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06-21-2014 06:56 AM
Unikorn Ducks like oatmeal with a lot of water, just until the mom comes back ect.
06-13-2014 08:54 PM
crazydog64 Let it back out. The momma duck will take off and come back later. You can watch for her
06-13-2014 03:55 AM
ua hua Today while at home over my lunch I went out to look at the pond and saw some little birds walking around by the pond. After getting closer I noticed they were baby ducks. Wood ducks I think.

While this may not be that big of a deal to see ducks by a pond, it's the fact that I live inside the city limits and not even close to a lake. As I got closer the ducks scattered in all directions and most of them ran under the privacy fence and into my neighbors yard. One however went into the pond and swam to the other side, then jumped out and ran into the sunroom because I forgot to shut it after the shock of seeing ducks in my yard. I couldn't find where the other babies went and there is no mother duck to be found. They don't look to be more than a few days old. I couldn't find where the other babies ran off to and after catching the one that ran into the sunroom I wasn't sure what to do with it. I didn't want to let it go without being with its siblings and since no mama duck to be found I put it into a tub until I figure out what to do. I will probably end up calling games and park if I don't see the others by tomorrow. I was afraid it would end up cat food if left to fend for itself. Here's a quick cell picture and I hoping to get some new pics of the pond this weekend but don't hold me to it.
05-07-2014 02:02 PM
houseofcards Really envious of your setup. Just amazing! I actually dug out a 12" x 7" pond last fall deciding on whether I'm going to start it up this spring/summer. It's probably about 1300 Gal.
05-07-2014 03:08 AM
ua hua So I actually got some free time yesterday and spent 10 hours cleaning the pond. It was a ton of work but I'm glad it's done. I also had to replace some of the underwater lights as they quit working on me. It looks really nice and I had a nice surprise and found a lone baby koi that was from a spawn last year. I really didn't think any made it after only seeing a few last summer swimming around. It is around 3 1/2" and not the best coloring on it but it's a baby nonetheless. I will be taking some pictures in the next few days and try to get them posted by the first of next week.
05-02-2014 03:17 AM
ua hua Well I guess spring has finally decided to show up so its that time of year that I dread every year. The spring cleaning of the pond will begin in the next few weeks. I have my nephews graduation next weekend and my wife is having surgery the following week so hopefully it will get done in three weeks. The plants have started poking up all over including several that I found in local ponds and lakes last summer. I put quite a bit of a some type of larger hairgrass and its coming up all over including places far from where I planted it so apparently it seeded itself last year. I will be taking pictures along the way and try to show some of the process of getting it ready for the summer.
02-17-2014 04:32 AM
KenP I have not seen my koi for about a month. The snow has been around that long. I could use that cat this spring if he is available. I have a chipmunk problem and my dogs just do not care.
02-17-2014 12:32 AM
Mark Allred MB2,
You were right about him seeing something...
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02-16-2014 09:12 PM
MB2 Wow, thanks KenP and Mark Allred for showing your ponds full of snow. The cat seems like seeing something that aroused her curiosity.
02-16-2014 05:44 PM
twentypoundtabby The air pump might keep a hole in the ice depending on how cold it gets. It can certainly reduce the amount you need to use a heater.
I've been using a stock tank heater to keep a hole in the ice for a couple of decades. Maybe 5 or so years ago I added an air pump and it keeps a hole in the ice most of the time now. I only had to plug in the stock tank heater when the temperatures got to -14 F and didn't get above 0 F for a week. The air pump uses a lot less power than the stock tank heater so I'm happy.
02-16-2014 05:21 PM
KenP Hi i thought I would add a pond picture with snow. This winter in NJ has been colder for longer duration and the snow we received stayed. I am suspect that a cheap low volume air pump will keep an opening in the ice. I use a Medo 45 and the hole in the picture is only 8-10 inches wide. During a particular cold spell the opening was maybe 3 inches.
02-16-2014 05:29 AM
Mark Allred It can get -10F + here, and a cheap $15 Whisper air pump wiil do the trick!
My stock tank heater was 1500 watts! I would bet yours is at least 1000 watts. Can you say expensive to run?
Probably $20 a month.
You don't need a high dollar Aquascapes Pond Air or similar to do the job.
Here is my Russian Blue cat on the ice years ago.
Throw an airhose on a cheap pump in there to check it out, I think you will be amazed at the size of the open hole,
not to mention the benefit of the added water circulation!
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02-16-2014 05:17 AM
ua hua
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Originally Posted by Mark Allred View Post
ua hua,
I kept a 6500 gallon Koi pond here in a cold climate (NE Nevada) for 15 years.
I originally kept a livestock trough heater like you are, to keep a hole in the ice for gas exchange.
I would have only a 3 inch larger diameter hole, than the float on the heater.
I found using a cheap aquarium air pump with an air stone, would keep a 2 foot to 3 foot square opening in the ice,
plus give you a little water circulation. I kept the pump under a coffee can to keep the water/snow off of it.
A LOT cheaper to run than a stock heater too!

BEAUTIFUL pond, by the way!
Yeah the floating heater isn't going to keep the top from freezing over but I have it right in front of the skimmer box to keep that area from icing over and messing with flow. It serves its purpose there and I don't run it continually through the winter but rather turn it on when I know it's going to get really cold for a long period. The weather in Nebraska is ever changing and can be 0* one week and 55* the next. I have thought about getting an Aquascapes Pond Air but always find something else that I would rather spend my money on and it has worked fine this way thus far so who knows maybe someday I will get one. I was hoping to get some pictures of the pond covered in snow but after getting in the 50's this weekend there's not much left so next snow I will try.
02-15-2014 05:54 AM
Mark Allred ua hua,
I kept a 6500 gallon Koi pond here in a cold climate (NE Nevada) for 15 years.
I originally kept a livestock trough heater like you are, to keep a hole in the ice for gas exchange.
I would have only a 3 inch larger diameter hole, than the float on the heater.
I found using a cheap aquarium air pump with an air stone, would keep a 2 foot to 3 foot square opening in the ice,
plus give you a little water circulation. I kept the pump under a coffee can to keep the water/snow off of it.
A LOT cheaper to run than a stock heater too!

BEAUTIFUL pond, by the way!
02-15-2014 04:33 AM
MB2
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Originally Posted by adavisus View Post
When Winter comes, water temps does a bit of physics, warmer water becomes heavier than cold at 39f and there is a blanket of cool mild water at the bottom of a pond where fish go nap a while. Six months or so in cold temperate climates.

Brace yourself for keeping a koi, besides their docile amiable ways, they are a tad long living. You may need to assign them in your last will and testament. Hundred years plus...
Wow, the physics make sense.

I did not know Koi can live such a long time. Thanks for educating me. I just googled and Koi can live >200 years!!!
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