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Fish pond

Updated on July 14, 2012

Good Housekeeping

Well it is that time of year again the annual cleaning out of my pond, This usually involves getting rid of old leaves and other detritus that has gathered over the winter period and generally checking the condition of the fish. This year sees me trying a new Ultra Violet light set up which I hope will control the ongoing algae war. I have decided to try a remote UV filter in order to be able to clean the glass tube the pond water runs outside of. The UV light sits inside the glass tube and emits light all the way around it's circumference.

New ultra violet filter

New filter and fountain pump
New filter and fountain pump | Source

Silicon Gun at the ready

New filter and pump for the fountain

New remote UV filter.

Ultra violet light filter unit
Ultra violet light filter unit | Source

Poor water quality

As you can see from the next picture the water quality is pretty poor. In addition to the new UV filter I will start to slowly add fresh water and remove some of the old winter water. As long as this is done a bit at a time no issues with chlorine should occur. My hosepipe also has a jet option on the trigger an old hand told me that blasting the water in takes out some of the chlorine as well.

Mirror Carp

Pretty big guys now the two Mirror carp I had given.
Pretty big guys now the two Mirror carp I had given. | Source

The guys are staring to get lively

Goldfish in good spirits
Goldfish in good spirits | Source

Golden orfe

Had this guy from when I built the pond. I had to house him in a plastic barrel until I had finished the pond. It is a fish called the  Golden Orfe
Had this guy from when I built the pond. I had to house him in a plastic barrel until I had finished the pond. It is a fish called the Golden Orfe | Source

A little tip for would be pond builders

After building the pond I rushed of for all the various treatments,ph testing kit,chlorine neutraliser, and a tonne of other stuff. Reading all the various booklets came up with the same method for working out your ponds volume. length x depth x breadth to find the volume of water. As I had built slopping sides this would not be an easy task. I found a gallon can and set my hosepipe at full volume when it was filled I noted how long it took to fill a gallon . I timed how long it took to fill the pond and that gave me the total volume of the pond. For information purposes the pond holds 1,500 litres or 333 gallons

Some shots of the pond furniture.

Come springtime it will look great
Come springtime it will look great | Source

Mrs G's annoying statue

No comment
No comment | Source

Filter box and separate ultra violet light unit

Filter setup
Filter setup | Source

Decisions desicions

I was going to take the plunge and ad a heater this winter and keep the fish active, I was more or less committed to doing it after last years winter when for the first time I lost some fish due to a very cold spell indeed. Problem is I like the seasonal nature of the pond and spring time sees the guys very active. Usually with the water change and general spring clean they will get a bit amorous and start chasing the females around the pond. One year we had hundreds of fry but none survived. Never found out why I even put some in separate tanks. Well I will leave it there on this hub as I would like to post some more as the water clears up and the eternal mating game starts again. One more thing is watch out for the annual sweet corn feeding frenzy when the will literally jump out of the pond for the stuff.

Mirror carp

Big boys now
Big boys now | Source

No fishing

A bit of lucky heather for an added touch
A bit of lucky heather for an added touch | Source

A bit of floral fun

A few flowers never go amiss around the old pond and they usually attract small insects and flies which the fish will take off the surface. Given the choice I would prefer the fish eat all naturally occurring food sources but the old carp sticks have to be used to supplement their daily intake. Sweet corn literally drives them wild and they can never get enough of the stuff. The big drawback with sweet corn is that the outer coating on the corn does not get digested and ends up making a heck of a mess. I am lucky that we have a drainage manhole very near the pond and a clever little water hoover device is employed to clean the bottom. This works by means of the syphon principle and requires no power or other means of activating it.

