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Callicarpa profusion flowers

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 18:32


Wow they charge alot for that! Still, I don't know how much these go at garden centres.

Thanks all. Though I may just buy the pink AND purple flower one since the display in Autumn is so beautiful!

Callicarpa profusion flowers

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 00:34

Thank you for your help! I'm well aware the flowers are as you say, insignificant but I cannot abide white flowers

Could you possibly tell me the pink flowered version too?

I agree on the berires, so pretty! I'm devoting a section of my garden to berry shrubs and needless to say this'll have centre stage.

Callicarpa profusion flowers

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 22:53

Evening all. I had a little question about the variations of the flower on this lovely berry producing plant.

I understand it can have white, pink or purple flowers. Is it one colour flower per plant? Ideally I'd like a pink or purple flowered one, as I loathe white flowers (sorry white flower lovers!).


I think my goldfish is dying

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 10:56

Dovefromabove - I just couldn't conceive that would be the problem I gave that pond (when I noticed the one fish gulping alot, and bumping into things) more than enough water and the little fella still died hours later.

The remaining one is healthy enough. Gulping that food down and swimming fast

I think my goldfish is dying

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 23:24

Alright I got myself a pond testing kit today and its all clear. Although the yellow on the test strip was in between a safe colour and a not so safe colour. I will re-rest tommorow, but pretty sure its okay.

This pond weed you speak of, I actually have it but I threw away the band holding them together that helps them sink. oops =/. Only two have self righted and have a small portion breaking the surface.

KT53 I linked the pond I have

I think my goldfish is dying

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 23:46

By pond weed do you mean algae? There is *some* in the bottom, but not alot by the surface. We left some slime on the sides (cleaning some of it off) since we heard and read it shealthy to have some in. There are two plants on the shelves, and one tiny water lilly. There is also one of those oxygenating plants that eventually sink to the bottom in.

About these pond kits. Say it doesn't pass one of the tests, do I have to go out and buy treatment kits too?

I think my goldfish is dying

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 22:18

I just went outside to find it lying on the surface dead. It must of died within an hour. With my torch I checked all over its body and couldn't find any scratches or abnormalities.

I strongly belive this is my fault. The old water pump died many months ago, and the blue orfe died a few months later. We (the other being my grandad who had ponds before) decided to wait until we got the new BIGGER pond in spring. We relied on rainfalls, and topping the pond up ourselves. Only a month ago we did over half water change.

I suspect the old goldfish (who is over a year old) was old enough to have a better immune system, whilst the younger one died because the pond health was too much.

This is what I have my last goldfish in

I am assuming now I've done a terrible job, and I apolgise to any fish keepers seeing this (dont worry I feel really awful atm). I'll still go out and buy a pond test kit (despite being laughed at before by family when I brought up the issue of the red one briefly doing it). 

My new pond will be 6 x 3 x 3 and WILL have a pump/filter/UV light in one. I will even go and buy the same £25 pump that only lasted a year. Anything to keep the other goldfish alive.

I think my goldfish is dying

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 20:10

Hi KT53 I did that soon as I noticed the behaviour, then took some water out (about two watering cans worth) and replaced with the rain water I had left.

I've just been out and its not at the surface as much. Its swimming below but not coming up as much. I will give it another go with the hose

I think my goldfish is dying

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 19:35

I just went out 10 minutes ago and observed the younger of the two. Its constantly opening its mouth at the surface, and wont react to me, even if I put my finger right next to it. Worringly I saw it twice go on its side for a breif moment.

I gave the pond alot of oxygen but nothing has changed. When I did pour water in the suspicous one did go down as fish do when water pours into the pond.

I did see the older fish chill under a lilly pad do this for about 5 minutes, but that one only did it rarely these past few months.


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 16:18

Thanks for the help peeps Saw one fish under the cluster yesterday so I'll leave it like that!

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