My pond is frothy and I am very nervous!! I had not tested because I misplaced my testing set. I have water showering over the netted pond and it seems like the bubbles are slowly disappearing. Any ideas??
Just going thru all my notes. Nitrite is too high. My notes say must be less than 5PPM. Critical!!!!
There is a website pondcrisis.co.
Are the fish showing any signs of desease?
If you don't have a local koi club you can call for advice I will find tel. no. for Joe White who is editor of USA Koi mag. and been raising koi for 35 years. He is very nice and I'm sure would help you.
Let me know if you want his no. D-mail me or call me 352-3949-4883.
At first I just thought it sounded like your fish were spawning. I'm sure we can figure it out.
When all else fails I do just what you are doing empty pond completely and refill and start over with Proform-C and 1/2 bucket of salt.
Don't panic (says me) I'm sure theres a way to figure it out.
If you have fish in it, it sounds like they may have been spawning. You will get a protien froth if that's the case. I'd do only half a water change, but look around as the level lowers. If you see tiny eggs stuck to anything, stop draining and refill from there. You can also buy a liquid foam eliminator, but need to know if there are water issues ahead of time. Hopefully it's something simple and "healthy" like a fish spawning! :) Let me know
Pull some of the plants with eggs and put them in a separate tubby with air...let them hatch and see what you get! You can add attractice ones back to the pond, and get rid of the drab ones. Especially if you have attractive adults, then there's a possibility you may get a great looking one out of this year's spawn! Congrats!
Spawning is usually between 4 and 7:00am...then just a little bit more after that...It only goes on for a day or 2. If you see any sign of distress from your females, make sure you separate them to keep them healthy. The males can really be a nuisance (especially if there are more males than females) Otherwise, it won't go on for long...if you can dump a floating plant, or spawning mop in the pond, you can watch early in the morning, and pull it out after you see them spawn for a while. Take the eggs stuck to it , elsewhere, for protection. The rest of the spawn will take place, but they will eat the eggs immediately. At least you'll get to save a few if you're on top of things. If you don't really want any more koi, then don't worry about it at all, and let them eat all eggs.
When my pond first starts up in the spring or with a major water change I get that foam also. It eventually goes away. I don't know what causes it but it doesn't seem to hurt either fish or plants. We just had the pond fixed as the rock at one entire end was sliding into the pond. We drained all but the bottom of the 3.5' end where the fish were. I only have goldfish as I lost all my koi during last winter. Made a mistake in judgement that caused the loss. Anyway, I refilled it yesterday and sure enough here comes the foam. I will begin adding my usual start up stuff today. Proform-C and one treatment of Prazi to assure no bad stuff, them MicrobeLift PL. I assume I will have the usual bloom of algae for a while until it cycles through.
The foam and or bubbles can be an indication of disolved oxygen content. http://www.hedley.ca/oxygen2.htm - the second item in this article goes into depth and it sounds like circumstances that you may have with the heavy snows and the thick layer of ice.
I know the microbelift almost instanteously releases the oxygen when ammonia levels are high, my line of thinking is that the microbelift would help this situation as well.
Thanks Carolyn. I am doing the prazi and proform-C right now to make sure I have no bugs. Then start the PL. I am going to bite the bullet and order Algaway 5.4 and the fall winter treatment. I just can't find anything in the volume I need. I have estimated the new pond shape to be 2800 gallons. Looks bigger and deeper due to the walls and clean shape. Or maybe that is my imagination. I'll check out the URL just so I know what is going on with the foam and bubbles. Also will try to start posting the before pics, and then the during pics. They should be done Monday. Thanks heavens. It has been so stressful. Damien was concerned about getting a good footing and at one point was going to make them pull all they had done out (footings, walls) and dig down 6' to sand, then backfill with crushed asphalt, then D1, and compact. I about had a nervous breakdown.
Last year I didn't know what to look for and then got smarter. I found some eggs in filter material and rinced it away thinking it was more gunk. Also found some on skimmer cover underneath. Don't know how they got there.
When all ponds are done I will set up an aquarium near ponds and be more consciensus about getting eggs out fast and isolating them during spawning. Untill then my koi will have more to eat of protein. LOL
From what I read they eat them up pretty fast. Hopefully sometime I will have the time to pay full attention to spawning time. I have the spawning mats made from 2 new mop heads attached to corks so they can float. Also some yarn spawning mats I made. Think near the time I'll put a male & female in seperate small tank and see what happens.
Well I'm pooped had a long day today working on new pond. Ready to hit the sack. Thats Navy for time to go to bed.
We will get eggs someday and it will be fun to see what hatches out from them.