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Re: Habitat/ponds

I don't use chemicals either, and haven't used that particular brand, but 
have used others when first starting a biofilter.  It works fine in jumpstarting 
the pond in the balance process.  Have been told that one should use it each 
spring when restarting the biofilter, but found that once you have a balanced 
pond, this is not necessary, since the pond naturally contains the beneficial 
bacteria........unless you refill the pond fresh, then it would probably be 
necessary.   Biggest mistake people make, as Donna mentioned, is doing complete 
water changes, or thoroughly cleaning the pond....thus getting rid of every bit 
of beneficial bacteria, and having to start all over again.  Even using the 
microbelift, be patient.

zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 1/26/2004 11:02:41 PM Central Standard Time, 
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
Thanks, Noreen!  I think I'll love the pond, too.  I just can't wait until 
spring gets here so I can get to it!  I don't plan to overstock the pond with 
fish.  I just want a few goldifsh.  I'm not going to bother with Koi unless I 
get really good at keeping the pond.  I can't be bothered with anything too 
finicky right now, and from what I've read, Koi need perfect conditions.  

I don't plan to use any chemicals either.  I want the pond to balance 
naturally.  I was going to start it off with Microbelift (beneficial bacteria 
enzymes).  Do any of you use that product?  If so, what do you think of it?


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