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19 Mar 2017 21:04 #1 by FR85 (Gavin O'Sullivan)
Was away for a week working in Dubai and came back to temp of 12-14 and everything is awake....even the dojo loaches! Wheat germ is going in and they are all buzzing!
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19 Mar 2017 21:27 #2 by robert (robert carter)
Did a big clean on my pond on friday , all ready for the season now , fish are feeding well on protein food , but be careful temps are forcast to drop to 0 deg c for tuesday and wednesday night , so i wont be feeding tomorrow at all, i was hoping we were over the cold nights

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19 Mar 2017 21:32 #3 by nomad (pat murphy)
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I personally wouldnt be feeding yet untill the lowest temperature doesnt drop below around 7 degrees day or night.Take tommorrow night theres supposed to be widespread frost and temperature down to minus 2 and pond fish cant digest at that temperatue and there will be a problem with the very low bacteria count to deal with the load that your subjecting them too.My pond fish are the same with daytime temperatures in the teens recently and are very active but theres another cold spell coming,temperature is fluctuating too much to be safe feeding them for now in my opininion .....

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19 Mar 2017 21:59 #4 by robert (robert carter)
In 30 years of koi keeping cant ever remember a winter like this one with daily temperature flucturating like they have , certainly made it hard to know when to feed . I am just keeping a very close eye on amonia levels , so far they are zero .

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20 Mar 2017 14:00 #5 by FR85 (Gavin O'Sullivan)
Hi Robert,
I too did a clean of the pond excluding a filter clean, vacuum and water change.
Having been away roasting my ass off in the desert tropics I wasn't aware there was to be another drop! Will take them off the wheatgerm for the remainder of the week!!
Will be doing water tests of all tanks and pond tonight

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21 Mar 2017 22:05 #6 by robert (robert carter)
Very little going on in the pond today , temps fell to 7.9 overnight , while they rose to 8.6 during the day reckon they will fall again to night . Forcast for the weekend is much milder so hopefully we get above 10 deg

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22 Mar 2017 23:51 #7 by ger310 (Ger .)
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I started the pond I think around June/july last year so everything that happens up until june/july this year is a new experience for me so just seeing the activity a week ago from the temperature jump was very pleasing I must say......all a bit static again but the months of enjoyment is real near :)

Ger

What do you call a three legged Donkey?

A Wonkey....duh ha :)

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23 Mar 2017 10:09 #8 by robert (robert carter)
Ger , did you use g4 on your pond build , as their is a guy here enquiring about it

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23 Mar 2017 12:52 #9 by FR85 (Gavin O'Sullivan)
Good call on the temp drop warning and feeding the other Day Robert, I looked out the window the other morning and everything was white so I didn't even look in bar to take leaves out!

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23 Mar 2017 13:21 #10 by robert (robert carter)
The temps are forcast to rise this weekend so hopefully can get feeding

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24 Mar 2017 15:11 - 24 Mar 2017 15:11 #11 by FR85 (Gavin O'Sullivan)
Will be on standby. Again, this morning even though last night was cold the water was still in and around 9
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24 Mar 2017 17:40 #12 by robert (robert carter)
Its looking good for the weekend , lots of work planned for the garden

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26 Mar 2017 13:40 #13 by FR85 (Gavin O'Sullivan)
Lot of activity including algea.....blargh it's all coming back!
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26 Mar 2017 14:53 #14 by FR85 (Gavin O'Sullivan)
Algea below! First pic didn't load
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26 Mar 2017 20:20 #15 by robert (robert carter)
Algae , funny stuff , dont ever get a problem with this in the pond, but struggle constantly with it in all my tanks . Is it algae or blankit weed ?

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27 Mar 2017 11:24 #16 by FR85 (Gavin O'Sullivan)
Ah just back on the computer and I see the pics didn't load!
It's string algea and it's clingling to plants.

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27 Mar 2017 13:07 - 27 Mar 2017 13:08 #17 by robert (robert carter)
So its called blankit weed , guess the pond gets a lot of sun .The only thing i found that would clear it is a product called BLANC -KIT EXCEL work great just keep an eye on your filters as the weed dies it gets sucked into the filters so check to ensure they dont get blocked . Only ever found this product on ebay. Just checked ebay and it is available
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18 Apr 2017 15:45 #18 by FR85 (Gavin O'Sullivan)
Sorry Robert! I didn't see this reply! I don't want to use anything too extreme because I have heard using some of these products can mess with oxygen levels and kill orfe...of which I have two if.....

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18 Apr 2017 19:37 #19 by robert (robert carter)
Blankit is a very safe product will not harm any fish . On a slightly different note having to replace the pump that runs the trickle tower , it wont restart if powered off .

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01 May 2017 12:00 #20 by robert (robert carter)
This is a crazy year water temp are still not up above 11 deg , bearing feeding my koi , it the past have started feeding on St Patricks day , so now reckon the season is about 6 weeks behind . Is anyones pond fish feeding ?

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01 May 2017 19:40 #21 by nomad (pat murphy)
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Only feeding a few pellets the odd day as the fish come over when they see me looking for food but when i throw some pellets in they eat a few but are not ravinious yet.Also done a filter clean on the filter that i kept running throughout the winter,i threw in some bio balls bacteria to give it a boost so another reason i,m feeding little.Theres too much of a swing between day and night temps to be feeding full on IMO.

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02 May 2017 14:12 #22 by FR85 (Gavin O'Sullivan)
Mine has been hitting 11-15 and I suspect judging by today that it may rocket. The inhabitants have been going mad for wheatgerm and I popped in some flake last night.....that didn't last too long.

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02 May 2017 15:14 #23 by robert (robert carter)
What we need now is five months of good high stable temps in order to put some growth on

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02 May 2017 22:07 #24 by FR85 (Gavin O'Sullivan)
Plants are coming on nicely too!
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03 May 2017 07:42 #25 by robert (robert carter)
There is i guy on here from cork looking for advise on plants maybe you might be able to help

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03 May 2017 15:22 #26 by FR85 (Gavin O'Sullivan)
Send me on a link as if he was willing to travel he could take some cut off's and have a mug of tea! I'm not sure of the type I have, there are a few there that seem to be idiot proof and assisting in water quality.....so much so that I'm not running UV and as of yet I don't have pea soup.

I may regret those words!!! :) Image attached of some greenery and fish eating
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03 May 2017 15:22 #27 by FR85 (Gavin O'Sullivan)
Images won't attach, I give up!!!

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03 May 2017 15:52 #28 by robert (robert carter)
Hi ,his forum name is m-sb .

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03 May 2017 16:27 #29 by FR85 (Gavin O'Sullivan)
I've done a site search of pond, plants, pond plants, m-sb....I cannot find him! Hopefully he'll read this and fine me!!!

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03 May 2017 17:57 - 03 May 2017 17:58 #30 by nomad (pat murphy)
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www.irishfishkeepers.com/forum/35-wanted...for-fish-pond#194106 heres the link scroll up the page to the first post.
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