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Your pond is gorgeous. I have seen so many beautiful ponds this year on the internet, so we are having one put into our new landscape this next month. I will be posting some pictures of my new one also.
I have been thinking about putting in a formed pool like this but was afraid it would not look natural but thanks to your pictures showing it as the plants fill in I have made it the next purchase on my list! Thank you very much for sharing this.
Thanks for your kind comments! We like the preformed pond because it's easy to clean in the springtime: we just use the pump to drain the water into our veggie garden, lift the liner out, and rinse. I'd like to get some liner and re-do our waterfall. A friend of ours used roofing material (black rubber stuff on rolls) to line his pond and it's in its 3rd year and going strong!
The silicon caulk is probably okay, but I'm not sure about the foam insulation suggestion there -- would it be toxic to fish and other aquatic life? This is probably best for one of the other forums, eh?
Fish? Yes, we did have several goldfish we'd previously kept indoors in an aquarium. Some of them had lived two years outdoors, but I'm sorry to say that this last winter we lost not only our fish, but even our bullfrogs -- all of them.
I hurt my back last summer and wasn't able to do a lot of things around the yard. Weeks went by and we just kept putting it off, plus we didn't have the money to buy a little heater. So, the freezing plus the decaying leaves and water plants really did their damage. :o( We are going to be MUCH better pondparents this year, and I will be a better gardenwife! :o)
Are you talking about the generally green junky water algae, or the string algae? I have heard the barley works with string type, but I'm not sure about the murkey kind. We were told to add oxygen plants to our pond and it would clear up the murky junk - and it did help.