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  1. She sure is a pretty girl and she has that Aussie grin and has the ears too. Aussies have that natural shyness at first then they want to be with their people all the time. It's a good bet that she has Aussie in her. I love the picture with the antlers. Very cute! Thanks for the pictures. She is adorable.


  2. I leave mine out all year but they start getting active when the water temps are 55-60, and the water plants are putting out new growth. Ideally you would want the filter bio to be active and growing. Acclimate the fish carefully and slowly. Try to match water parameters as closely as possible..temp, ph.

    Fish will eat their spawn more so than the 3-4 inchers. I keep big koi with small Wakins and they do fine. They ignore each other but when the adult Wakins spawn the eggs are gone in a flash.

  3. Okay, here is my idea for the pond:

    1. Clean it out of leaves and sticks that could harm my fish.

    2. Figure out how the pumps work, etc.

    3. Buy a screen to go over the pond.

    4. Buy some plants to go inside. (Eventually).

    5. Move my fish into the pond.

    6. Do a fishless cycle on my 29g tank.

    I know I will have to educate myself on how to maintain a pond, how to feed fish while they are in the pond, etc. This is something I plan on doing over the course of a month or so. What do you all think? Any sugestions or ideas?

    Clean it but leave any thick furry carpet algae on the sides. Barebottom is best for the same reason as in aquariums. Remove the water and replace. Just like an aquarium do partial water changes. Find and clean your pump and or filter. If you are only going to keep 2 fish in there and you intend to have plants in there then you probably won't need a filter, just a pump over rock to help aerate. Don't buy plants, I can send you some in the spring. Go to Americanponders.com and read. They are more into the goldfish and watergardening part of ponding than the koi sites and in the spring they have members that send plants for postage. Kat (a member) has nice prices on waterlilies too. As for the screen, get some bird netting, the kind used to cover fruit trees. Nothing is 100%, raccoons will go under it to fish, herons will stab through it but it's better than nothing. A scarecrow, a motion activated sprinkler is a good but slightly pricey alternative. A dog outside is a great deterrant. For sure you should have something set up in the pond for the goldies to hide in. I have heavy lily coverage but I also have a crate that the lily pot sits on and they hide in there. Just be aware that even with the best of precautions fish loss to predation is possible so if you really love them you might consider a couple of feeders for the pond and keep the fancies in the house. I know that sounds bad but it's realistic.


  4. There are some Aussies with a laid back personality and some that need a job and take their responsibilities very seriously. I have one of each. Mags is the yard guardian and nothing gets in that she doesn't chase right back out. Molly on the other hand is content to be a house dog and only goes out to take care of business and one episode of perfunctory barking early morning to make sure everything knows that she's available to back up Mags :) Neither of them try to get in the pond but they consider it a big water bowl. Do you have a pic of your Aussie?


  5. From the position of the tube I think that it's connected to a submersible pump on the bottom of the pond and it runs water over the rock for little waterfall. Look for the electrical cord. Cleaned but not scrubbed it will be a nice home for your finned kids.


  6. I like the pattern, nicely distributed. Is the red a deep red or more of an orange red? Hard to tell from pictures. The wen is not overpowering, smooth nice curve and good tail tuck. Sure not an expert but I like the overall appearance of your fish and it looks like it moves nicely in the water.


  7. If that pond has an EDPM liner and you drain it be aware that sunlight will damage the liner over time. They are UV resistant but really need to be under water to avoid UV deterioration. Also, children can drown in as little as 18 inches of water so a sturdy fence with a lock is imperative I would think. As for taking care of a pond, the larger the body of water the more stable and easier to care for. I've never had problems with my ponds. I've had lots of problems with keeping the water happy in an aquarium.


  8. If you have a military base close to you or within driving distance try Craigslist in those areas. Military people get transferred frequently and you can find good deals on bigger aquariums that would be too much of a hassle for them to move. I got my 75 with canopy, stand, lights, Fluval filter, large rocks, large canister of Carbo Z and decorations for $200.


  9. The other possibility is that if everything registers 1ppm it could be the test strips. They are easily corrupted by damp and can become inaccurate. Could you try asking the lfs to test for you just for a comparison?

    If they're not working anymore, you could perhaps invest in a drop-kit test - you'd find it a lot more reliable.

