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    Debi, my main pond is only 3.5 feet deep as well...

    Debi, my main pond is only 3.5 feet deep as well and just as cold if not colder than you here in Ontario. Covering it and the new pond with domes covered in greenhouse plastic last year made a world...
  2. Thread: Winter time

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    We covered both ponds with domes last year and...

    We covered both ponds with domes last year and despite the coldest winter here in 40 years, both ponds stayed ice free. No heaters, just the dome covers and two pumps running to keep the water...
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    very nice. you've given me a great idea for an...

    very nice. you've given me a great idea for an old bird bath that doesn't hold water anymore. I think these type of plants would be the best thing in it.
  4. Thread: Bandit

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    very pretty mutt to me

    very pretty mutt to me
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    get a 4 pack of play mats or anti fatique mats at...

    get a 4 pack of play mats or anti fatique mats at home depot or lowes. They're made of foam. Use all 4 connected together or individually. Connected together they make a 4'X4' island. Cut holes...
  6. Thread: Nualgi

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    I don't think anyone could have had greener water...

    I don't think anyone could have had greener water than what I had when I took the winter domes down this spring. It was a really thick emerald green and the fish could only be seen if they broke...
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    some of my favorite home bred mutts

    thoughts on sex and in most cases except the matsubas type would be appreciated.

    keeping this one. 3rd summer, Archie.

    http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l148/clmandmm/2015/P1020212.jpg
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    On the deck side, would you be able to strap the...

    On the deck side, would you be able to strap the pvc to the deck?
  9. yes, it all depends on what you want. we wanted...

    yes, it all depends on what you want. we wanted a hybrid pond. natural look but straight sided with a shelf on two sides for balcony planters full of plants. hand dug by DH, 3.5 feet deep. dug...
  10. mistakes. making the pond too wide. the 18'...

    mistakes. making the pond too wide. the 18' length is fine, but the 12' width makes it really difficult to catch fish for someone as challenged as I am, lol. as for any others like not enough...
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    pvc will collapse if you don't have enough of the...

    pvc will collapse if you don't have enough of the hoops or pvc that isn't thick enough and if they aren't anchored right if you get enough snow. ours would hold about 6" during a storm but it would...
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    just looks like the fish is changing colour to...

    just looks like the fish is changing colour to me. not unusual for an all black goldie of any kind to change.
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    the pvc was electrical conduit. It was all we...

    the pvc was electrical conduit. It was all we could find in the size we wanted for the domes and could be connected together easily. most expensive part was the greenhouse plastic, the conduit...
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    we normally have to fight with ducks arriving...

    we normally have to fight with ducks arriving every spring here too. didn't have that problem this year at all with the structures still up. I guess the ducks had a hard time trying to fly in and...
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    DH made some great domes that withstood some...

    DH made some great domes that withstood some extreme cold and snow last winter. you have to use the right size pvc for the size of the pond you're covering. The main pond is 18' wide and needed...
  16. Thread: winter

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    my climate is pretty much the same as yours. I'm...

    my climate is pretty much the same as yours. I'm in Southern Ontario Canada. My main pond is 3.5 feet deep built into a slope so the front of the pond is a little over a foot above ground. over...
  17. Oh Marilyn. I'm so sorry. I always admired your...

    Oh Marilyn. I'm so sorry. I always admired your koi and your ability to select some truly beautiful fish. Hugs to you.

    clm
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    very nice. you can use 4 packs of fatigue mats...

    very nice. you can use 4 packs of fatigue mats from home depot or lowes to make a 4x4 one too. I have them in both ponds now.
  19. I'm sure this obituary will mean more to those in the industry. A remarkable man.

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  20. Thread: Nualgi

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    are you using this product yourself Russ?

    are you using this product yourself Russ?
  21. Thread: INC Koi 4-29-15

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    I normally like showa with a whole lot more sumi,...

    I normally like showa with a whole lot more sumi, but this fish gr showa #5 is really, really pretty to me.
  22. Thread: Green water

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    300 - 600 fish with one submersible pump and 2...

    300 - 600 fish with one submersible pump and 2 skimmers means you have lots of crap on the bottom. This type of pond would require a major cleanout every spring. Remove 2/3 of your fish so you...
  23. Thread: Yellow Flag Iris

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    tough pretty plants, but I had issues with them...

    tough pretty plants, but I had issues with them spreading everywhere in the land garden. Not sure how they got into the other gardens from the pond, but they did. I eradicated them from the garden...
  24. Thread: Nualgi

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    My bad Russ, I should have read down the thread...

