I tried to get them all together but it is impossible! The orange one is 'jaws' he weighs over 3 lbs...the yellow one is 'sunshine'and weighs about 2 lbs or more...Don't they look like they are kissing?
Maybe I should have posted 'Kissing Fish' and gotten a better response! Anyway...I love my fish and have spent 100's of dollars the last month to save them from dying from parasites and I think they are worth every penny!
This forum really moves slow...there must not be too many ponders here at Dg!
Okay Rebecca ... I'll respond ;o] NICE FISH!! 3 pounds sounds like a whopper. I only have gold fish. We can't get Koi in Maine - they're illegal to sell here. Actually when I bought my gold fish the fella said he couldn't sell them to me if I intended to put them in a pond or water garden. I had to go back the next day & get the fish from a different employee...
I just bought some fish a few hours ago. I did price the Koi and kept on walking! LOL The ones I was in love with were one hundred bucks a piece and they had smaller ones for fifty bucks. Guess I won't be getting any of those for a LONG time. LOL
Badseed...I know what you mean! I lost about 10 koi babies from last year trying to get my water clear and parasites too...I went to the pet shop and asked about price of baby koi about 3 inches long and the lady said 8.00 and I almost croaked!
I did pay 50.00 for the orange one 4 yrs ago and am glad I did as for the others I paid a small price for them at Walmart I paid like 4.47 for some! You can check there for cheap koi!
But beware of Walmart fish for they sometimes have diseases and you should quarantine them for awhile!
last weekend I took OUT my filter. I just have my parrots feather covering 75% of the water. I shut down the waterfall. I have seen my fish now for the past 4 days. I have never EVER had such clear water since I got rid of the filter. lol.My pond is 125 gallon . Its small. Wonder how long this will work for.
? really? My friends pond has none and she has always done it with out. She is teh one that got me to try this this way. Its only been 10 days. I still have all my stuff. I just never had clear water before now. All the ponds in the world have none too.
Seedpicker your fish could hardly turn around in my little container. *LOL* My neighbor has a 125 gallon pond & the water was awful. One of the ponders in DG told me how to make a filter so she made one like it also & in just a few hours her water was clear. I don't know how big a pond it would work in. It is just a Rubbermaid shoe box type (mine is a round food container) Put holes in it & put netting around the pump.. so far both our ponds are very clear.
Sugar...when we built the pond I balked at the prices of filters and we decided we could make one cheap so we had made a filter out of those 20 gallon rubbermaid storage boxes with a lid stuffed it with pillow batting and it worked good for a couple yrs then last year we began having trouble with the water quality and this year lost some fish before I bought the new filter...I figure it will save me lots of money in the long not buying the pillow batting! LOL
seedpicker.. we are using the .59 netting like crinoline slips are made out of.. no more than we need it can be hosed off & sooner or later replaced. If we start having problems we can get something else. We have to work on a shoestring & still try to do what is best for fish & plants.
Last year, we used a mesh basket and buried the pump in lava rocks we'd rinsed well. The little craters give them a lot of surface area on which the beneficial bacteria may colonize. The only bad thing is, it's a pain to get to the pump when you need to; the basket of rocks is heavy and you have to lift the whole thing out of the water to do maintenance on the pump since it's buried. I like that tulle/netting idea a lot better!! Plus if any fish want to go to prom, they have some nice material. ;)
This year when we had to get a new pump, we bought a little add-on filter with two multi-celled filters you can remove to clean. It does its job, but almost too well -- We had to remove the filters and rinse them every day or two for a while, but now the pond has cleared enough that's no longer necessary. Whew!
GW...I know how you felt! We are still in the stage of cleaning filter often and it is a headache but should level off soon!
Sugar...just to let you know! When you use the hose with the chlorine water it will kill the good bacteria for your filter as I have learned! Fill a bucket and put declorinator in water and then rinse or you may run into trouble as I did after awhile!
