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Robyn's Pond Blog for November 2019

Last Updated: 12/2/19

1. I did pond work early on 11/3/19, and it was cold! The air temperature was 48 degrees F at 10:15 am, and it was windy. Both thermometers in the 1800 and 153 gallon ponds read 50 degrees F. I stopped feeding the fish a few days ago. First, I had to net most of the leaves off the big pond net so I could even move it because it was collapsed in the pond with all those leaves! I squirted off all the filters. I removed the auxiliary pump for the winter. When I pulled out the tubing, it broke in half! So, I have to order more before spring. I squirted out the bioballs. I found 4 pickerel frogs and 2 green frogs in the filter so I moved them to the big pond proper. I topped off the ponds and put up additives.

2. It was pretty nice on 11/10/19 at 1 pm with an air temperature of 55 degrees F. The thermometers both read 46 degrees F in the 153 and 1800 gallon ponds. I removed the PondMaster filter for the winter and put in an air stone run by a Coralife Luft pump. I squirted off the filter material around the main pump in the big pond (the only pump that runs all winter). I lost the air stone in the big pond when the air line wrapped around my legs so I had to go fetch a new one to put in. I cut the leaves off the two two gallon pots of golden club and sunk them in deeper water. I cut the frost damaged leaves off the pickerel rush and arrowhead. I will cut down more marginals later. I raked some leaves from around the big pond.

3. On 11/16/19, I got three guinea pig sows. I had been without any small mammals for 11 months which had not happened for more than 30 years. The new girls' names are Cornelia Jasmine, and Princess Gina. Click on their names for more information.

4. I did pond work on 11/17/19. At 2:30 pm, the air temperature was 44 degrees F. The 1800 gallon pond was at 43 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 40 degrees F. I didn't get in the big pond. I did collect leaves, add water, and add additives.

5. I did pond work on 11/24/19 at 11:28 am. The rain had just stopped. The air temperature was 42 degrees F with moderate winds, not fun but manageable. The 1800 gallon pond's thermometer read 45 degrees F while that in the 153 gallon pond read 42 degrees F. I didn't need to top off any of the ponds. I cleaned up some leaves, put in additives, and squirted off the only remaining filter floss around the big pond's pump. I then cut down all the marginals in both the 153 and 1800 gallon ponds. The only plants remaining were almost entirely water iris.

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