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  1. Thread: Out of ideas

    by Wolfhound
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    Last spring my fish were flashing occasionally...

    Last spring my fish were flashing occasionally and I suspected gill flukes so I treated with prazi. I don't remember them jumping but they flashed and shimmied like crazy for a day or two following...
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    I'm no expert but when I was reading about pt...

    I'm no expert but when I was reading about pt wood around a pond the general consensus seemed to be that the new PT wood might leach a little copper but not enough to cause any problems. Old PT wood...
  3. The one thing I wouldn't do is drain the pond and...

    The one thing I wouldn't do is drain the pond and do a complete clean out. You might just create a whole new set of problems for yourself.
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    Beautiful pics Fintastic!

    Beautiful pics Fintastic!
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    They do. My bluebonnets grew all winter. They're...

    They do. My bluebonnets grew all winter. They're already 12' tall!
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    Those pics are just heartbreaking! How low...

    Those pics are just heartbreaking!

    How low does the water temp have to get before it's too cold for koi? (not something we deal with down here)
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    I don't understand all of what's going on in this...

    I don't understand all of what's going on in this thread but...

    Forget the weathermen...Orioles arrived here today. Now it's officially spring for us. Shouldn't be long for you folks up north.
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    I don't think anyone is asking you to. Just...

    I don't think anyone is asking you to. Just giving personal experience. When I asked this question some people pm'd me that it works for them, they didn't want to get into a debate about it. I have...
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    I don't have links but I read differing articles....

    I don't have links but I read differing articles. Some saying it was the H2O2, others saying it basically caused a bacterial bloom which consumed the nutrients and starved the algae. Either way, I...
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    I used barley straw last year. It didn't seem to...

    I used barley straw last year. It didn't seem to do anything good or bad. I ended up tossing it after a month or so and using pp to fix the algae problem.
  11. Thread: Koi sketches

    by Wolfhound
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    Well between the name Sarah and putting effort...

    Well between the name Sarah and putting effort into get wedding invitations just right, I'd say yes.



    Great Job and Congrats!
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    Millbergers Nursery gets some decent koi. I...

    Millbergers Nursery gets some decent koi. I believe they are blackwater creek premium grade koi, but that's just a guess. They just have a couple of tubs so there won't be a big selection....
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    Reduce it to half that and they just might start...

    Reduce it to half that and they just might start killing each other. Have good filtration/aeration, pack them in, and keep up with water changes is my approach to African cichlids.
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    Look great and definitely not overstocked as...

    Look great and definitely not overstocked as others said. I always kept clown loaches in with my African cichlids and never had any aggression problems. I don't know why the cichlids tend to ignore...
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    Maybe because plastic bio balls are the most...

    Maybe because plastic bio balls are the most commonly used biomedia, hence the main competition. The idea that for decades the thousands upon thousands of wet/dry filters with plastic bio balls out...
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    About 50% of it will float at first but after a...

    About 50% of it will float at first but after a week or two it all eventually sinks. It is still very light after it sinks so back flushing would be easy. I have some from when I was trying...
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    Has anyone used hydroton as a biomedia? Seems...

    Has anyone used hydroton as a biomedia? Seems like it would be just as effective and a whole lot cheaper.
  18. My water temp can get well into the 90's during...

    My water temp can get well into the 90's during summer. The koi don't seem to mind at all. I think with shade you would not have any trouble with temps. If they have dry desert air over there then...
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    In the pond I have an albino channel, 2 redtail...

    In the pond I have an albino channel, 2 redtail cats, and a tiger shovelnose hybrid. Pics here...
    http://www.koiphen.com/forums/showthread.php?141278-One-of-my-cats&highlight=

    I'm growing out 2...
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    Mine do the same. I tried putting in floating...

    Mine do the same. I tried putting in floating pellets first to distract the koi so the bottom feeders could get the more expensive sinking food but the koi forget about the floating food and head...
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    Thanks. I tried the microb-lift...it doesn't...

    Thanks. I tried the microb-lift...it doesn't sink.

    I found Jehmco has HBH Super Cichlid sinking pellet for a little over $5/lb. I'll probably give those a try. Seems decent...

    HBH SUPER CICHLID...
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    Here's a pic (not mine) of a giraffe and ripsaw...

    Here's a pic (not mine) of a giraffe and ripsaw cat. You can see their mouths aren't designed to do anything except feed off the bottom.
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    Most of my cats have learned to feed off the...

    Most of my cats have learned to feed off the surface but I have some that I'm growing out (ripsaw and giraffe catfish) that are strictly bottom feeders. I've tried training them to floating pellets...
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    Thanks. Looks like a good quality food. I was...

