I finally have purchased and used a pond test kit. I have 2 ponds--one
consisting of 2 whiskey barrels with liners (one empties into other for
water-fall effect). I have lots of plants in each barrel and it has been
set up for 1-1/2 months. I also have lost 3 fish. I moved the 4th into the
yard pond and it is doing fine. The barrel ponds are filled with county
water with 2- 3 ppm chlorine but no ammonia. The barrel pond has 2-3ppm
ammonia however and 2ppm nitrites. The ph is 7.0....
My yard pond is filled with well water with ph of 7.4ppm. The nitrites are
also 2.ppm. , ammonia 4-5 and a 90ppm hardness. This pond is approx.
150gal, has a small waterfall, many plants and 3goldfish and 1 Koi. The
fish seem fine, look good and good appetite.
Can you suggest what I should do to improve balance in these ponds.
I appreciate this group so much and have been lurking for about 2 months.
Thanks in advance,