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Robyn's Pond Blog for June 2014

Last Updated: 7/3/14

1. On 6/1/14, I did pond chores. The 1800 gallon pond was at 71 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 64 degrees F. I changed the main filter floss material and squirted all the other filter flosses. I fertilized the albata and chromatella lilies.

2. My last indoor goldfish, Legolas, a male fantail in my 65 gallon tank was dead when I came home on 6/4/14. He developed dropsy just in the last few days. I got him 10 years ago. He was 9" long with 5.5" of that being his body.

3. When I walked to the pond to feed the fish the morning of 6/5/14, there was the heron! He/she was not that scared; I had to run after him/her to get him/her to fly away. I think the fish may have been spawning again and prime pickings for a heron. Also, I only saw two of my three orfe. He may have got one although orfe are fast.

4. On 6/8/14, I did pond chores. The 1800 gallon was at 74 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 68 degrees F. I squirted all the filter materials and also the Cyprio biothings which were really very dirty.

5. I did some pond work on 6/15/14. The 1800 gallon was at 74 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 68 degrees F. I squirted all the flosses. I changed the bag of oyster shell. I cut down the yellow flag iris in the overflow. I ran the hedge trimmer along the pond paths. I then mulched more around the pond (never to finish it seems) for two hours, putting in four bags of mulch on the west side.

6. I found a dead goldfish on 6/19/14, a male 9.5" common orange goldfish. There was no obvious cause of death but we had had two major thunderstorms come through in the last day. Also, the deer got in the pond since I cut down the yellow flag iris in the overflow. They walked in further than they ever have eating down one of my two lizard tail plants right before they flowered. They decimated the plants in the overflow but those were mostly yellow flag iris which they usually don't like and water celery which they love but I have a ton of it. Unfortunately, they also damaged my aquatic forget-me-nots of which I have few left.

7. On 6/22/14, I did pond work. The 1800 gallon was at 73 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 69 degrees F. I squirted off all the filters and the bioballs. I changed the PondMaster filters. The pickerel rush is blooming. The deer really did a number on the yellow flag iris in the overflow. I put seeds there around 1999 and regretted it but never pulled out the iris for fear of ripping the liner. I do cut it back three times a year though. Well, the deer literally ripped most of the tubers out, doing my work for me. I just wish they hadn't also eaten the lizard tail and forget-me-nots. I don't care that they ate the water celery as it wasn't supposed to be in that spot anyway. It's in the waterfall area which they've already eaten down. I removed the loose pieces of iris and tossed them.

8. On 6/29/14, I squirted all the pond filters and did the usual chores. The 1800 gallon pond was at 78 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 70 degrees F. I fertilized the waterlilies, lotus, and bluebells but none of the marginals (many were recently repotted anyway). I have buds on my Chromatella water lily so I may get my first flowers soon. I don't know why I'm always so behind everyone else getting flowers! The pickerel rush, lizard tail, and hardy canna are in bloom.


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