New pond, and pond keeper.

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New pond, and pond keeper.

Post by Figmen » Thu, 30 Sep 1999 04:00:00



This must be an FAQ, but my apologies, I don't seem to be able to find one.

I am getting conflicting reports from friends of mine on starting a new
pond.
When the water goes in, how long should I wait before adding fish.
N.B. I am UK based.
Some say wait 6 weeks, some say only add a very few small fish or the
bacteria balance wont start, and others say just start straight away, but
add the required chemicals. So as you can tell I'm confident of doing the
right thing..
Removing the chlorine, is about the only thing that seems to be consistent
advice.

Spec
Apox 600 Imp Galls.
A 'UV + Filer' unit capable of coping with 1000 Imp Gal.
An additional, water is pumped in to base of small 'pond',2 foot cube,
filled with gravel, in line after the 'uv unit', for extra veggie activity,
and hopefully this bit will never need cleaning.
3 water falls of about 6 inches each for aeration, and that soothing sound
in the background while one enjoys a cool drink.

Hope to inhabit it with goldfish or Koi or both, or three cats if they
continue to fill the water barren pond area with what cats do best. Haven't
decided yet.

--
Max Wilkinson.

Advice, and experience always welcome... Can I have a packet of experience
please?

 
 
 

New pond, and pond keeper.

Post by Bonnie Espenshad » Thu, 30 Sep 1999 04:00:00


Hi Max,
Welcome to rec.ponds.
I suggest that you follow the six weeks delay and then add the fish slowly.
Two per week is the usual number.  This allows the pond to cycle and then you
don't have to use any chemicals.
--
Bonnie
NJ

http://www.users.fast.net/~maebe/index.htm

Quote:

> This must be an FAQ, but my apologies, I don't seem to be able to find one.

> I am getting conflicting reports from friends of mine on starting a new
> pond.
> When the water goes in, how long should I wait before adding fish.
> N.B. I am UK based.
> Some say wait 6 weeks, some say only add a very few small fish or the
> bacteria balance wont start, and others say just start straight away, but
> add the required chemicals. So as you can tell I'm confident of doing the
> right thing..
> Removing the chlorine, is about the only thing that seems to be consistent
> advice.

> Spec
> Apox 600 Imp Galls.
> A 'UV + Filer' unit capable of coping with 1000 Imp Gal.
> An additional, water is pumped in to base of small 'pond',2 foot cube,
> filled with gravel, in line after the 'uv unit', for extra veggie activity,
> and hopefully this bit will never need cleaning.
> 3 water falls of about 6 inches each for aeration, and that soothing sound
> in the background while one enjoys a cool drink.

> Hope to inhabit it with goldfish or Koi or both, or three cats if they
> continue to fill the water barren pond area with what cats do best. Haven't
> decided yet.

> --
> Max Wilkinson.

> Advice, and experience always welcome... Can I have a packet of experience
> please?

 
 
 

New pond, and pond keeper.

Post by theron.. » Thu, 30 Sep 1999 04:00:00




Quote:
>This must be an FAQ, but my apologies, I don't seem to be able to find one.

>I am getting conflicting reports from friends of mine on starting a new
>pond.
>When the water goes in, how long should I wait before adding fish.
>N.B. I am UK based.
>Some say wait 6 weeks, some say only add a very few small fish or the
>bacteria balance wont start, and others say just start straight away, but
>add the required chemicals. So as you can tell I'm confident of doing the
>right thing..
>Removing the chlorine, is about the only thing that seems to be consistent
>advice.

>Spec
>Apox 600 Imp Galls.
>A 'UV + Filer' unit capable of coping with 1000 Imp Gal.
>An additional, water is pumped in to base of small 'pond',2 foot cube,
>filled with gravel, in line after the 'uv unit', for extra veggie activity,
>and hopefully this bit will never need cleaning.
>3 water falls of about 6 inches each for aeration, and that soothing sound
>in the background while one enjoys a cool drink.

>Hope to inhabit it with goldfish or Koi or both, or three cats if they
>continue to fill the water barren pond area with what cats do best. Haven't
>decided yet.

>--
>Max Wilkinson.

>Advice, and experience always welcome... Can I have a packet of experience
>please?

The following URL has an article on "How to Jump start a Bio-Filter"
using household ammonia.   Doc Johnson, noted Koi/goldfish vet has
endorsed the method.
scroll down the left side frame to the article.

http://members.aol.com/~roark7/

Theron

 
 
 

New pond, and pond keeper.

Post by jan jord » Fri, 01 Oct 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>I am getting conflicting reports from friends of mine on starting a new
>pond. When the water goes in, how long should I wait before adding fish.
>N.B. I am UK based. Some say wait 6 weeks, some say only add a very few small fish or the
>bacteria balance wont start, and others say just start straight away, but
>add the required chemicals. So as you can tell I'm confident of doing the
>right thing..
>Removing the chlorine, is about the only thing that seems to be consistent
>advice.

First I buy two fish and put them in an aquarium and make sure they are
healthy.

Then what I would do: After filling with water I'd put as many plants in as
is visibly pleasing. After the water has cleared from that I'd add the two
fish and wait till Spring. Isn't your water getting a tad cool by now?
~ jan

See my ponds thru the seasons:
http://jjspond.home.att.net/

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