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Robyn's Pond Blog for January 2017

Last Updated: 2/5/17

1. It was a balmy 50 degrees F on 1/1/17. I worked outside for about three hours. The 1800 gallon pond was at 44 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 42 degrees F. I squirted off the main filter floss. I topped off the ponds, put in additives, collected just a few leaves, and cut out (and mowed over) some of the weeds around the 153/50/20 gallon pond garden.

2. On 1/8/17, the temperature was about 12 degrees F at dawn and windy. At 2:30 pm, the air was a nice 20 degrees F. The 1800 gallon pond's thermometer was frozen in ice. The one in the 153 gallon pond read 38 degrees F. Aside from looking at the ponds, I did nothing. It was too cold!

3. On 1/15/17, the air temperature was up to 40 degrees F so I could do some pond work. The 1800 gallon pond was at 42 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 43 degrees F. I got in the 1800 gallon pond and took out the filter floss to squirt it down. I also squirted down the bioballs. There were four pickerel frogs in the biofilter. I changed the Ammocarb in the filter. I found a dead two inch green frog in the main pond which I removed. The air stone broke off so I had to put in a new one.

4. On 1/22/17, the weather wasn't too bad but I didn't need to get in the pond. The 1800 gallon pond was at 48 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 44 degrees F. A few frogs were out already, and the snow drops have started to bloom as it has been very abnormally warm. I added water to the ponds that needed it, and that was about it.

5. On 1/29/17, it was 40 degrees F and windy outside. The 1800 gallon pond was at 42 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 44 degrees F. I squirted off the filter flosses. I added water and additives and removed some leaves from the ponds. It was too cold to do more.


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