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    8 goldfish, 6 tropicals, 1 beta, 3 algae eaters
  1. I put a UV sterilizer in my container pond because I got so tired of battling the green water. In a matter of days the algae was gone. My water is white or milky. Does anyone know how long it takes for the water to become completey clear? The pond was cycled before I put the uv sterilizer in.
  2. Thanks for the replies. I won't worry about it then. But it is indeed gross. I'm trying to skim it off but it is floating all through the water. Hopefully I can get it filtered out.
  3. I brought the fish in the house 4 weeks ago because of another problem. I have corrected the other problem but not put the fish back outside yet because I am doing a fishless cycle before I put them back out there. The pond is not finished cycling yet. The pollen just started falling 2 or 3 days ago. So I don't know how the pollen will effect them. Thanks for your input.
  4. I have a container pond on my patio that is approx. 350-400 gallons. There is a wooded thicket on the back of my lot with pine trees, oak trees, etc. There is yellow pollen (I guess it's pollen) all over everything, the cars, patio furniture, etc. A neighbor said it comes off the pine trees this time every year. This pollen is getting into my pond water and turning it sorta yellow. Does anyone else have this problem and will it hurt the fish?
  5. I bought a 6 foot dia. stock tank, it's roughly 400 gallons. I'm using it as a patio pond for my goldfish. Ever since I started keeping goldfish I have been looking for a good way to keep the water heated over the winter. I finally found a heater for ponds. They are called Hot Rods. They come on when the water reaches 60 deg. F. I bought one and used it this last spring for awhile until the weather warmed up. Seemed to work well. It's a bit pricey but I think it is going to be worth it. It does not run the electric bill up either. Here's the web site if anyone is interested. Heating Your Pond
  6. I was wondering how you are going to heat your pond?
  7. Your pond is wonderful! So peaceful.
  8. Daniel, the Water Garden web site that your pond picture is in sells what they call a scare crow. It runs on a 9 volt battery and is a motion detector. When a preditor approaches this device sprays water on the preditor. I wonder if something like that would put an end to your racoon problem if you choose to get your barrel going again?
  9. How wonderful of you to buy an injured fish. At least you tried, bless you. So sorry he didn't make it
  10. I have had to salt my tank to 0.3% and my bristlenose pleco tolerated it very well.
  11. If the barrel is located under a shelter, like a porch you might be safe to use acquarium heaters. If it's going to be out in the direct weather then I woudn't. I have tried using acquarium heaters in my porch pond. They never heat the water adequately. The heat escapes. This is why some use the styrafoam tops. I have even contacted TetraTec regarding a heater for outdoor containers and they know of no heater for outdoor use. I expressed a need for one. The deicers are only that, they will keep ice from freezing the top completely, but will not heat the water.
  12. I have searched high and low for a heater that will work for an outside tub/barrel; can't find any. Some are using acquarium heaters and then covering the tub with styrafoam to hold the heat in. I have not tried this because I'm not sure it will work in my climate. I agree with Sandy, I think if you can somehow bring your fish in for the winter it's best.
  13. When I salt my tanks I have been measuring the correct amount of salt and putting it into a clean knee high stocking. Then I just put the stocking into the tank, hanging it from the top of the tank and the salt dissolves very quickly.
  14. I was doing a water change, and did a really stupid thing. I left the room while the water was draining to prepare some new filters and when I looked over at the tank my Oranda, Rusty was stuck to the tube by her wen. I immediately shut the valve and freed her but her wen is torn. A piece of her wen is still attached but is flapping around as she swims. I have put Melafix in the water and I know to keep the water pristine, but do you think I should trim the loose piece of wen. I certainly do not want to stress her right now. Should I add some salt along with the Melafix? She seems fine, she is swimming as she usually does. I feel awful . I know better than to leave the tank while it's draining, but my fish are fairly large and I've never had any mishaps with the python, so I let my guard down. That was a big mistake.
  15. I have a 5 gal., 10 gal., 46 gal., 75 gal., and a 46 gal. porch pond.
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