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My Pond(s)
July 13, 2008
11:17 am
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Daspricey
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Where do i start?

When we first moved to this house about 5 years ago now there was a small pond in the garden. The pond was about 10ftX18"x12", so like a mini canal with a bridge going over it. It was full of frogs and newts, eventually we added our 8 year old goldie from a tank and added several new goldies. We also was given some pond plants from some friends and a black carp fry must have got caught in the plants so we had a lovely black carp too. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

After about a year we decided we wanted an upgrade so we caught all of the fish and put them in a tank for a couple of days. We extended to the pond outwards on both sides of the bridge so it was like a phone shape. Brilliant! We added a pair of 12" tench just before a holiday but when we came back we lost all but three fish (two goldies and a orfe). /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

We then decided to fill in one side of the pond and extend the other. By a couple of weeks it looked like this (After some rain!)

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We then had to empty the hole, easier said than done when the pump broke on us! /wacko.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wacko:" border="0" alt="wacko.gif" />

This is what the lawn looked like after taking all the water up bucket by bucket,

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After a lot of digging and messing about this was the pond without plants or filteration set-up,

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The other side of the pond, you can see the size of the old telephone shaped pond,

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After some fish from the tank,

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and some plants the pond was taking shape,

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Filter covered,

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That was my dream pond and was more than happy with it!

But a couple of weeks later we had some heavy rainfall and look what happened to the pond,

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July 13, 2008
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So back to square one!!! We lost quite a few fish there, but still my original goldies from the tank and one goldfish which survived this whole ordeal right from the very start in the mini canal type pond was still going strong. After the winter in a large container (About 100litres) we got back on track with the pond and bought a smaller preform pond,

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The hole filled up alot more with mud,

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After another couple of weeks the pond looked like this,

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After another couple of months the pond now looks like this,

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Pond plants are now growing OUT of the pond,

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Some lovely fairy moss,

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Even though i think it is to small now the fish are more than happy. I found three of these a couple of days ago,

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So that's 4 different ponds in 5 years and we are already laying out plans for a much larger pond the other side of the garden. /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />

Hope you've enjoyed the "evolution of our pond."

David

July 13, 2008
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that sure is a lovely pond...wish i had some place to do one. what is that "fish" in the last pic?

July 13, 2008
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QUOTE (Malti @ Jul 13 2008, 12:46 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
that sure is a lovely pond...wish i had some place to do one. what is that "fish" in the last pic?

I think it's a goldfish fry, it could however be a blue orfe fry, only time will tell for sure. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

David

July 13, 2008
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Awesome post David /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

I don't have the room for a pond myself, but I really would love to have one. IMO a quality garden just isn't complete without a quality pond /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

July 13, 2008
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QUOTE (Daspricey @ Jul 13 2008, 03:02 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think it's a goldfish fry, it could however be a blue orfe fry, only time will tell for sure. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

David

I've never breeded goldfish intentionally (had loads in a water reservoir, but i didn't do a thing) and I only had seen the baby goldfish as minitaire ones ie 4 months old (did some research now /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" /> )...was thinking they came that way /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

cheers mate

July 14, 2008
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Great picture series David. /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> Are the amphibians still around?

Cake or death?
July 14, 2008
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Thanks guys

QUOTE (Matt @ Jul 14 2008, 02:31 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Great picture series David. /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> Are the amphibians still around?

We still have a couple of frog regulars. We haven't seen any newts however for a while. I have a feeling all this messing about with the pond put them of staying around. /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

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just getting round to reading this post now

frogs generally return to their birth place to spawn just like salmon

for your sake i hope they dont

they also have been known to kill fish they must be a bit thick they will hold on to a fish in a similar way to that of their mating ritual but unfortunatley for the fish this will do lots of damage as the frogs grip is quite severe

cheers martin

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