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medieval knievel
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

he's in ashbourne, so north dublin or meath would be perfect.

he lost a load of koi carp after the cold snap; they survived the pond being frozen near to the bottom, and they died when he refilled the pond after....
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.rockworld.ie/html/pond_liner.html
http://pondliner.ie/
http://www.pondhobby.com/
http://www.cornishgarden.com/linedpond.htm
http://www.butylproducts.co.uk/Products-Services/LiningContractor/?source=adwords-oemuk&kw=butyl%20liner

Last one talks about lining canals!!! That's gotta last longer than 30 years!
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the pits about the Koi!! I hope he's not discouraged and will try again.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nope, hence the work; we're going to lift the pond - it had a leak already and was further torn by the ice; and dig it a good 18 inches deeper and re-line it.

two goldfish survived, about ten inches long each; and the pond is full of fry now, from an inch up to about three inches. it'll be fun trying to catch them to lift the pond, there's about five dozen of them.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

eggplant1 wrote:
http://www.pondhobby.com/

perfect, that's only a short hop for him.
cheers!
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No problem. Was it the shallow bits that got torn by the ice? I presume it was originally a butyl liner?
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yep - the level is about six inches below what it would have been before the tear; but it's just over a foot deep now, so he wants to make it at least 3 foot. AFAIK, it's butyl rubber.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 2:04 pm    Post subject: cons of pond Reply with quote

hi eggplant 1. are you building a waterfall and stream into the pond. yours ponddigger Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd love a waterfall but on our initial budget I dont think we'll have enough for the pump. We're hoping that the pond will be large enough to oxygenate itself with the help of the right plants. Definitely in the long term I will have some rock formation/waterfall probably in the bog garden corner.

We ruled out a fountain because we felt it wasnt in keeping with the rural naturalist feel we're trying to achieve (although I love fountains in more formal ponds)

We're quite close to the coast in Kerry and hope we wont have too much of an issue with the pond icing up in the winter but with the winters we've had recently this might be a little naive. I actually have a horror that my cats will walk on the ice and it wont support their weight. The whole ice thing gives me the heebies. They're probably more intelligent than I give them credit. I worry too much.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

might be worth contacting this chap for advice on a natural looking pond:
http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=70451157
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 8:00 pm    Post subject: cons of pond Reply with quote

hi eggplant 1. best of luck with your pond construction,will you post some photos of the pond construction Idea yours ponddigger
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some great posts.
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi folks. Thank you all so much for your posts, advice and enthusiasm. WIth more regret than I can tell you, I have to put this whole project on hold for a year because of finances. I look forward to picking up this thread at that point and I really look forward to posting some photos. Thanks again!
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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 4:30 pm    Post subject: large pond with waterfall Reply with quote

hi eggplant1 was in co laois today ,passed by pond and waterfall at the stone yard took some photos,hope you enjoy yours ponddigger Wink


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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh that is perfect!! I just love the rocks and the waterfall. Well I have a whole year to get ideas and now I am wondering where I get some humungous rocks from? Thanks for the photos. That was very sweet of you.
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