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RE: habitat/ponds

Ah, that's the difference. Mine is a koi pond. I also have many plants
which are kept in check by the koi.... 


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of TeichFlora@aol.com
> Sent: Monday, January 26, 2004 1:40 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] habitat/ponds
> Donna, it's just like when you shut off your pumps up north for the
> winter.
> Same principle.  If there are sufficient plants, and minimal fish,
> the
> plants (oxygenators)  create oxygen during the day.  There is ample
> surface
> space.  One just has to have a good balance.
> The only ponds that have pumps in them are the two larger in ground
> since they have goldfish, one butterfly Koi, and turtles.  I do also
> the
> sound of the water, and get plenty of that with just the two
> ponds.....each one
> has a stream and a separate spill off of some sort (waterfall, whiskey
> barrel,
> etc.). The streams help to filter the water, as well as each spill off
> going
> through a bio-filter.  All the other in ground and container ponds
have no
> pumps at all.
> I don't have typical  Koi ponds, per se.  As you know, Koi need much
> filtration and oxygen than other pond fish, especially in our
> since
> Koi are known to eat plants, there usually are fewer plants in these
> ponds.
> My ponds are all watergardens though, rather than fish ponds, so have
> more
> plant material than anything else.  The plants act as natural
> and
> produce oxygen.   My ponds are always clear, and with the coverage of
> plants the water stays cool.  I don't have any cold blooded fish
> or Koi)
> in these ponds, but rather Gambusi (native mosquito fish) and in the
> warmer
> months a few tropical fish, like Bettas, or Gourami, etc.  These
> particular
> tropical fish are anabantoids and don't require as much filtration or
> aeration as
> many others might.  So between minimal fish and tons of plants, the
> stay clear.
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
> In a message dated 1/26/2004 8:38:33 AM Central Standard Time,
> gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
> Noreen- or anyone...
> How do you add more oxygen to the pond without some kind of
> I would think your area (heat) would cause more of a problem than
> Just curious, doubt I would change my set up as I enjoy hearing the
> water via the falls.
> Donna
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