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Scott Francis Baker


August 4th, 2002

Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut, that held its ground @ 11:21 pm

Let's see what's going on. Yesterday my cousin Kevin (aka "physics") brought his computer over and we swapped all kinds of filles. I got about 4 gigs worth of Dragonball Z, all of the Osbournes, all of Jackass and some other stuff. We basically just swapped all kinds of data. Very cool. I have lots of stuff to watch now. Oh... and Ben is officially up to 35 episodes of Duck Tales!

Today I went to Home Depot and got a little a pond kit. Essentially it came with everything you need to build a pond: liner, pump, filter, tubing, and a little fountain. It's not the nice liner like Dave suggested, but it was cheaper and part of that kit. Brought it home and Ben and I put it all together. It's full of water and the pump is running right now. I'll let it run for a while to aerate the water and then I'll slow acclimate my gold fish to the pond. I'll have to get some more fish now, it's a pretty big pond.
 
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From:subbes
Date:August 5th, 2002 09:25 am (UTC)
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How many goldfish are you putting into the pond? You may not want to get more -- goldfish require 5 cubic feet of surface area per fish in a pond (in comparison to the 10 gallons of water per fish rule in a tank). I'd even consider a canister filter in there to keep things going smoothly, as if someone dies in a pond it's a lot less likely to be spotted and the body could mess the water up pretty badly without filtration or water changes.
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From:muerte
Date:August 5th, 2002 11:50 am (UTC)
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5 cubic feet of surface area... no way. That's a LOT of surface area. I have a 60 gallon pond with maybe ... 10 cubic feet of surface area, it should be able to hold more than two fish.

I do have a filter, so I should be ok in that respect.
From:subbes
Date:August 5th, 2002 12:28 pm (UTC)
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Well, the surface area per fish thing is because the air exchange for a pond isn't very much because the water is still. Arranging the filter so it breaks the surface of the water should up aeration, and perhaps some airstones as well. A fountain is a good aerator, but can also stress out the fish if they're not used to splashing.

What kind of fish are these? Commons are good pond fish if you get nice healthy ones, fancies you may have to bring in for the winter, koi can and will try to jump out at the most inappropriate moments (like, say, when you're asleep, or holding a garden party).
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From:muerte
Date:August 5th, 2002 01:12 pm (UTC)
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I have a waterfall and a little fountain thing going (I'll post pictures when it's done), so the water should be fairly aerated.

I'm just talking about common $.10 goldfish. They live in a little 10 gallon aquarium with no water movement at all right now.
From:subbes
Date:August 5th, 2002 02:17 pm (UTC)
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Ah, commons. Terribly hardy things, but they really do need more room than the popular myth perpetuates. 10 gallons each is a must, 20 gallons each is absolute heaven for finnedbabies.

Just call me ms. Fish Activist.

Scott Francis Baker