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    4x2x2 Heated Pond

    Thanks. The spechti I always thought were hardier than opercularis but not as much as occelatus. Some interesting info on this page M.spechti
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    4x2x2 Heated Pond

    Pond is developing nicely, I have added a few more aquarium type plants so see which are hardy. The Rotala indica is looking particularly magnificent and is colouring up nicely, and the Heteranthera zosterifolia is growing really well too. I have added a dozen WCMM and six Macropodus spechti...
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    4x2x2 Heated Pond

    New year new project. We finally moved out of grizzly London back in January to the not yet sunny Kent coast. We're just renting for now but this is the first proper garden I have had apart from the old allotment, for over 20 years, and it needs a water feature. After deciding probably not best...
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    Water meadow gardening

    How fantastic, and reassuring that we all run into the same problems with ponds, no matter the size. I think you have covered everything in great detail, I have learned quite a bit. I had very similar problems with a smaller pond and blanket algae that I couldn’t fix until I put in a small 1...
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    Allotment Pond

    Quick update: as the temperature has dropped quite quickly over the past week or so, was a bit worried that the fish might have died from the cold, not much sign of life until today, when I threw some flake into the pond. All the red shiners popped up as well as a few white clouds, a few minutes...
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    You like Water Lily and Lotus? - Picture heavy

    I went to Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden a couple of years ago, but I don't remember seeing these anywhere. I know it's a very big garden so easy to miss things, shame though, would have enjoyed seeing more
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    Allotment Pond

    Small video I took today, fish are getting very fat, though I only feed them once or twice a week and then only a tiny pinch of dry food. Have added a few more plants, native species, Luronium natans & Callitriche Sp. ands also some Limnophila Aromatica & Rotala rotundifolia from invitro...
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    Journal Jungle pond project...

    Stunning Sanj
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    Allotment Pond

    The plan is to catch everything up in October/November and move them into the polytunnel, if temperatures drop below 5-8C, I'll move them indoors. Bit worried about putting them back out in April because of all the hungry frogs.
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    Allotment Pond

    Pond has been getting better, I did dose EI a couple of times to try and stabilise system, and it seems to be working well. Before I did EI water lily leaves would never turn green instead go from red when new to yellow and die very quickly, now looking much better though. I added a pair of...
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    Allotment Pond

    Thanks for the info, think I will try the EI thing using KNO3 as a starting point, as Thames water is chock full of phosphates this time of year, and the solar powered pump is definitely a possibilty
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    Allotment Pond

    photos
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    Allotment Pond

    Hi all, my allotment pond has been going for about a month now, nothing fancy just a preformed liner about 750L. Water is a mix 50/50 rainwater and Eau de Thames. The pond has 6 baskets with following marginals: Caltha palustris x6 Alisma plantago x6 Butomus umbellatus x6 Cardamine pratensis...
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    Asian Cube 20L

    How about a 2 1/2 year update? Tank is still here, I don't do very much to it, just top up with fresh RO when needed & that is it. Plants are doing well, though growing quite slowly. Still a lot of algae of different sorts but have given up trying to get rid of it. It's as low maintenance as I...
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    Contemplating CO2

    Well this has been going for about a month now and I am really pleased, have set bubble at just under 1 bubble per second, which I know is very low by some but results have been great so far. All the plants you can see were struggling before but are now going a bit mad, and my ongoing cyano...
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