Is my pond losing water- part 2 – Splash

Is my pond losing water? part 2If you have waterfalls or a fountain in your pond you can lose water from your pond when the water is splashed out.

An unchecked splash can be like a slow dripping faucet. A slow dripping faucet can lose 5 to 10 gallons of water per day, 20 to 30 gallons for a fast dripping faucet.  Imagine what a waterfall or fountain that splashes is wasting.  If you can see any kind of water escaping (sometimes it’s hidden from sight), it will add up very quickly into a sizable amount of water.  There are repairs, adjustments, and many other things that we have found over the years to avoid all of this water loss and help lower your excessive water bill.

Remember whether its from evaporation, or splashed water, some water lose is normal, but make sure your pond or fountain is not losing too much.

Is my pond losing water? part one-Evaporation

This picture shows a loss of 1/6" per day

This picture shows a loss of 1/6″ per day

If the water level in your pond keeps dropping, you need to figure out if it’s just evaporation, or if your pond is leaking.

On a hot summer day your pond can evaporate up to 1/4 ” per day (approximately 2″ per week).  This is normal.

Evaporation happens when water heats to the point that it turns to gas.

If you add water you need to be careful, regular tap water has chlorine that can harm your fish.  You need to use Dechlor or other water treatment to remove the chlorine.

If you think your pond is losing too much water, you should definitely have it checked for leaks.  A very small leak can become a nightmare very quickly.

There are a lot of considerations as to what can cause your pond to lose water.  Is your pond in direct sunlight all day?  Is there a fountain or waterfall where water is being splashed out of your pond?   Do you live in an arid location and hot air blows across your pond?  Is your pond exposed to any kinds of extreme elements?  Do you have plants in the pond that are drawing in a lot of water?

The photograph below shows evaporation in one of our ponds in an area where there isn’t a lot of morning sun, but full mid day sun and the evaporation has been 1/7 of an inch per day.

Cultural Sense

The ancient Egyptians revered the Nile water-lilies, or lotuses as they were also called. The lotus motif is a frequent feature of temple column architecture.

The Egyptian Blue Water-lily, N. caerulea, opens its flowers in the morning and then sinks beneath the water at dusk, while the Egyptian White Water-lily, N. lotus, flowers at night and closes in the morning. This symbolizes the Egyptian separation of deities and is a motif associated with Egyptian beliefs concerning death and the afterlife. The recent discovery of psychedelic properties of the blue lotus may also have been known to the Egyptians and explain its ceremonial role. Remains of both flowers have been found in the burial tomb of Ramesses II.

A syrian terra-cotta plaque from the 14th-13th century B.C.E. shows the goddess Asherah holding two lotus blossoms. An ivory panel from the 9th-8th century B.C.E. shows the god Horus seated on a lotus blossom, flanked by two Cherubs.

The French painter Claude Monet is famous for his paintings of water lilies.

 

Cold Again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looks like the Temperature has dropped today here in San Gabriel Valley!  Our ponds are measuring between 50 and 51 Degrees.

Healthy Diet for your Fish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When a 4 kilogram pet gourami named Gary was moved to the Sea Life London Aquarium, he went on a hunger strike and refused to eat the fruit given to him. Eventually, the aquarium staff found out why he was shunning the natural diet of a gourami – Gary had been raised on Kit Kats only.

“I have never heard of a fish being fed chocolate, let alone being brought up entirely on the stuff,” says Gary’s handler, Rebecca Carter. “Gouramis usually eat a diet of fruit but Gary doesn’t appear to have suffered any ill effects from his chocolate addiction. However, we would not recommend feeding fish confectionery of any kind.”

The aquarium personnel is now squeezing crushed pieces of Kit Kat into grapes in an effort to change Gary’s diet.

Fish being fed strange or simply suboptimal food by their keepers is unfortunately very common. Even well-intentioned fish keepers sometimes fail to realize that the various fish species in the world have developed to fit into different ecological niches and a diet that is perfect for one species might be highly unsuitable for another. However, keeping fish on a chocolate coated wafer diet is probably quite unusual.

Another problem is of course people getting fish without making the effort to find out how large the little juveniles they see in the fish shop may grow as fully mature adults.

“Many people don’t do the right research when they buy fish and end up unable to care for them,” says Carter. “Catfish are a good example and we have a number here that outgrew their homes. We simply do not have the space to accommodate the vast number of re-homing requests we receive.”

Facts

  • Gourami are freshwater fish belonging to the family Osphronemidae. Currently, there are roughly 90 described species divided into four subfamilies and about 15 genera. The most famous gourami species is arguably Betta splendens, the Siamese fighting fish. Gourami is native to Asia where they are found from Pakistan to the Malay Archipelago and Korea.
  • Kit Kat is a chocolate coated wafer confection produced by Nestlé and The Hersey Company. Each bar consists of fingers that can be snapped from the bar one at a time. Each finger is made up of three layers of wafer and an outer layer of chocolate. Kit Kat was invented at Rowntree’s, a confectionery company based in York, UK.

Koi Colors and Patterns

In Koi keeping, hobbyist always begin with a Kohaku and end with a Kohaku.  When new hobbyists begin, they always overlook the Kohaku koi for its simplicity; looking to much like goldfish.  However, they always end up appreciating the colors and patterns of the Kohaku and turn to this simple beautiful koi.

“The Kohaku share the colors of both the Japanese flag and the symbol of that country, the Tancho crane, but it is much more difficult to find a prize Kohaku than a show winner of any other variety.  In Japan, to own a good Kohaku is the ambition of every koi-keeper.” (Kin Matsuba pg.128)

 

 

 

Matsuba, Kin-“The Tetra Encyclopedia of Koi” By, Kin Matsuba

Koi Facts

Breeding Age: Females over 3 years and Males at least 2 Years

Sexing koi smaller than 10 inches in length is impossible, because they are sexually immature.  Once the koi grow to mature size, the ovaries in females and testes in males begin to develop.  Female koi are way easier to spot because the ovaries are a much larger organ than the testes and it makes the females belly look more plump rather than how the male has a torpedo shape.

The males develop breeding tubercles on the head and pectoral fins when they are ready to spawn.  The breeding tubercles materialize as raised spots making it look like Ichthyophtirius, which is a white spot.  The tubercles are rough when touched and are in rows.  The male koi nudge the female with his head and fins to persuade her spawn with this breeding ritual.

Koi Facts

Life Span of Koi: 60+ Years

Great info from Ozarkkoi!

Determining the age of a koi fish, also known as nishikigoi, is not an easy task. Some signs to take into consideration are the variety, coloration, appearance and size of the koi fish in question.Lastly, the size of your koi fish will help determine its age. Mature nishikigoi can reach 36″ or more in length. If your koi fish is considerably smaller, it is younger in age or its growth has been stunted.

KOI FACTS

Life Span: 60+ Years