On Greenish Pond is not a good movie title

29 Jun

I have mentioned this before but as the year goes by it seems even more evident. Having plants in an outdoor pond keeps the water much clearer and healthier.
In my big pond the turtles would eat any aquatic vegetation so the water becomes green with algae. I have a 500 gallon-per-hour (GPH) pump running on the pond but the filter won’t take out such small particles of algae.

In the little 30-gallon pond, all I have for filtration is a sponge filter connected to a small air pump. There are about 40 little Zebra Danios in there.

I imagine the big pond filled with Water Lilies and Water Hyacinth, Parrot’s Feather, and Water Lettuce, but it just won’t work with turtles, and that is the case if you are thinking about a Koi pond. They eat almost all vegetation, they get huge, and take massive filtering systems.

3 Responses to “On Greenish Pond is not a good movie title”

  1. natureintheburbs July 4, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    Nice blog! Our pond is really green right now. We always wanted some turtles in there, but I guess it’s probably not a good idea for us.

    • fishtanx2011 July 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

      Strange thing is, in this terrible heat, the pond cleared up a few days ago. I wonder why, maybe the filter is getting plugged up, in a good way, and capturing the algae particles.
      I’ll be reading your blog, we know someone from Annandale and it will be interesting to see the wildlife in that vicinity.

      • natureintheburbs July 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

        Good. Maybe ours will clear up too. Thanks for your comments.

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