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    Not pretty but will suffice!


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    It didnít quite fit right.... but I recon if you have ever installed a window yourself for the first time youíre know at a certain point thereís NO going back!!!


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    At this rate of filling it will be spring before I can add fish!?


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    At this rate of filling it will be spring before I can add fish!?


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    Onwards and upwards mate Newb!Newb! be a good few hours yet.. keep us updated

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    17th Sept water temperature 22 degrees.... itís like the French Riviera here down south in the Solent!


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    I know... I know.... donít rush to get fish in pond etc etc... but canít bare the though of looking at an empty pond until spring!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slays View Post

    I know... I know.... don’t rush to get fish in pond etc etc... but can’t bare the though of looking at an empty pond until spring!!!


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    Just go very carefully mate . Can't stand a empty pond but a nps pond and fish will hurt a lot more . Keep an eye and all be good
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajm View Post
    Just go very carefully mate . Can't stand a empty pond but a nps pond and fish will hurt a lot more . Keep an eye and all be good
    Yeah for sure... currently all parameters good & water temp 18 - 22 which down south sheltered by the Isle of Wight should mean a few more good weeks before it gets down to a temp where feeding is reduced so it was a case of get a couple in now or none to spring... I understand the risks.


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    Do look pretty fish mate
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajm View Post
    Do look pretty fish mate
    My garden is south facing and the sun is shaded by trees until lunchtime but when the sun hits them just right with the shimmer caused by the air bubbles itís gorgeous like watching a 8k HDR 3D TV the way the window frames them


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    PH. 7.5 - 8
    Ammonia. 0
    Nitrite. 0
    Phosphate. 1

    PH is nearer 8 so will keep a close eye on it


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    Also one of my fish arrived with an injury... Maybe lost scale so I have been adding Melafix for a couple of days as I don’t want to take fish out and distress it more, dealer is aware and prepared to offer solution but will wait a week see how it goes, hence also currently NOT running the UV


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    What your kh mate just with your ph could be a one to watch
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajm View Post
    What your kh mate just with your ph could be a one to watch
    I so far haven't checked KH as naively I presumed filling the pond through a trickle feed de-chlorinator would have also removed much of the minerals etc. Please advise...


    South Downs - it is excellent quality, but its chalk source means that it is moderately hard (over 276ppm) of hard water minerals such as calcium & magnesium
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    I’m not sure that a trickle feed de-chlorinator affects KH, but it’s easily checked by testing KH out of the tap and out of the dechlorinator!

    I suspect Ajm suggested that you check KH because you reported pH at 7.5 - 8. Your pH needs to be stable - if it’s ‘swinging’ by more than 0.2 between early morning and evening on the same day, you probably need to buffer your KH with sodium bicarbonate (this needs to be done slowly to avoid any rapid rise in pH).

    I’ve never used Melafix - some say that it works, others that it’s ‘snake oil’. If the dinged scale area appears to be healing/isn’t reddened then just watch; if the area is reddened then a better treatment IMO would be to bowl the fish, gently lift the affected area out of the water and, using a Q-tip, swab the area with iodine and release the fish. One treatment of iodine should do the trick, but do not use if the affected area is close to the gills or eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LouiseR View Post
    I’m not sure that a trickle feed de-chlorinator affects KH, but it’s easily checked by testing KH out of the tap and out of the dechlorinator!

    I suspect Ajm suggested that you check KH because you reported pH at 7.5 - 8. Your pH needs to be stable - if it’s ‘swinging’ by more than 0.2 between early morning and evening on the same day, you probably need to buffer your KH with sodium bicarbonate (this needs to be done slowly to avoid any rapid rise in pH).

    I’ve never used Melafix - some say that it works, others that it’s ‘snake oil’. If the dinged scale area appears to be healing/isn’t reddened then just watch; if the area is reddened then a better treatment IMO would be to bowl the fish, gently lift the affected area out of the water and, using a Q-tip, swab the area with iodine and release the fish. One treatment of iodine should do the trick, but do not use if the affected area is close to the gills or eyes.
    Forgive i'm new to koi keeping but have successfully kept marine fish for many years, as I understand it sodium bicarbonate can raise the PH, but I thought 7.5 was good for Koi & mine is nearly 8 so don't I need to maintain or lower not raise the PH!? (when I said 7.5 to 8 was because the colour match wasn't one or the other but closest to 8)
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    No, don’t mess around with pH if it’s stable - anything between 7.0 and 8.5 is fine. It’s only if your pH is swinging by more than 0.2 that you should take action to stabilise it (or raise it if you’re experiencing a pH crash). It’s always useful to know what your KH is out of the tap and in pond - if it becomes too low (for those not maintaining very soft water this would be below 3 degrees hardness), you can then correct it to ensure that your pH remains stable and/or is in no danger of ‘crashing’.

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    Sure manky will be long soon who is the water chem god lol that ll explain everything
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    Yup, you’re right Ajm, pending his arrival here are the links:

    Alkalinity

    http://www.mamkysanke.co.uk/html/und...buffering.html

    Obviously explains it all better than my effort!

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