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dirty pond, what to do?




by cacahuete95 » 03/08/09, 17:41

Hello everybody

Here, I recently installed a small pool of water containing only plants, in my garden. It is a small ornamental pool more than anything else (about 1m * 1m by 50cm in height).

I did not want to put fish there because knowing nothing about it, I was afraid that they would die in winter (I live in the Paris region).

But, I encounter a problem that I had not foreseen:

As the water is stagnant, mosquitoes deposit larvae there!

In addition, the water is cloudy and dirty.

What to do ? Because if I put 2 fish (I was told red ones) to feed on the larvae (and therefore get rid of them), I cannot put anything in the water to "clean" it.

I had thought otherwise of a sort of "poop filter" but after having read everything that exists: pump this, pump that, I'm even more clueless than before : Shock:

Thanks for your advices.
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by Rabbit » 03/08/09, 19:29

For mosquitoes one or two goldfish will do the trick.

To clarify the water if it is green, a glass or 2 of daphnia,
these critters are found in standing water.

If the water is muddy it is because there is a beast wading there.
We must try to identify it by its traces.
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by the middle » 03/08/09, 20:35

: Shock: I did not know that the daphnia were useful in this case..good news.
In addition to what Rabbit says (hello to you), if the pond is new, the water must stabilize after 3 weeks (like an aquarium)
that said, some aquatic plants will also be useful.
At home, I have a little trick of + -150 liters, it's full of plants, and no filter, and no mosquitoes, pcq there are goldfish.
And it's been going well for 10 years.
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by cacahuete95 » 03/08/09, 21:48

Thanks to you two.

I believe that ... What I was told to be mosquito larvae would actually be daphnids.

Because I just read what it was (and I didn't know everything about it) and since it appears that these little beasts are in stagnant water, which is the case with my pelvis, would it not be that at final :?:

It was a "friend" who told me that what we saw on the surface of the water (and which looks like sperm) were mosquito larvae but ... No mosquitoes on the horizon then ?

What do you think ? Normally a mosquito hatches in 6 days so it should swarm above the water, right?
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by Christophe » 03/08/09, 21:50

cacahuete95 wrote:It was a "friend" who told me that what we saw on the surface of the water (and which looks like sperm) were mosquito larvae but ... No mosquito on the horizon then?


Ah no they are tadpoles then !!
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by cacahuete95 » 03/08/09, 21:58

No, I don't think so, I have already seen some, the tadpoles are much larger than what I see on my water and darker too.

The problem is that I really don't see how to take a photo : Cry:

What I have is very small and thin, transparent border, quite threadlike.

What do you think about that :?:
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by Christophe » 03/08/09, 22:17

cacahuete95 wrote:No, I don't think so, I have already seen some, the tadpoles are much larger than what I see on my water and darker too.


It was humor ... it does not prevent what looks more like spermatos (as much the shape as the movements) they are tadpoles (even if they are bcp bigger, I do not speak of scale obviously but of proportions)
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by cacahuete95 » 03/08/09, 22:29

And well I did not get out of the m ..... with my larvae :D

Well, it does not matter, if I understood correctly 2 goldfish will overcome everything :?
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