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Old Tuesday 19th August 2008, 13:45
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Well Folks, it seems the pond has cleared itself, I went out to take a pic & that brown oily scum has vanished. I have no idea why. OH says it's probably sunk to the bottom. We have rain again, this lot must be cleaner.
hi Val

Good to know that it has sorted itself out and is back to normal.

Sometimes we used to get chalky stuff in our rain in Aberdeen, Scotland - it appeared like flour then disappeared again

Wonder what it was with your brown stuff? It must have carried in the wind from somewhere or another.

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Old Tuesday 19th August 2008, 15:39
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It was likely the algae or pollen oil then - as a rainfall will apparently make it sink to the bottom. (Just come back from the aquatic store so asked for you )
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Old Tuesday 19th August 2008, 17:19
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Good to know that it has gone, Val. Let's hope it doesn't reappear.
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Old Tuesday 19th August 2008, 17:22
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was there a thunderstorm that night?

i know that thunderstorms cause pollen particles to breakdown into much smaller particles

might be a reason?


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Old Wednesday 20th August 2008, 16:46
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That scummy brown stuff came back. I took some pics of it. Hope you can see what I mean from these?
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Old Wednesday 20th August 2008, 16:56
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Hi Val - When I was at the aquatic store the other day - I asked the guy - and he'd said that oils from decomposing algae and pollen would do this - that it would be gone with a good dose of rain. But......I guess if the decomposing algae/pollen are still around, it's going to continue. Thunder storms if you've had them can play havoc with water balances with the ph etc., and I can only suggest that is what it might be.
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Old Wednesday 20th August 2008, 17:12
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Thanks Msmum, I will have to ask if there's anything I can get to put in the pond to get rid of it if it doesn't go on it's own. Can't see the fish. lol
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Old Wednesday 20th August 2008, 17:13
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hmm

it looks oily?

if so i would try spreading big sheets of newspaper to try and lift it. i dont know how big the pond is but this would be manageable on mine!!

the paper should soak up the oil


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Old Wednesday 20th August 2008, 18:41
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Do you know what the pH of the water should be, Val? Might be worth testing it? Or maybe scooping some of that oily water into a jar and taking it to a pond specialist near you for advice?
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Old Wednesday 20th August 2008, 22:19
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Good advice Kits, I think we should do both those things. I'll consult with OH.
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