Join Date: May 2011
Location: Elk Grove, California
Had a wonderful talk with my local koi expert and he managed to convince me not to rehome my koi just yet. He said, surprisingly, that nitrates as high as 50ppm are often normal for outdoor ponds. Mine gets as high as 80ppm or even more (haven't tested it in months, scared to). He can't figure out why my nitrates are so high for a pond my size with the 3 fish in there but he said as long as they don't appear ill, might as well leave them. He also said one reason why my koi might never come up to the surface to eat is because they've basically reverted back to wild status and are eating from natural food sources on the bottom. When the hyacinth start growing again in the spring, I'll get a bucketload of those and put them in to help control the nitrates. He gave so much wonderful advice that I felt bad not buying anything.
I've curled up with 3 cats on a double bed before. It's a double but it seems less because there are two cats beds on it (which, being summer, the cats ignored and went to sleep on the cool cotton comforter).
Olympia, your dogs must like you if they want to sleep with you.
Sorry/happy about your apisto girl, by the way.