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About DieselPlower

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    West Michigan
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    5 gf, 8 koi, 3 dojo loach, 2 bristlenose plecos

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  1. I found this food to be interesting but also the instructions concerned me. 10 minutes worth of food? Seems excessive. Great price for a lot of food though and a sinking pellet for those we prefer them for their fish. https://m.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=5163+5470+40440&pcatid=40440 Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
  2. Hello everyone! Every year I see the question "how can I keep a hole open in the ice during winter?" question about 1 million times between a variety of websites. People typically say to use an air pump or a heater, while I typically suggest using a small water pump pointed up to agitate the surface to keep a hole open. That method has worked well for me for approximately 5 Winter is Michigan, where it getting below 0 at times. This year I decided to use a 1000 gph water pump in the shallow end, and in the deep end I have two air stones which are connected to an Aquascape pond air 2. I am interested to see which does a better job keeping a hole open. The air stones are about 3.5 feet down, about a foot off the bottom. The water pump is down about 1.5 feet. In the pictures you can see the water pump is on the right side and the air bubbles are coming up from towards the left side. I wanted to move the air stones further left but I didn't leave myself enough air line when I cut the hoses previously. Anyway, I know this isn't a decisive test on which is better. There are too many variables etc for example the water pump produces much more surface agitation which should give it an advantage. On the other hand the bubbles are coming up tonansurface that is agitated by the water pump so it is kind of like the two of them are working in unison there. This is just for fun. Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
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    Some pics of my pond and some changes I made. And a new koi!

    Oops I forgot to get the butterfly koi pics.... Sorry! I had a pic of my pond from 4 years ago come up in my Facebook memories. I thought it was interesting how it has changed. Photos are from same day but 4 years apart. Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
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    Some pics of my pond and some changes I made. And a new koi!

    Thank you I appreciate that! Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
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    Some pics of my pond and some changes I made. And a new koi!

    I have 2. One is all white and one is blue on top and white everywhere else. I'll try to get some pics later Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
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    Some pics of my pond and some changes I made. And a new koi!

    Done for now! Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
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    Some pics of my pond and some changes I made. And a new koi!

    Thank you One other idea I have is to bury the canister filter about a foot in the ground so it isn't such an eye sore. It is also makes more noise than the other "filters" as the water splashes into the the pond so it should quiet things down with the return being closer to the surface. My concern is what to do with it during Winter, as the ground will freeze. I think I could take the top and media inside and cover the empty canister with a plastic bag so water does not get inside, freeze, and bust it. I guess I could remove the canister as well but then I have an empty hole near the pond that could collapse etc. Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
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    Some pics of my pond and some changes I made. And a new koi!

    Caves! Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
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    Some pics of my pond and some changes I made. And a new koi!

    More pics! Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
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    Some pics of my pond and some changes I made. And a new koi!

    Pics! Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
  11. Hello everybody! It's finally warming up here in Michigan. Winter lasted well into April this year. I've finally had some time and nice weather to do some work on my pond. I also got a Lemon Hariwake koi that I have been really wanting for a long time so I am super excited to share! For this who don't know me, I have been on kokos and keeping goldfish and koi for about the years. This site taught me a lot of what I know! For those who have seen this pond before, I got rid of the huge rain barrel filter that was nornally on the bottom right of the pictures. It was not easy to clean. Nearly impossible actually. I added an extra half whiskey barrels filter instead and I also picked up an aquascape ultra kleen filter for super cheap from some guy with more money than brains... That's a hole different story [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23]. I have an airpump pushing air about r feet down, where there are two air stones. I wanted to be sure there was enough circulation near the bottom, with is almost 5 feet. I also rearranged a lot of the flagstone. I had originally put the small pieces around perimiter and then put the smaller ones on top. What I did this time was put the bottom ones underneath and the big ones on top. Some of the placements worked out nicely to make cares for frogs to sit in. I also hid all of the wires, air tubes, and hoses better, for a cleaner look. All I have to do now is put the river rock back around the flagstone but I am out of time today. Please, any questions, ask! Hope you enjoy. Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
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    Open Chat :)

    The snow fort was massive. 38 feet by 45 feet. 2 25 foot long slides, 2 open top rooms, one cave, and a fire pit. Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
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    Open Chat :)

    Hey what's up people??? Been a while. I bet a lot of new members haven't even heard of this dieselplower person. Well here's what I've been up to lately. No exciting fish news and nothing bad since the dead egg bound koi. Enjoy a few pictures. Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
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    Dead koi. Egg bound. How to prevent?

    This is the first year of eggs for my koi. I did have a ton of them this year but couldn't say from who, when etc. Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
  15. Howdy folks. Pond was frozen over for a good month straight. Been very cold. Water pump kept a small hole open but not big enough to see anything. Going into this period, all of my fish looked and acted fine. We had a warmup where the pond totally thawed. I looked in and saw on of my fish on the bottom looking pretty clearly dead. I netted it pulled it out and put it into some warmer water to see if it would come back. I moved it around to pass water over the gills etc but no luck. I cut the fish open and it was filled with eggs and I mean filled. Probably 5000 of them. I took a couple pictures and am wondering if there is anything I could have done to avoid this short of netting and inspecting all the fish. I really can't catch them without dropping the water level way down. My first clue to the egg bound issue was the red and swollen vent. Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
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