Pond Problems!

Woke up this morning to find our large fish pond almost empty of water. I remember doing some pond maintenance last week and this always involves disturbing pumps, cables, pipes etc. What’s that old saying, “If it aint broke don’t fix it”. So a week late one of the old brittle pipes feeding water from the pump to the filter box has developed a little split but enough to almost empty the pond. Because I have placed the pump on a little pedestal and not on the bottom of the pond, it was not able to empty completely so all the fish are safe.



No problem, I thought, time to use the temporary pond I picked up from a pond shop that was closing some years ago. Starting filling it with water and got the first fish into this only to find it has a stopper plug to empty it when finished that has a split and is leaking water.

So now I have to get to a pond shop for a new pipe and tape safe to treat the tap water used to refill the large pond and a DIY shop to get some sort of glue for repairing the stopper to allow me to keep the fish in the temporary pond until I can refill and treat the water going back into the large pond.

Just got back from Wickes with some superglue which didn’t really do much and some pipe leak sealant. Just put some of this onto the split and have to wait an hour for it to cure before testing to see if the leak is fixed…..


On the plus side, at least this happened today and not next week when we are in Spain and can’t do much about it.

Now down to the local pond shop at Bourne End for some Tap Safe….

All fixed. Couldn’t buy a new pipe so repaired the old one. Cleaned and started refilling the pond with fresh tap water. Used the Tap Safe to treat it first. Then popped the fish back in. Counted about 52 in total.

When I get home from work I will continue to fill the pond back to the top again and check once more for any leaks.

All looks good. Just topping up the pond now. Put the new baby fish in that my mum gave me from her pond.

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