Category Archives: Pond budget

Automated Koi Feeder

So I’m getting too lazy or too old to remember to feed the fish everyday. The pond is running smoothly so I don’t need to baby sit it every day. I am also considering the fact that the cost of … Continue reading

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Cost of operating a pond

Like all hobbies pond and fish keeping is expensive. Beyond the initial outlay of cash for the pond build and the purchase of fish, there are additional expenses one must consider. Electricity required to run pumps, UV Sterilizers, Air Pumps, … Continue reading

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Alternatives to Koi for a watergarden or small pond

So you have a lovely watergarden, shallow and full of plants, or are planning one, and have come to the realization that it is not the correct environment for Koi. Koi require a certain type of pond to thrive and … Continue reading

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March 2012 Pond Conditions Calendar 3/5/2012 water temp 42*, air temp 30-55*, pH 8.2 After a few warm days the temp in the pond reached 60* only to plummet to 40* with this weeks cold snap. It should warm up … Continue reading

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Pebbles in the pipeline

I have the old pebbles from the former bog on the ground around my pump to help keep my feet from getting muddy and to facilitate drainage. Yesterday I noticed that my pond’s jets were not outputting any water, so … Continue reading

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February 2012 Pond Conditions 2/12/2012 It has been a warm February but turned very cold very quickly the last couple of days. Pond temp went from 54* down to 42*. It was too cold to clean the filter so I … Continue reading

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A little winter maintenance

It was a nice warm but breezy day and a good day to do a few chores around the pond. I did my usual weekly filter cleaning, changed the bulb in the UV, and did a little planting. I now … Continue reading

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Plumbing failure – Winter clean out

It pays to check your plumbing circuits every now and then to make sure they can stand alone if necessary. Yesterday while cleaning the pond I turned off the line to the bio-filter and let the jets continue to circulate. … Continue reading

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Pond UV – Jebao CW-55

I finally got around to purchasing a UV sterilizer despite the fact that the cooler weather has been effective in fighting algae. I had the opportunity recently to purchase a 120 watt UV sterilizer at near half price of $700, … Continue reading

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Plumbing failure and repair

I used a knife valve for my skimmer line to shut off the skimmer during feeding and maintenance. Today I pushed the lever down and the casing broke apart near the top. I was able to push the knife section … Continue reading

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