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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:08 am    Post subject: first pond Reply with quote

hi.
first post , first pond
i picked up a lot of information / tips from here before attempting my first waterfall / pond.
no one told me it would break my back though Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:12 am    Post subject: Re: first pond Reply with quote

.. how do i add more than 1 photo to a post?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is good, very, very good.

When all the rockery plants grow and spread over the rocks, it'll look magnificent. Put loads of plants in.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:39 pm    Post subject: pond and waterfall Reply with quote

hi lastchance.well done,super job worth all the hard work.neptune Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In adding my congratulations for a job well done, could I add a note of possible caution from past experience.

The pond doesn't look very deep and, if we get any hard winters in future, you'll probably want to take your pump out - or at least switch it off - to prevent damage. As a result, the whole thing will go into limbo.

This is natural but, if you've put fish into it, there's a possibility they may get trapped and frozen in the surface ice OR the remaining water underneath the ice won't contain enough oxygen and they'll suffocate. Breaking the ice, e.g. with a hammer, will also be harmful to the fish as the shock waves will damage them or even kill them.

Putting fish in a pond is usually the ultimate prize so I wouldn't want you to be disappointed.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blowin wrote:
In adding my congratulations for a job well done, could I add a note of possible caution from past experience.

The pond doesn't look very deep and, if we get any hard winters in future, you'll probably want to take your pump out - or at least switch it off - to prevent damage. As a result, the whole thing will go into limbo.

This is natural but, if you've put fish into it, there's a possibility they may get trapped and frozen in the surface ice OR the remaining water underneath the ice won't contain enough oxygen and they'll suffocate. Breaking the ice, e.g. with a hammer, will also be harmful to the fish as the shock waves will damage them or even kill them.

Putting fish in a pond is usually the ultimate prize so I wouldn't want you to be disappointed.

Good point but all pumps do not have to be taken out of water, even in freezing conditions, it all depends on pump used. Some pumps are designed in such a way that they can be completely frozen in a solid block of ice and still operate when they defrost.
Regarding ice breaking, don't use anything that will crack ice. A usefull tip is to use a pot of hot water resting on surface to melt ice.
Judging depth of pond from a photograph is difficult, even standing at the side of a pond can give a false impression of depth.
What I would be much more concerned about it the fence catching fire, the central heating outlet is very close to the fence.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i dont plan to add fish as i havnt put in filters and dont want the hassel.
the heating outlet is close to the fence, but i have checked it with the burner running and its ok,
the pump is at about 2 feet to the top of it under rocks.

I know noting of gardening in general and especially water plants. Are there any plants i can get for the pond the grow year round?
tks for the kind words.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:39 pm    Post subject: pond Reply with quote

hi lastchance.how long did it take you to build the pond and waterfall.neptune Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lastchance wrote:
I know noting of gardening in general and especially water plants. Are there any plants i can get for the pond the grow year round?
tks for the kind words.


The best plant for year round interest might be Carex Pendula for the edge of the pond. Stays green year round. Can seed about a bit though.
Any plants that grow from the bottom of the pond tend to die away in winter e.g. water lilies, arrrowheads, bulrushes, purple loosestrife.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi neptune.
i would say it took around 8 or 9 days start to finish. i had to haul the rocks from the front of the house and the biggest rocks formed an unplanned rockery at the front Smile
i had help from another guy for a couple of days and the the wifes back is also broken
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lastchance wrote:
hi neptune.
i would say it took around 8 or 9 days start to finish. i had to haul the rocks from the front of the house and the biggest rocks formed an unplanned rockery at the front Smile
i had help from another guy for a couple of days and the the wifes back is also broken


I must say it's very a impressive pond. I hope you get lots of enjoyment from it!
I'm planning a small pond for my garden and I want to incorporate a stream just like you did. Can you tell me what size the pond is and whether you used a pre-formed pond or used a rubber/vinyl liner? What rating pump did you use - ie what head and flow rate?
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