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About Smurfishy

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  • Birthday 03/06/1981

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    North eastern connecticut
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    2 calico fantails, 1 tricolor fantail, 15 comets and commons
  1. I figured 2 small butterfly koi would be OK the first year or two though.
  2. I thought koi require 1000g but butterfly koi require 300?
  3. I was worried that their decomposition and foulness of the water could of caused bad bacteria? The water wasn't bad but there was a noticeable smell and a slight water cloudiness.
  4. So after this bad bad winter I believe my pond completely filled with ice, all my guys were lost [emoji29] I wish to get a few large GF or one or two butterfly koi that I can bring in during the winter months. This is an above ground pond. I already drained it, filed it up with new water and drained it again. Should I use bleach... Should I scrub out all the old algea, should a remove the cinder blocks?
  5. Chia, it's too cold for that here. I ran my pump until the water froze in the tubing.I used to put a hole in the ice with hot water to check on them now and then. I guess I've been over confident this year. I haven't discussed it here but I've been in the middle of a heart wrenching bitter custody battle most the year that has been all consuming with no lawyer. This is why I haven't been here so much. However I made sure to do a huge water change, mucked out the pond, and tarped it in November. Mid Dec was when I saw them last swimming around. So I hope they are OK.
  6. The tarp is covering only 3/4 of the pond, it slipped off part of it before freezing. The snow is the light and fluffy kind. No snowman to be had... I'll go and remove some snow from the exposed area and use my water changer with hot water to tunnel through the ice... And pray to God it's not completely frozen! Gah! The pond top has been frozen for... A month maybe two. There are 9 mostly smallish fish in there. No ice over the snow.
  7. So my pond is a 300g above ground pond. I hope my Lil guys are OK... It's been a particularly tough winter. It's snowing for the 5th time in 3 weeks? I'm wondering if I should remove the snow, or if it is working to insulate my pond? The tarp is right on the water. There is 2+ feet of snow on top... You can't tell it's there anymore. It's a snow mound! The last two winters makes me feel comfortable in my ponds overwintering abilities but it's still nail biting!
  8. I'm glad her passing may have helped others then.
  9. Do you have a well Amanda? It's prevalent in deep wells or when rapidly heating or cooling well water, or if the seal in the pump of your well has a leak that can introduce air. According to everything I read you keep the hose out of the water and your good. This had happened to me a once or twice before but not in a year or two. I also have a high nitrite level which causes my tanks nitrates to sky rocket.
  10. Helen, I can appreciate that. Although, it was partially my fualt. Supposedly all you have to do is keep the hose outside the water and the gases are transpersed into the air. I was wicked busy and could not find a good spot to perch it while I busied myself with the kids. I haven't had this issue though in a long time, I thought it cleared itself, sometimes the hose slipped and no adverse reactions. I was able to porch it the second time on my filter that I had just cleaned. My bottom sitting two are now swimming. Hard lesson learned.
  11. They are both. All my fish have them right now in all Thier fins. I was rubbing her Fin with my finger to show that it wasn't something that was on the outside. The fun rays are bent where the bubbles are occupying space.
  12. She did not make it the night. I have two fish bottom sitting, hopefully they turn out OK.I think they should be fine.
  13. It's 3:30am and I noticed my fish not doing well. One in particular that I have had the longest. I have well water and it's happened a couple times before. I'm not site if there is anything I can do to help. I just did a water change. Had to do two back to back due to getting a bunch of icky filter water in the tank after the first change. People in the past doubted me on this, so I took a video of my poor seymora. She has been with me since 2009. I hope she makes it. If you notice the other fish in the video also have bubbles at the base of their tails. Air bubble disease:
  14. I already did all that but the filters a week or so ago. It ended up icing over again since. If my hose wasnt frozen I would of done the filters.
  15. Wondering if I can just heat the washer to 80 or 90 and use salt. Like I would of done in the first place. I'd rather not screw up my bb if I can help it.