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  • emme commented on the post, Sick Koi 1 day, 18 hours ago

    Hi Venus,

    It’s the temperature of the air. I’ll add garlic tonight and save mint for next time when it’s warmer. I think the pond not leaking will help the garlic!

  • emme commented on the post, Sick Koi 2 days, 10 hours ago

    We’re still in the process of finding the pond leak but the water level seems to have stabilized. The whole pond has been running on 4 submerged water pumps (waterfall off). The outdoor temperature is quite a bit cooler ~13-15 Celsius in the evening when I’m home. Will the h2O2/garlic/mint treatment still work?

  • emme commented on the post, Sick Koi 6 days, 11 hours ago

    High nitrate levels may become an issue once the leak gets mended eh? We’ll no longer be exchanging fresh water for leaked Nitrate pond water… hmm

  • emme commented on the post, Sick Koi 6 days, 11 hours ago

    I should also add that the higher Nitrate concentration is likely also due to the reduced water level and lack of water topup to dilute… A bit bothersome…..

  • emme commented on the post, Sick Koi 6 days, 11 hours ago

    Haha I’m just pleased the fish are slowly improving. I wasn’t sure we could get this far but I’m glad we persisted.

    The leakage appears to have slowed/paused but we’ll give it several more days to be sure. The water level actually isn’t that low at the moment, but we’ve never let the pond leak this much due to lack of oxygen/waterfall in the…[Read more]

  • emme commented on the post, Sick Koi 6 days, 17 hours ago

    Pond draining in progress. Leak is slowing and 2 new pumps ordered as extras/add-ins if needed. The pond guy came to fix the skimmer today and stick a pump to the skimmer. He was impressed by how much better the koi looked! We sure have come a long way since the beginning and all thanks to you, Venus 😀

  • Provide updates and pictures when they arrive!

  • emme commented on the post, Sick Koi 1 week ago

    Hi Venus,

    With the pond level lowering and waterfall off, I’m noticing several slower areas of the pond. Our pond is around 10,000gallons. 3x1800gph pump + 1x2400gph pump is only 7800gph. Shall we add 1 more 1800gph or 2400gph pump?

  • emme commented on the post, Sick Koi 2 weeks ago

    pH will be above 8!

  • emme commented on the post, Sick Koi 2 weeks ago

    Hmm.. okay! I think the only way to find out would be to start draining and test KH and pH when the waterline is low enough that the waterfall does not work.
    I’ll wait for the new pump to arrive first. I’ve been keeping KH pretty high in preparation for mint/garlic. It should be close to 130-140 today.

  • emme commented on the post, Sick Koi 2 weeks ago

    LOL that’s a lot of crates in the pond!

    We will soon have 3 x 1800gph pumps and 1 x 2400gph pump. Do you think just 4 pumps is enough to oxygenate the whole 10,000gallon pond as it is being drained by the leak? The major pump from the waterfall will be off as the waterfall shuts off when the water level is low

  • emme commented on the post, Sick Koi 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Feeding less has made a huge difference to readings! Ammonia=0.1, Nitrite=0.3, Nitrate=20. Will start treating mint soon.

    By the way, do you have any ideas about our issue with maneuvering the submerged pond pumps without breaking the power cords? Our only way to pull them out of the pond or place them back into the water is by tugging the…[Read more]

  • Uh oh we love shining bright lights directly into the pond when it’s dark and the koi all swarm into the patch of water illuminated by the lights! They doing really see the food otherwise. Hmm…

    Do fish sleep? Some of the koi swim slowly when it’s dark out. Some look like they’re floating/powered off in one spot… is that sleeping or are the…[Read more]

  • emme commented on the post, Sick Koi 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    The leak has gotten larger I think but Ive only been involved with this pond since I started blogging about it!

  • emme commented on the post, Sick Koi 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    Venus,

    If we lay down gravel substrate, will annual vacuuming be enough? Will be get lots of debris there? I need to double check with the pond guy if he has the tools to vacuum the pond floor!

    2 new 1800gph pond pumps will arrive next week. One will be used for extra oxygen and one will be used by the pond guy to fix the filtration system…[Read more]

  • emme commented on the post, Sick Koi 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    *without topping with water

  • emme commented on the post, Sick Koi 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    Nope! Not sure when we should start allowing the water to leak out. Can we do that now that we are stabilizing the cycle and about to add mint?

  • emme commented on the post, Sick Koi 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    Hi Venus,

    I didn’t do a water change, we’ve been topping off the pond with more water than usual. Although, dad did clean out the canister sponges yesterday.
    He will continue to do so… I’m not sure if they’re being converted or not as it appears we do not have enough of the bacteria that converts nitrites to nitrate so we’re still seeing…[Read more]

  • emme commented on the post, Sick Koi 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    Venus,

    The readings today are the same as yesterday (ammonia 0.1, nitrite 0.3-0.8 nitrate~20). I’m dosing with 100mL Prime for 1,000 gallons. Some fish are showing red streaks. We’re topping extra water each day. Do you think we should do a water change? Or allow the fish to tough it out?

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