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    CHLORINE KILLS!

My pond horror story: 1 of several came about when I had a low water level. I turned the hose on (city chlorinated water) to fill it and forgot all about it. The next morning every fish was dead. Most were 5 year old goldfish, probably most around 6" or more (all grown from 10 centers).

It was the same water I had been using all along. I think what happened was that I USUALLY only put in a few inches at a time (pond 18-20" deep) so the chlorine had a chance to disipate and was never great enough to hurt fish. Between rain and hose overfilling whatever toxics was in water never got a chance to build up over time.

I think what happened this time was "just too much of a 'bad' thing at one time." Couldda cried. Use well water now.

I have more horror stories at: http://www.exit109.com/~gosta/pond.sht

From: "Gösta H. Lovgren" <"gosta@exit109.com"@Exit109.com>

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    KITCHEN TIMERS:

Don't laugh but I now carry a kitchen timer around whenever I go into my backyard! It all started one day when I was cleaning my filters and decided to open the drain on my filters. This flushes out the under-gravel portion of my filters and I usually flush this area out on a weekly basis for about 5 minutes or less.

The telephone rang and I rushed into the house to answer it.

I was working graveyard that night and about 02:30 AM I  jumped out of my chair! The filter bottom drains! I couldn't remember closing them. A call to my brother Bob at this time of the morning wasn't appreciated, but a half hour later he confirmed my fears. My pond had only 8 inches of water left in the deep end and my koi were very upset.

As I said, I now carry a kitchen timer around with me and any time I have done anything with the potential to drain the pond, I set it to go off every 5 minutes or so. Annonymous

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    LOW LEVEL CUTOFF SWITCHES:

I remember another time that I mistakenly drained down my pond. Unfortunately, I was in the grocery store when my wife saw me running out the door to my car.

I was backwashing my filters and went into the house to answer the phone. My wife asked if I needed anything from the store. Why yes, I had to have that new gadget that I had heard about.

These low level cut-offs sure do work well. They shut off your pump whenever the level gets too low to prevent itiots like me from killing my fish (who by the way must hate me). Same annonymous

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    Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 19:30:49 GMT

Subject: My Three Largest Koi Killed By Stupidity- Mine. From: Don Cunningham <donc@holli.com>

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If you use a pond heater, do NOT turn it off. WE had a period of 40 degree weather last week. ( Unusual in December ) I turned off the heater and proptly forgot it for 48 hours. When I checked the pond there was an inch of ice on it and my three largest Koi were belly up just under the ice. I would not have thought that would happen so quickly. I was so sick about it, I didn't even sign on to this newsgroup for two days. Any ideas as to what happened?

Date: 21 Dec 1995 21:36:45 -0500

From: aquaenviro@aol.com (AquaEnviro) Subject: Re: My Three Largest Koi Killed By Stupidity- Mine.

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I would guess they simply died from a lack of oxygen. When the ice came. the door shut to atmospheric transfer of oxygen. If the pond is fairly deep you could kept it open with air . Sorry it always hurts whenyou lose a friend. Paul

Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 00:32:37 GMT

From: hhullar5@texas.net (Harold Arnold) Subject: Re: My Three Largest Koi Killed By Stupidity- Mine.

Welcome to the stupitity club! My initiation came last summer when I terminated one of the largest denitizens of my pond by the unusual means of running over it with a tractor. It seems I was pumping water from the well and it had filled and water had begun to run over the spillway. One of my best 10 inch fish apparently was in the shallow water near the spillway when I stormed across on the tractor. I found the squashed victim on my return trip. It does leave one with a sick, hopeless feeling. I can only speculate on what happened in your case. I thought koi were safe in quite cold water. If it was a small pond could the ice have cut off oxygen? Here in South-Central Texas I doubt I'll ever have an ice problem. We had our 100 year record snow storm in 1985 with a 36 hour 15 inch mini-blizard. My large 3/4 acre pond didn't come close to freezing over, only about the edges. The temperature was generally in the mid to high 20's during the period. I suspect my 6,000 gal water garden pond which did not exist then would have come closer to freezing. But I have never seen ice on it in the five years since it was built. Harold

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    Date: 30 Dec 1995 19:49:12 -0500

From: rswinkler@aol.com (RSWinkler) Subject: New Pond Killing My Koi friends?......sniff

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Help!! I am an experienced Pond keeper but this year replaced my old 700 gallon pond with a 5000 gallon concrete pond with a liner underneath it...I live in Colorado and the last two months I have noticed a steady decline in the health of my Koi...the pH was high for a while....up to 8.6 but has been 7.4 for the last two weeks as I finally gave up and added Muriatic acid to lower it...in small doses...I started the winter with 12 koi .....from 3 inches to 20 inches in size... but have been reduced to one large one and one 6 incher left... the filter is running with water being drawn from the top pool skimmer and returned at the top also..so it has never frozen completely tho most of the pond is covered with about 4 inches of ice...the dead fish first seem to be "disoriented"...they swim....lethargically at the top under the ice....then get caught in the skimmer after a couple days...I have put a screen to keep them from getting all the way in ...then they start to swim upside down..if they swim much at all...then its over in a day or two after that.....I suppose it could be the "new Pond Syndrome" and the stress of the first winter in there for them..... I want to ask if any have any similar experiences?...the fish look free of diseases when I examine the dead ones...gills and all are ok...no sores visible....just dead...any suggetstions?? the water temp is 37 at the bottom...the pond is 5 feet deep and 24 by 18 feet ....any help would be much appreciated... I hadnt lost any fish in 6 years before this and many were from my first pond...thanx

Date: Sun, 31 Dec 95 08:57:56 PDT

From: sperling@nps.is.net

Subject: Re: New Pond Killing My Koi friends?......sniff

rswinkler@aol.com> writes:

Help!! I am an experienced Pond keeper but this year replaced my old 700 gallon pond with a 5000 gallon concrete pond with a liner underneath it...I live in Colorado and the last two months I have noticed a steady decline in the health of my Koi...the pH was high for a while....up to 8.6 but has been 7.4 for the last two weeks as I finally gave up and added Muriatic acid to lower it...in small doses...I started the winter with 12 koi .....from 3 inches to 20 inches in size... but have been reduced to one lage one and one 6 incher left... the filter is running with water being drawn from the top pool skimmer and returned at the top also..so it has never frozen completely tho most of the pond is covered with about 4 inches of ice...the dead fish first seem to be "disoriented"...they swim....lethargically at the top under the ice....then get caught in the skimmer after a couple days...I have put a screen to keep them from getting all the way in ...then they start to swim upside down..if they swim much at all...then its over in a day or two after that.....I suppose it could be the "new Pond Syndrome" and the stress of the first winter in there for them..... I want to ask if any have any similar experiences?...the fish look free of diseases when I examine the dead ones...gills and all are ok...no sores visible....just dead...any suggestions?? the water temp is 37 at the bottom...the pond is 5 feet deep and 24 by 18 feet ....any help would be much appreciated... I hadnt lost any fish in 6 years before this and many were from my first pond... thanx

While other problems may be operating, this spring coat the concrete with CIM liquid liner.

EDITOR'S NOTE: CIM is available by the gallon container from the POND SHOP. item CIM-1

NOTE: Please send the POND SHOP your favorite (or least favorite) horror stories. We do not print readers names unless specifically requested to. This is because some people have need of privacy as it relates to protection of their valued fish. (We have seen a new predator lately that arrives on two legs and can completely empty a pond in less than 1/2 hour).
This might be a good horror story which we will tell soon. Suffice it to say- Don't advertise the value and quality of your koi! PONDSHOP

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