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    yes, that's right! Just as my HOUSE has a...

    yes, that's right! Just as my HOUSE has a sceptic system! In fact the entire neighborhood has sceptic systems! As usual, "whats your point???" We are all on 3 to 5 acres. It is the law to have a...
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    Good Morning ! Right! Plants use fertilizer to...

    Good Morning ! Right! Plants use fertilizer to grow and go about their 'living' via photosynthesis. But I think we all learn that in fourth grade? Good factoid though. Albeit a poor passive agressive...
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    But that's not your veggie filter is it? That's...

    But that's not your veggie filter is it? That's hair algae and slime algae? JR
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    A very beautiful set up no doubt- really...

    A very beautiful set up no doubt- really exceptional in its scope and beauty. Very unique and off the beaten path for most koi keepers. But I get what you're doing.
    I like breaking rules, or...
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    As for planted aquariums, I can tell you I run a...

    As for planted aquariums, I can tell you I run a full blown amano system. And one truth emerges-- the idea that there can be a balance of fish and plant life-- is an illusion. Once we stock an...
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    O yes it is! It was THE trade name secured by...

    O yes it is! It was THE trade name secured by Edward Lowe's in 1950! It is the product of his company- Lowe's Industries.
    Kinda like 'scotch Tape' not being a product or a good but a trade name.
    ...
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    Morning P.L., yep it is pretty much the same...

    Morning P.L., yep it is pretty much the same here in the states, there are many packaging brands but fewer actual sources. many of the old mines are now trying to enter the 'rare earths and...
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    which brand? You use that in your koi pond for...

    which brand?
    You use that in your koi pond for your water plants? JR
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    man, talk about spinning. This is the bio-ball...

    man, talk about spinning. This is the bio-ball discussion all over again! you throw the fixed and definitive statement, set the IUD and then have me chase you around the kitchen table trying to pin...
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    Really none. It is one of those fads that grew...

    Really none. It is one of those fads that grew from a misunderstanding of what 'Refresh' was and then a scavanger hunt to find 'things from the kitchen cabinet that we might add to water grdens in...
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    Nope, not changing the subject IN THE LEAST-- ...

    Nope, not changing the subject IN THE LEAST--

    kitty litter 'was' once granulated Fuller's earth. And fuller's earth is an all encompassing term for any/many chemically diverse sets of absorbant...
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    Well, it would be wrong advise to suggest that...

    Well, it would be wrong advise to suggest that one should treat an ucler based on look, but after treating 100s of ulcers on koi over twenty years and doing C&S on about 20% of them, it is had NOT TO...
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    Cluck , cluck , cluck --- that's the sound of a...

    Cluck , cluck , cluck --- that's the sound of a chicken. :)
    Afraid to answer the questions?

    JR, the chicken slayer/baker
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    Right! BOTH bacteria based. Typically anerobic...

    Right! BOTH bacteria based. Typically anerobic and quite odorous! :) This relationship of harmless and not so harmless strains of pseudomonas clinging to the roots and helping with a kind of...
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    while kong organizes his notes and thoughts, does...

    while kong organizes his notes and thoughts, does anyone know WHY plant roots from terrestrial plants smell when they are submerged in water? Think of the smell of halitosis. JR
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    Kong, I'm tried of the " IUD sneak attacks". I'm...

    Kong, I'm tried of the " IUD sneak attacks". I'm calling you out--- answer the question:

    Do you use kitty litter in place of monmor clay?
    You have stated that Kitty Litter IS the same as monmor...
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    :) really?! This all sounds intelligent as long...

    :) really?! This all sounds intelligent as long as you don't look to closely! :) So are these aquatic plants or terrestrial plants? Where do THESE plants get their Carbon dioxide from Kong? The...
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    ahhh, focus my big ape-- focus-- now do you...

    ahhh, focus my big ape-- focus-- now do you recommend using kitty litter in a koi pond as it " is the same thing' as those expensive monmor clays from Japan? Answer the question my bomb throwing pal....
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    well who on earth doesn't know that !!! Do you...

    well who on earth doesn't know that !!! Do you use kitty litter rather than montmorillonite , Kong?

    ( I picture King Kong googling his bottom off right about now! LOLs )
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    Beautiful! But ---Yips--- how long has the kitty...

    Beautiful! But ---Yips--- how long has the kitty litter been in the system?

    JR
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    well I guess I believe in many things but plants...

    well I guess I believe in many things but plants in a koi pond isn't one.

    1) hyacinth is a kind of 'opportunist' as koi produce far more nitrate that a plant can remove ( based on water volume...
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    How so, bud??

    How so, bud??
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    So building in this ; the number one mistake a...

    So building in this ;
    the number one mistake a beginner makes is to try and make his/her pond look like swimming pool water
    The number two mistaken, made by more established koi keepers is to try...
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    Good question Kong, thanks for the softball! :) ...

    Good question Kong, thanks for the softball! :)

    Over filtration is a condition. It is a sign of excess stocking for water volume and also a sign of additional dangerous co-conditions that are not...
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    well said. In a very unusual post for me,...

    well said.

    In a very unusual post for me, I will be brief----

    It is has long been a strongly and stubbornly held belief amongst US ponders that clear water is good water. That...
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