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    murky after heavy rain?

    its been raining very hard the past few days on and off and now the pond looks cloudy and murky.
    will this clear up? should i do anything?

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    Heavy rains have a tendancy not only to stir up the bottom (because our ponds are not that deep) but help knock the algae off the rocks. Other problems to consider are run-off from the surrounding landscape. If you use a dyed mulch, and you get run=off this will change water color. For the most if it's just stirred up it will settle back down given some time. If I remember right you do not have a skimmer, if you did most of this would float out and be trapped in the pads and cloudiness can alleviate more quickly. If you have a test kit you might want to check the ph, sometimes heavy rains can have an effect on this.

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    i have moved up in the times and bought a portable skimmer
    works good (for a mini), traps all leaves n' bugs and a fish its first day lol
    they learned that the skimmer is a "no no" place

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    Good job Squirrel, Dose it have any kind of filter matt? If it does be sure and keep it cleaned out good.
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    yep it has a filter mat under the basket.
    oh gee i guess i should clean it lol its been in for 2 weeks now
    you know i gotta get my hands wet n' stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by SquirrelOso
    yep it has a filter mat under the basket.
    oh gee i guess i should clean it lol its been in for 2 weeks now
    you know i gotta get my hands wet n' stuff
    LOL! It should be cleand out at leats twice a day tell your water clears back up
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    twice a day!!
    oh lordy lol
    i had to venture in the pond before, it was aweful
    the rains made all my bog plants float all over the place. i had to gather them up and weigh them down with bricks.
    if it happends again im throwing them away lol
    ahh guess ill go clean that skimmer matt

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    i just cleaned it, i have one word...EW

    okee i found out why its murky, im getting the run off from my lawn i think, passing through the mulch then through egg rocks then finally into my pond.
    i dont treat my lawn for anything so theres no pesticides etc in it.
    is reg clean run off from the lawn bad? this never happend before so im gonna say its just due to the massive amount of rain we've had.
    the fish seem fine. only bad thing that i can see is the murkiness, which im guessing is from my grounds heavy clay soil?

    ahh theres always something

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    If it runs threw any mulch or dirt it will add nutrients that will feed algae or turn your water tea colored. other wise it should be ok. Hope it cleares soon for you!
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    nutrients... okee so will that feed the lily?
    hey i had to ask

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    You got me there I'm not real sure about this one
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    Run off can cause pH swings. Be careful and check the water.

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    woke up this morning and its all clear again
    yay

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    This is really good news. Still keep cleaning out your skimmer at least daily
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    Quote Originally Posted by happyoutsidegir
    This is really good news. Still keep cleaning out your skimmer at least daily

    arrghh ya had ta ruin it

    it was pretty bad, i guess cause i havent done it since i bought it lol
    it was thick and green and heavy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SquirrelOso
    nutrients... okee so will that feed the lily?
    hey i had to ask
    Nutrients in your pond feed all of your plants including algae. And don't ask me what it looks like, cause I don't think you can see it. All I know is I had a lot of it when I had blanketweed, now I'm not sure where it went, just hope it doesn't come back.
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    Hi all

    I have just got up this morning to see if my pond is OK because it is new and last night we had heavy rain and my water too has discolored i dont think it is from the surrounds as when i was watching it it did not look like it was coming in but it may be the rocks i had around it as i did not clean them down. My water was crystal clear yesterday but today i cant see anything not even the fish i know they are OK as i just fed them and they all come up to say hi. Will it settle down if it stops raining????? will this be a problem all through winter???

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    Hi Jamie, Yes dear I'm afraid it will if there is any sludg at all and if your pond is or has shallows. If you have a skimmer keep it well cleaned. Use the polly foam or quilt batting in frount of your matt to get the fine gunk. I prefer the polly foam myself.It should clear if no dirt or mulch is getting in. Good luck.
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    Consider installing french drains around the pond to divert the yard runoff away. I had to do that or I would never see the fish.

    We just got 14 inches of rain here on Thursday and my ponds are clear as a bell thanks to the french drains.
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