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Re: Habitat/ponds


My brother transplanted a handful of gook from a bog to jumpstart his.

Libby
Maryland zone 6

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 3:01 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] 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.
>
> Noreen
> 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?
>
> Eva
>
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