return to main index

  mobile - desktop
follow us on facebook follow us on twitter follow us on YouTube link to us on LinkedIn
 
Click here for LLL Reptile & Supply
Professional Cages & Rack Systems
Made in the USA - Freedom Breeder
Locate a business by name: click to list your business
search the classifieds. buy an account
events by zip code list an event
Search the forums             Search in:
News & Events: Herp Photo of the Day: Iguana . . . . . . . . . .  Herp Photo of the Day: Happy Rattlesnake Friday! . . . . . . . . . .  The Reptile Expo - Nov. 30, 2020 . . . . . . . . . .  The Reptile Expo - Dec. 12, 2020 . . . . . . . . . .  Northern Virginia Reptile Show - Dec. 12, 2020 . . . . . . . . . .  DFW Herpetolocial Society Meeting - Dec. 19, 2020 . . . . . . . . . .  All Maryland Reptile Show - Dec. 19, 2020 . . . . . . . . . .  York County Reptile Show - Dec. 20, 2020 . . . . . . . . . .  Show Me Reptile & Exotics Show - Jan. 02-03 2020 . . . . . . . . . .  All Maryland Reptile Show - Jan. 09, 2021 . . . . . . . . . .  Reptiles At The York Expo Center - Jan. 16, 2021 . . . . . . . . . .  All Maryland Reptile Show - Feb. 06, 2021 . . . . . . . . . . 

full banner - advertise here .50¢/1000 views
click here for Rodent Pro
pool banner - $50 year

RE: Foam anyone???

[ Login ] [ User Prefs ] [ Search Forums ] [ Back to Main Page ] [ Back to Ponds & Water Gardens ] [ Reply To This Message ]
[ Register to Post ]

Posted by: badkarma at Thu Aug 11 23:23:17 2005  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by badkarma ]  
   

If it’s spring and the water has just warmed up the first thing that comes to my mind is that your fish have been doing the “wild thing” in your pond. They’ve been spawning. Fish usually prefer to rendezvous at daybreak or at dusk so if the foam sighting is just after these hours that’s a good sign that all is well. Another indicator is if the fish have been wallowing in the plants or if several fish seem to be chasing one. If this is the case the foam you see is actually fish sperm. Lovely mental picture — isn’t it?

Another possibility is that your pond is doing it’s protein skimming “thing”. The pond naturally traps proteins and other organics that would end up as ammonia and nitrites in bubbles that form wherever air and water “collide”. This would be most noticeable at the base of the waterfall. It’s easier for soft water to form bubbles than it is for hard water so the hardness of your water contributes to the foam that you see. Metro Atlanta’s water tends to be very soft. If the foam is just located at the base of the waterfall chances are that the pond is skimming proteins from the water. The best thing for you to do is skim off the foam with a net and dispose of it or let your skimmer take it into the filter to be flushed out of the system.

When fish are stressed they emit slime. This can contribute to higher amounts of foam in the water because slime is organic. If you suspect this to be a contributing factor to your foam it is best to check for stress factors. ie ammonia 0xygen ect.


   

[ Reply To This Message ] [ Subscribe to this Thread ] [ Show Entire Thread ]


<< Previous Message:  Foam anyone??? - oregonlizardlady, Tue Aug 2 10:39:32 2005