04-05-2019 10:24

A massive job
 
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The fish have been placed in the three filter chambers

The pond drained and cleaned

Now three coats of sealant, 24 hours between coats

4 days under water to cure

So we are hoping for a dry few days for us and everyone else this BH

Sandra

JanHank 04-05-2019 10:44

What a job. I remember cleaning out a tropical fish tank I used to have in the wall in the house, that was bad enough.
I have seen a few ponds with coy carp, they are very graceful and beautiful to watch.
Good luck with the weather.

JanHank 04-05-2019 10:57

You and Albert may find this interesting Sandra.
https://www.fishkeeper.co.uk/post/22...oi-carp-hanako

aldra 04-05-2019 11:13

Many of ours are over 20 years old

Some have bred in the pond

We used to buy them small to grow on as they are very expensive when large

Water quality is the main concern

We donít empty the pond to clean it Jan, it has a bottom drain to flush out ďdead ď water straight into the sewer

The filters like wise

But we had a leak or more so we need to re coat the entire pond with three coats of waterproof sealant , itís very expensive so I hope it works

Still itís 30 years old and this is the first time there has been a problem

We used to spend a lot of time sitting on the pond wall and the fish would hand feed

Sadly we donít do that so much now although I guess we should

Sandra

aldra 04-05-2019 19:06

First coat done

Two more to go

Seven days then four under water, drained and refilled

The time to allow the chlorine to evaporate

The filters to get going, the UV filters to get working

And the pump to change the water in the pond on a regular basis

Then you have a Koi pond

And fish youíve had for over twenty years swim freely once again

And we will get more , the pond is so big enough for more

We will take our grandkids

And our new non grandkids

And each will choose a fish

And add it to this pond

Sandra

Penquin 04-05-2019 22:14

We have a pond with what I would regard as "common or garden pond fish" including goldfish but we have never had enough courage to buy even small coy carp - they are truly magnificent fish and I have often seen them being hand fed by others. I am very jealous of you and your grandchildren and non grandchildren.

I hope the work goes well, sadly the weather forecast does not look too promising for the next few days but I hope that you can fit it all in during dry periods.

Do post a picture once it's all finished and those beautiful fish are swimmining freely again.

🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟

Not coy, but the only fish emoticon that I can find....

patp 05-05-2019 06:33

We have a natural pond in our garden and have tried to stock it with fish, on several occasions, only to lose them to predators :( There is a beautiful weeping willow beside it.
We do manage to keep a pair of Moorhens that breed successfully every year. The mallards come each spring to muscle in on their territory but they defend it vigorously. It is a delight to see the "tiny dots", as we call them, emerge each spring.
This pond needs attention. It requires a digger with a long reach to dig out all the silt and to clear some of the weeds. A spring runs through it so the water stays fresh. I grow watercress, that I never pick, and Chris tries to clear it all out because he hates anything that spreads.

aldra 05-05-2019 17:45

We grow watercress

And I wont eat it either, and I know thatís just me

Our pond is not natural

Filters maintain water quality, old fashioned filters

UV clumps the algae and feeds it through the filters , and the water quality is pure for fish

Fish have lived in there for over twenty years

Beautiful fish , probably worth a lot of money as we have grown them

But just our fish

And the second coat of water proofing is applied

Curtesy of Albert , itís a huge area, I just provide coffee

And young Albert has been noticed by his absence

One more coat to go

7 days and then four days under water

And itís done

Our koi can swim free , dive 6ft under

And once again grandkids will choose a new fish, name it, and watch it grow

We just need to live long enough

Sandra

aldra 05-05-2019 17:57

Well there is 11 grandkids

Plus two which we are on the way to adopting

Even the small koi are expensive

But what the hell

We are a long time dead

Sandra

aldra 05-05-2019 18:23

Quote:

Originally Posted by Penquin (Post 3029891)
We have a pond with what I would regard as "common or garden pond fish" including goldfish but we have never had enough courage to buy even small coy carp - they are truly magnificent fish and I have often seen them being hand fed by others. I am very jealous of you and your grandchildren and non grandchildren.

I hope the work goes well, sadly the weather forecast does not look too promising for the next few days but I hope that you can fit it all in during dry periods.

Do post a picture once it's all finished and those beautiful fish are swimmining freely again.

🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟

Not coy, but the only fish emoticon that I can find....

When we began

We had koi in a small pond

We knew nothing about water quality

And sadly they died

So we went on to bigger and better

Filters, UV , air stones , deep pond and pumps that pumped the water back to the filters

And the fish grew large and thrived

And 30 years later the pond leaks

And now we are re waterproofing it at considerable expense

But those fish are alive so itís up to us to protect them

Just as Shadow is ours to protect , cherish and love

And Iíve increased his protein , heís eating well

There is life in the old dog yet

He will live to bite again , well just to threaten to bite

Sandra


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