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Geraint
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will a tea coloured pond be harmful for goldfish?
« on: June 25, 2012, 05:07:08 PM »

I have a small pond. Around the edges I have logs and decaying bark. Itís made the water a "tea" colour. Will this type of water be harmful to goldfish?

Thanks in advance.
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Nossie
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Re: will a tea coloured pond be harmful for goldfish?
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2012, 05:23:21 PM »

Most likely not, but if there's a lot of rotting debris you will want to remove that when cleaning the pond during springs or else the nitrates will hit the roof Smiley
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Mindemae
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Re: will a tea coloured pond be harmful for goldfish?
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2012, 06:47:02 PM »

Not only that but it may lower your ph considerbly. Lots of rotting bark, leaves, debris can lower your ph considerably.
I'd watch for signs of acidosis which can make your goldfish very sick.  Goldfish prefer a more alkaline, higher ph so please test you water regularly and clean out any rotting debris as needed.
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scrivens345
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Re: will a tea coloured pond be harmful for goldfish?
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2012, 03:37:47 AM »

when it comes to wood, my rule-of-thumb is:- If it rots bin in

the Tea colour is the tannins leaching from the wood...dependant on the type of wood a lot of other stuff can leach out such as salicylic acid from Willow
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Re: will a tea coloured pond be harmful for goldfish?
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2012, 03:49:57 AM »

Also... when you say 'small' pond, do you know it's actual size? Smiley

If you are going to add live stock, then it needs to be a good size and does the pond have filtration? And is it deep enough for over-wintering fish?
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