A question from the UK

cathyblueeyesApril 15, 2014

Hello my new friends in the U.S!!!
Is it true that I have heard I can use cornmeal in my koi pond to fix a leak? I have had one for a while now and it's driving me insane.I have a raised brick built pond and really do not want to take it apart.What is cornmeal called in the UK? Is it polenta? Many Thanks.

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I don't know beans about Koi ponds, but cornmeal is a flour made from what you Brits, for some unfathomable reason, call maize.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 7:35AM
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Not unfathomable - "corn" is a derivative of the word "kernel", so it meant, and still means in britain, any kind of grain with kernels. The Colonials naturally applied the word to maize when they came to the east coast of north america. For many years it was always referred to as "Indian corn", to distinguish from the corn (wheat, rye, barley) brought from europe.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 7:41AM
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Polenta is coarse ground corn meal. You can Google 'corn meal in England'. I doubt that corn meal really works, but I don't suppose it could hurt either. Is your pond cement lined or does it have a liner. How big is it?

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 8:50AM
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The pond is lined and is 10ftx8. I read on this web site about the cornmeal fix.Will the koi be upset if I add it?

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 9:41AM
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I suspect the Koi would find it delectable, but wouldn't it promptly clog the filter?

Order "polenta" in a European restaurant, and you will be brought a greasy, ghastly slab of a sort of fried cornbread.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 10:02AM
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I have not got a clue to be honest? It was a question in desperation.The other member did not say his was blocked.Looks like more research for me.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 10:21AM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

My mothers uncle, decades ago made a paste of cornmeal and wheat flour and used it for bait fishing for wild carp in a farm pond. Koi are supposed to be carp. I wouldn't be surprised if your koi tried to eat it.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 3:38PM
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How about we focus on the leak rather than the cornmeal. Yes, I see a couple of unconvincing and rare posts about cornmeal. Why do you even think you have a leak? Do you have plumbing for a waterfall or a drain or a filter? We have often been able to help with leak detection.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 8:01PM
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Carp make good catfish bait. I haven't tried Koi, though.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 8:56PM
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I have been ponding for many years and sorry but cornmeal will not fix a leak. Most leaks are found at waterfalls, filters and plumbing connections. If it is a liner issue you can patch it, but the surface of the liner must be made pristine for a patch to hold.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 9:06PM
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