    That's exactly what I did yesterday and the LFS read zero ammonia, my test kit read .50. I bought a new test kit. My town adds chloramines to the water and the tap is always 1.0-2.0ppm. I used Chloram x but then was told to use Prime. I never read Ammonia with Chloram x but I always read Ammonia when I use Prime. Could be coincidence I suppose. I haven't used Prime long enough to make a decision on it. I don't like the warning on Prime to avoid overdosing, that much I know. Chloram x doesn't have that warning.


  10. Hello.

    Crushed coral is a good buffer as it gradually releases carbonates into the tank. It is the KH (carbonate and bi-carbonate content) which provides the buffer against PH instability rather than the GH (magnesium and calcium amoung other minerals.) If your PH and KH are generally low this is a good defense against PH instability.

    But what Carli was battling is something much harder to manage because her source water itself was subject to huge changes in chemistry.

    Carli - did you ever find out from the water authority what was going on? They are obliged to provide you with details if you ask.

    I did, sort of..see my previous post. They aren't too forthcoming with information. I think they are messing up and don't want to admit it except in vague terms that don't really tell me anything. They did offer to send me a yearly water report..nice of them. I'd rather have reimbursement for the fish I lost.


  11. Just curious, what did you find out? I've struggled with this in the past and have resorted to adding a kH buffer to my water.


    I just got a BS explanation from the water board. High organic load related to living in farmland, lots of runoff (blah, blah, blah), deoxygenated deep water aquifer as a source apparently requires dumping huge amounts of Chloramine, Chlorine and other chemicals into the water system in varying amounts indescriminately day to day. I found a great explanation to supplement Pixiefish's most appreciated input. If you want it I can email it to you. It explains so much. It's rather long and since I'm not sure if I can post it here I'll offer it privately.

    Leaper_loverNoSpam@juno.com Remove No spam to email me.


  12. I guess I don't have a handle on the whole ph crash issue yet. Our tap water is fluctuating so much I'm not sure what the city is doing to it. I have never buffered my water since my Ph is usually 8.4, Kh 180. Our water comes from a deep aquifer and it's treated by the city. The readings have been all over the place from the tap. Yesterday I had 2ppm Ammonia straight from the tap. How am I supposed to keep fish alive when things fluctuate so drastically. Today the tap water is Ph 7.2, Kh 180,

    Gh 100, 0 Ammonia (find that difficult to believe, it's usually .25-2.0), 0 Nitrites, 0 Nitrates.

    I got up at 4am this morning to a PH crash in my Q tank. One small ranchu, 29 gallons, cycled Eheim 2222 and Penquin HOB. Fish seriously distressed, gasping, floating, serious slime coat. Ph 6.0 or lower. I was in a hurry to save the fish so forgot to test strip for Kh, Gh..I treated some water with Chloram x, adjusted the Ph slowly with baking soda to 7.2 (dip strip) 7.6 (test kit). The tank is now Ph 7.4, Kh 180, GH 100. When the water parameters and temps between the two bodies of water were the same I moved the ranchu back to the tank and she seems better at the moment.

    I don't know what happened. 50% water change day before, chloram x for the chloramines. This tank has been salted lightly 0.1, no plants, well oxygenated.


    Tap 7.2, 180, 100

    Tank 7.4,180, 100

    IF my tap water readings are correct then why the PH crash during the night?

    I am going to replace my dip strips and test kits today. Should I try to find some crushed coral? (how does this work on the Kh or does it just work on the Gh?) How long does it take for the baking soda to fully bring the Ph up? Successive amounts of baking soda won't hurt will it? I know the Ph is at a good level but it's low compared to what it usually is. Will this hurt anything? Should I leave it as it is?

    What's happening here? I am limiting feeding until I'm sure things are stable again. I'm afraid to go to work tonight for fear this time I won't be home to intervene.


  13. Just wondering, when you buy fish online, how to they post them to you? Or do u pick them up from somewere?

    When I bought my wakins on ebay they sent them 2nd day air but they weren't guaranteed. They would guarantee them overnight but it was much more expensive. The last ones I bought from Tommy I went and picked them up since he is within driving distance from me. That's the better option since I bought two others while I was there and I got to see a wonderful bunch of fish and how they were cared for. Plus, I got to meet Tommy and he's a gracious host with some beautiful fish.


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