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One year on and still a brown, murky pond



 
 
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Old April 10th 10, 01:48 PM posted to rec.ponds
whiskybelle
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Default One year on and still a brown, murky pond

Hi,

I excavated a 5 x 3m pond last April, lined it and filled it, bought
masses of oxygenating plants and potted up some pond plants but now one
year on, despite clearing all debris in the autumn and again this week,
the water is brown, stagnant and all but a handful of oxygenators are
dead.

I want a natural wildlife pond without a pump if possible. I live in
the Highlands of Scotland, about 1000m above sea level and the soil
around is naturally acidic. Our tap water is pure, with no additives and
the pond was filled by hose. I'm at the point of thinking about filling
the flaming thing in again.

Can someone help please?




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Old April 10th 10, 04:12 PM posted to rec.ponds
Rodney Pont[_3_]
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Default One year on and still a brown, murky pond

On Sat, 10 Apr 2010 08:48:08 -0400, whiskybelle wrote:


Hi,

I excavated a 5 x 3m pond last April, lined it and filled it, bought
masses of oxygenating plants and potted up some pond plants but now one
year on, despite clearing all debris in the autumn and again this week,
the water is brown, stagnant and all but a handful of oxygenators are
dead.

I want a natural wildlife pond without a pump if possible. I live in
the Highlands of Scotland, about 1000m above sea level and the soil
around is naturally acidic. Our tap water is pure, with no additives and
the pond was filled by hose. I'm at the point of thinking about filling
the flaming thing in again.

Can someone help please?


Hi,

How deep is the pond and what compost did you use for the plants? Have
you changed the water at all and is it mains water or from a local
well? What were the plants you put in and are they likely to be able to
survive a winter up there?

The brown has to come from the planting medium or run off from the
surrounding area so is it possible that runoff water can get into the
pond?

Stagnant means there isn't enough water movement to oxygenate it
properly, does it get any sun? Is there any algae floating around?

Usually a new pond takes time to settle down and the water will go
green from algae that grows from the nutrients in the fresh water. It
could be that you have very few nutrients in your water and need to add
food for the plants that you put in. If you used your local soil it
could be browning the water and be low in nutrients. Peat will always
stain water brown for instance.

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Old September 12th 10, 09:35 PM posted to rec.ponds
Bohgosity BumaskiL
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Default One year on and still a brown, murky pond

"Rodney Pont" wrote in message
systems.ltd.uk...
(...)
It could be that you have very few nutrients in your
water and need to add
food for the plants that you put in.

(...)
I run a fifty gallon tank. I do not use fertilizer stronger than silt from
vacuuming. I hav two eighteen inch echinodoruses. On the bottom of their pot
is silt. Above that is peat. To keep the peat in there is clay. To keep the
clay from even potentially clouding the water, which it would not, there is
sand. No soluble fertilizer is in my water. I tried that. It was not
necessary.

The guy who started this thread is suffering from a brown tide. I see
nothing to do but change the water.


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Old April 25th 11, 07:33 PM
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Generally nature water is not in brown color so may be you have a plant or something from which your pond is getting this kind of color. So first of all found out that. And you told your oxygen plants also dead, so there must be problem with water.
 




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