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  1. Hey everyone - I'm an older memeber who has been gone for a while. I have two ponds and one has a major leak so we had to move everyone to the other pond and my hubby decided to tear the leaking one apart - I've got to stop leaving him home alone! Anyway he wants to make it bigger but I am not sure what to use for a liner. I have always used the heavy duty tarps and they last for years. If we make it bigger, the tarps won't work because I can't find them bigger than what I have used in the past. The largest liner Lowes carries is for a 13x20x18 and is $128. I might go this route, but I am not sure how big he wants to go. What have others used for their ponds?
  2. They seemed so curious in the store, they are still alive and I am watching them closley. Thanks so much and I'll keep you posted as to how they do. Maybe get a picture if they come out of hiding!
  3. Anyone have much experience with Oscars? I bought two last weekend and they are hiding and not eating much. They have a little ick but I am treating that. The ph was high, but I got that undercontrol the day I got them. All my other water tests were good. They are about 2 inches in size. I added salt to help with the move. I have tired the lights on and the lights off. They seem to swim around a bit when we are not in the room, but hide when we come in. Any suggestions?
  4. The pond can not freeze solid and can only be froze on top for a short time. Gases can build up under the ice. I use a stock tank heater in my ponds when the temps do not get above freezing for more than a few days. I do not keep the heaters running all the time because I want the fish to go dormate. Do not feed the fish in the winter as they can not digest food and it will rot in their stomachs. Also, keeping a pump running year round keeps the top from freezing solid if it does not get too cold. Keeping a 100 gallon pond inside should be just like an tank.
  5. if she does have flukes and was in the pond with other fish it is very likely they have them too....and they are in the pond....I am not sure where you are located and what the weather is.....does anyone know if the cold will kill the flukes off?
  6. Yep, both of my ponds I did myself and I used heavey duty tarps as the liner.
  7. Treat her with the prazi, alot of people use it when they get new fish so they don't spread it to their other fish. You can bring a lot of nasty in from the pet store. To treat the bacterial infection feed her the medicated food when you get it. Mine get that now and then and seem to heal up quickly. I have been watching my fish close after losing Angel and one of them had the thin white poo and it cleared up in a few days but I am still feeding medicated food. Keep me posted. Glad I can help.
  8. Prazi - not Plazi Do you know how long it will take to get the meds? Where are you located, maybe someone can get you some before then. The poo sounds like a bacterial infection. See the poop link: http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/GoldfishPoop.html
  9. Good question. I notice as my fish are growing they are producing much more waste and I need to do something with it. What? well i am not sure..... The frogs keep it stirred up too and it keeps the pond very murky. I am considering pumping all of the water out and putting some of it back in after I clean the bottom really well and hopefully not lose my cycle. I hate doing that....... And since I no longer have horses I don't have the stock tanks to store the fish in when I do this....
  10. I would be careful not to over medicate, just my opinion. The salt dips aren't that big of a deal, i freaked a little when I had to do my first one, but it was nothing. She sounds like she is doing better, hopefully you have comforted her. I did the bucket method, it was so much easier to do and I didn't lose my cycle (but it sounds like you don't have one yet). Since the tank is cycling that might be some added stress since she is already ill.
  11. Also, just making sure, you are not using table salt correct? Don't forget to add salt when you do water changes also. How is she doing?
  12. That is beautiful Loz - congratulations! I build my first pond about 7-8 years ago and they never get old. As you may know I put a new smaller one in this past year for my fry.....I want so bad to go bigger, but I just have so much other I need to get done right now, but I will get to it one of these days!
  13. http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/...=15885&hl=Angel Read this - it's really long, but should cover everything if that is what is wrong with her. Sad to say I lost Angel this past weekend - she was pineconeing and I assume had dropsey.
  14. She could have brought them from the fish store. Let me find the link to my thread when I had them......off to search
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