Hanging baskets

These are truly a beautiful plant the ever present pansies.
These are truly a beautiful plant the ever present pansies. | Source

A white variety

A white variety pansies
A white variety pansies | Source

Pot belly stove and a glass of cider

That time of year again. Pond all done and just adding some new flowers
That time of year again. Pond all done and just adding some new flowers | Source

Time to put my feet up

Next job is to paint the barbecue. Usually buy a new one every year. This one is still in good condition.
Next job is to paint the barbecue. Usually buy a new one every year. This one is still in good condition. | Source

New camera in action

Bought a new camera this week it is a Fujifilm FinePix S2950. Never been one for photography really and my camera on my mobile has always been good enough for me. My recent visit to Shibden Hall museum showed up it's lack of features, Although that was mainly due to the poor flash. As I plan to do some hobby photography I thought I may as well take the plunge. It looks very much like an SLR camera but is not. After practising taking pictures of the fish feeding and attempting to catch the fish actually reaching out with there mouths I found the feature which allows multiple shots to be taken in succession. So here they are although I have not perfected it yet.

Golden Orfe and various carp

New camera in action
New camera in action | Source

coy carp

Golfish,golden orfe,coy carp
Golfish,golden orfe,coy carp | Source

Big old mirror carp

Mirror carp coming at you.
Mirror carp coming at you. | Source

Trying some shots in bright sunlight

Mirror carp basking in bright sunlight
Mirror carp basking in bright sunlight | Source

Eco systems

Buzz words are something that really annoy me, Must be my age. Although we have had the pond for a lot of years one thing I never considered was using the pond water for growing plants with. Last year saw me trying my hand at growing some tomatoes. As my competitive edge kicked in I wondered how I could give my toms a head start. Usually Mrs G will water her plants from the normal hosepipe, I decided to try some of the old pond water on the tomatoes and the results were staggering. I know it makes perfect sense that nutrients are bound to be plentiful in the old pond water. And so we ended up watering all our house and garden plants with the stuff. I usually scrape the side of the pond as I draw water out and this usually fills the can with a fair amount of green algae. Well whatever it is it's good for growing plants with and I highly recommend it to would be pond builders.

More shots in bright sunlight

Trying out different modes with my new camera
Trying out different modes with my new camera | Source

Golden Orfe

Golden Orfe in full swim
Golden Orfe in full swim | Source

Golden Orfe

Taking food off the top
Taking food off the top | Source

Use as a relaxation video if you like

New arrivals

One of my rush decisions was to purchase two albino Sturgeon this week. I had figured on buying some fish which would keep the ever present algae at bay. Turns out they do not eat algae. After some internet browsing they appear to be fond of prawns among other things. I am going to buy some special sinking food for them. Night time sees them very active. One unusual activity seems to be trying to leave the water. I will add some video of them now to let you have a look.

Albino Sturgeon

Albino Sturgeon

Fish out of water
Fish out of water | Source

Sturgeon

Waiting for my first bowl of Caviare
Waiting for my first bowl of Caviare | Source

Sturgeon in my waterfall

They love playing in the waterfall
They love playing in the waterfall | Source

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      Stuart Goddard 5 years ago from Bradford

      It has been a long journey alocsin. As a former fisherman come hunter.Poacher turned game keeper not sure yet;)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I would never tackle such a complex project on my own. Fortunately, that didn't stop you and you produced something wonderful. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Stuart Goddard 5 years ago from Bradford

      I spent ages trying to get shots of the fish feeding. I like to see there mouths extending and taking food. Guess what it has a mode to take multiple shots in succession. Just added video of fish feeding molometer. Thanks

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow those mirror carp are great specimens.

      The water looks lovely and clear so the pump works well.

      The new camera is doing a good job by the looks of photographs.

      Has the camera got a video feature? As the fountain would look good on video I would imagine?

      Nice hub stugod, voted up and interesting.

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      Stuart Goddard 5 years ago from Bradford

      Thank you AudreyHowitt. It has been a long journey with the old pond. One thing I can assure you of is that fish are a lot smarter than people give them credit for.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Nice pictures! Looks like a great pond!