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We cleaned a roof system on a house yesterday with a little goldfish pond right under a corner of the gutter that runoff overshoots. I tarped and protected the fish while we were onsite, and i left the tarp system in place in case it rained last night. The homeowner wants to know if they need to worry about the runoff  that will happen when it rains.  

 

How long is the runoff going to be an issue if it does get in the pond?  It is a little pond with a little aerator pump in it.

 

I never had one directly under the gutter before, so I want to reach out to you for insight to pass along to the homeowner.

 

 



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It sounds like the gutter isn't catching the runoff?  Like it's coming down a valley and flooding out over?  I would try and figure something out to at least temporarily divert the flow that's running over,..I'm sure you've seen that brown mess that comes out of a gutter when a roof is being rinsed.  The salt content could add up,..and fish are very sensitive.


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A little salt is actually good for them, but too much; deadly. I'd heed Jeff's word above, or caution the HO to relocate the fish to an indoor fish bowl/aquarium until the first heavy rain passes if possible.

We always get permission to heavily does any fish ponds close to the house with sodium- thiosulfate, prior to the roof cleaning. That's an added layer of protection against chlorine poisoning. I mention this in case you're not aware. (Commercially sold as Dechlor)

We cleaned the roof of a McMansion once that had a koi pond very close by - with prize winning koi that had been flown in from Japan. This guy shipped the koi around the the states for koi shows. He told me the least expensive one was $3k! I would not have done the job had he not agreed to the pre-treat that I mention. We had zero issues.



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A full rinse would probably be a good idea, so you know that any residual salt would be minimal. We have worked around many Koi ponds but never with your situation.

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I agree on everything and also say rinse the roof if you can. Divert all water from that area while rinsing and treat the pond

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Divert and full rinse.....been there done that and not taking any chances. Fish can be very sensitive.

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I keep a kiddie pool on the truck for just such jobs.
Move em and let mix dwell.
Rinse and put em back.

Ok full disclosure, the kiddie pool's for me, but I share when need to.😁



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Thank you very much for the insight.
All Good suggestions for sure

This pond location is why I have more than the usual concern.

The homeowner was going to continue to keep it covered until they get some rain. We have monsoon rains last night...

They also said they may empty the little pond and put fresh water in it.

I really appreciate the info on the sodium- thiosulfate dosing.

Is there a particular dosing guide you use to determine the level of product you put in the water?

I will research this further for sure.



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