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Garth

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  1. Does anyone have contact info for someone who can help me. Perhaps Ariana Grande? I believe she helped us last time, but I have lost her info
  2. I need to renew my Mexican driver licence. Does anyone have contact info for someone who can help me?
  3. Anyone know where to buy koi food? My supplier in Ajijic can’t get it anymore, and my fish will soon be hungry.
  4. Anyone know where to by koi food? My regular vender in Ajijic can’t get it any more.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Mainecoons, the floating plants along the lake come and go with the wind dirrection. If there are no lirio today, wait a few days until the winds bring them back. I got all my plants along the lake shore in Riberas. I just put them in a wheelbarrow, and carried them to the garden. I added some large rocks at one corner to adjust the height of the reed plants, which are also floating, but needed some support to stay vertical. In terms of skimming off algae, are you talking about string algae?. If that is your problem, you have to remove that manually, a UV bulb will not help. I made a mistake when I talked about adding oxygen earlier. What I meant was that I added flowing water via the waterfall to add oxygen to the pond. Anytime we add fresh water to the pond, we reintroduce a source of phosphorous etc to the pond. And of course if you drain your pond, you loose a good portion of the nitrifying bacteria on the bottom and sides of the pond, and on the rocks. Those bacteria are what process the fish poop waste. Everything has to start again, and that takes time. In terms of the UV light, I just took one off my water system.. I bought a new light bulb here a few months ago, so they are available locally.. Go into one of the water system treatment places along the carretera to buy a UV light system. , Apparently it has to be sized correctly for the size of the pond.
  10. This is a timely question for me, I just had a koi pond built a few weeks ago. It is 4 meters by 5 meters. I plan on stocking it in a week or so, after my algae bloom slows down. I have added lirio, lake cabbage, and the tall reed plants from the lake.. My understanding is that the plants give shade, and help to cool the water, which helps to reduce the algae population, as others have said.. I also understand that the other purpose of plants is that they are in competition with the algae for the phosphorous in the water, and that is how they reduce algae problems.. You can by chemicals to add to the water to block light, or to block phosphorous absorption, but I do not want to do that. Like you I am having trouble finding a source for water plants, particularly for my waterfall feature. I am also going to try adding some papyrus at the edge of the pond, it is abailablke locally. I have small fish that came with the water lilies, they seem to be surviving fine. Maincoons is your pond very green? In the day time, plants and algae produce oxygen, but at night they consume it. I have read that sometimes fish die in the middle of the night because the dissolved oxygen content is too low. Are you adding oxygen, or do you have too many fish for the size of your pond? I have just added an ultroviolet lamp to my pond, which is the gold standard for controlling algae without using chemicals. Two other crazy ideas I am trying, are to add a Pleco fish, the ones that grow huge, but consume large amounts of algae, most say they get along with koi, others say not to do that.. I am also going to get some clams out of the lake, and put them in a pail of sand on the bottom of the pond, and let them filter algae.. I also have a sand filter on my pond, but since algae is only 3 microns in diameter, no filter will remove it, until it has been killed by the ultroviolet light, and then eventually clumps together to be caught by the filter. I have also heard that the barley works good, because it produces an enzyme as it decomposes that hurts the algae. Anyone know of a local source for barley? This is mostly what I have read. Anyone else have more real world experience than me, that could give us more advice?
  11. We installed solar electric, solar hot water, and solar pool heating with Ron Megan. He did a fantastic job for us, and their quote was way less than Esun. Their follow up has been wonderful, and I would highly recommend them.
  12. A dumb newbie question. We are considering moving to Mexico, and will apply for a Residente Permanente from outside of Mexico. At that point we will not have an address in Mexico. Is that allowed? ie do we leave our address blank?
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