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queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 30, 2014
12:58 PM

Post #9881742

Okay so a little while ago I posted a pic of where I was hoping to make a pond well Sunday I got out there and started digging. I only got it a little over 2 ft deep its 8ft by 4ft..I hate digging.I got the liner put in and we surrounded the top and framed it with wood. I didn't want to spend a bunch if money so I worked with what I had.I have one question though do you put anything on the bottom of the pond like sand? It just looks so black.here's some before and after pics

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 30, 2014
1:01 PM

Post #9881747

Digging and lining

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 30, 2014
1:05 PM

Post #9881751

After

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

June 30, 2014
5:30 PM

Post #9882005

It is far easier to keep the pond clean with out anything on the bottom of the pond. After you have water in your pond, the color of the liner won't be so stark. If you have waterlilies potted up and sitting in the bottom of your pond, they too will go a long way towards making the bottom of the pond hard to see.

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 1, 2014
1:39 PM

Post #9882761

Thanks for the advice.I will keep it bottomless.lilies will be fun!
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

July 1, 2014
2:54 PM

Post #9882851

The dark color makes the colors of your plants and/or fish pop more. You'll enjoy the blackness.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 1, 2014
6:19 PM

Post #9883096

Looks great!! What are you using for filtration? If it's in pond you hid it well.

Enjoy

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 1, 2014
7:35 PM

Post #9883171

I put this filter in today.still have to paint the wood but it has been raining here since yesterday. I want to do some lighting also.

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 1, 2014
7:37 PM

Post #9883173

This is much fun!

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 2, 2014
10:02 AM

Post #9883720

Really disappointed in this filter its like the pump isn't strong enough to push the water through the fountain head. Bringing it back.

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 2, 2014
10:03 AM

Post #9883724

Not having fun ...lol
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 2, 2014
3:47 PM

Post #9883968

I would return it as well. Do you know how many gph the pump is?

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 2, 2014
5:01 PM

Post #9884044

550 gph.

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 2, 2014
5:13 PM

Post #9884049

The pond is only about 500 gallons a little over 2 feet deep.I have no idea what filter to get.I liked the tetra one because the pump and filter were all in the pond.

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 2, 2014
8:55 PM

Post #9884230

Okay we rigged up a filter with pump I had.I also got some lights. Pics tomorrow.

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 2, 2014
11:16 PM

Post #9884258

Hopped in and put the lights in tonight.while I was doing that the neighbor complained about the pond being to loud and asked if I could turn it off at night.I'm like damnit but I fixed my pump so it doesn't make to much noise splashing water.#neighborproblems.

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 3, 2014
11:47 AM

Post #9884606

500gph isn't a lot of push.

Is your neighbor close to you?

If you are going to put fish in the pond, you will need to keep the pump running 24/7 during the ponding season.

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 3, 2014
3:16 PM

Post #9884774

I have a Quite One 4000 pump on the filter it does 991 gph and the pump on the fountain is the 2200 it does 594 gph,got the pumps for $20 on clearance at Petco a year ago.I was like I think these might come in handy someday lol.The neighbors house is about 50 feet from my pond there is one window on that side of their house,funny thing is they have a pond also.But yeah the water was splashing pretty loud I just had to cut the vinyl tube so it was shorter.I have one big goldfish in there right now so shutting of the pump is not going to happen.I know it was a little soon for a fish but I got a 75 gallon fish tank for free catch was I had to take the fish also.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 3, 2014
3:20 PM

Post #9884776

You seem to do well with the deals Queenie. That is awesome.

My closest neighbor is 35 feet from us and we did ask them how they felt about the noise. They were fine and joked about the noise. We also have a wall fountain that runs water as well, so we are rather noisy here, but it doesn't seem to bother anybody.

Your goldfish needs the aeration, so I wouldn't shut it down. ^_^

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 3, 2014
3:22 PM

Post #9884779

a couple pics from today.I gotta find a way to get that fountain to stay straight lol

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 3, 2014
3:44 PM

Post #9884807

the stupid harsh winter pretty much killed my dwarf weeping spruce,I gotta dig him up and move him and see if he bounces back.Right now its like your sitting there by the pond and all I notice is this tree.

