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  1. Sakura8
    07-23-2012 10:43 PM - permalink
    Sakura8
    Oh yes, they are big babies. :D They exist to make me fret. Thanks again Izzy for talking me out of a panic. I did another huge water change today that hopefully brought the nitrates down from 40 so maybe they'll feel better. Seems like the 10 water hyacinth in there are helping with nitrate control.

    The koi guy said they should have a KH of 8 and a GH of 16 so I do have a bag of crushed coral in there but he said since it takes time for the coral to dissolve, the big water changes are taking away all the minerals that would make the hardness go up. But if I don't do the water changes, the nitrates go up. So confused.
  2. Sakura8
    07-22-2012 09:10 PM - permalink
    Sakura8
    Except now the temp's up again. But they still aren't eating. :( How healthy is it for them to not eat when the water temp is about 70-75? I guess I don't have to worry about them outgrowing their pond; they apparently won't eat enough to grow.

    Haha, some of the vets probably are. A whole lot of them ended up at one of my local vet clinics, which is nice.
  3. Sakura8
    07-22-2012 12:15 AM - permalink
    Sakura8
    UC Davis is probably one of the best veterinary schools in the country. That and medicine are its main draws for students. The equine vets always accompany the US Olympic Equestrian Team to the Olympics, which is pretty neat.

    Checked out the floating plant bags but they're all like 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep or something like that. The koi place has water hyacinth for $1.50 so I figured if they eat them, it's not too much to replace them. Gonna have to order a shelter though, or construct one from river rocks.
  4. Sakura8
    07-19-2012 11:36 PM - permalink
    Sakura8
    It's a really nice place. The guy actually runs it out of his garage but the house is on the outskirts of the city so it has a huge yard, probably half an acre. He has a bunch of champion koi and he collaborates with the local university's veterinary school on fish health. :3 Hoping to go tomorrow so I can look for a new shelter and ask why the nitrates are so high. And get more plants. Must. Resist. Buying. Fish. @_@

    I really love floating plants for their nitrate-eating abilities so I think I'm definitely going to look into those floating plant bags.
  5. Sakura8
    07-18-2012 11:31 PM - permalink
    Sakura8
    Yeah, I was thinking of the koi kastle. Was going to see if my local koi place had one first, otherwise . . . well, there are a few things I wanted to order from fostersmith anyway. :D I had a water hyacinth in there with them once but a month later, all that was left was the center of it. They ate off all the leaves and the roots. The floating basket might be a nice solution.
  6. Sakura8
    07-18-2012 11:07 PM - permalink
    Sakura8
    Izzy, my koi/goldfish and I seriously wouldn't know what to do without you. :) I'm glad that their not eating is normal for the temp change. Phew! I took out the Rubbermaid today and they're mad/scared and somewhere in there. Even without a hiding place, I still can't find them. I'll do what I can to entice them out tomorrow afternoon. I'll look for a new shelter or mutilate the Rubbermaid. I do have the marginal plants in their plant holders but they don't seem to do much for the nitrate problem. Wish I could put anachris and hornwort in there but I know it'd be gone in days.
  7. Sakura8
    07-18-2012 10:24 AM - permalink
    Sakura8
    Izzy, could a pretty big drop in temp cause my koi/goldfish to hide and not eat? Last week during the heatwave, the water was in the 70's but now that's so much cooler, it's 61. This is the second day in a row they've been hiding at the bottom and haven't come to eat.
  8. Sakura8
    07-17-2012 09:28 PM - permalink
    Sakura8
    I have some live plants but it was kind of hard to get really good oxygenating ones because they'd eat them. I have a dwarf water lily, some parrot milfoil, a water poppy, and a water clover that is taking over. I'm wondering . . . I have a pretty big rubbermaid turned on its side in there at one end, to provide a shelter. Do you think it could be obstructing the filter flow so a lot of debris is building up behind it? Should I try to find a shelter that is open at both ends so water flows through? Shee. The nitrate didn't even get that high in the 55gal.

    :) My dad bought a long, long hose that we use when we flush the filter, so the water reaches the lawn. Otherwise I'd feel so bad about wasting water.
  9. Sakura8
    07-17-2012 07:47 PM - permalink
    Sakura8
    Ugh. The nitrates in the pond are ridiculous! When I tested on Saturday, they were 80 so of course, big water change. I tested again today and they were 40! Another big water change. Not sure how I can keep the nitrates down. I can't afford to get enough Kent's Nitrate Sponge to treat 300 gallons every 2 months. o.O
  10. Sakura8
    07-16-2012 11:12 PM - permalink
    Sakura8
    Hmm, I might. I know he does build houses. Don't know if he's ever tackled a whole development before. :D

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    I got into the hobbyin 2007 with a high school project. Now I have 4 tanks and a koi pond
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