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Robyn's Pond Blog for July 2014

Last Updated: 8/3/14

1. I got my first waterlily flowers of the year, two yellow Chromatella flowers, on 7/4/14.

2. I did pond chores on 7/6/14. The 1800 gallon was at 73 degrees F, and the 153 gallon was at 68 degrees F. I squirted all the filter materials. I squirted out the Cyprio biothings.

3. On 7/13/14, I did the usual pond chores. The 1800 gallon was at 80 degrees F, and the 153 gallon was at 74 degrees F. I squirted all the filters and did the usual. One of my tropical nightblooming waterlilies has flowered. The flower is plain white. I had ordered two "surprise" nightbloomers so I hope the other one is more exciting. A few days later, it opened and was crimson red!

4. Beginning in mid-July, my koi, Alex, has stopped coming to eat. I can still see her on occasion hiding under the plants and can't see anything obvious wrong with her but something is.

5. On 7/20/14, I did pond chores. The 1800 gallon pond was at 74 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 71 degrees F. I squirted all the filter materials and the bioballs. I changed the PondMaster filters. While working on the big pond, there were ten times more honeybees than normal. And, they followed me around, guided by the sound of squirting water, so they could drink. I was stuck in a bee B movie. Luckily, I didn't get stung, and, in fact, have never been stung by a honeybee. We've had hives for a few decades that a "bee man" tends to for us.

6. It's been a long time since I've processed photos since I'm too busy but here are a few:

Pond fish on 2/23/14. There are two orfe at the top. White koi, Colin, and Alex are on the right.

Great blue heron on 5/22/14.

7. I have a "new" cat, a feral Siamese tom cat who has been around for over a year. I have finally made progress with him. He has now been fully vetted, neutered, and I can pet him and even trim his nails (a few at a time). His page can be seen here.

8. On 7/27/14, I did pond chores. The 1800 gallon pond was at 74 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 72 degrees F. I did the chores early, at 9:45 am, because they said it was going to rain all day. Well, it is now almost 7 pm, and still not a drop of rain! I fertilized the water lilies and lotus and a few marginals.

9. By 7/27/14, Alex is now actively feeding again after hiding for a few weeks. She seems fine. I have no idea why she was hiding for so long.

Continue to the August 2014 pond blog.

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