Lou & Cathy's Nature Pond

Fishless nature pond

Overview

The least I could say is that our diy pond has been a long, adventurous journey. What was to be a simple water feature turned into a living entity. Like so many ponds before it and after its creation, recreation has been amazing.

In the very beginning our completely diy 5 ft (deepest spot) pond was stocked with Goldfish, Comets, Fantails and Koi. Over time our fish began getting sick then following expert advice I euthanized all forty-two. One of the saddest days in our life. We cried our eyes out, prayed and held each other close. That was the end of our garden fish pond yet opened up a new chapter in pond ownership.

Our fishless nature pond is dedicated to being a place of tranquility and a resource for all manner of wildlife, plants and trees. Over these past 14 or so years our approximately 2300 gallon pond has been rebuild and reconfigured numerous times. Lessons have been learned the hard and expensive way. Pumps and filter systems have come and gone with the never ending change in pond technology. After the last major rebuild the pond became shallower. An in pond debris handling pump, premium coiled tubing and easy flush active bio filter has really eased pond maintenance. During these many years I too have experienced major life changes. I know every stone and aspect of our lovely pond yet due to declining health I must rely upon knowable for-hire pond maintenance folks for most every aspect of running our little slice of nature. It's worth the money. Our pond is just as valuable as any pet, car or high tech possession. You take care of your pond and it returns it weight in gold back to you in the form of pleasure.

Our entire back yard has been developed to coexist with our nature pond. I am proud to say that after meeting numerous requirements our urban garden and nature pond is a certified natural wildlife habitat. We support multitudes of bird species, squirrels, roadrunners, coyotes, opossums, raccoons, frogs, toads, snakes, snails lizards, bees, insects along with the occasional stray cat and dog. Speaking of cats, our cat Sunny loves to take a daily morning walk along the ponds stony border. Of course she stops every now and then to lap up some cool crystal clear water. For Cathy and I it is a retreat, a sanctuary away for all of our troubles and thoughts. Passersby along with neighbors are always welcome. They too enjoy letting their our troubles blow away in the wind. Sitting on our pond side deck is like being on vacation.

Because our pond has changed over the years I will showcase multiple versions of our pond. From the earliest times through today. We hope you enjoy these pictorial momentos.

Planning and Construction

Specifications:
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