New Pond

Glendale62

My raised pond here in Portugal, is relatively new but the plants I put in keep dying and last night one of four fish died.the pond is a good size and I use well water, not tap water. The pond has sun in the afternoon but not in the morning. I have put in water lilies, various floating plants ( the duckweed turned white and died!), an oxygenator twice which has rotted and died, three water lilies - the leaves turned brown and rotted - now only one has any leaves and in fact the only plants which are thriving are two papyrus on the margins. I think, all in all, 10 out of 14 plants have died! I don't have a pump yet one is on the way from UK - but if that doesn't work I think I'm going to give up as I can't just keep throwing money away on it. I have also tried a water change. Nearby on the other side of the wall is bay leaf tree -could that be the problem? The roots can't get in to the pond though and I regularly remove any leaves etc. getting desperate after 12 weeks....

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big_kid

Hi,

What rotten luck you're having and I really sympathise.

Unfortunately the people who had most knowledge no longer visit this site and I'm limited in my own knowledge. One thing I can say is I have a bay tree very near my own pond and leaves do find their way in from time to time, but haven't done any harm to any of the plants, fish, frogs and newts. Obviously I clear them out if I see them, but the odd one or two might be in the pond unnoticed for a while, as I have a lot of plants in there.

My pond is roughly 8ft x 9ft and I don't have a pump or filter. I keep the water clear with 2 bags of barley straw which I leave in for 6 months but, after 3 months, I add another 2 bags. ( I keep a note of the dates and date the bags with initials, so I know how old they are!)

You mention the well water. Do you think there might be a possibility that the well water could contain some sort of mineral or something else that is causing harm? I know you've already tried a water change but maybe you could try tap water instead? The only problem I ever had was when my pond was quite new and someone near me had a company in to deal with a rat problem and a dying rat fell in my pond and died. This killed the two fish I had at the time and I had to change my water. I presume it was the poison in its urine that did the damage.

Sorry I can't be of any more help. Let us know how you get on.

Best of luck,
Big Kid

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Min3 South S.F. Bay CA

I think you haven't given it enough time and experimented enough. It takes a while to find a good balance in any pond. Check out the Garden Web pond forums for more help and good luck! Min


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Min3 South S.F. Bay CA

Arrrgh i just looked at the date of your post above. If you are still here I would love to know if you ended up with a lovely pond. Min


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