You can also take a bucketfull of your pond water and rinse your filter in that. Then topping off the displaced pondwater with tapwater won't hurt it. That's what was recommended with acquarium filters, and we just carried that out to the outdoor fish. :)
GW...you are so right!!! We have done that too but sometimes I get lazy! LOL! It is hard work keeping up a big pond! Whew...sometimes I dream about things happening to my pond and I go out in the middle of the nite just to check and see if all is okay!
During its really dirty phase I kept a 32-oz coffee can handy and just used that. It was big enough to swish around enough water for one filter, then change the water for the second filter. But you're right...It does get old!
I love it though! I love seeing my fish swim around happily even when times get tough... I really like it when I get in to vacuum and the fish follow me around like puppies! They like excitement too! LOL
Seedpicker & GW, We have well water..does that make any diference? I haven't cleaned
the netting yet but guess I should check it. The water is clear & would like to keep it that way. I put more rocks around it yesterday & today but it started storming so didn't get any pictures. I have no idea what plants to put around it. I have some Jewels of Opa Seedlings but don't know how big they get as I can't seem to find it on the net. Also it will have full sun till about 2 or 3 o'clock. As I said before U don't have much to choose from here.
GW, Well I don't have much choice. I don't know anyone with a small pond except for the one next door & it's only a couple weeks older than ours. I know there are BIG ponds here where they have a well just to pump water into it most of the time.
There is no plants & the fish are Catfish, Brim & Bass mostly. I guess time will tell.
I don't mean it's bad, Sugar, I just mean it might have different levels of minerals and such in it. Everybody had well water before city water came to be, and people have been water gardening for centuries! :)
Seedpicker, SO FAR it seems OK BUT we do have a BIG problem. The water is going down so we have leak somewhere. It goes down over 1/2 way overnite. It seems to do worse at nite. I bought another muck bucket today to replace it. Found a blue one this time. I hope we don't have the same problem. We didn't put any sand in the hole but will this time.. maybe that will help. I wonder how hard it will be to get the red one up.. DH says it won't be easy. Wish I had room there for a REAL pond. We also have a new resident at nite...a frog or toad, not sure which. I heard another in the yard last nite.. wonder if it will be a pair *G* Only seen one in the pond though, SO FAR.
Seedpicker, I put newspaper under the can & it stayed dry.. we are going to take the tubing out of the can & lay a broomhandle across the pond.. wire the tubing to that & run the flow in the middle of the pond.. that should be a good test. I hope that is the problem... not sure how we would solve that but I'm sure we could.
I sure will.. I hope we can get it fixed as it is the right size for my little garden. I do wish I saw the blue one 1st. The red is kinda cute I think. When I get it right I'll put some plants in.. may have to beg a few for it (for postage)*LOL*
GW it is a 20 gallon tub U see that has rope handles. I get them for $5 at the Dollar General stores. They are nice for large plants. It got it's name from farm use. Here is what my Atomica has to say about muck *G*
A moist sticky mixture, especially of mud and filth.
Moist farmyard dung; manure.
Dark fertile soil containing decaying vegetable matter.
Something filthy or disgusting.
Earth, rocks, or clay excavated in mining.
Here is a picture of mine (if it works) http://davesgarden.com/forumpics/Sugar_fl_1027050344_838.jpg I have added larger rocks to it now & want some plants but gotta find out why it is leaking & fix that or replace it.
Some here use muck buckets for watering animals. If U have never seen Atomica Check on it. It is a small FREE download.. It is very neat & useful. I'd hate to be without it. Atomica is a easy, great on line spell checker & dictionary.
Oh, okay - I've got it! I know what you're talking about. I have MANY of those, LOL. I got them when our local Odd Lots store moved to a new location and clearanced out the store. I got 20 of them, I think, for 50-cents each! Most I drilled holes in for temporary planters (we were getting ready to move). They're great, yes! My mom has a water garden in one, too...I'll have to find that picture and put it in my journal.