What to Do if Your Pump Fails

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The pump is the heart of your pond.  When it’s ailing or failing, quick action is needed.  Obviously ruling out a simple fix to your pump should be your first and most logical step.  Aquascape has an informative article that we have summarized to help you with the solutions to the common pump problems.

If pump replacement is inevitable, then swift action should be taken especially when warm weather is present.  A pond left without proper pump filtration in warm temperatures can cause water quality deterioration and decreased oxygen levels, which can cause stress to the fish leaving them vulnerable to illnesses and death.

Waiting on the pump to arrive?

If pump replacement is the solution and you are waiting on the arrival of your new pump, consider some emergency ailments below to help your pond maintain during this time:

Aeration

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Without the pump to help replenish oxygen levels, a pond aerator with diffusers can be added.  If you don’t have access to a pond aerator, an aquarium aerator could be used in a pinch.   This will at least provide some aeration until the new pump arrives.

Monitor water quality

Without the pump to help remove wastes from the water, ammonia and nitrite levels most likely will increase.  Constant monitoring of your water quality is crucial.  In addition, feeding your fish should be temporarily stopped so that more toxins are not introduced into the pond.

Water changes

If while monitoring your water quality you notice dangerously high levels of ammonia and nitrite, a partial water change of up to 30% could help to relieve the toxin levels, as well as, add more oxygen back into the pond.

 

Good Luck!

Emerald Ash Borer

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If you live in the Midwest, you have probably heard of the emerald ash borer (EAB) and the havoc it has caused on ash trees.

Believing to have originated from imported shipping material made from ash, this exotic beetle was first identified in Michigan where it’s destruction started.  Since then, it has spread to surrounding states and Canada killing millions of ash trees.

EAB’s are only attracted to ash trees and they will kill every ash tree if not treated with a preventative insecticide.

Identifying an ash tree:

  • Branches and buds are opposite of each other not alternating or staggered
  • Compound leaves, which are composed of leaflets instead of a single leaf

Some visual signs of EAB infestation:

  • Dieback of leaves at the top of the tree
  • Vertical splits in the bark
  • Tiny D-shaped exit holes in the tree’s bark
  • Curvy S-shaped channels under the bark
  • Epicormic  shoots at the base of the tree
  • Woodpecker damage on the bark “flecking”

To find out more, contact your local county extension office.  Purdue University also has information here.

What is that Tree?

Need help identifying a tree?  A new smartphone app, called Leafsnap, is available for iPhone and iPad users.   This free service uses visual recognition software to search a growing library of leaf images from your submitted photograph.

More information is available at www.leafsnap.com