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bj wrote at 2012-09-08 17:30:30
I have the same high ph and KH problem and I've found that umbrella plant and Louisiana irises are very happy in the big that's part of my pond. I can't find any low growing or spreading plants that don't die eventually. I've been adding muriatic acid to bring the ph down but with evaporation I'm adding high ph water every other day. Frustrating!  

Bj wrote at 2013-07-06 16:43:39
I have the same problem, and I've found that Louisiana irises and papyrus (umbrella plant) both do well in my bogs. My waterlilies survive but the leaves don't get as large as they should.  

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Robyn Rhudy


I can answer questions regarding goldfish, koi, orfe, minnows, frogs, toads, salamanders, turtles, aquatic insects, snails, shrimp, other aquatic animals, algae, aquatic plants, winterizing, pond maintenance, pond setup, pond problems, and more. I am not as good on the actual construction of ponds and with pond equipment such as pumps and filters but know the basics.


I have eight ponds and four aquariums. My largest 1800 gallon pond was built in 1997. Since then, I set up a web site on my animals, fish, and ponds. My pond web site ( is huge, award-winning, and has spawned a free pond e-newsletter and a book on ponds. I am well known and respected in the on-line pond community.

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I am quoted in an article in Aquarium Fish (May 2003). I published my own book on ponds in 2001. I wrote an article for the Jan/Feb 2004 issue of Organic Gardening on tub ponds.

Masters degree in analytical chemistry; many people consider me a pond expert

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