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Robyn's Pond Newsletter November 2008

Last Updated: 2/17/14

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?

My mother had to rescue a very sick kitten. So, we now have six cats. You can read about Barney at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/cats/barney.htm

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

1. http://www.fishpondinfo.com/myfish/bigpondphotos1.htm - (URL changed to a new directory in 2014)
Under Fall 2008 are six photos of the 1800 gallon pond on 10/5/08. I took photos with the net off and with the full net put on.

2. http://www.fishpondinfo.com/myfish/fishphotos.htm - (URL changed to a new directory in 2014)
Under Fall 2008, there are three photos of the koi, orfe, and goldfish in my 1800 gallon pond on 10/5/08 while the net was off.

3. http://www.fishpondinfo.com/myfish/otherpondphotos.htm - (URL changed to a new directory in 2014)
Under Fall 2008 are two photos of the 153 gallon pond area.

4. http://www.fishpondinfo.com/pictures2.htm -
At the very bottom are four photos of bryozoans.

New Pages on Pond Showcase:

1. None this month.

Happenings at Robyn's Ponds:

1. On 10/5/08, I changed the floss (filter material around the pump). I also exchanged the old bag of AmmoCarb for a new batch. The 1800 gallon was at 60 degrees F and the 153 gallon at 64 degrees F. I squirted off the Cyprio biothings in a kiddie pool. The next time I do that, I will be putting the filter up for the year.

I removed the two stalks of bluebells from the 1800 gallon pond. With some bending, I got them in to a one gallon pot with Aquatic Plant Media and topped with aquarium gravel. I put in one fertilizer pill and installed the large bluebells in to the 50 gallon basement pond for the winter. The bluebells have flower buds on them that may not open indoors (they never did). Only the tropical canna and tropical waterlily remain outside but will come in in a few weeks.

I moved the net from the 1800 gallon pond to the 153 gallon pond and area. I put the big net over the entire 1800 gallon pond. I had considered waiting an extra week but then it was windy earlier this week, and the leaves started to end up in the pond.

2. On 10/8/08, when I got home from work, the tubing from the Mag-Drive 700 pump to the Cyprio filter was detached. I had to haul out the hip waders, pull back the net, get in, re-attach it, and put everything back the way it was, all while being given orders by my 3-year-old niece to do other things.

3. On 10/12/08, I squirted off the flosses and didn't do much. The 1800 gallon pond was at 58 degrees F and the 153 gallon at 63 degrees F. I cut down some more marginals, mostly two dwarf cattails which were mostly yellow.

4. On 10/19/08, I squirted off the flosses and not much else. The 1800 gallon was down to 52 degrees F and the 153 gallon to 57 degrees F. This was the first day that the fish did not get any food this fall. It was supposed to go down to freezing by the next morning. I was running late since the new kitten, Barney, almost died and had to go the emergency vet. Plus, I had some kind of food intolerance/poisoning with fever and intestinal cramping. So, I wasn't up for much physical labor. I didn't cut the yellowed marginals, bring in the tropical canna, or tear down the Cyprio filter for the year. I hope to do those next week.

5. I took off 10/21/08 to bring in the tropical house plants for the winter. It took over five hours! I also brought in the last tropical pond plant, the yellow tropical water canna. It was still huge and green so I put it in the basement pond instead of cutting it down and storing in sphagnum moss. If it dies back, I may do that later. I took out the one gallon pot of dwarf papyrus which has been 100% dead for weeks. The canna's pot is two gallons and sat all the way on the bottom. It takes up a lot of room.

6. Despite being almost pass out sick, I did the pond chores on 10/26/08. It took me twice as long as normal. The 1800 gallon was at 52 degrees F and the 153 gallon at 57 degrees F. I squirted off the flosses. I removed what leaves that I could from the net which was sunken in to the water from the leaf weight and heavy rain the day before. Among the wads of leaves, I found two cold green frogs who I put under the net. I rinsed all the parts of the Cyprio filter and set them all in the kiddie pool to dry so that system is out of the pond for the year. I did not cut the yellow marginals down due to how weak I was and how late it was getting. I hope to do that next week. It wasn't until I was at work the next day writing this that I realized that I was supposed to have squirted off the bioballs too! I forgot. That would have finished me off. It will have to wait until next week. I also need to bring in all the dewhickeys and would have started today. I need the bathtub free to dry them, and Barney is in there with his bed.

Pond Tidbits:

1. One person responded to my request for tidbits. Even though we follow different methods, here are her tips:
" I am also one of those that does not clean out the big bio-filter except maybe every couple years. I have filter medium in my skimmer box that is used as a pre-filter which I spray with the hose every couple weeks. The sludge that comes off is DISGUSTING, to say the least! I think the pre-filter and the skimmer box really aid in keeping my pond clean. I use Carefree Pond Products SLUDGE EATER once a week (good bacteria) and the Pondcare Algaefix when I get a flare up of string algae - usually only in the spring. I swear by these 2 products."

2. From a "Shoe" cartoon:
"Define the following: algebra.
Support underwear for green pond scum."

Web Sites of Interest:

1. None this month.

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