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    You can put mud on top of the liner. Better yet,...

    You can put mud on top of the liner. Better yet, put sand on top of the liner, if you have any. Sand seems to develop a better and deeper benthic community - probably because oxygen penetrates...
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    The mud bottom provides a lot of worms and bugs...

    The mud bottom provides a lot of worms and bugs for the fish to eat. Over time, the lined pond will develop its own forage base but it will never be quite as good as the mud pond. It could be a...
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    I have never seen or used Silencer. Good price...

    I have never seen or used Silencer. Good price though. The amp draw and air flow seem comparable to regenerative blowers. You could ask if it is rated for continuous duty. Let me know if it works...
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    Yes, I would and do choose to use lead weights on...

    Yes, I would and do choose to use lead weights on every one of my 250 airlines in tanks and ponds ranging from 2-gallon to 20,000 gallon. It is much easier to wrap a strip of sheet lead around the...
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    Lead weights are not a problem. The jury is...

    Lead weights are not a problem. The jury is still out on whether an air stone/diffuser should be used in shallow ponds.


    -steve
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    yep, just lay it on the ground. ...

    yep, just lay it on the ground.

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    Pumping water to aerate water is pretty...

    Pumping water to aerate water is pretty inefficient with respect to electrical consumption. A much more efficient appraoch is to get an air blower. The aeration piping does not need to be buried...
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    Diurnal pH swings are normal in mud ponds. I...

    Diurnal pH swings are normal in mud ponds. I think you need to keep looking for the root cause of your problem and agree with MikeM that it is probably oxygen. My guess is that you had severe oxygen...
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    Make short seine pulls in a corner. Bring the...

    Make short seine pulls in a corner. Bring the poles together at the water line. Have one person standing outside the net holding the poles together and one person inside the net pulling in the two...
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    Before sitting down with a bowl full of...

    Before sitting down with a bowl full of juveniles, you need to have some sense of what you are looking for.

    Since you seem to have the time and the space, grade the fish into four groups:
    1)...
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    Better to use a pair which are both from the same...

    Better to use a pair which are both from the same breeder. In-bred lines will throw a higher percentage of offspring which look like the parents. The only reason to out-cross is (1) if the line has...
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    The herons will stand on the bank to fish, or...

    The herons will stand on the bank to fish, or stand in the water up to their ass. Great blues have legs about 2 feet long. If the pond is not full, they may be able to wade all the way across. If...
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    If you are running a lot of water into the pond...

    If you are running a lot of water into the pond and it seeps out, it takes the fertilizer with it. If the bloom crashed because of the weather and there is not much seepage, then the nutrients are...
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    Is there anything else I should be doing to help...

    Is there anything else I should be doing to help the fry grow?

    Add some aeration if you can. The gills are not fully developed and they need all the help they can get.

    -steve
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    You have some time Judy. Find a 10 to 15 foot...

    You have some time Judy. Find a 10 to 15 foot seine with 1/4 inch mesh. Do not get over-anxious to try it or the small ones will be gilled by the netting or buried in the mud.

    You may want to...
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    Maurice might have spread bentonite. It swells...

    Maurice might have spread bentonite. It swells when wet and helps seal the bottom. I am sure Maurice did his cost calculations. However, I would have been inclined to line the whole pond and then put...
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    Yes, the more biology you have going on the...

    Yes, the more biology you have going on the faster they will seal.

    Is all the water being pumped into the pond by the fence which has poorer soil? If so, why no start filling ponds at the other...
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    That would be about 1 ppm nitrogen - perfect. ...

    That would be about 1 ppm nitrogen - perfect.

    -steve
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    I would just fertilize to get some biological...

    I would just fertilize to get some biological activity going and give it some more time.

    -steve hopkins
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    Permalon liner is about $0.27/square foot. Its...

    Permalon liner is about $0.27/square foot. Its cross-laminated to give more strength in a thinner material. Its much less expensive than 40 mil polyethylene or EPDM. Will last much longer than vinyl...
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    The liner won't help hold water very much unless...

    The liner won't help hold water very much unless you do the whole pond - bottom and all. The water will rise up under the liner.

    Why don't you cap off those pipes between the ponds and fill them...
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    If the water is turning green, then leave well...

    If the water is turning green, then leave well enough alone. Just feeding the koi will also make a contribution.

    -steve
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    If I wasn't so jealous, I would say something...

    If I wasn't so jealous, I would say something nice.

    -steve
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    What is 6 or 8 inches? The well casing? A 300...

    What is 6 or 8 inches? The well casing? A 300 foot well with a 6-8 inch casing and 8 amp submersible pump sounds like it was built for moving serious amounts of water.

    This is a long shot, a...
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    KFG, Is this a new well or an old well? Do...

    KFG,

    Is this a new well or an old well? Do you know how deep it is? Are they calling it a shallow well or a deep well?

    If new... Professional well drillers are regulated these days and there...
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