Just over a week ago, we had barely finished the lower pond area to be somewhat presentable to our guests. Lots of dirt areas covered with mulch, some areas just dirt and rocks, but in general it was okay. This weekend we tackled the landscaping and while it’s not finished, we’re quite pleased by the results.
After putting down the sod and looking around at the landscaping still left to do – we’re thinking about not putting the dining deck in the designated spot. We actually like the grass and might fill the rest in with more sod. The good thing about sod is that it’s pretty cheap and easy to remove.
Our pond water is good in the upper pond and not so good in the lower pond. While we have a seeded bead filter and the new RDF Combo Bio going on the lower pond, my ammonia is still pretty high. We’ve been doing some extra water changes and we have the constant fill/overflow system set up. None of the koi are showing any signs of being affected with a high level of ammonia, so I’m hoping we cycle down soon.
Here’s how the koi are doing today – the little kin ki utsuri continues to spend half of his time in the skimmer.