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Robyn's Pond Newsletter October 2009

Last Updated: 2/17/14

Introduction and Miscellaneous:

I have decided to change things. It seems that Issue 100 is a good time to make a major change. First, this Yahoo list of my text pond newsletters is done (at least for now); this is the last message. If you have suggestions of what to do with this group, let me know. I will now be sending out a newsletter just four times a year (the first Saturdays of September, December, March, and June). The new, smaller HTML newsletters will be for the entire Fishpondinfo site and not specific to ponds although they certainly will include pond things in them. In order to get the new newsletter, you must sign up. Go to http://www.fishpondinfo.com/news.htm and follow the directions. If you already signed up before 9/12/09, you should have already gotten the first issue. I will continue to put newsletters (now in an HTML form) on the newsletter directory shortly after they are sent out but it will be a simpler form since I cannot figure out how to copy the HTML out of the e-mails.

This old newsletter has really become just "Happenings at Robyn's Ponds." That will continue but now in an on-line blog form instead of in the monthly newsletters. I will update it weekly. You can visit whenever you want at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/pondblog/index.htm to see what is going on. In addition to happenings, I will interject photos, links, etc. in the blog as well. This new blog is really what my old newsletters have become. Perhaps because the newsletters have been too personal, I normally only get one response (usually a question) per newsletter from members. All good (and bad) things come to end so this is a good time for Robyn's Pond Newsletter as it has existed to die.

With the new pages, Fishpondinfo now has over 600 separate HTML files.

Happy Birthday to Fishpondinfo which turns seven tomorrow (10/4/09)! My web site is actually 12 years old as it was hosted at my college's web site for the first five years.

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

1. http://www.fishpondinfo.com/pondblog/index.htm -
My pond happenings will now be recorded in this new blog.

2. http://pub40.bravenet.com/classified/show.php?usernum=3412196558 -
This is a Fishpondinfo classifieds page where you can post things wanted or for sale.

3. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fishpondinfo/88362307299?v=feed&story_fbid=88499443718 -
The Fishpondinfo Facebook page. I am not sure what to do with it but it is the "in" thing.

4. http://www.fishpondinfo.com/pictures2.htm -
I linked in three photos of a bullfrog eating a bird and Phillip's bullfrog under frogs, two photos of blackflies under insects, and Roj's pond and a great blue heron at a pond at the very bottom of the page for a total of 8 photos added.

5. http://www.fishpondinfo.com/myfish/bigpondphotos2.htm - (URL changed to a new directory in 2014)
There are three new pictures of the big pond under Summer 2009 of my new stepping stone, the pond with water lettuce, and the pile of water lettuce debris.

Major site changes will be included in the new newsletters. Small changes (namely pond photo additions) will now be noted weekly in the pond blog.

New Pages on Pond Showcase:

Any new Pond Showcase pages will be included in the new newsletters.

Happenings at Robyn's Ponds:

This information can be found in my first pond blog entry at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/pondblog/0909.htm as well as here.

1. On 9/6/09, I squirted off the flosses and the bioballs. The 1800 gallon was at 70 degrees F and the 153 gallon at 72 degrees F. I've been meaning to make a graph of the temperatures in my pond through all these years but never have. I cut down the yellow flag iris that regrew in the overflow area and tried to cut some of the rice cut grass which, even with gloves, was not fun. The hardy cannas keep falling down as they are so top heavy this time of the year. I removed six buckets of water lettuce.

2. Although not directly pond-related, on 9/9/09, a male peacock showed up on our property. He only stayed for the day (so far) but there was a chance I might have gotten a photo of a peacock by my pond. You can see photos of him at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/birds/peafowl.htm

3. On 9/13/09, I squirted off the flosses and the Cyprio biothings in the kiddie pool. The 1800 gallon was at 68 degrees F and the 153 gallon at 70 degrees F. I removed four buckets full of water lettuce from the pond's surface. I put some fertilizer in the waterlilies only, the last time this year. I cut down some yellowing leaves of the hardy cannas. They are top heavy this time of the year and keep falling over.

4. On 9/20/09, I squirted off the flosses. The 1800 gallon was at 64 degrees F and the 153 gallon at 66 degrees F. I took out 9 buckets of water lettuce. I put up the mosaic pond on the front porch for the year. There was a dead house finch in the 153 gallon pond!! I put out two new pond-related stepping stones.

5. On 9/27/09, I squirted off the flosses and the Cyprio things in the filter. The 1800 gallon was at 64 degrees F and the 153 gallon at 65 degrees F at 10 am. I only removed four buckets of water lettuce this day. I put the nets on the pond as next weekend (when the nets are due to go on), I'm going to the koi show so I'll have less time. The 153 gallon got a new net. It has much smaller holes, and it's white. It's very obtrusive. My mother doesn't like it and thinks it looks like a giant spider's web so she's going to find a big fake spider for it.

Pond Tidbits:

I've always struggled to find pond tidbits so they will no longer be included in the new newsletter but may be interjected within my pond blog.

Web Sites of Interest:

Pond web sites of interest (that are new) will be mentioned in my pond blog. Larger sites may be mentioned on occasion in my newsletters.

Good bye everyone! It was fun while it lasted.

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