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 3, 2014
5:02 PM

Post #9884877

Boy have I ever been there...

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 3, 2014
5:49 PM

Post #9884927

Its never ending lol

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 3, 2014
7:36 PM

Post #9885034

That tree gonna be thinking about it all day at work tomorrow lol but yeah when I get home out it goes.

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 4, 2014
8:13 AM

Post #9885394

Sounds like a touch of OCD, Queenie. Welcome to my world!
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 4, 2014
5:08 PM

Post #9885699

Hi Queenie,
If you want to see how to figure exact gallons of your pond plus what size pump you would need check out E-how.com.

All I can remember its LXWXD X 7.48 which would make your pond about 478..72 gals. If you have accessories you also have to take into consideration head feet. Distance from top of pump to top of waterfall for instance and add more water handling volume for that. .

Just type in how to calculate pond gallons etc. and there's a lot of info that comes up.

As far as neighbors my formula is ignore them. We are on 15 acres but have open land across the road from us which could be developed some day. If it is ponds are still staying with their noisy waterfalls etc.

Enjoy your pond. Bonnie

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 4, 2014
5:37 PM

Post #9885720

The tree is out and I feel better Lol.just don't know if I want to keep it.

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 4, 2014
10:20 PM

Post #9885864

Starting to get dark.

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 4, 2014
10:25 PM

Post #9885865

Bonnie Lol I totally agree! I just thought it was strange coming from her when she has a pond on her deck. But yes I am enjoying this so much its so peaceful and relaxing to watch the water.I just need some more fish and plants.

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 4, 2014
10:34 PM

Post #9885867

Most of my projects outside are done and I just weeded...i might actually be able to sit back and take it all in.

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 4, 2014
10:37 PM

Post #9885868

Just have to make sure I don't spend to much time out side and start neglecting my indoor fish lol

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 5, 2014
7:29 AM

Post #9886015

So nice Queenie. I love how you have everything set up.

I always had fish tanks inside too - I just don't have any place in this house to put one. Perhaps the next house.

Unfortunately, neighbors can be a problem - I have the worst neighbor ever on the one side, but I consider myself fortunate that I don't have a neighbor like him on the other side.

Enjoy your pond. It all looks so inviting.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 6, 2014
4:30 AM

Post #9886589

Ditto Carolyn, yard looks beautiful. Guess I'm not the only one that likes blue. Blue can be 221 variations. Learned that in one of my drapery workrm. classes years ago. Blue is also the sign of a mellow personality. Doesn't apply to me. LOL

Carolyn, kill your neighbor with kindness. One of my neighbors learned we shoot dogs that get into our pasture with cows. After baking Christmas cookies one year I carried a large plate of cookies up to him and the look on his face was priceless. Well worth the effort. They have lived out here about 7 years. Still have never seen his wife and guess she doesn't want to meet her neighbors but that's ok. Angus cattle are a little to expensive to have damaged by dogs and we have had it happen before. Young couple nearest to us are wonderful. I don't have time to visit neighbors much but I like them to know I would help out in any emergency situation or need. Sooooo smile at the neighbor that's a PIA and you will feel better about it even if they don't.
Queen, you should be very proud of your beautiful yard. Mine looks like an overgrown jungle but what can I say. People are always giving me plants or fish and can't refuse a gift. That would be rude. LOL
Happy gardening & fish keeping.
Bonnie

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 19, 2014
7:52 PM

Post #9922054

Update pond is doing awesome haven't lost any fish either.Had to remove another dead bush though but found a awesome replacement! So yeah did some new planting around the pond.Also cool find my serviceberry tree next to the pond has 2 cercropia moth caterpillars! So yeah things are going great.

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 19, 2014
8:01 PM

Post #9922058

Those were some before pics here's a couple new ones.I still have to paint the wood surrounding the pond.

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 19, 2014
8:10 PM

Post #9922064

Caterpillar pics such a cool find.I can sit on my bench by my pond look up and there they are.

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 19, 2014
8:17 PM

Post #9922074

If the weather is good I should get the pond painted this weekend then I'll post more pics.yards looking good summer went by to fast.

