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Old October 13th, 2002, 09:03 PM   #69
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Hi Terri. A friend used to have a goldfish pond, and I thought it was beautiful. Here's a bit of information that I found regarding new ponds. Hope it helps . . .

"It takes a new filter at least 6-8 weeks to
mature - that is for the nitrifying bacteria to start to colonize the filter
media. Ammonia is freely excreted by fish as part of normal metabolism
and during this maturation time the levels of these toxins can rapidly
build up to dangerous levels. It is important to only introduce only few
fish at a time during this period, and constantly monitor (at least twice
weekly) water quality for ammonia, pH and nitrite."
We must travel in the direction of our fear. --John Berryman
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