    Thanks. Looks like a good quality food. I was hoping to find something decent in the $3-4/lb range. It's cheaper than the tropical pellets I've been buying so I will keep it in mind.
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    Sinking Koi Pellets

    Does anyone know of a decent quality sinking pellet that isn't too expensive? I need sinking pellets to feed my catfish and other bottom feeders but the sinking catfish pellets they sell at the feed...
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    Well if your drought continues they will ask...

    Well if your drought continues they will ask everyone to use less water and then raise rates because people are using less water.

    Like this......
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    Looks like ludwigia to me.

    Looks like ludwigia to me.
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    I wish I could have sturgeon but they would never...

    I wish I could have sturgeon but they would never survive a Texas summer. Be sure and post pics if you get some.
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    Great pics...first I've seen of ones large enough...

    Great pics...first I've seen of ones large enough that their body shape is starting to change.

    Maybe someday you can get them to full adulthood...
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    Picked up these guys I stumbled across at an LFS....

    Picked up these guys I stumbled across at an LFS. They are Dolphin Barbs (Bangana behri).

    http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5540/11969001643_5aa4758e00_z.jpg


    Here's a pic of an adult...
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    I'd love to but that's a hard fish to find.

    I'd love to but that's a hard fish to find.
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    http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5536/10528896686_834...

    http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5536/10528896686_8345ae8332_z.jpg

    http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3715/10528878925_25dc528c9a_z.jpg

    http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3725/10528878465_339b2f9807_z.jpg
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    Some more night pics of the cats... ...

    Some more night pics of the cats...

    http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5475/10528933714_b3ca619119_z.jpg

    http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3721/10528933254_f50499b6ea_z.jpg
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  34. Thread: Pond Covers

    by Wolfhound
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    You can get greenhouse film...

    You can get greenhouse film
    http://www.growerssupply.com/farm/supplies/prod1;gs_greenhouse_films;pg108654.html

    Some people also use the solar pool covers...
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    He and my other catfish all have learned to eat...

    He and my other catfish all have learned to eat koi pellets off the surface. Then I give them shrimp a couple of times a week to make sure they stay full.
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    He's probably around 28" now. I don't know how...

    He's probably around 28" now. I don't know how old he is. I got him in march and he was around 16-18". This is him in march before I put him in the pond
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    One of my cats

    I was trying to take some night pics but my redtail cat/tiger shovelnose hybrid was the only one bold enough to come up close enough to the camera for a clear picture.
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    No gas but I have a wood burning heater I made......

    No gas but I have a wood burning heater I made...

    http://www.koiphen.com/forums/showthread.php?121640-Swimming-Pool-To-Pond-Build/page4

    It works very well but without a good pond cover to hold...
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    Ok, your description sounded a lot like the blue...

    Ok, your description sounded a lot like the blue green algae I had a problem with. It was caused by a lack of nitrates but if your nitrates are at 10 then it probably isn't the same stuff.
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    What is your nitrate level?

    What is your nitrate level?
  41. Before the pp treatments panyhose would have...

    Before the pp treatments panyhose would have worked to catch the bluegreen algae although the volume of it would have clogged it up in minutes. The pp treatments have broken it down into particles...
  42. I've only had enough water to backwash the filter...

    I've only had enough water to backwash the filter once per day for the past 6 days. Prior to that we were taking our laundry to the laundromat and eating off paper plates to avoid washing dishes.
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  43. My well can barely keep up with backwashing once...

    My well can barely keep up with backwashing once per day so unfortunately I can't do more. The waste water looks like mud water so it's pulling a lot out each time.

    Thanks for getting to the jist...
  44. :no: Upgrading my filtration won't do anything to...

    :no: Upgrading my filtration won't do anything to end the drought that we are experiencing. It's hard to run a 25000 gallon pond without water, no matter what type of filtration there is.
  45. Right now I'm just trying to get the water clear...

    Right now I'm just trying to get the water clear enough to see the bottom. I'm sure their is some debris down there.
  46. Not that I have noticed. My fish seem oblivious...

    Not that I have noticed. My fish seem oblivious to all of this. It's just me that's stressed.
  47. Ok found this on using ORP for pp treatments......

    Ok found this on using ORP for pp treatments...
    http://www.koiclay.com/page6.htm

    The water was such a dark brown that I used h2o2 (1/2 qt per 1000g) to clear it up some so I'll wait until Friday...
  48. I have an ORP meter I used for my reef tanks,...

    I have an ORP meter I used for my reef tanks, never used it for the pond though. What is the method for using it to do pp treatments? I am mechanically removing as much as the bead filter will trap...
  49. POtassium Permanganate - How Much is too much?

    I'm trying to clean up my water with pp treatments after having to bypass my bead filter over the summer because of the drought. Saturday I dosed enough for 6 ppm and have dosed 3-4 ppm daily since...
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    I got it at a chemistry store in San Antonio.

    I got it at a chemistry store in San Antonio.
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