inherited pond and clueless

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inherited pond and clueless

Post by a425coupl » Tue, 13 Mar 2012 22:43:36

(I previously sent this, ((twice in fact, addressed to both groups.
It sure looked like it went fine, but never arrived on either group,
so sorry if you get it twice, or thrice!)

> Hello all,  

Welcome to the interest.

> I am a new user on this forum,

It's just my opinion, that both this newsgroup,
and the moderated newsgroup (that I have "cross posted" to)
are currently usable.  There are plenty of caring and
kind people that will give advice and ideas.

> and my two young children

I hate to add a "worry" first thing, but seriously
evaluate & take steps for the children's safety.
There are frequent very sad cases of children
falling into ponds & drowning (even in 2 feet).
No need for paranoia, but consider that first.

> Ok, about 6 months ago, we moved into a house that has an established
> pond.  It is about 6 ft by 3 feet, but a paisly like shape.  I do know
> that at one end it is about 2.5-3 feet deep (the fish survive the few
> days of freezing that we have).  The other end is shallower, but I
> couldn't tell you how deep.

> The previous owner, who built the pond, rather proudly said he never did
> anything to it and never planted anything, just let nature take its
> course.  Considering some of the plants are in pots, I know the latter
> point isn't true.  There is no filtration, no fountain or flow,
> The plants around the pond and in it are a bit of a mess, few natives
> and lots of alien invasives, BUT near as I can tell, no algae problems.
> And the fish, all goldfish, are happy, and I'm pretty sure breeding.  

Hey!! If the current pond works that well (fish happy & breeding)

> but the liner does leak a bit at the upper levels, so the water
> drains a bit, and the pond refills with each new rain
> (or the hose in the summer).

Perhaps I have been overcautious, but I use hose to
put water into 5 gallon buckets to sit 24 hours
(to lose chemicals and 'moderate' temperature)
before adding to pond.

> Today, I was fishing some quince out that my son threw in there in
> November, and for kicks and giggles tested the depth at the deepest end.
> There is a LOT of debris down there, fallen tree leaves, dead water
> lily leaves I'm sure some dead fish, and probably other plant material.
> The current depth is not what the previous owner said- it's closer to 2
> feet. It actually seems to be doing pretty well.  But I'm tempted to
> drain it and clean it out.  Should I, or is that inviting problems?  

I'm probably in the minority and wrong.
But personally, all I would do is reach in and
pull out a bit of the debris each day.
(perhaps use a net on a stick to get a liter
quanity of gunk & debris each time out).

Total emptiying, cleaning, & in effect transplanting
fish just seems to me to be a big risk, for a
situation that's doing well.

> I know if I were to do that, and refill with hose water I'll likely have
> an algae bloom, but is that bad?  I have never had a pond, and have no
> idea really how to care for it.  I know what my goals are for it, but I
> think I'll save that for another thread to avoid confusion.  
> Can anyone advise me?  And hopefully point me into a good direction as
> far as learning materials ?  I'd like to stick with natural and organic
> methods.

Some sort of pump, filter, & water flow (or water fall)
might be nice.

> Thanks heaps!  And happy Spring!
> Amphitecna

Happy spring back to you.
I'm in USA, Pacific NW.
About Tuesday & Wed. we had white shit falling
from the sky.  Then we had 2 days with sun out.
Yes, Spring must be coming!
A couple cases of a male duck chasing a female,
and a male goose chasing a female, but they did
get a bit distracted when a bald eagle flew over
and nested in a tree to watch.
Now we got 7 days of rain predicted with almost
all temps staying 31 to 41 degrees F
(so for you in C, 0 to 7).  
But, I have faith, Spring will come.

inherited pond and clueless

Post by dr-s.. » Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:57:27

other than a sturdy fence there is no reliable way to keep kids out. even electric
charger wont if they are determined.  and a smooth unclimbable fence at that.

Now, I have seen ponds that are basically filled with large stones so there really
isnt "open" water.  Lots of wildlife will come.  

On Tue, 13 Mar 2012 09:03:09 +0000, Amphitecna


>Thanks for the suggestions.  To be upfront, we are concerned about the
>safety of the children with this pond.  

>So based on the two responses, it's 50/50 whether I should drain or
>dredge, but 100% on a filter/water flow.  How big a deal is it to
>install one of these systems?  Do we have to drain it anyway to do that?
>The water is brown, because of all the tannins, and I imagine the
>debris on the bottom, but there's no algae issue or anything (yet,

>I agree that I don't want to disrupt what seems to be a perfectly good
>equilibrium.  Having said that, I want to ultimately change the
>vegetation over to native plants, to attract the native wildlife, and
>get rid of those fish.  I'd rather have toads/frogs/non-mosquito insects
>and other wildlife and those fish just eat everything.  If they were
>native fish, my arm might be twistable, but they're goldfish.   So, as
>soon as I can find a humane way of sending them to the next world,
>they're done.

>So, given that fish removal will be a dramatic change, maybe I should
>wait until they're gone to do anything drastic, then see how the pond
>reacts to their removal, and if all goes awry drain and clean?  I'd love
>to NOT have to drain and clean.  I have enough on my hands chasing my
>two children around.

>Thanks a lot for your suggestions!  And say hello to the PNW for me- we
>were in Seattle for 7ish years and really liked it.  You know that when
>spring comes, it'll have been worth the wait.

Somewhere between zone 5 and 6 tucked along the shore of Lake Michigan
on the council grounds of the Fox, Mascouten, Potawatomi, and Winnebago