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Pond in the garden of the property we're renting! Help!!
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Dae
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Location: Wales, UK

PostPosted: 2006.03.31(Fri)8:06    Post subject: Pond in the garden of the property we're renting! Help!! Reply with quote

OK first off, let me explain why the pond is not ours. We're renting this property, we don't own it. I knew of a pond in the garden but assumed it was empty since it's a rental property, no sane person would leave fish in a rental property pond in the UK and not let anybody know.

Since I didn't go in the garden much last year (moved in march 05, I was very pregnant then) I had no idea fish lived there. Much to my horror when I went out to the garden this spring, the pond is full of fish! Worse off, there are several dead. Shocked I know absolutely NOTHING about ponds, as we only keep tropical fish indoors.

They're some type of goldfish, no idea really. Roughly 5-10cm in length, no fancy tails, either all gold, gold & white, gold & black, or gold & black & white. The tub has had NO filtration, NO heating, and NO care whatsoever. As it's obviously been fairly self sufficient I don't know what to do now that it isnt.

So what I need to know is: What can I do to help these poor fish? They're dying and I want to save them. Here's the basics, as I understand them.

-Water Test Readings:
Ammonia: ?
NitrIte: 0
NitrAte: 0
pH: 6.4
KH: 0
GH: 0
Water Temperature: ?

-Pond size and Filtration: approx. 160cm wide, 231cm long, no filtration that I can see. No idea how deep it is, sorry.

-Pond Inhabitants (How many, how big?): unknown numbers of goldfish, seems to be fish ranging from about 5-10cm in length

-How long the pond has been set up: ?

-Is the pond planted: Yes

-Pond maintenance routine: None

Here's a composite picture of what's in it as far as plants from last spring.


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PostPosted: 2006.04.01(Sat)13:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gosh that's a beautiful little pond.

The water readings look pretty good, so I don't think you need to do much except for getting the dead ones out, and possibly finding homes for the extras if there are a ton of fish in there. Once the water warms up you might want to start feeding them a little (but obviously they took good care of themselves last year). That, and making sure there is no way the baby can fall in.
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PostPosted: 2006.04.06(Thu)9:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally I think the fish should be fine, considering the water readings and general health of the plants. Like Maura said, start feeding them a little and maybe do a water-change.
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PostPosted: 2006.04.15(Sat)15:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where to in Wales are you? I`m in cardiff
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PostPosted: 2006.04.17(Mon)10:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice looking pond, wish my landlord would let me dig up the garden to put a ond in.

I didn't realise there were any other welshies on here, I'm from Merthyr
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Dae
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PostPosted: 2006.04.18(Tue)2:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't imagine there are many welshies on here. I'm not truly welsh, being from the US, but I live in wales now.

I didn't dig this pond up, it was here when we moved in, thus my terror in finding fish in it! I have found it to be pretty self-sustaining, thankfully, so I try not to stress too much Rolling Eyes

Thanks everybody for all the advice!
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PostPosted: 2006.04.26(Wed)10:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Thanks everybody for all the advice!


Not that I realy gave much, but it's a pleasure.
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