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BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 20, 2014
2:55 AM

Post #9922177

Wish I had a neighbor that kept a yard looking as beautiful as yours. Really well organized and eye candy.
I love your blue fish in 1 bed. Gardening is food for the soul and wonderful to keep the body moving.
Enjoy your accomplishments.

Bonnie D.
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

August 20, 2014
6:05 AM

Post #9922258

Qbeez,
It looks great! You've worked hard, now you can relax and enjoy. (Bet the cranky neighbor peeks out the window often to enjoy the view too!)
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

August 20, 2014
2:18 PM

Post #9922543

It all looks so wonderful. I agree - you have earned some time to sit back and enjoy.

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 11, 2014
7:29 PM

Post #9938409

Finally got around to painting the wood trim today.I am very pleased with the out come.

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 11, 2014
7:34 PM

Post #9938413

Now I'm looking at pond de-icers its already dropping down into the 40's tonight...makes me sad.Minnesota from summer to winter lol.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

September 12, 2014
4:34 AM

Post #9938556

Pond looks great as does the rest of your yard.
Your thinking cold and we are still sweating like crazy. I love the fall of the year.
Enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

September 14, 2014
11:22 AM

Post #9940108

Looks great. Will you grow some climbers on the trellis by the fence. To sort of block out the neighbor's yard. A beautiful clematis or rose. I have trouble growing either one up here except rugosa which are not climbers.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

September 14, 2014
1:25 PM

Post #9940178

Mary

Have you tried a William Baffin rose? They are part of the Canadian Explorer series. My New Dawns, I bought from a rose company in Canada - Pickering Nurseries. Check them out. I swear by them.

Queenie - I like the idea of a clematis on your trellis too. Ideas as to what you will be putting there? Your yard is already so beautiful.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

September 14, 2014
2:10 PM

Post #9940194

I have read about them Carolyn. I bought an Emily Carr (part of the Artist series) last year and it was gorgeous and strong. But it didn't come back this year. It is part of the Morden family. Morden Fireglow, however, has come back year after year. I need to move it though as the Ligularia on one side and the Amur maple on the other have put it into too much shade. Hate to move it but it has survived moves before so hopefully I won't kill it off.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

September 15, 2014
8:40 AM

Post #9940669

Do you have photos? I would love to see it.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

September 15, 2014
10:03 AM

Post #9940718

I have photos from last year. This year has been so wet the blooms were soggy almost as soon as they popped. Will look for them and post some. It does indeed seem to glow.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

September 15, 2014
10:15 AM

Post #9940737

I found these two in 2013. Not the best. the other is the one I have in my database as representative of the data attached to the flower name.

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2014
12:48 PM

Post #9940817

Beautiful!
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

September 16, 2014
1:17 AM

Post #9941267

Gorgeous Mary. I love your gardens!
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

September 30, 2014
12:46 PM

Post #9950565

Alrighty,
So I'm getting a bit further with the new pond...don't have the upper water falls and stream done yet, but had to take advantage of the 500lb liner being moved while my strong son in laws were here!

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MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

September 30, 2014
12:49 PM

Post #9950566

Picture 1 - west end Picture 2 - east end
Due to the insanely intense rain we've had, it's filling up, and I'm not ready for it to just yet! :)
The east upper right corner has a ledge about 5 x 4 to put my water lilies on, it's only maybe 12 inches deep. They are smaller tropical lilies...once I split them, the rest go to Bonnie!

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MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

September 30, 2014
12:54 PM

Post #9950569

Once I get the water fall completed, the rest of the rock will go around. No rocks inside.
Then the plants... Lilies, water iris, lotus, and umbrella palm.
Up the stream and around the water fall will be very tropical and jungley. Cannas, coleus, caladiums, etc.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

September 30, 2014
4:34 PM

Post #9950705

Looks great MM!
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2014
5:16 PM

Post #9950728

All central Florida ponders check out our round up info here

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1377527/
edited to fix link

This message was edited Sep 30, 2014 8:20 PM

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

October 23, 2014
9:37 PM

Post #9963757

Pond is looking amazing with my serviceberry tree next to it.aww fall in Minnesota.I'm going to buy a heater and build something to cover it slightly.

