3,500 gal water garden with bog filter


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@GBBUDD yes they do have very sharp edges. I took off a few of the sharpest points with a hammer, but I do have some underlayment under there. Thanks for reminding me though!

@GBBUDD Don't you have lights in your pond? How deep below the water did you put them? Do you like the depth you put them or would you go shallower or deeper? Did you aim them downward or upward or just straight horizontal?
I do have aquascapes 1 watt leds and I placed 5 lights along the patio facing the direction of view from the patio. they are 16 inches down and most of them are pointing across the pond at key boulders and the likes of the fish cave so you can watch them swim in and out. one light how ever is directed toward the surface close to one of the return jets it gives off a shimmer in the pond those are all the pendent type that have the small mounting stick.I did not use the sticks but they have a more direct light then does the hockey puck 1 watt lights I bought 6 of each. I placed the pucks up against rocks facing the water falls and at boulders out of the water but at the waters edge again giving off the shimmer of light. and those illuminate all the way up a giant maple tree it's amazing what 1 watt led illuminates. I like the depth I didn't want any chance of ice getting to the lights that's where I feel so many complain there lights leek over time. I did get the 18 watt transformer and all the lights are on the one so far so good I let the lights burn all night long sun down to sun up as I am still lacking on a fence page 16 has some videos of the lights https://www.gardenpondforum.com/threads/going-for-it-phase-one-12-000-gallon-pond.22563/page-16
now the light at flickers on the falls is actualy under the falls stone and the flashing is water droping onto the light. but that light was a little harsh for us we like subtle lighting and have all the lights in the water pointing to where we want it page 17 has a hdr photo showing the lights and how it illuminates the tree and others
.https://www.gardenpondforum.com/threads/going-for-it-phase-one-12-000-gallon-pond.22563/page-17
 
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I'll update this post with pics as I make progress.
It would actually be a better idea to start a new topic in the DIY section or even start a Showcase - that way, when people are looking for advice and ideas they can find your posts as a resource (people wouldn't think to look in the Introductions section for stuff like that). Hope that's ok! (y)
 

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Looking good. You're making great progress.
 

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I just had to add some water. Good news is it is no leaks so far. I also got some more rocking done. The slightly curved cinder block wall on the bottom of the picture is going to be the front retaining wall of my bog where it waterfalls into the pond. I will put some neat looking stone/rock facade one the front side of the cinder block wall.
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Ever since I started planning the project, all my youngest could talk about was swimming in it. She couldn't help herself and had to get in yesterday. Dogs don't like the water as much as she does :)
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On the other side of my yard, I have a pondless water feature. The gravel bed is about 12" deep. I'll take some of these plants and put in the bog of my new pond. Pennywort grew like crazy this year, but the other plants didn't grow much. Look at that taro. Tiny little leaves all year. My sweet potato vine has just started growing a little over the past couple weeks. Maybe needed fertilizer?
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Testing one of my Alpine 3.5w led lights out.
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I've been sick and haven't felt like doing much pond construction work. I used a 1 1/2"x2" flexible connector to connect my 4,100gph Alpine Eco-Sphere to my 2" flexible pvc.
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Set it on a few rocks. A piece of flagstone will be on top of it to hide it. Not for sure it's going to be very easy to get the pump out to clean it. That flagstone piece I have is heavy. I may have to engineer something else
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In all the pond construction videos I have watched and all the forums I have read, I really couldn't find how others were hiding their pump tubing. I dug a 3" trench in the bottom of the pond where I wanted this tubing to be before I put my liner in. I'm not finished hiding it, but here is a pic of my work in progress. On the vertical walls, I hope to hide it with the larger rocks.
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So I took a break from pond building, but I'm back at it. I got access to a ranch to collect the rocks I'm going to use as coping stones. With just a dolly and some back breaking work, I was able to get some good rocks. I don't know how much these weigh, but I figure the bigger ones are several hundred pounds.

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Still have more coping to go and have to finish up my bog.
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You're doing a great job @Rex ...I still owe you that prize...sending you a pm now
 

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Got about 12 more feet of coping stones to go.

I'm going to face that cinder block wall (waterfall spillway) with some kind of veneer. Any ideas? I've looked at a few products from the big box home improvement stores, but I can't quite find something I like. I'm thinking some kind of natural stone.

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Looking good, you could use a thin veneer stone on that cider block wall. This is a job I did with thin veneer stone.

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RobAmy, that looks pretty cool. Where did you get that veneer stone from? What name and or color is that?
 
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It is Delgado Thin Veneer Stone. The color is Colonial Tan. I buy it from a local Masonry supply yard. I am sure a Masonry supply yard can help you out.

 

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I got some work done on the bog today. I used a table saw to cut the slits in my 2" pvc. I set it to cut about 1/3 of the way through the pipe. The slits are spaced approx. 8" apart.

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The 2" pump hose will be attached to the open T on the near side of the picture. I put threaded clean-outs on the end of each pipe. To ensure I had plenty of slits for my 4,100 gph pump, I hooked everything up and turned the pump on. I had plenty of slits. The water didn't even try to come out of the clean-outs at the end.
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I've been working on filling up the bog with pea gravel. In my effort to do this project as cheap as possible, I'm using some pea gravel that was on my property when I bought it. It was an old playground area. Years of West Texas dirt storms has this gravel really dirty. My least favorite part of this build has been cleaning the gravel. I'm using a plastic tray that I drilled a bunch of holes in and lots of flushing with a spray nozzle.
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It's going to take hours of work to clean enough gravel to fill the bog up
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Even when you buy the stuff it is covered with dirt and seems to take forever to clean.
 

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I'm still working on filling my bog up with gravel, but I just had to turn the pump on. This also allowed me to check the levelness of my bog retaining wall all the way around. It's pretty level, but by the time I add a waterfall spillway rock, the water level may rise requiring me to build my bog up a little more. I'm still deciding if I want to do one large waterfall or 2 to 3 smaller ones. I'm also getting a ton of mosquito larvae, so I wanted to start cycling my pond so I can get it stocked with fish. I threw a dozen Rosy Red Minnows in to hopefully help with the mosquito larvae and to start the cycling process.

Even though I love ponds and can't wait to have it finished, I'm struggling with motivation to do all the finish work it needs.
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Get it running then walk away and it will call you back to finish. I had to do that off and on, the finish work was overwhelming at times.
 

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