A massive job
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
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.
You and Albert may find this interesting Sandra.
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
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
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....
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.
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
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
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
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