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Robyn's Pond Blog for July 2022

Last Updated: 8/14/22

1. On 7/3/22, at 1:03 pm, the air temperature was a hot 84 degrees F. The 1800 gallon pond was at 79 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 75 degrees F. I squirted off all the filter materials, put in additives, and added water to all the ponds.

2. At 2:02 pm on 7/10/22, the air temperature was 82 degrees F. While it wasn't that hot, it had rained a lot the day before so it was 100% humidity. The 1800 gallon pond was at 76 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 74 degrees F.

Earlier in the day, I saw the neighbor's orange and white tabby who I call Stash (they call him "Mr. Orange" if you can believe that stupid name! I found his collar with the name.) running across the back yard with a large frog in his mouth! I yelled at him but he didn't drop it.

I squirted off all the filter materials, put in additives, and only added water to the large pond which is losing it due to the huge mass of water celery in the waterfall and potential wicking as a result in the falls. I almost miss seeing a water lily flower! It was hiding among the leaves. It was an Chromatella flower.

3. At 10:41 am on 7/18/22, the air temperature was already 82 degrees F with 100% humidity. The 1800 gallon pond was at 78 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 74 degrees F. We had a lot of rain the night before so I only added water to the big pond which continues to lose water, presumably from all the plants wicking it up. The deer found the water celery in the waterfall and have eaten more than half of it, leaving the roots which will regrow. There is some benefit to that; the deer are essentially removing the nutrients from the pond that the water celery took up. Then, the water celery regrows and does it again. Unfortunately, the deer always seem to "harvest" the water celery right before it flowers so I only saw one white flower bundle before they went to town.

I changed the PondMaster filters. I squirted off all the filter materials and put in additives. I tried to fertilize the three waterlily pots but the PondTabbs won't jam down into the pots. They then fell apart in the water, essentially fertilizing the entire pond.

4. July 24th, 2022 was the hottest day of the year (at least, I hope it doesn't get that hot again!). At 9:20 am, I started pond work early, and it was 76 degrees F. When I finished at 10:35 am, it was 85 degrees F. They were calling for a high of 100 degrees F but it was more like 94 degrees F in the shade at the hottest time of the day. At 9:20 am, the 1800 gallon pond's thermometer read 78 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond's thermometer read 75 degrees F. I squirted off all the filter materials including the Biosteps Matala and the bioballs and lava rock in the main biofilter. I added water and additives and got inside ASAP!

5. On 7/30/22, I found and removed a dead 4.5 inch goldfish from my 1800 gallon pond. It was bronze (natural color) on the top and white on the bottom. The fish had no signs of illness or injury. Based on the eye decomposition, the goldfish had been dead for a couple of days.

6. At 1:27 pm on 7/31/22, the air temperature was 82 degrees F. The 1800 gallon pond was at 78 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 75 degrees F. I squirted off all the filter materials, topped off the ponds, and put in additives.


Continue to the August 2022 pond blog.



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