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

October 23, 2014
9:41 PM

Post #9963759

A couple more pics

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

October 23, 2014
9:44 PM

Post #9963761

Yards looking amazing right now to everything is coloring up nicely

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

October 23, 2014
9:47 PM

Post #9963762

Booo to winter

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

October 24, 2014
8:20 AM

Post #9963907

You have beautiful landscaping. Looks like you put your neighbors to shame.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 30, 2014
9:57 AM

Post #9966935

Love all the fall colors but I remember what that meant when I lived where I was raised in Conn.

Cold, ice and snow. YUK

Enjoy all that color while you can.
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

October 30, 2014
7:37 PM

Post #9967159

Finally getting somewhere! Main pond is done (but not planted or decorated) Working on the waterfall stream (upper left) which is about 20 feet long and 4-5 feet wide, with a 3 foot planting birm on the one side.

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

October 30, 2014
8:10 PM

Post #9967171

Holy cow. It is huge. And the koi are equally huge. Guess it's 'location, location, location.' lol
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

October 31, 2014
5:30 AM

Post #9967263

That's why it took me so long. I had to shovel the whole thing by hand, no equipment will fit through our tiny side yards. I still have a massive pile of dirt to figure out what to do with. Most fish in there are around 24-30 inches. Sadly, I will have to get rid of some of them, it's already overloaded and I have others still in the small pond and pool. I keep trading them back and forth to see what colors look best, and then will get rid of the rest.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

October 31, 2014
6:44 AM

Post #9967305

That is almost (not quite) funny. Color matching your fish. Over the top!! lol

I cannot imagine hand digging that pond. Any guess on how many tons of dirt that is. Can't you make a kind of rolling landscape, especially around the edges of your property. And obviously getting height for your falls and stream would be a good use also.
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

October 31, 2014
8:56 AM

Post #9967354

We're trying to fill in little areas with sand. That's all we have here in Florida, and the area all around us is flat as a pancake. The waterfall even slightly looks out of place because hills aren't a common thing here in Orlando. Most of the sand went into a birm for the falls, but I had to outline it with cement block walls, otherwise sand just goes back to flat everytime the wind blows :) Yesterday I used the canned construction foam to help hold areas of sand around the cement block, so my waterfall won't collapse. I know Bonnie had to put wood walls around the inside of her pond so the sandy walls wouldn't collapse. I offered it as clean fill dirt on CraigsList, but because you can't get equipment into my tiny back yard, no one wanted to hand dig the pile out of here. Que sera, sera...I'll figure something out! :)
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

October 31, 2014
9:46 AM

Post #9967385

Yes. I can see you have a problem. Sand is not a good 'texturing' material. So in order to get 'rid of' the excess sand you have to bring in some other material to contain it. Shoot. Bring in Gravel and concrete mix and make concrete out of it. That would hold up !! :) My husband and I poured the footings for our house many years ago. It was built on wooden beams that had rotted after the '67 flood. So we jacked it up, drilled 6' holes every few feet and filled them with concrete (using our small electric mixer) to form a solid base, then built the forms over them. Then we had the concrete truck come in so we had a continuous pour for the footings. 4 rows of block, drop the house, and we just made it before snow flew that winter. What a job.
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

October 31, 2014
10:59 AM

Post #9967403

Wow! That IS a job with a hand mixer!!
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

October 31, 2014
12:19 PM

Post #9967423

Yeah. It took a while. The house was small 20x40. After the forms were built and the cement truck came, when they started to pour a span that had no dirt support, just maybe 5' across the forms sagged and we started losing concrete. Jim raked it back from the break, stopped the pour and reinforced. This was not a pretty project. Oh, we also crawled in the dirt crawl space, about 3' in height and slid new floor joice up next to the old ones that were rotting on the foundation end, used a jack to get them all aligned, then nailed them together. Miserable job but it all worked. Our heat was an oil stove in a 4' hollowed dirt space in the crawl space fed by copper tubing from an elevated 55 gallon drum. When it got really cold, like -25 and lower (much lower) the heating oil would form an ice plus where it went into the wall. Jim would go outside with a blow torch and I would go down stairs and loosed the celinoid to get the fuel run a bit then tighten it up again. All else failed we had a little propane stove (a real one though very small) that we would run to keep from freezing up. Those were the days.
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

November 2, 2014
5:02 AM

Post #9968186

Got the "bones" of the understructure for my waterfall done yesterday. It's so chilly out, I'm going to try to get the liner put on it today, but not sure.

