Category Archives: Pond Building

Pond conditions 2017

The pond is running smoothly but I have some issues to deal with this year. Filters are doing a great job and the mesh is holding up well, though I must admit I am not cleaning as often as I … Continue reading

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Spring maintenance 2014

Ok, so I have been a little neglectful this past winter due to all the cold. I merely dumped the filters every couple of weeks vs truly cleaning them weekly. Now that it is warming up I needed to do … Continue reading

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Spring time parasites and treatments

As the water starts to warm up during the spring months so do the parasites and algae. Algae can be controlled by adding Algaefix as a chemical additive or by turning on the UV Sterilizer. String algae will grow well … Continue reading

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API Test Kits Review

To monitor the Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrates in my pond I have used a couple of different kits. I have even used the test strips but found they were not informative enough to really know what was going on. I … Continue reading

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Microbe-Lift PL review

Since I gave the Buffer a bad review I thought it only proper to also review the product suggested by Mark Krupka: Microbe-Lift PL. “Denitrification is the reduction of nitrate to nitrogen gas, and an excellent way of removing nitrogen … Continue reading

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Microbe-Lift 7.5 pH Buffer Stabilizer Review

This week I tested Ecological Labs Microbe-Lift 7.5 pH Buffer Stabilizer to determine if it would stabilize my pH at 7.5. It did not. My pond continues to fall below 7.5 at both morning and night. The goal is to … Continue reading

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Using baking soda to adjust pond pH

If you are reading this you are probably experiencing the dreaded pH drop most of us fish keeper see sooner or later. My pH has been steadily declining this summer and my water hardness is almost zero. Most koi sites … Continue reading

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How not to install a bottom drain

I ran across this image and just had to rant about it. This is so wrong this pond professional should be banned from building anything. You will notice the image shows a bottom drain running to a skimmer via 2″ … Continue reading

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Gravity flow vs Pump Fed

New pond builders rarely learn the significant differences in water gardens vs “ideal” koi ponds. We tend to borrow ideas from aquarium technology, water gardens, water treatment, industrial processes, and even the ideas tried and tested for a long period … Continue reading

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Top posts for Pond Journals

Thanks for visiting my Pond Journal. The entries in this journal are my personal experiences and the advice I have gleaned from other experienced koi keepers. The pond conditions calendar entries are my ponds weekly water analysis. I hope you … Continue reading

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