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#1 Alc ONLINE  

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 07:57 PM

We let the goldfish pond get so dirty the only way to clean all the dirt and junk off the bottom was to empty it and replace the water .Wanted to save as much water as possible so I watered some and the rest saved in 2 plastic drums . Guessing the pond holds about 700 gl . I just used a ratchet binder to keep the drums from falling off , didn't lift it to far off the ground , the filter should be able to keep it clear now , I,ll take some pictures ( hope it's clear ) tomorrow .

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 08:09 PM

We have a small 100 gallon hard plastic pond, and yes, it can be a chore cleaning them. We just have 3 Koi in ours.

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 08:26 PM

I have wanted a pond for so long. Unfortunately, Wisconsin weather wouldn't make that so easy. Do you keep it heated in winter or move the fish inside?

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 08:38 PM

Do you keep it heated in winter or move the fish inside?

the pond is about 3' at the deepest spot , we have a 100 watt floating heater that has a hole in the center that will keep a spot open for the ammonia gases the fish produce for it to escape . This past year was so mild we didn't use the heater , it didn't freeze over , the small air pump kept 2 spots opened all winter .

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 09:30 PM

My little pond is only 20" or so deep. It freezes up to 3" thick or more, and the Koi do fine. No pump running either, and no heater. Never lost a fish in the winter.

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 09:34 PM

Very nice pond Al. I'd like to see photos when you get it all cleaned up, I'll bet it's nice.

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 09:43 PM

I managed to get ours cleaned the other week, not a job I enjoy. Ours is a little bit smaller than Alcs, more like a 500 gallon. This year I had to pump out about half the water to get to the bottom. Seems my 4 year old had lots of fun throwing rocks and brick in over the winter. I was kind of curious how he did it, some of the stones weighed more than him. I never tried a heater, I usually keep my fountain pump running to keep an air hole open. I always liked it in the spring when its warm enough to open a window and hear the water in the house. Shorty

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 10:00 PM

Nice job Al, The fish will be very happy in their clean home. Do you acclimatize them to the new water?

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Posted April 08, 2012 - 04:21 AM

Hey Al,nice pond.

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Posted April 08, 2012 - 05:00 AM

Nice pond, I'll be over with the fishing pole! :bigrofl:

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Posted April 08, 2012 - 05:28 AM

Nice pond, I'll be over with the fishing pole! :bigrofl:




Hey,there's fishing ? I'll be there too. :laughingteeth: :laughingteeth: :laughingteeth: :laughingteeth: :laughingteeth:

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Posted April 08, 2012 - 06:34 AM

Looks like you have a nice pond there Al. Dont let them guys get to close with their poles though, they will clean you right out. No ponds for us as we are setting just off over 2000 acres of water. The bluegills are starting to come up towards the dock and my fisherman Kathy is just a itchin to be fishin!!

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Posted April 08, 2012 - 06:45 AM

Nice looking pond. We have a tiny pond about half that size with a cascading water fall that took me days to set up. We had goldfish in ours but sadly the racoons visited one night and scooped out all but 1 of the fish and only took a bite out of each one, leaving them strewn about the area. My wife was not happy about that. That was a few years ago and now she's talking about building a larger and deeper pond in the same area. The water from the pond has some nutrients in it and we usually water plants with it when we do a major clean out.

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Posted April 08, 2012 - 09:00 AM

The water is pretty clear , just some foam on the surface , The water fall will need the rocks straightened and we were thinking of maybe a bog too . Always something to do.

Do you acclimatize them to the new water?

No , we just filled some 10 gl buckets with the water from the rain containers , they seem to be OK , Al

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Posted April 08, 2012 - 10:39 AM

Looks great Al.




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