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Setting Up A 'Temperate' Pond

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Re: Setting up a 'Temperate' Pond
« Reply #100 on: October 12, 2018, 11:29:12 AM »
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The pond is now a year old and doing well. The most problematic period was during the hot spell we had. Finding ways to keep the pond cool without dramatic changes in water parameters (pH mainly).proved challenging. During the cold spell the insulation used and heater wattage (2 x 300w titanium) proved more than sufficient to keep the temperature stable.
I was always concerned about algae growth but have never had any real problems with this as the plants I used have grown profusely keeping algae at bay.
The mainly riverine fish are all doing well as I installed a high turnover pump / filtration system. The pump turnover is about 10 x per hour taking losses into account.
I think that treating the pond more like an “outdoor aquarium” has made the difference (50% water changes weekly). It’s tiny in comparison to standard ponds and thus easier to manage.

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Re: Setting up a 'Temperate' Pond
« Reply #101 on: October 12, 2018, 08:00:53 PM »
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Happy Pond Anniversary/Birthday  :cheers:

Thanks for keeping us up-to-date. I've thoroughly enjoyed hearing about your pond, and seeing the pictures.  :)

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Re: Setting up a 'Temperate' Pond
« Reply #102 on: October 29, 2018, 05:14:29 PM »
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Hi All have created some still pics from the pond video's I have taken.
The brighter pics were from July and the others from October.
The Rainbow shiners have lost their metallic blue sheen in the October pics.
Rest of the fish are Red Shiners, Odessa Barbs, Golden Barbs and WCMM
Plants are aponogeton henkelianus, Anubias Barteri (nana), Hornwort, Elodea and a couple of lilies
There are a couple of more pics in the next post.

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Re: Setting up a 'Temperate' Pond
« Reply #103 on: October 29, 2018, 05:17:20 PM »
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Last couple of pics attached.

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Re: Setting up a 'Temperate' Pond
« Reply #104 on: October 29, 2018, 05:51:11 PM »
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Re: Setting up a 'Temperate' Pond
« Reply #105 on: October 29, 2018, 08:14:21 PM »
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Looks great.  ;D

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Re: Setting up a 'Temperate' Pond
« Reply #106 on: October 29, 2018, 08:58:24 PM »
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Oh, I do love your photos. Stunning fish!  8)

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Re: Setting up a 'Temperate' Pond
« Reply #107 on: October 29, 2018, 09:39:36 PM »
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Great pics of your pond & fish.  8)

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Re: Setting up a 'Temperate' Pond
« Reply #108 on: October 30, 2018, 05:03:54 PM »
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Latest set of readings from the Pond (last 7 days).
As you can see the cold spell has "kicked" the heating into life.
pH and Ammonia (NH3) are stable.
I have also added the Kelvin reading from the Seneye for info.


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Re: Setting up a 'Temperate' Pond
« Reply #109 on: November 01, 2018, 09:00:04 AM »
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Had a report from the Seneye to say the Web Interface wasn't available. Found that the RCD on the Pond had tripped. I subsequently found out that one of the Heaters had failed. I have ordered another one, but I have others I can utilise if required.
Currently I'm just using the 1 300w heater which appears to be coping extremely well (see graph).
Temperature dropped to about 17.3 C, however, the Seneye is reading about 0.6 C below the actual Pond temperature (measured using a mercury thermometer). I could trim the Seneye but I don't as it gives me some leeway.


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Re: Setting up a 'Temperate' Pond
« Reply #110 on: November 01, 2018, 09:04:04 AM »
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Got that wrong 17.1 (From Seneye)  :vcross:

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Re: Setting up a 'Temperate' Pond
« Reply #111 on: November 08, 2018, 04:00:53 PM »
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After a thorough check I found that the heater I thought was suspect is fine (I now have a spare). I think the RCD may be the problem. I am running on 1 heater currently which I now believe is more than capable of sustaining the pond temperature on it’s own (based on the heating gradients I’m getting from the Seneye). I have increased the Temperature to 22 C with a drop of 1 C before the heating cuts in again. I will monitor this closely to see how much more power consumption I’m getting as the weather turns colder. I think the increase will provide more of a safety net if I have a failure again.
I have left the 2 heaters in situ and will utilise both by swapping them over on a weekly basis.

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