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#38371 05/27/05 02:47 PM
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I have a new 1.8 pond, fished last fall, which went from around 8ft to deep to completely full (13ft) with two very large rains. The first of these rains was @ 6 wks ago and the last @ 3 wks ago. The water has been muddy ever since the first, with no sign of clearing. I had it stocked just before the first rain, with 2000 Blue Gill, 400 Channel Cat, and 4000 Fat head minnows.

Sometime after the second rain, I started throwing in feed to see if the fish were still alive. After a few days they started coming to the top and we could see them feeding. We continued this once a day with a 1lb coffee can.

After about one week of feeding we don't see the fish anymore. No top water mover to indicate their presence. I started feeding with the idea that the muddy water was keeping the plankton from growing, but am not sure what to do at this point, or if I should be concerned about the absence of feeding.

I did buy a test kit and found that I have a PH of 7.2, Alkalinity of 90 ppm, and hardness of 150 ppm. Using the cup on a string method, my visibility is only about 1 inch. I haven't check temp or DO yet.

I did take a two cup sample and scraped some gypsom into it. The water cleared in a matter of a few hours. It is crystal clear now. I am also in the process of the gallon jug test, using 1 tbs of granulated gypsom, 2 tbs granulated gypsum, and 1 tbs of lime. The gypsum is already working where the lime is still suspended.

The good news is that when the water clears I see lots of zoo plankton moving around.

????'s Are my fish dead even though i have seen none floating?

Should I go ahead with the application of gypsum, or do the test results bring up other concerns?

How much Gypsom, and can it be granulated?


#38372 05/28/05 03:05 AM
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Joined: Jan 2005
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I wouldn't be concerned about the fish not feeding. It maybe they are finding plenty of forage on their own, or it could just be the weather.

I'll start treating my wife as good as my dog when she starts retrieving ducks.

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