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Hello to all.

Im new to this and we have just put in a new fish pond.

My question or concerns are my water is now green and my new lillie pads are going mushy and brown.??

We have put in an alge treatment tablet recomended by the pet shop but seems to gave done nothing?? 

Should i be concerned about all this or is it all normal??




  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,726

    They will at this time of the year, leaves and stems should have been removed.  How old is the pond?  How big? any pics.  New pond are green to start with.   We have an electric filter in ours now, it has foam filters and a UV light to keep the water clear.

  • Mel41Mel41 Posts: 6

    imagewhen we bouth the plants they looked fine. This is wgat they look like now.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,528

    It's completely normal.
    All of the pads on my huge lily have died and gone mushy (by about november) and I've tried to net most of it out of the pond to prevent nutrients building-up which will feed the algae.
    The green water is algae due to nutrients in your new pond, probably from tap water if that's what you used to fill the pond.
    All ponds go through this stage. No need for tablets or treatments, nature will take its course and once your plants are growing well next year they will use the nutrients and the algae will starve to death and your water will clear. Don;t try and rush it, you'll only cause more problems.
    Get lots of good oxygenating plants in March/April  and enjoy your new pond.

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Mel41Mel41 Posts: 6

    Thanks for your reply makes me feel better now as everyone else told me they never experienced it before. We use boar water as this is our main water. 

    We have 1 oxygenating plant in there so all should be good then. Hear is hopeing? 

    Thanks will very much enjoy it my daughter already is in love with her fish watching them swim around and pop up for some food?

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,528

    That sounds great.
    The suggested amount of oxygenating plants is about 2 plants for each square metre of water surface, so you really need something like 10-12 bunches of oxygenating plants. They will keep the water clear and fresh.

    I've not bought from this company, but have read many good reviews. Oxygenating plants are not available yet as it's mid-winter. They will have plants ready in Spring or your local aquatic centre will have them, also in Spring.

    Last edited: 07 January 2018 10:09:05

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 6,422

    Mel41, where do you live?  Are you in the UK?  I ask because I'm surprised that you can obtain water lilies at this time of year.

    It is perfectly normal for the lily leaves to turn brown, and it's best to pull them out when they get to that stage rather than let them rot in the bottom of the pond.

  • Mel41Mel41 Posts: 6

    Im from Australia and at the moment were having 45° temp. Im worried if i take the plants out my fish wont have shade but i guess there not doing much at the moment anyway. Maybe i will have to get more oxygenating plants in there. The pond is about 1.2 mtr by 1 and 400mn down. . Does all this change anything??

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,602

    IMHO your pond is a bit small for fish, especially when you experience such high temperatures. I think the water will get too hot.

    A deeper pond would allow the deepest water to stay cooler and the fish happier.

  • Mel41Mel41 Posts: 6

    It has full shade from shedding and i keep dipping my feet in too check the temp it feels nice to me! Hmm i dunno then. Maybe we should re do it. 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,602

    How about seeing if there's a local fish keeping group nearby, or a supplier who sells fish and aquatic supplies? there's nothing to beat local knowledge.

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