Ceramic log "waterfall"???


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Hello. I'm adding a second, small minnow pond (50 gal) next to my current 125 gal goldfish pond. I'd like to make a "waterfall" that looks like water flowing through an old log. I've found some ceramic planters online that are open on the top for plants and I'm thinking if I slightly tilt this I can make it so my pump tubing goes in one end and the water would spill out, into the pond, on the other end. I'd have the "log" extend over the edge of the pond to avoid leakage. I'm using a ridged pond liner that will be in the ground. Has anyone done this? Is ceramic clay non-toxic/fish safe? Should I spray it with a clear flex seal so it's not as porous? Any other ideas of what I could use to achieve this look besides this type of planter? Everything I see made for ponds is just black plastic that's hard to hide the edges of. Thanks.
 
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I have a really large artificial log in one of my tanks that I purchased about 15 years ago. You might try key wording aquarium logs or pond fish protection logs etc. Mine is a complete log with a couple of holes in the 'trunk' but see if something like this will work:
 

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Hello. I'm adding a second, small minnow pond (50 gal) next to my current 125 gal goldfish pond. I'd like to make a "waterfall" that looks like water flowing through an old log. I've found some ceramic planters online that are open on the top for plants and I'm thinking if I slightly tilt this I can make it so my pump tubing goes in one end and the water would spill out, into the pond, on the other end. I'd have the "log" extend over the edge of the pond to avoid leakage. I'm using a ridged pond liner that will be in the ground. Has anyone done this? Is ceramic clay non-toxic/fish safe? Should I spray it with a clear flex seal so it's not as porous? Any other ideas of what I could use to achieve this look besides this type of planter? Everything I see made for ponds is just black plastic that's hard to hide the edges of. Thanks.
if you're at all creative/handy, you can make a size-suitable-for-you of something I did for the pond; a faux log made from a tube, some heat-shrink plastic wrap, paint and sealer. Pic below of my creation, both out and in the pond. The idea is you take your tube, wrap it randomly with the shrink wrap thus creating 'bark' with wrinkles, overlaps, etc(you can look on youtube for various illustrations of this with peeps making Halloween logs, trees, etc), heat it lightly, then paint and acrylic sealer. If you want protrusions, before you wrap, take parts of foam noodle/plumb pipe wrap and tape them onto your tube, THEN wrap everything with the shrink wrap.

Hope this helps.

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I have a really large artificial log in one of my tanks that I purchased about 15 years ago. You might try key wording aquarium logs or pond fish protection logs etc. Mine is a complete log with a couple of holes in the 'trunk' but see if something like this will work:
Thank you for responding. I actually looked at that exact log and others and bought a fish-hiding one for Inside the pond. But the ones I found had too many holes to be able to hold water for a " falls". I will try re-googling using the terms you suggested.
 
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if you're at all creative/handy, you can make a size-suitable-for-you of something I did for the pond; a faux log made from a tube, some heat-shrink plastic wrap, paint and sealer. Pic below of my creation, both out and in the pond. The idea is you take your tube, wrap it randomly with the shrink wrap thus creating 'bark' with wrinkles, overlaps, etc(you can look on youtube for various illustrations of this with peeps making Halloween logs, trees, etc), heat it lightly, then paint and acrylic sealer. If you want protrusions, before you wrap, take parts of foam noodle/plumb pipe wrap and tape them onto your tube, THEN wrap everything with the shrink wrap.

Hope this helps.

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Love your pond! I wish I had the room for one that size. Thanks for the suggestion...my husband saw a YouTube video of how to make one like yours only I think they used foil instead of the plastic wrap. I haven't ruled out the possibility of trying to diy my own but was concerned it might not hold up well outside & with water constantly running thru it. And I always worry about paints etc...being toxic to the fish. But I also am open to being creative when I can't find the object that matches my vision
 

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Love your pond! I wish I had the room for one that size. Thanks for the suggestion...my husband saw a YouTube video of how to make one like yours only I think they used foil instead of the plastic wrap. I haven't ruled out the possibility of trying to diy my own but was concerned it might not hold up well outside & with water constantly running thru it. And I always worry about paints etc...being toxic to the fish. But I also am open to being creative when I can't find the object that matches my vision
you can make your log whatever size you wish; just stroll through the big box plumbing aisle...

Acrylic paint is safe, esp if you use a sealer. Also, the water is going THROUGH your log so no real contact except with rain. I put some narrow pieces of foam in the inside, one end only, where the water comes out to give it a better 3D look as it's the main focal point. It's not hard but you do need some artistic vision or are really really good at copying and then you just find one you like and mimic it!

Thanks for the compliment, btw!

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you can make your log whatever size you wish; just stroll through the big box plumbing aisle...

Acrylic paint is safe, esp if you use a sealer. Also, the water is going THROUGH your log so no real contact except with rain. I put some narrow pieces of foam in the inside, one end only, where the water comes out to give it a better 3D look as it's the main focal point. It's not hard but you do need some artistic vision or are really really good at copying and then you just find one you like and mimic it!

Thanks for the compliment, btw!

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You're welcome...it's beautiful :) I'll definitely keep this in mind as an option.
 
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you can make your log whatever size you wish; just stroll through the big box plumbing aisle...

Acrylic paint is safe, esp if you use a sealer. Also, the water is going THROUGH your log so no real contact except with rain. I put some narrow pieces of foam in the inside, one end only, where the water comes out to give it a better 3D look as it's the main focal point. It's not hard but you do need some artistic vision or are really really good at copying and then you just find one you like and mimic it!

Thanks for the compliment, btw!

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That's really fantastic! I bet that lantern gives it a spectacular nighttime effect. We have the most creative people on this site. You should market that idea. You could tell 'em to send their exact specifications written on the back of several $100 dollar bills!
 

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