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Re: Habitat/ponds

Eva, congratulations on the pond...you will LOVE it.  LOL, I'm not the least 
surprised by what you were told.....it's retail after all.   Number one reason 
for pea soup water is fish overload.  Ponds are really easy to keep balanced 
as long as you don't over do the fish.   By the way, another retail 
gimmick...you have to have a pump or it will be a stagnant water hole.  Not true, if 
there is balance, then you can have the clearest nicest pond even without a pond 
and filter.   Be patient though, either way...with a new pond, it takes a 
little bit of time to get it balanced, many people end up with a green pond for a 
few days in the beginning before it gets balanced out.  This is usually when 
the retailers will try even harder to sell you UV filters, chemicals, etc.  
Just be patient.....
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 1/25/2004 10:41:20 PM Central Standard Time, 
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
Thanks, Donna.  I think I will like it too, though, my big fear is that I am 
going to do something wrong or not achieve the right balance and end up with 
huge algae pea soup mess!  

I chose not to go with the supposedly foolproof professional skimmer setup 
because I wanted a pond that was as energy efficient as I could make it.  And 
course all of the "pond experts" in the nurseries all claim that you HAVE to 
have a skimmer and HAVE to have a filter with UV or else you will never have 
pond that will support any kind of life except algae.  I want to prove them 

My pond will not be a stagnant water hole.  I do have a pump, which will be 
connected to a biofilter and the water will be directed over rocks for a 
waterfall.  I bought the most energy efficient pump I could find.  It doesn't 
pump 10 million gallons per hour, but by my calculations, it should be 
sufficient for the size of my pond to circulate the water reasonably well.  
Oh well, 
we shall see.

Long Island, NY
Zone 6/7

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