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whats killing my water lily?

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 11:26 am
by Paddles
the leaves are going brown, from the outside in, no decernable eaten marks. no decernable bugs, how can I treat if it is bugs? (Goldfish in pond) to date, as soon as I notice a leaf going brown I remove it.

The fish seem abnormaly aggresive towards the lilys at the moment. there are other plants in the pond

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 11:40 am
by guzzigirl
sorry, can't help. Don't know anything about water lilies. :oops:

Ok, I was wrong

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 11:54 am
by Paddles
I now know what is wrong, I have snails, I need to know what to do to treat them?

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 1:51 pm
by guzzigirl
I assume you mean water snails? I imagine an aquarium or pond retailer would know what to do.

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 1:53 pm
by Comeilotei
Paddles, when was the last time they were repotted/fertilised? Advisable to do this every 2 years. It's been 3 years since I last did mine (was unable to do it last winter), they don't look as healthy as they used to.

Re: Ok, I was wrong

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 1:57 pm
by bubba louie
Paddles wrote:I now know what is wrong, I have snails, I need to know what to do to treat them?


I thought that was a good thing in a pond.

Re: Ok, I was wrong

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 2:03 pm
by Comeilotei
bubba louie wrote:
Paddles wrote:I now know what is wrong, I have snails, I need to know what to do to treat them?


I thought that was a good thing in a pond.


I too have snails in my pond, as far as I know they feed on algae (I could be wrong). Sometimes when the weather is hot I get black insects on my lily pads. I hose them off with water before they do any damage and the fishies eat them.

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 2:07 pm
by Paddles
the water lilys are new and young, and have not had a chance to come out of thier winter dormancy before this attack. from what I understand, snails aren't bad exactly, BUT if they don't have enough algae to eat, they eat the plants, and since the pond is fairly new, and it's eco-system is not yet established, I need to control the snails somehow. at least until until the plants are better established.

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 8:57 pm
by tam
Paddles are they in pots. If so lift them out, pick off any visible snails, and soak the plants in a condys crystals solution. Leave them in this for about 1/2 hr and it will kill any eggs. The eggs look like little blobs of clear jelly.

PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:28 pm
by Waterlily
I never kill pond snails if even I'll have 1000 of them. They are our helpers and "gardeners" in pond. They help to keep pond balance. Without snails pond could have local "wildlife" problem.
As your pond is new better leave it alone for sometime and let nature to create normal water life.
If you really have million of snails you can control them but a little. Put some lettuce in water because snails love it. After you can catch them easier.
Paddles, but don't forget plz pond snails are always for sale :) and people buy it for pond balance.
Better remove leaves you don't like and put some fertilizer. To feed water lilies better 2-3 times per year (I do it once at 3 months).
I don't think pond snails did this damage to leaves.
If you show me picture of leaves I could say you what is this.
Sometimes if you change level of water in pond leaves can be sick and change color.
Good luck Paddles.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:39 am
by Comeilotei
I'm with Waterlily on the water snails, good to have them in the pond. :D

PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:16 pm
by tam
Too many snails in a pond, and they will attack your plants Also, their waste will effect the water quality.