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Old 04-19-2009, 06:30 AM   #21
 
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The shubunkins were still quite shy during the morning feeding. They just hid in the plants while the mollies gulped down the food. (I use a mixture of flakes and goldfish pellets). I actually feared that the mollies would overeat.

The late afternoon feeding was better. The goldfish would zip up, snap up some food and dive again. Still quite shy and unused to my presence. However, after that feeding, I noticed the goldfish were swimming about more. Also, they no longer swim away quickly when someone peers into the pond. I hope this keeps up. I think they were still hungry since I put in less food, but it's better to underfeed than overfeed.

And here are some crappy pics from my phone camera. I hope to borrow a better camera when my set up is complete.













Still quite bare save for a few plants and pebbles. Will be adding more soon. I can't get a decent shot of the fish. They keep on swimming out of frame. But at least they're energetic and so far don't show signs of ammonia stress.


My DIY bucket filter, a modification of SKAustin's design, found at the DIY section of this forum. And I just remembered, I haven't PM'ed him my thanks yet.

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Old 04-20-2009, 03:03 AM   #22
 
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although the pics are small,you can still get a really good feel for the pond :)
they're really clear.
once the fish have more cover they'll venture out more,
you should also find with ttime that the fish will come over to you
at feeding time.
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Old 04-20-2009, 04:19 AM   #23
 
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They're clickable thumbnails so you can zoom in. :D

Sadly, I lost one of the goldfish. Just a couple of hours after I took those pics, heavy rain and strong winds hit. It rained overnight, and in the morning, we found one of the goldfish dead. Probably wasn't able to handle the stress of new home and bad weather. The mollies are currently the bosses of the pond, while the goldfish returned to being shy, hiding all the time and not feeding when I'm looking.
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:31 PM   #24
 
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silly me lol
once the plants grow the fish will feel more secure,
sorry to hear you've had bad weather and lost one of the fish.
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:56 PM   #25
 
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Very nice. It looks like a good conversation starter.
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Old 04-22-2009, 02:19 AM   #26
 
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Yeah. Thanks for the compliments. The neighbors and some of my mom's friends have seen it already and it's quite the conversation starter.
I've yet to show this to my friends, but I doubt they'll get to see this personally since I live far from my school/workplace. It's a one and a half hour commute.

We're still having bad weather here. Weather forecasts say it's going to continue for the rest of the week, even though there's no storm. But it seems the fish are faring well, so all's good. The rain's even providing labor-free water changes for me. XD
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Old 04-23-2009, 01:47 PM   #27
 
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glad to hear the fish are doing ok.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:40 AM   #28
 
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i hope the settle in soon :)
how are they at feeding time ?

kymmie......
why is yours empty ?
It's empty because when I started it I used two preformed pond liners separated by a waterfall and then saw how the free formed versions looked so I tore it all down and started from scratch. It's great being able to follow adiumroot's thread so I'll have a blue print to follow once I get back on my pond project. I plan on getting busy with it in the next two weeks.

Adiumroot, your pond is looking fantastic. I think I'm also going to go with shubunkins in my pond.
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:21 AM   #29
 
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It's empty because when I started it I used two preformed pond liners separated by a waterfall and then saw how the free formed versions looked so I tore it all down and started from scratch. It's great being able to follow adiumroot's thread so I'll have a blue print to follow once I get back on my pond project. I plan on getting busy with it in the next two weeks.

great :) will you do a pond build thread ?
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Old 04-29-2009, 11:17 AM   #30
 
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Thanks for the compliments, aunt kymmie. However, looking great is not equal to doing great, especially in my case.

I lost another one of them two days ago. My ammonia readings have gone down and because of the nitrite spike, my fish got stressed and one of them got what I suspected to be mouth rot. It happened very fast. It lost appetite one day and the next day, it was already lying weakly on the bottom. I separated it immediately and gave it a salt dip but it didn't last more than a few hours. It died with some white thing on its mouth and face, like the skin was peeling off.

The rest of the fish seem to be okay but I continue to observe them closely, just in case anything weird happens. I'm expecting ich next since I saw one of the fish occasionally rubbing against a plant, and will be treating once I see spots on any the fish. Problem with my pond is that it's very hard to observe the fish up close unlike in a tank. I try dipping my head with my face quite near the water (it looks like I'm drinking out of the pond) but the fish just dart away. I don't want to net them yet since I might stress them out more.

If it goes past a week without spots showing up, then I guess it's safe, since I've read ich only has a life cycle of 4 or 5 days. Anyone can verify this?

I've learned my lesson and will now go fishless cycling the next time I set up a tank/pond.

Like they say, expect the best but prepare for the worst.
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