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  1. Anyone know where to buy koi food? My supplier in Ajijic can’t get it anymore, and my fish will soon be hungry.
  2. Anyone know where to by koi food? My regular vender in Ajijic can’t get it any more.
  3. If you want to use air jets in the hot tub, they lose a tremendous amount of heat per minute, and solar would not be able to keep up. People get around this by having a separate gas or electric heater to maintain temperature when using the hot tub, or a separate insulated high temperature hot water tank to provide supplement heat. I talked with Ron Magen at STI about a year ago, and did not go ahead at that time. It sounds as if they have some new options, and I should talk with him again.
  4. Our neighbor who had the heart attack is young, in his mid forties. I can easily offer rides for them. His son has been bringing him over twice a day to use our blood pressure monitor. It offers a good opportunity to talk a little.
  5. Our Mexican neighbor had a heart attack a few days ago, and is now home. His son is our gardener, and he also is a gardener. Can anyone offer me advice on how we can support them over the next few months? Are there ongoing services offered here for heart attack victims. They speak no English. We live in Riberas.
  6. I think the reason you do not see the robots here is economic. We have taught our gardener how to clean the pool. It takes him about 20 minutes to do it, so it costs about $1 in wages each time. At twice a week, it would take almost 10 years to pay for the robot. However, if you included the extra electrical costs, you would never pay for the robot. I am much happier to provide extra work here for the local population by using manual cleaning.
  7. I know of at least 4 places that sell rainbird products here. Is that what you are looking for? The garden centre in Riberas, Hernandez ferreteria, another place on the carretera by El Torrito, and another place up on mountainside in Ajijic. There is also a big difference in prices.
  8. I buy lomo ahumado at Tony's butcher shop. It is smoked back bacon, Mexican style, but very similar to Canadian back bacon, that we get in Canada.
  9. Maincoones, The plants I am using are water lilies, water hyacinth(lirio), water cabbage, reeds, and the miniature plant that looks like ringed black and green bamboo. Does anyone have any duckweed?
  10. I have a simpler idea. What is your pond ph? Measure it at three different times in a 24 hour period, including one at night. I was shocked to find my pond ph is 8.2, even though I am adding 6.9 water for top ups!
  11. Thanks Snowyela! I talked to him as you suggested. I asked him what was normal for Sunday? He said he was not expecting anything more for working today (Sunday). When I pushed him what other employers would do, it appears that if someone is asked to work on a Sunday, double time is common. Even though I did not ask him to work today (he asked me if he could work today) I think I will pay him double time for today to help him out. He is a fantastic worker.
  12. I did not ask him to work that day. He wants to work, I think he needs the money.
  13. If our gardener works on Sundays, should we be paying him double time for his hours that day?
  14. I keep about one third of my pond surface area covered with plants. Over time, some of the leaves die, and fall to the bottom of the pond. Gradually the water has become tea coloured, which I understand is caused by tannins in the water from the leaf degradation (I can't think of the right word just this second!). Apparently activated carbon clears the water. I am experimenting with just a simple bag of charcoal hanging at the inlet to the pond, which I washed thoroughly before adding. It seems to be working, my water is slowly clearing. So, this may also be protecting me from any chlorine spikes? Where have any of you sourced activated carbon, which would be even better, albeit more expensive?
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