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

November 2, 2014
8:33 AM

Post #9968296

Great 'bones.' Then the stream leads to the falls, right? It must meander through the yard. Where is your biowell?
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

November 2, 2014
10:48 AM

Post #9968375

I won't have a bio-well because I have a large 10,000gallon bio bead filter which will be behind the top of the falls, lead into an Aquascape Waterfall Spillway, down the stream (which will be planted , making a bio area) and drop into the pond. The pond will be planted with Umbrella palm and Purple stemmed taro. The water lilies may or may not make it on the plant shelf due to the koi being so large.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

November 2, 2014
12:04 PM

Post #9968404

Oh, creme de la creme of filters. Sounds like you have all the bases covered.
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

November 2, 2014
5:23 PM

Post #9968569

In all honesty, I have NO clue...but it's what I'm going with! :)
I guess in 3 months, when I report back, we'll know if it worked or not! lol
I'm a budget person, so always looking at ways to be cheap, yet effective. The bead filter I got at the last Koi show, here in Orlando, on the last day, last 5 minutes, and they just didn't want to pack it all up to ship back. Got it for an $800 discount. $1600 originally. Heck no, I don't have that kind of money for my backyard hobby. So, Craigslist and eBay are my friends, and I figure our ways that good old mother nature got things to work! hopefully... ;)
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

November 2, 2014
7:22 PM

Post #9968625

Well, dang. Just as I hit send on a fairly long comment my provider dropped out and I lost it all.

Well, in short you scored on that filter. I would have walked around it and around it and suffered the pangs of hell then bit it off and bought it also. No way $800 isn't a big tag. And I am not known for fretting over tags. lol.

But I find it so rewarding to read what you guys have built yourselves, you and Bonnie, and others. You have the process that is in itself rewarding in its creativity. I love DIY, and repurposeing just for the fun of it. I doubt I will have another pond as we are constrained by power lines- buried- a high water table, and not much ground. And it is unlikely we will move in my time. But if I did I would cheerfully steal all I have learned here about getting it done yourself. It is not magic and doesn't require a science degree. Just knowledge of the hobby, willingness to work like a dog (still can't believe you dug out that entire pond by hand) and a sincere interest in building the best you can. Then sitting back and watching your pets enjoy and thrive because of all that work.
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

November 3, 2014
5:23 AM

Post #9968754

The only reason I cracked and paid the 800 was because I wasn't going to pay for anything else except the liner, which I had already purchased the year before. So yep, it took 3 times as long, but it was my own free labor. I got the rocks for free if I was willing to load them myself, and of course, being a cheapo, I was. My hubby helped on that one thankfully!
I've seen some really pretty above ground ponds, so maybe that's a way you could lean? I have a power cable under my pond, which is why it's not as deep as originally planned. Not as much of a problem here in Florida as it would be in your area.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 3, 2014
5:32 AM

Post #9968759

YIPEE, M. Mary,
I am so happy to see the fruits of your labor. I know your fish are happier now. That stream bed is really going to set it off beautifully. I am very anxious to hear your assessment of the bead filter. Doubt I'll ever have one but still interested on how well they perform. Had to replace another pump but Aquatic Eco. honored the warranty so it was free. It's for 3 years and now I've had 2 that didn't last over 2 years. They called mfg. and they told them it was still under warranty. Thank God.

