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    California Drought in full effect....

    What are Californian Koi Hobbyists doing to conserve water and keep their ponds health up.....The same time when the Governor is asking all of us to cut back 10%....

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    I thought it was 20%.





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    since i am many miles away i suggest stop showering

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    We here in washington state have currently about a third the snow pack we usually do at this time. So depending you may not be alone.

    I think it may help to ease up on many new additions and maybe consider some rehoming for fish we're not sure of or expect to make the grade.

    We can be more focused on our feeding program to make sure there is no more waste then necessary and feeding a little less if necessary. make sure that our filters are finely tuned for efficency. A new water test kit may be a good investment so that we can monitor how well our ammonia conversion is doing.

    Those are a few thoughts anyway....
    Dick Benbow

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricshaw View Post
    I thought it was 20%.




    Your right, it is 20%...what are some of the ways you are conserving water in the Southern Ca....

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    When push comes to shove... I may replace 20% of pond water changes with low-dose potassium permanganate treatments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricshaw View Post
    When push comes to shove... I may replace 20% of pond water changes with low-dose potassium permanganate treatments.
    On a weekly schedule how much water are you changing per week? Where does most of your waste water go from the pond?

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    California Drought in full effect....-znanorcal2014-poster-final.jpg

    Quote Originally Posted by aquitori View Post
    On a weekly schedule how much water are you changing per week? Where does most of your waste water go from the pond?
    Tony -- good thread.

    I need to setup my system so that my waste water can be reused for watering the garden or save it in some big container...

    --D

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    Tony -- good thread.

    I need to setup my system so that my waste water can be reused for watering the garden or save it in some big container...

    --D
    Same here, I have been watering the lawn and trees around the pond with the waste water. They were saying here in NorCal they don't expect any rain for the next 3 months.

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    One way to remove suspended particles is to use bentonite, which is cheap. The sludge can be vacuumed off the sump floor into a drum. After settlement, the water can be used for gardening. If you can make a sandfilter, some water can be recycled back into the pond: Slow Sand Filter

    I plan on modifying my filter so fhat the last chamber gets converted to an anoxic setup, but this chamber is preceded by jap mats, which does nitrification. The hope is that nitrates and phosphates will be removed by the anoxic setup. Planning to get this conversion done in two months though. And may take as long for the anoxic setup to cycle before I know its efficacy.

    Although activated carbon is expensive, it would be useful in removing proteins. Installing a protein skimmer too will help.

    I also find adding enzymes to pellets very useful in reducing solid waste. Enzymes improve digestion and the less undigested food there is, the less the waste.

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