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    I've always had rain water runoff flow into the...

    I've always had rain water runoff flow into the pond. The pond is at the base of a slope. Never have had an issue with that for 28 years now. Number one rule in my backyard is no chemical...
  2. I've never had azolla, but duckweed, I've had it...

    I've never had azolla, but duckweed, I've had it here as long as I can remember. That is one tough little plant. It will survive the coldest winters. It overwinters here in pots, shallow ponds and...
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    Great site Frank. I love it! clm

    Great site Frank. I love it!

    clm
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    My main pond is finally totally ice free. Will...

    My main pond is finally totally ice free. Will be hooking up the filters tomorrow. Bad spring for that slimy green algae from what I've seen so far. Hopefully the filters and some warmer weather...
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    Poll: Yes, I would start over again. Heaven forbid...

    Yes, I would start over again. Heaven forbid that should ever be required. I feel so bad for all who are having issues this spring. It has been the worst winter in 20 years here, but so far I've...
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    So sorry to hear about your fish. It has been a...

    So sorry to hear about your fish. It has been a horrible winter. I may lose one of mine, but the rest look okay. Counting myself lucky I have just one that looks bad.

    clm
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    How deep in the water depends on the type of...

    How deep in the water depends on the type of hardy lily. Generally the larger the pads and spread, the deeper they can go from my experience. Since you're not sure, I wouldn't have more than 18 -...
  8. Thread: My Mud Pond Koi

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    Me too!

    Me too!
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    Lots of hawks here and I've never seen one even...

    Lots of hawks here and I've never seen one even come to the pond let alone try to fish.

    clm
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    blizzard here today too and back into the deep...

    blizzard here today too and back into the deep freeze for a couple of days. It'll be another few days before I'll be able to see the fish again I'm afraid.

    clm
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    Could see most of the fish today

    We've had a brief mild spell and the pond ice has melted so about 3/4 of the pond is ice free. All the fish I could see but one look great. One of them, a 3 year old home bred matsuba is doubtful. ...
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    There's a number of those new very expensive ion...

    There's a number of those new very expensive ion gen type things all over the place now. I wouldn't touch them. Too rich for my blood, lol. Reduce the hours of direct sun on your pond and you'll...
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    Where there's a will, there's a way. Sure I know...

    Where there's a will, there's a way. Sure I know the right way to make a koi pond. Can I afford that....no, never could. I've had ponds for over 25 years now, on a budget. I love koi, but don't...
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    We use pails of hot water to open up holes. It...

    We use pails of hot water to open up holes. It doesn't disturb the fish like trying to break a hole in the ice would.

    clm
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    I've got about a 4X8' hole open now. I'm hoping...

    I've got about a 4X8' hole open now. I'm hoping by Tuesday night enough will be melted to actually see the fish. I really want to be able to see them.

    clm
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    Looking at the postage stamp sized lots homes are...

    Looking at the postage stamp sized lots homes are built on nowdays, I don't see it growing here. No one who buys a new home has the space for a pond.

    clm
  17. Great job! The tiger eye will sucker, but not as...

    Great job! The tiger eye will sucker, but not as bad as a staghorn. Just keep an eye on where they pop up. I've had one here for 4 or 5 years now. Not as pretty as my staghorn in fall, but a nice...
  18. Thread: My Mud Pond Koi

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    Great pics. Love that bird, it's so pretty. ...

    Great pics. Love that bird, it's so pretty.

    clm
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    I wouldn't count on it being the last shot of...

    I wouldn't count on it being the last shot of cold. It's supposed to warm up here by the end of the week again and then back into the deep freeze again next week. Horrible winter, just horrible.
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    It's too cold out to go and see.

    It's too cold out to go and see.
  21. You might want to check to see what kind of water...

    You might want to check to see what kind of water restrictions you'd be working with there. A pond may not be feasible.

    clm
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    I would love to be able to just see mine let...

    I would love to be able to just see mine let alone feed them lol. I buy my koi food in mid March for the season and normally I can at least think about when I can start to feed then, but they're not...
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    No I think you lost them because they were...

    No I think you lost them because they were already stressed going into winter. I think a normal winter would have killed them let alone a winter like this one.

    clm
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    You had a lot of trouble with your fish last...

    You had a lot of trouble with your fish last summer. I would treat them in quarantine and treat the pond in the spring before they go back in too. Glad they're coming back for you.

    clm
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    It makes you worry more, lol. I just don't...