Wish there was a way to get into your backyard with my Kubota. I'd have that dirt out of there in no time. Charlie built some loading ramps for his large 5th wheel hay trailer as we have been hauling lawn mower to church ea. week and mowing. Then they needed my Kubota to level some dirt so he came home and built them. A 42" riding mower will fit into our cow trailer but the Kubota wouldn't. Looks small when loaded but heck it gets it wherever it needs to go. Will the pond fill up most of your backyard. Will cut down on grass mowing which is great. I asked Charlie if he wanted to build a third pond where I can't get grass to grow and I won't say his answer. Which included you must be nuts. The yard is very loud now with 2 waterfalls but I like the sound.
It was 42 here this morning but it will warm up some by noontime. Perfect weather for pond building.
Got pots of cranberry hibiscus and your welcome to some. I realize you don't have many plants now. HaHa Heck plant up the whole place and forget the grass.

CONGRATULATIONS I just knew you would get er done.
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

November 3, 2014
7:53 AM

Post #9968839

Funny! :)
That was my whole mind set...very little grass to mow! I will have one small area (which I now need to resod) just so the grandbabies have somewhere to sit. The rest is all decks and water!
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

November 3, 2014
7:55 AM

Post #9968843

Sounds heavenly.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 8, 2014
5:08 AM

Post #9971336

M. Mary maybe you should start another thread as it appears we have kidnapped this one.

I'm sure you will have more news as your pond goes on.

Looking at the beautiful foliage in Queens area sure brings back memories doesn't it.

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

November 13, 2014
10:24 PM

Post #9974350

Pond heater is working amazing!

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

November 14, 2014
7:53 AM

Post #9974520

that's great. I have no more snow and what we had melted. I only have a small layer of ice on the pond and the pipe dropping water in the pond is keep a large area of surface ice free. then the little pond deicer at the other end has a little area open.

Do you think your really heats the pond rather than simply keeping the surface open. wonder what the temp is down lower?
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 14, 2014
4:01 AM

Post #9988861

Today I turn 77 and am so thankful to only have a few pains in legs.

Oberon my water temp is 50 now so I won't feed for a while. Next week we are supposed to be back up in the 70's which is fine with me.

Glad your pond heaters are working so good. You could get temp of water by dropping in (on a string of course with a weight) to see what water temp is at bottom. My fish have been hanging around at bottom more. I haven't fed them for a couple of days. My son came over yesterday and cut and put in all new filtration material I had bought. Says it should perform much better than the stuff I was using. I shall see. Sure will be much easier to handle.

Cookie baking is over for now. Made up enough to fix up 35 plates to give out. My kitchen floor is a sticky mess so time to scrub that. Glad we are going to sons for Christmas. He is doing the cooking and I will just take a couple of pies etc. I'm keeping the etc. down this year.
Had my turn for Thanksgiving.

Hope you all are keeping warm that are up north. Our heat has been on for 3 days steady and my husb. likes to live in a hot house. Not me but it has been quite cold here. Feb. is usually our coldest month and often requires covering plants.

Take care all and don't work too hard at hosting and cooking.
Bonnie
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

December 14, 2014
9:17 AM

Post #9988985

35 plates !! Holy cow. I only do two or three baskets. And of course stuff for freezing and eating later on. My son and his family came over last night for dinner and stayed til 9pm. Had a really good time. Today I want to make Kruschiki (Polish Bow Ties), popcorn balls, and Rosettes (the ones where you dip the 'branding iron' into batter then into hot oil.) If I have time, Hazelnut balls and Ginger Crinkles. OH, I want to make gingerbread men also.

I do so enjoy baking. And the local yarn shop where I knit sometimes is always a good place to take a plate.

We are holding in the 20's which is just fine with me. Just enough snow to cover the garden but would like more. As with you, Jan-Feb brings colder weather and usually more snow in March.

Take care. And happy belated birthday. I turned 68 in October. Looking forward to 70. lol
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

December 14, 2014
8:07 PM

Post #9989274

Happy Birthday Bonnie! I had no idea! Blessings and health to you!

Making linzertorte cookies tomorrow. I love hazelnuts and raspberries! Apricot thumbprints and cutouts, both regular and chocolate.

My baby fish are now about 2 inches. So far they've survived the cold nights, keeping my fingers crossed! Haven't finished my waterfall, with the holidays and work, it's just gone to the back burner. I'll get out there eventually...

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