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BonnieIN

(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2009
1:00 AM

Post #6477373

Pond pix as requested because I didn't want to take over the other thread.

Everything is DIY from skimmers, bottom drains, and filters.

This first pix is when I kept the koi and goldies together with more plants than I've had in it for the past 2 yrs. The past two years I have had the koi in this 'upper pond' and the goldies in the 'lower pond'.



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BonnieIN

(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2009
1:05 AM

Post #6477407

The upper pond consists of two waterfalls. Here is one with impatiens.

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BonnieIN

(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2009
1:10 AM

Post #6477432

Pix which shows more of the waterfall. (yes and green algae) As you see we used stock tanks.

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BonnieIN

(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2009
1:15 AM

Post #6477463

I think when my computer crashed I lost all the pix showing my other waterfall because this is the only one that I can find! As you see it doesn't show all of it and this is before we put in a ball valve to adjust the flow.

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BonnieIN

(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2009
1:20 AM

Post #6477479

Lower pond waterfall..

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BonnieIN

(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2009
1:27 AM

Post #6477510

Water flows under the bridge to the lower pond. This is with my old camera on a sunny day but part of the area was shady so it didn't turn out very well but this shows the steps to the lower pond.

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BonnieIN

(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2009
1:27 AM

Post #6477515

Yes you shouldn't have asked about my pond! Getting tired of pix yet?

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BonnieIN

(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2009
1:28 AM

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BonnieIN

(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2009
1:32 AM

Post #6477547

For some reason my pix didn't show up.. hope 3rd time is the charm or I give up!

Lower pond in bloom..

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BonnieIN

(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2009
1:37 AM

Post #6477570

The rock wall on the side..

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BonnieIN

(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2009
1:43 AM

Post #6477597

Colorado in full bloom, gotta love it!

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BonnieIN

(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2009
1:44 AM

Post #6477606

Hand feeding the koi.. wow have they grown since this pix.

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 29, 2009
1:47 AM

Post #6477627

Thanks for sharing your pond! It is fantastic and I love your koi!
BonnieIN

(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2009
1:47 AM

Post #6477628

Standing tall!

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BonnieIN

(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2009
1:50 AM

Post #6477644

Thank you BH, I love the koi too and actually they are better with plants than my goldies!

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BonnieIN

(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2009
1:51 AM

Post #6477653

One of my favorite lilies which name is unknown. The lady who I purchased it from thought it might be Starbright.

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BonnieIN

(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2009
1:53 AM

Post #6477662

One more of the koi then I won't take up anymore of your time.

Thanks for looking!
Bonnie

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 29, 2009
1:56 AM

Post #6477674

So far my Koi have left the plants alone. The do like to snack on the parrot feathers..but I do not mind that.

Here is a picture with 17 of my 21. Really hard to get them to stay still for a family portrait. LOL!!

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 29, 2009
1:58 AM

Post #6477687

Beautiful Lotus & water lily & Koi. They are good size. Mine range from 3" to 1 ft. They still have lots of growing to do.
snapple45
Holland, OH
(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2009
1:01 PM

Post #6478989

OMG - It's just stunning. The rockwork is incredible. So is the overall layout. If that doesn't inspire somebody nothing will. I'm in awe.
BonnieIN

(Zone 5b)

May 1, 2009
8:47 PM

Post #6490088

Thanks, hopefully we can get started at my new pond here soon so I can get my fish and plants here instead of going to visit them 2-3 times a week!
evesta
Kearney, NE
(Zone 5a)

May 2, 2009
7:28 PM

Post #6493901

Gorgeous pond, Bonnie! I love how natural the rock work looks and what a beautiful setting. I am so jealous!;)
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

May 4, 2009
10:17 AM

Post #6500950

It is just beautiful!!! your lilies are all healthy!! Dod you fertilize them? Kois are tame.Your rocks formation are exquiste and who made your pond? Lots of question, I am impress!!! I enjoyed all the pix.Bellieg
SongsofJoy
New Hampshire, NH
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2009
10:45 AM

Post #6515997

Very Beautiful pond BonnieIN! How long have you had it?

