[gardeners] Re total pond disaster

matt trahan (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Mon, 26 Oct 1998 02:14:22 EST

Hi Myra,
 Sorry to hear about your pond problems! I would declor the water as a
minimum first choice. Call your city water department and find out if
they use cloramines or just simple chlorine to treat your tap water.
 If it's just chlorine, run the waterfall for at least 24 hours and the
chlorine should dissipate by itself. Adding some simple chlorine remover
(we use Genisis, cheap and effective) will help also. Try and make sure
the pond temp and the tub temp are as close as possible. Go ahead and bag
and float the fish to acclimatize them to the pond, just like you did
when you first brought them home. If you have enough space in the tub,
just move a few fish and wait 12 hours to see how the fish in the pond
 If your city uses chloramines, make sure you add something that will
remove chloramine like Ammo Lock 2 or Kardons(?) Pond chlorine and
chloramine remover.
 Adding some Stresscoat ($$) or Genis at the recommended amounts to both
the tub and the pond would be good too.
 You may have to double the amount of ammolock to get it to work. Our tap
water truly s*cks, at best. I've had to add double, and on occation, even
triple the amount to get it down to the appropriate level.
 Test the water for ammonia level befor you begin treating it. Some test
kits will still produce a false positive reading after you have added the
appropriate amount of chlorine/chloramine remover.
 I just got back from a garden overload weekend in DC. I'm still up in
Surry Va. I'll be home in Elizabeth City (matttrahan@ecsu.campus.mci.net)
late tomorrow night(1st choice for email). I'll check the garden@juno.com
address Monday night before I leave Surry (about 7-8pm) and again about 3
hours later that night at home.
 Hope your fish are ok.

Matt Trahan,  matttrahan@escu.campus.mci.net  OR  garden@juno.com
USDA zone 8, AHS heat zone 7, Sunset zone 31, northeastern North Carolina

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