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Robyn's Pond Newsletter July 2009

Last Updated: 2/14/14

Introduction and Miscellaneous:

If you have something pond-related that you want to share (information, jokes, web sites, pond secrets and tidbits, something pond-related for sale), let me know, and I will add it to the next newsletter. What topics would you like me to cover? Do you have a question that I can answer or pose to others in the next newsletter?

Happy Fourth of July! I am sending this newsletter out a day early because my aunt wants us to go to her house tomorrow night.

My lizard, Iggy, died on 6/25/09 from injuries from my cat. The full story can be read on his page. I dedicate this newsletter to Igster and to Michael Jackson who made my horrible middle school years a little more bearable. I'll miss you both.

Significantly Altered or New Pond Web Pages, Photos, or Videos on Fishpondinfo:

1. http://www.fishpondinfo.com/myfish/bigpondphotos2.htm - (URL changed to a new directory in 2014)
I added in eight new photos of iris flowers, watercress, water celery, and the entire pond.

2. http://www.fishpondinfo.com/myfish/amphphotos.htm - (URL changed to a new directory in 2014)
Under frogs for 2009 is a photo of a morphing wood frog with all its legs and its tail still there.

3. http://www.fishpondinfo.com/birds/birdsofprey.htm -
Under hawks, Jim shares a story about a hawk that visited his pond.

4. http://www.fishpondinfo.com/pictures2.htm -
Under frogs is a photo that Phillip sent of three bullfrogs together.

New Pages on Pond Showcase:

1. None this month.

Happenings at Robyn's Ponds:

1. On 6/7/09, I squirted off the flosses. I squirted the Cyprio biothings in the filter (not removed). The 1800 gallon pond was at 70 degrees F and the 153 gallon at 68 degrees F. The goldfish have pretty much destroyed all the submerged plants in the "submerged plant protectors." They just don't work. You'd think I'd learn by now that they're useless, and the fish had a very expensive snack.

I got a 0.75" adapter for the Mag-Drive that goes to the Cyprio filter. You guessed it! It doesn't fit! It's too big! The 0.75" hose was too small to fit over the output. The 1" hose was too big. It looks like I need a 0.50" FPT connector to a 0.75" barbed connector. Do I dare try to find one!

I cut down the yellow flag iris that is growing in the overflow area of the pond. Why? It's over the liner and may be putting a hole in there if it hasn't already. It blocks a lot of light to the frog fruit (that is a type of plant), water forget-me-nots, and marginals near there. I let it flower each year and then cut it down. I figure the wheelbarrow worth of leaves that I remove it kind of like cleaning out the filter. It will grow back. I usually cut it down three times a year.

2. On the morning of 6/11/09, I found a dead 2.5" male rosy red minnow in the 153 gallon pond. He was in full breeding mode with white tubercles on his muzzle and a pad on top of his head. There was some abdominal bruising. I am not sure if another male beat him up, a predator beat him up, or he died from the weather the night before. We've been having rain and storms pretty much daily for weeks now (very unusual). The storm that night dumped 1.5 inches of rain in about 20 minutes. There was standing water all over. The sudden influx of a lot of water to a pond can cause problems such as a drop in the pH, drop in the hardness and alkalinity, and a drop in the oxygen levels. Given the right conditions in smaller ponds mostly, those can be deadly.

3. On 6/14/09, I squirted off the flosses and bioballs. The bioball and lava rock bags were very heavy with pond slop. The 1800 gallon pond was at 76 degrees F and the 153 gallon was at 73 degrees F. That morning, I saw a newly morphed wood frog hopping across the grass about 30 feet from the tub pond. He/she was so cute!

4. The morning of 6/19/09, the goldfish were spawning again. This time, they were spawning at the intake of the MagDrive 700 pump which feeds the Cyprio filter. They disconnected the pump from the tubing. So, adding to my late-to-work day, I had to put on my hip waders and get in to reconnect the pump.

5. On 6/21/09, I squirted off the flosses and the Cyprio biothings in the kiddie pool. The 1800 gallon pond was at 75 degrees F and the 153 gallon at 71 degrees F. I fertilized the water lilies and lotus but not really the marginals. I got the new connector to try on the Cyprio. It actually fits although not well. The threaded part only screws on a single turn (an inch worth of threads are beyond that). I put the new connector on but am using it with the existing tubing for now.

I found a dead goldfish down the hill that was out of sight. It was a 11.5" female orange common goldfish. She was full of eggs. She had a single minor bruise but no other injuries. She had been dead at least a day because she was full of a million newly-hatched maggots. I think she may have jumped out of the pond during spawning. A predator would have done more damage or tried to eat her.

6. I took off work on 6/22/09. After almost four hours and 5.5 loads of mulch, I finally finished mulching the rest of the area around my 1800 gallon pond. This is the first time in a few years that the west side of the pond was fully weeded and mulched. Yippee! It's too bad that all the other gardens are just weed piles!

7. I was supposed to do the pond chores on 6/28/09 but I was in the hospital from 6/26/09 to 6/28/09. So, I did the pond chores on 6/30/09 instead around 11 am. The 1800 gallon pond was at 73 degrees F and the 153 gallon at 69 degrees F. I squirted off the flosses. I released some of the water lettuce and water hyacinth out of the protector it is in as they had filled it up and are finally growing. I cut a lot of the mint out of the 153 gallon pond since it was covering so much of the pond that I could barely see it any more. Because I had been out of commission, and the rains finally stopped, the water levels were low in all the ponds. It was low enough in the 1800 gallon pond that a doe (deer) must have walked right on in and ate 90% of the leaves off of my Albata white water lily. I filled the ponds back up. The marginal plants in the 1800 gallon pond that were added this spring are not doing so well partly because of the shade now created by the lizard tail which is in full bloom and then flopped over.

Pond Tidbits:

1. None this month.

Web Sites of Interest:

1. None this month.

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