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Robyn's Pond Blog for January 2021

Last Updated: 2/28/21

1. I did some pond work on 1/3/21. At 10:10 am, during a break in the rain, it was 38 degrees F outside. The 1800 gallon pond was at 46 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 45 degrees F. I did not get in the water. The basketball-sized goldfish was not visible so he/she was either in one of the two fish tunnels or a predator took him/her. I will be able to lift the tunnels the next time I get in to find out.

2. On 1/10/21, I did pond work at 12:23 pm. The air temperature was 42 degrees F. The 1800 gallon pond was at 40 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 45 degrees F. I removed the filter floss around the big pump (the only one running this time of the year), and I squirted it off. I added water and additives to the ponds. I finally found the basketball fish in the shallows, and she/he was deceased so I got him/her out of the pond.

3. On 1/17/21, it was 43 degrees F at 2:12 pm. Both ponds' thermometers read 44 degrees F. It was very windy so, although the bioballs were due to be squirted, I just let it slide. I put in water and additives. There was a dead green frog. I pulled it out and thought I saw it move so I put it back.

4. On 1/24/21, it was 35 degrees F at 3:45 pm and pretty cold. The 1800 gallon pond's thermometer was pulled out of the ice to read 38 degrees F while the 153 gallon pond's thermometer read 46 degrees F. It was too cold to get in and squirt the floss and clean the bioballs. I would have done it when I was younger. I removed the dead 3" female green frog from the deep end.

5. At 8:30 am on 1/31/21, snow was just starting to fall. At the time, they said we could get a foot of snow. So, I went out in the cold so I could get in the pond before snow and ice prevented me from moving the net. The air temperature was 32 degrees F. The 1800 gallon pond was at 38 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 44 degrees F. I got in the pond to take out the filter floss/material. I changed the floss. I put in additives and water. While it was past time to squirt the bioballs, changing the floss was about all I could take.

6. We got a total of 2.5" of snow and ice from 1/31/21 and 2/1/21 by morning on 2/1/21.

Continue to the February 2021 pond blog.

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