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By Funguy

Berkshire, United Kingdom Gb

My water feature whiskey barrel which has a couple water lillies and water bamboo has turned a very cloudy milky colour in the last few weeks. It also smells quite bad.
I have read up and found aquariums that go milky due to a bacterial bloom, do you think this is what is happening to my water feature, it has no fish in it?
Do I need to treat or do anything or will it go in time? Aquatic compost has been used and i will go to garden centre on the weekend for come oxygenating plants if this will help/is necessary in a small pond like mine?




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Could be that something has died in it and is decomposing, or have you been adding tap water to it?

22 Jun, 2011

 

It was filled with tap water....I did post on here asking about using tap water and a few said it was fine and no problems. Is this not so Moon grower? It looks like milk nearly.

No dead animals in there...a few insects mind.

22 Jun, 2011

 

This is just my personal view but I'd lift out the plants and get into containers of water and empty the whole thing out and clean. I suspect you are always going to have a problem. Those half whisky barrels are primarily sold to be filled with soil to grow plants in. The area is so small that the water is going to become stagnant. Two water lilies and water bamboo in what is a very small container as simply too much unless you can find a way to oxygenate. This implies getting the water moving somehow rather than putting in oxygenating plants which are needed if you have fish.

So my suggestion lift the plants out and have them in containers whilst you empty and scrub the half whisky barrel. Refill with water and if it is tap water leave to sit for several days. Remove your two water lilies and the water bamboo from their containers and repot in pots with nothing but gravel in. put them back in the half barrel.

I can't guarantee this will work but the situation is only going to get worse.

22 Jun, 2011

 

This is just my personal view but I'd lift out the plants and get into containers of water and empty the whole thing out and clean. I suspect you are always going to have a problem. Those half whisky barrels are primarily sold to be filled with soil to grow plants in. The area is so small that the water is going to become stagnant. Two water lilies and water bamboo in what is a very small container as simply too much unless you can find a way to oxygenate. This implies getting the water moving somehow rather than putting in oxygenating plants which are needed if you have fish.

So my suggestion lift the plants out and have them in containers whilst you empty and scrub the half whisky barrel. Refill with water and if it is tap water leave to sit for several days. Remove your two water lilies and the water bamboo from their containers and repot in pots with nothing but gravel in. put them back in the half barrel.

I can't guarantee this will work but the situation is only going to get worse.

22 Jun, 2011

 

I think much the same as Moongrower. The smell may be what the barrel was treated with and is leeching out into the water? or it is something decomposing? I suspect 2 lillies etc is far too much for the size and amount of water. I suggest you empty it to find the problem and line it if you have not done so with good quality liner.

22 Jun, 2011

 

Thanks i'm going to do it this weekend.

One thing i didn't mention - I didn't wash or scrub the barrel before i filled it with water. The inside of the barrel was black and looked like it had been burnt. And it smelt of whisky (obviously).

Perhaps a good scrub with wire brush would be good?

And also if i go to my grandmothers and take water from the rain water storage butt that would be better than tap water?

Have a good weekend :)

24 Jun, 2011

 

If it is a genuine whisky barrel then it will make a brilliant water feature. Two lilies and a bamboo is an over load situation, but I doubt that is causing the problem. The water bamboo (Lucky Bamboo) is an indoor plant and whilst extremely tough Lucky bamboo likes warmer temperatures of between 65ºF and 90ºF. I would guess if it is outside it is dying and that is causing the problem. One small variety lily is ample; no need for oxygenating plants, the lily has remarkable water purifying attributes, though some aquatic plant food would be a good idea. In a small water feature I would suggest planting the lily directly into aquatic soil placed on the floor of the butt about 75mm to 100mm deep and perhaps one other plant such as a reed to give it some vertical structure at the rear side of the barrel. Cover the soil with 50mm of Dorset pea gravel or similar and carefully refill the barrel using a small plate on top of the stone to avoid displacing the stone and soil.

Hope this is of use to you

24 Jun, 2011

 

Cheers Ken,

I've pretty did all that you have suggested - Used aquatic soil, gravel on top. The water bamboo is doing well, i bought it from an aquatic plant centre and it should be hardy, it looks healthy.

The problem is the current state of the water in the barrel.

When you say too many plants, is that because when they mature they will be too big for the barrel or is it because three of four aquatic plant pots caused the water to go the way it has?

25 Jun, 2011

 

You've got too many plants in the container for its size. The water bamboo will not survive the winter outside.

25 Jun, 2011

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