    My bad Russ, I should have read down the thread further, lol. I think I'll give this product a pass. Scares me how many are using the stuff though, from ponds to aquariums to agriculture.


    clm
  25. Thread: Nualgi

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    Russell, this product is full of metals.

    Russell, this product is full of metals.
  26. Thread: Nualgi

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    I gotta say, I'm not wild about the ingredients...

    I gotta say, I'm not wild about the ingredients in this product. I'd want to know the concentrations of each before I even considered putting it in the pond once let alone weekly.

    Nualgi...
  27. Thread: Sad day

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    I'm so sorry you lost them all. Hang in there...

    I'm so sorry you lost them all. Hang in there and clean it out and start again.
    I covered my ponds this year, but previous years haven't. Last winter was brutal too as have many been. You must...
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    I'm so sorry Debbi. It's always the favorites...

    I'm so sorry Debbi. It's always the favorites that go. I hate this time of year. The roller coaster weather does nothing good for the fish after a brutal winter. I dare say if you have any others...
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    Coldest February on record and the coldest winter...

    Coldest February on record and the coldest winter since 1939. Every fish has survived and come out of winter looking great. I'm sold on covering the ponds now. Will do so every winter, even if it...
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    I get that slimy stuff every spring too. As soon...

    I get that slimy stuff every spring too. As soon as it warms up enough it's replaced by the coarser hair algae. I prefer the coarser stuff, lol.

    clm
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    much easier and probably cheaper if you have the...

    much easier and probably cheaper if you have the room is to get an intex pool.
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    I hear you. Freezing here too, plus the added...

    I hear you. Freezing here too, plus the added bonus of more snow to come on Tuesday.
  33. Thread: Air hole in pond

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    the frigid temps really are making their way down...

    the frigid temps really are making their way down south a fair bit this year. I hope your fish are okay.

    clm
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    Last winter wasn't a whole lot better as I...

    Last winter wasn't a whole lot better as I recall. Been a tough couple for the fish. I think the ones who survive these winters are stronger and hardier. Any going into winters like these that...
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    snow is a great insulator. It won't stay on my...

    snow is a great insulator. It won't stay on my pond covers long. The dome shape makes it slip off readily, but it stays around the bottom of the ponds insulating the raised sections nicely and...
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    coldest February on record here. actually broke...

    coldest February on record here. actually broke the record from 1939. for a short month it takes forever to get through.
  37. Thread: Frozen Pond.

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    I've always had my pumps on the pond bottom...

    I've always had my pumps on the pond bottom discharging onto the surface to keep air holes open. Never been an issue super cooling the pond. I just keep the pumps and the returns away from where...
  38. never found that and I have loads of raccoons...

    never found that and I have loads of raccoons around here.
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    I've always admired your taste in Koi. I love...

    I've always admired your taste in Koi. I love that goshiki too.
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    oh, that is warm compared to what we were at. ...

    oh, that is warm compared to what we were at. -7f the other day, lol.
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    can't read the temp, the monitor is behind the...

    can't read the temp, the monitor is behind the cover too, lol. Definitely warmer than past years though. Normally with the temps we've had this year, the pond would be totally ice covered with...
  42. Thread: Are you looking

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    love this plant. I find they need to be crowded...

    love this plant. I find they need to be crowded to bloom for me, so I get 3' hula hoops and place a few in each one. They multiply so quickly the hoops fill up fast and once they're jammed in there...
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    Both ponds are ice free

    Amazing considering how cold it's been here. Lots of sun the past few days has the plastic clear enough for me to see into both ponds and even the one that's 2' above ground is ice free. Certainly...
  44. Biggest mistake with our first pond was not...

    Biggest mistake with our first pond was not lining it. It was small and the clay held the water just fine. Problem was it was always cloudy because of the clay and hard to see the fish unless they...
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    Wow, I can't believe how it just collapsed. Ours...

    Wow, I can't believe how it just collapsed. Ours are still holding strong thank goodness. Took these pics a few minutes ago. Did you just have the hoops or did you have a ridge pole that you tie...
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    Great choice. Congratulations Rain!

    Great choice. Congratulations Rain!
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    Nice. I'd love to see you move a lot further...

    Nice. I'd love to see you move a lot further north and then see what you have to say about it, lol.
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    :like:

    :like:
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    sorry, I don't buy the nutritional torpor...

    sorry, I don't buy the nutritional torpor nonsense. and yes I believe it to be nonsense. they stop feeding on their own when the water gets cold. there is stuff for them to eat in the pond if...
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    where some of us live, there are no filters...

    where some of us live, there are no filters running in winter. Too cold to do so. No filters no food. My fish do not want to eat pellets in winter. They go into a state of torpor and hopefully...
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