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

May 7, 2009
11:15 AM

Post #6516089

Gorgeous!!! I love everything about it!!! I know that it brings you and everyone who sees it great pleasure!!!! TY for sharing it!!!!
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 7, 2009
2:26 AM

Post #6652242

Beautiful pond thanks so much for sharing.
BonnieIN

(Zone 5b)

June 7, 2009
3:28 AM

Post #6652522

Thanks all for your compliments. We started building the ponds five years ago but it took us a good two years to get it until it looked this way so it was a very long project!

I currently have to go 'visit' the pond and fish because we moved this winter and currently don't have a liner pond here at our new house but luckily it's only a 7 mile drive!
We don't have our other place for sale yet due to all the foreclosure prices, etc. but the pond and my fish are the main thing that I miss about our other place.

DH agreed to have someone build a pond here but I've recently been checking into prices and WOW are they expensive to get built! We wanted to save our marriage and have this done but I believe we'll just have to fuss at each other again while we build our own, LOL!

This time things will be different.. no seaming of liner(we had to replace this one because of a leak) skimmers and bottom drains will be factory made instead of DIY and filtration, filtration , filtration...

I'm hoping that when we put our other place on the market for sale that potential owners will find the beauty in the pond.

Thanks,
Bonnie

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BonnieIN

(Zone 5b)

June 7, 2009
3:30 AM

Post #6652529

Woke up after a stormy night to this one morning.. not what a ponder wants to see!

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jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 7, 2009
11:40 AM

Post #6653201

Yikes!!! Expensive breakfast!!!!!
snapple45
Holland, OH
(Zone 5b)

June 7, 2009
3:21 PM

Post #6653899

Next to a night raiding raccoon that's my worst nightmare.
mothermole
Deer Park, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 7, 2009
3:58 PM

Post #6654047

Bonnie, beautiful pictures. How many gallons in each pond and how deep are they? I really enjoyed taking a peek! Your fish look great (colors are very bright).

BonnieIN

(Zone 5b)

June 7, 2009
9:26 PM

Post #6655274

Yes unfortunately we've lost a few fish due to the darn herons but luckily never had an problems with raccoons other than the one time that I was getting rid of alot of my goldies so I decided I'd keep them in a kiddy pool for a few days, the racoon(s) made a total mess of things in just one night!

Thank you Linda, the main koi pond is from 2' to alittle over 3' deep at the deepest point and we've estimated approx. 6,500 gallons.
The lower pond is 2.5' deep if I recall and it's approx. 2,000 gallons.

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mothermole
Deer Park, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2009
10:12 PM

Post #6660457

It's really nice!!!!
2vernes
Blytheville, AR
(Zone 7a)

June 13, 2009
7:26 PM

Post #6682894

Wow, your ponds are beautiful and you guys did it yourself---makes it more beautiful. There was a ton of work put in those ponds and waterfalls. The rock work is great. too. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us. One more compliment---someone in this family is really creative and artistic.. Laverne
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

June 19, 2009
11:48 PM

Post #6712480

Bonnie, would you be so kind to share with other dyi's on how you made the skimmer filter stuff? I made my own, but need to do some tweeking and what to build a bigger pond later. And share what not to do? LOL

Joyce
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

June 20, 2009
11:06 PM

Post #6716523

Wow, I have to echo what everyone else has said, what a gorgeous pond, location, and design! And, your pictures are beautiful. I too would be very interested in detailed info on your filter/skimmer/pump also... We had a big pond in AZ that we built ourselves, and we have a small one here that we inhereited... don't know if another big one is in our future or not but I'd be interested to hear what you have learned. Thanks for sharing, love the pics.

p.s. We had to deal with a few herons as well...

Brenda

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