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Koi, Goldfish and Turtle Pond (Pic Heavy)

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:hi  Everyone,

 

My sister recently took over the Greenhouse at a wonderful campus for people with physical and intellectual challenges.  I will be assisting her with the pond.  Here are are some pics from last week.  We are doing some more work this Sunday :)

 

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Lisa took the words right out of my mouth :rofl

That looks spectacular Jared!!! There are definitely some very happy creatures in there!!

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This fish are really healthy and gorgeous.  I might have to steal one  :whistle

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Wow looks great and the fish look huge!

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Wowzers! What a wonderful habitat! :nana

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It looks pretty crowded to me.  

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It looks pretty crowded to me.  

It's bigger than it looks in the pics, but I agree it is crowded.  This is what we inherited.  

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It looks pretty crowded to me.  

It's bigger than it looks in the pics, but I agree it is crowded.  This is what we inherited.  

 

All the more reason to fishnap some for your home :rofl

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Oh, wow, how cool and beautiful! I love the turtle.

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You're bringing Hawaii to Chicago Jared. It looks lovely.

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It looks pretty crowded to me.  

It's bigger than it looks in the pics, but I agree it is crowded.  This is what we inherited.  

 

All the more reason to fishnap some for your home :rofl

 

Precisely my point.  :)

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Do you want advice Jared?  If so I'll ask some questions.

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Do you want advice Jared?  If so I'll ask some questions.

Yes, please :)

 

I am going to take a look at the filtration system on Sunday.  I will take pics  :photo:

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Beautiful!!!!!!

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Indeed you are powerful... :)

 

Thats just awesome looking Jared, great job :)

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I really haven't done much, yet.  This is basically what was there.

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Do you want advice Jared?  If so I'll ask some questions.

Yes, please :)

 

I am going to take a look at the filtration system on Sunday.  I will take pics  :photo:

 

I want the inside dimensions of the pond.  I know you can figure out the gallons from that,  but dimensions still matter.  

 

I think the timbers that make up the sides of the pond are 6"x 6" x 8'.   If it is square, the pond would hold something like 800-900 gallons, but the edging shown in the second picture indicates it isn't square or even a rectangle.  But all the stuff in the pond greatly decreases the effective volume as you well know.

 

Of course I want the pictures of the filter plumbing and pump.  This should include the volume of the filter chamber and what you see for medium.  I'd like info on the pump, but many pumps have no labels at all on them.   If the filter outflow allows you to catch it in a bucket, you can determine how long it takes to fill a bucket and calculate the GPH.  Just a ballpark flow rate will suffice.  

 

It looks like there are rocks in the bottom.  Right?  If so these need to be removed, which is tricky because it is nasty under there.

 

The water looks turbid in the pictures, indicating you need a lot more filtration.  A guy came on one of the pond forums recently with a pond of about 1000 gallons with a 25 gallon waterfall  filter in which he had 6 koi and 40 goldfish.  He was wondering why he had green water and foam in his pond.  Maybe because he had a filter suitable for a 200 gallon stock tank with 10 goldfish???

 

Do check the parameters if you haven't done so already.  You will probably find them very good, in spite of the inadequate filtration.

 

I expect you will have to take everything out of the pond to be able to do a critter count, which will probably yield bad news.

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Thanks, Sharon.  I will take these questions, my test kit and my measuring tape with me today when I go over there.  BTW, my sister's name is also Sharon :)

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Say hi to Sharon for me.  :)

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Lovely pond!

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That is a cool set up

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Stats:

 

The inside of the pond is a 90" X 90" square and is about 21" deep.  My sister thinks it holds about 800 gallons.

 

There are 11 goldfish (2 large koi and 8 smaller fish) and 3 red-eared slider turtles.

 

pH = 7.8 (which is standard for Chicago)

 

Ammonia = 0

 

Nitrite = 0

 

Nitrate = 80 

 

There are 2 filters.  One is a DIY waterfall with pad media and the second is a Laguna canister filter (I forgot to write down the model #) with bio balls and 4 large ring sponges.

 

I expected the Nitrate to be high because the pond hasn't been cleaned or maintained properly until now.  We cleaned the filter (which was disgusting) and added more water.  They are also using a bio media additive which I will post in the pics.  

 

All of the fish are extremely healthy.  I didn't see any signs of disease or stress or alarming behavior.  Two of the turtles are very healthy and active and we are working with the third who's scutes are a little rough.

 

Changes will need to be very gradual as my sister is swamped with other things in the green house and we are somewhat restricted because of the special needs of the residents.  

 

Pics coming next :nana

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Here are some videos:

 

http://vid1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj600/jmetzger72/20151101_134046.mp4

 

http://vid1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj600/jmetzger72/20151101_134356.mp4

 

PS:  The water is actually much more clear than it appears in the pics.  

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Thanks for looking :)

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