    It makes you worry more, lol. I just don't remove the probes for winter. I just leave them there year round.

    clm
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    ha, ha. They can roll their eyes, lol. The...

    ha, ha. They can roll their eyes, lol. The temperature is what it is. Like I said, it always gets that low for short periods during every winter. Good quality digital thermometers and I have the...
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    My pond always gets down to 33 or 34F at the...

    My pond always gets down to 33 or 34F at the bottom every winter for some period of time. This winter it's been more the norm than not though, that worries me.

    clm
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    I get that same type of algae in the pond over...

    I get that same type of algae in the pond over winter and into spring. I call it string algae and the tougher stuff that comes with the summer hair algae which is just as long and stringy, it's just...
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    Pond was 1/2 ice free during the warmer spell. ...

    Pond was 1/2 ice free during the warmer spell. Of course the area the fish slumber in is still ice covered so I have no idea if there are any casualties this year or not. It's going to be mostly...
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    Been a bitterly cold winter here this year. ...

    Been a bitterly cold winter here this year. We're long overdue for a mild winter.

    clm
  31. Been a long time since I've really worried about...

    Been a long time since I've really worried about the fish over winter. I worry every winter, but don't really expect casualties. I'm expecting some this winter. It's just bee far too cold for far...
  32. It'll be a couple months before I can even think...

    It'll be a couple months before I can even think about it here.
  33. Thread: Everyone is asleep

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    Agreed. Let them sleep. It looks like it's...

    Agreed. Let them sleep. It looks like it's going to be one very cold winter. This will be a real test for those of us with koi in northern climates.

    clm
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    Once the fish go into torpor the water changes...

    Once the fish go into torpor the water changes stop. I don't want them disturbed. Getting the pond as clean as possible going into winter, keeping a good size hole in the ice for gassing off and...
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    You don't want to chop a hole in the ice, no more...

    You don't want to chop a hole in the ice, no more banging on it. Use warm water to melt it and then get a floating heater or a water or air pump there to keep a hole open in the ice. You don't want...
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    Never a truer word spoke, lol. clm

    Never a truer word spoke, lol.

    clm
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    He said minus 10C ......-10C. Unless you're...

    He said minus 10C ......-10C.

    Unless you're in Vancouver Koiboy98, you're going to need to keep a hole in the ice as that pond will freeze over for most of the winter. You will need to have a...
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    Kept more in Europe than here. From what I've...

    Kept more in Europe than here. From what I've read you can feed them right up until the pond freezes over, but they are the first to suffer from low oxygen so make sure there's lots of air in...
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    Fountains do have control. The fountain itself.

    Fountains do have control. The fountain itself.
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    DH just checked the pond temp. 38.7. It's too...

    DH just checked the pond temp. 38.7. It's too early for it to be this cold. I'm glad the filters have already been disconnected.

    clm
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    :shiver:Air temp was 10F when I got up this...

    :shiver:Air temp was 10F when I got up this morning. Will check the pond temp when it gets light. There's snow on the ground and I bet ice on the pond.

    clm
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    Getting too cold here. DH disconnected the...

    Getting too cold here. DH disconnected the filters for me while I was at work today. Too dark to see the pond temp when I got home. Can't be much more than 50. Fish are still moving around albeit...
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    Some of the fish from today

    dark gloomy day and my picture skills suck, but here's some of the fish. They're moving around with the warmer weather today, but staying down on the bottom.
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    I don't try to keep mine blooming in the...

    I don't try to keep mine blooming in the basement, just alive. The water will go stagnant, so you need to change some out every week.

    clm
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    DH put 3" thick walls of Styrofoam insulation in...

    DH put 3" thick walls of Styrofoam insulation in the walls yesterday. Got one of the spare pumps I had running now to keep a hole open in the ice. We'll see if this addition can stay warm enough to...
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    very pretty

    very pretty
  47. I think that as well as living in a cold climate...

    I think that as well as living in a cold climate where the furnace dries out the air a great deal during winter has a lot to do with it. Most people have a need to run humidifiers in winter. I've...
  48. Never had a mold, mildew or excessive humidity...

    Never had a mold, mildew or excessive humidity using mine indoors. I see no good reason to change to anything else.

    clm
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    Those are beautiful plants Gary. We've already...

    Those are beautiful plants Gary. We've already had a few hard frosts here. My impatiens are long gone.

    clm
  50. I was a lot more worried about the humidifier...

    I was a lot more worried about the humidifier attached to my furnace than I've ever been about my shower filter in the basement. First thing I did when I moved into this house was disconnect that...
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