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Pond Up At Last
June 14, 2008
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geordie John
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Now then Folk,
I'm well chuffed that after just about 1yr (Twas last Aug. I started) I've got my pond settled LoL.( I thought I would have sussed it by last Christmas !)
I introduced 2 koi today after putting some young in 2 weeks ago . I've still to modify my inlet ,I'm making a waterfall leading into a feeder pool which is full of reads and guppies ! aslo I think I'll be needing a UV tube as I didnt bother with one and the water is a bit cloudy after 12" , The filters took thier time as I made them myself to cut the cost ( Not !!) the pond holds about 3500 gallons and the decking doubled its expected cost ( you've realy got to budget for screws ect LoL) any how if i did it again Id jen up a bit which would pay off big time as ive wasted a bit of brass which could have been used on quality fish .
All the best,
G.John

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June 14, 2008
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Hi John, nice looking pond /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> It's abit like doing alterations to a house, the small bits add up alot,furnishings etc
There's many people complaining about algae this year, much more than the past few years. Global warming? who knows. My advice would be to get a UV in there, sooner the better really. UV tubes, best replaced every 12 months but i'd tend to change at the beginning of the pond season in preparation. Why wait until there's a problem if you think it's going to happen /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
Will look even better when it starts to mature and settle down /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
Whats the dimensions?

June 14, 2008
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Hi Richy,
A few people have said to get a UV I didnt bother as I thought they would be extra wattage but apparently there very economical ,now I cant see my fish LoL .The pond measures 18ft by 16 ft and 3.5ft deep .There is also a 4ft sloping ledge which I thought would be nice and natural ...the first heron to see this will probably think the same though LoL.
All the best,
G.John

June 14, 2008
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from the stats you gave i get the impression you've done some homework before building, wish a few others did, nice one /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> Beware though, it's still very easy to over stock with fish so be careful /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" /> Top left corner of the pic, did you use a spirit level? Stick some bullrush's in, they'll never know lol /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":ph34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" />
Or, take a pic from different angle /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> Still nice diy work anyway /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

EDIT* i recognise your name from somewhere can't remember where from /dry.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="<_ <" border="0" alt="dry.gif">

June 15, 2008
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great looking job there John.

June 15, 2008
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Looks superb John /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> Are you just stocking the main pond with koi?

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June 15, 2008
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Hi there,
LoL Richy, Yep all the pond is out of level by about 1.25" I've tried to adjust the visual affect with the decking but it hasnt worked ( some dont notice it but its the first thing I see )The filter inlet it up at that end which is the deepest, prob.a couple inches over 3.5ft would reeds get up to this height if planted in tall planters ?
I've got guppies in both ponds but koi in only the main pond.
All ther best.,
G.John

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June 15, 2008
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both pics look the same, is it a game of spot the difference?? /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />
The origional pic you posted doesn't do the project justice, these do. I didn't realise it had such a large slope/walkway. Looks great but a new fence will compliment it even more /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" /> /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />
I've helped build a few ponds but i'm not that clued up on pond plants, sorry mate /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

June 15, 2008
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Very impressive /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

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June 16, 2008
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John I reckon reeds would be ok in that depth of water if you start off with fairly big plants.

Cake or death?
June 23, 2008
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Very nice job! I am impressed. I had a pond until the raccoons cleaned me out. I found that water lilies keep the algae down, as well as a potted tree of some kind for shade. Also, sinking some pvc pipes under large rocks give the fish a place to hide from predators like herons.

Are you going to put in a fountain? looks like you need something to refresh the oxygen

June 25, 2008
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thats one smart looking pond John, mine went when the herons had a field day with the liner,
Great big holes about 18 inches down in the pond.
if you hear of a guy sitting in his garden with an air rifle that'll be me i'm standing guard for my newts and frogs cos they can't shoot straight.

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June 26, 2008
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Have you tried giving them a smaller gun mate? /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

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July 13, 2008
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How did i miss this thread?

Stunning pond John!

Did the guppies survive the whole winter outside? /ohmy.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":o" border="0" alt="ohmy.gif" />

July 14, 2008
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I've got 5 jap. Koi in now and 1 from Malaya which tested the water LoL,
I didnt see any guppies but put quite a few more in and now have loads and lots of pin heads,though they were playing scare for a time when some one came to see them last week LoL.
The Terrapins were dredged out in mid May and seemed OK ,no rot,damage ,smells ect so I put them in a plastic box with water and land to warm up , A few days later it was one of our rare hot days so I put them on the cobbles near the edge of the pond /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" /> I forgot about them until I saw a magpie picking one up /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" /> the other one was baked /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" /> .......Thats the end of meanie and greenie ! For my sins a Heron came down and quickly flutced off so I had to cover the pond with a net.
I've got mega water coming from the pump so put a t piece in and have water going to the stream and into the header pond above ,I'm at pres. trying to find a 6 to 8 Ft plastic trougth to smarten up with decking and plant full of reads I'll get this to empty into my header pond instead of a waterfall as I keep loosing water each time I have a practice build.
I'm getting right into koi at the minute as they need apreciating by sitting round the pond with a large glass of Absinth though I keep chuckling at the thought of the fish popping up to say hello on a cheech and chong film many years ago LoL must have been a Shagoi LoL
Well all the best for now,
G.John

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