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Robyn's Pond Blog for July 2021

Last Updated: 8/2/21

1. At 12:30 pm on 7/4/21, it was 80 degrees F outside. The 1800 gallon pond was at 75 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 71 degrees F. I changed the PondMaster filters. I squirted off all the filter materials. I added water additives and water to the ponds. I put fertilize in the three waterlily pots in the big pond. I have yet to get a single flower this year which has been the case for years, presumably due to not enough sun.

2. I did pond work early on 7/11/21 so I could go to the first big family gathering since the pandemic started! At 9 am, the air temperature was 76 degrees F. The 1800 gallon pond was at 76 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 74 degrees F. I squirted off all the filter materials, put in additives, and topped the ponds off with water. I only had an hour so I didn't do much but enough! One of my waterlilies had two flower buds! I'll likely never see the flowers since I will be at work. ;-(

3. On 7/17/21, I released 12 minnows that I had been quarantining and treating for a month. They were very healthy for the last few weeks but had a bad first week, perhaps due to lack of nutrition and high ammonia in the feeder tanks. I released 7 fatheads and 5 rosy reds. One of the fatheads was in male breeding colors already! And, I saw fathead fry in the 153 gallon pond when I released the new fish!

I also finally got to see the new waterlily flowers open! My records show it was a Comanche waterlily but it certainly was not! I have never had one like this before, and I've had Comanche's before. These new flowers were yellow but had long petals and were held up in the air like a tropical waterlily. Since the lily survived last winter, it must be a hardy waterlily. It is also a viviparous waterlily! I've never had one of those before either. There's a little waterlily plant attached to the parent and floating with its own flower, and it has little roots growing. I guess I will have to plant it before winter.

4. At 12:54 pm on 7/18/21, the air temperature was a nice 76 degrees F. Had it been the day before, it was over 94 degrees F at the same time! The 1800 gallon pond was at 78 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 75 degrees F. I squirted off the filter flosses and the Biosteps filter Matala. I put in additives and water.

5. The air temperature was already 86 degrees F at 11:52 am on 7/25/21. The 1800 gallon pond was at 78 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 74 degrees F. I squirted off all the filter materials and the bioballs. I found a tiny salamander in the main filter floss. I added water and additives to the ponds.

Continue to the August 2021 pond blog.

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