The hose coming out the top of the pump is a piece of garden hose. I use the egg crate to increase the draw area of the matting across the entire bottom of the basin rather than just the matting around the pump.
The faded writing says "Hose fastened with plastic ties through drilled holes. Notice the X formation which holds the ends up in the air keeping water from getting in the hose.
- Basin - couple bucks (actually In Stock).
- Piece of Pool hose - In Stock (scrap).
- Piece of garden hose - In Stock (scrap).
- Plastic ties - In Stock
- Filter matting - In Stock.
- Egg Crate - In Stock.
- Pump 15-25 bucks (actually In Stock).
Air Borne May Algae Spore
I had a terrible amount of floating (filamentatious?) green algae in my top pond this year. It coated the rocks on the waterfall with a thick matting of it. The reason there was little in the bottom pond I believe is because the koi ate it, although the water did get quite cloudy. It's cleared up quite nicely now though.
Thinking back it seems like this happens every year in the spring. I believe its an air borne spore that settles on the water and explodes with the sun and warm weather. It seems to disappear in June. I have been flushing the lava rock more frequently (at least weekly) and have noticed a prodigious
amount of dirt (floc? Algae?) coming out. More than I ever noticed before.
Since last fall I have been losing fish. Most have been getting nasty ulcers on their bodies, sometimes a growth around their mouths. Sometimes nothing visible at all. Sometimes the bigger ones, sometimes the smaller ones. Sometimes one or two a week, sometimes none for weeks. Lately almost one a day.
Tried everything. Wait awhile. Salted the water. Wait awhile. Changed the water. Wait awhile. Tried marine salt. Wait awhile. Used city water. Wait awhile. A little salt. Wait awhile. Used well water. Wait awhile. A lot of salt (40 lbs +). ....
Finally came across some stuff called "Fungus Eliminator" ($12 for 500 gals treatment) from Jungle Labs, reccoed by my aquarium guy (Cliff at Fish Tails, Brick township, NJ (732-840-6868). It seems to have done the trick. Haven't lost one in over a week (fingers crossed). I was thinking it was a parasite but I guess not. Was figuring I was gonna have to let them all die and drain the pond to kill it.
(Note posted later) The Fungus medicine seems to have done the trick. Nearly 3 weeks and all I've lost (so far) are those that were seriously infected. I only used one bottle even though the directions reccoed 3 (or more). Cliff had said he thought it would be better to use less than more.
Recently read a very good paper on fish disease on KOIUSA.Com. (Address in Pond Links). It had a salt recommendation in there that works out to 1 lb per 55 gallons of water. (It actually said something about 3 teaspoons per gallon or something but I worked it out to lbs for easier figuring.)
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