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Scott Francis Baker

August 6th, 2002

marsupial free clam chowder @ 09:11 pm

Well tomorrow is another maintenance day at Web-ster. Lucky me, I get to get up at 3am and go to work to make sure the world is safe to send email for another day. Suck. So I'll go to bed now, not fall asleep until 11:00 and get up at 3:00. Suck.

But at least I'll be out of there by noon or so. I'm going to hook up with bigj and go down and pick up some slate and work on my pond. Ben is supposed to get us some goldfish for the pond. So hopefully I can get some work done towards finishing that thing as well. I think I tracked down and electrician too, I just need to call them tomorrow and find out prices and availability.

Woohoo, off to bed.
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Date:August 7th, 2002 09:29 am (UTC)
Okay, here's the deal. If you mortar in your rocks today, you shouldn't add fish until sometime next week. The lime in the mortar will leach into the water, so you need to speed up the process a little bit.
  • Mortar in your rocks, you should wait two days before adding water so the mortar has time to cure.
  • Fill the pond up with water and run the pump across your waterfall so you can make sure everything is working properly and you have no leaks. Let the water do it's thing for a day (start in the morning before you go to work.
  • Pick up a pint or so of Myratic Acid (10% hydrochoric mixture) from the hardware store along with a bristle brush. Drain the water from your pond and splash the acid on the rocks and mortor. Brush down the mortar and let the acid draw out the lime. Keep water handy, you don't want the acid to sit on the liner. Wash off the acid and do this a few more times.
  • Finally fill the pond with water and do 2-3 more water changes over the next couple of days. Use a PH kit to acclimate the water's acidity with the water in the fish tank and you should be ready to go.

The procedure may be a little overkill - although some people say mortar needs to be cleaned in acid for 8 hours. You can pick yourself up a koi pond type book and it should have some more information about cleaning mortar before introducing fish.

Scott Francis Baker