Country Escape's 2nd pond - Goldfish only


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I have never had a skimmer and looked on line to see if I could find what you meant by the skimmer feeding a stream. What does that look like as I can't seem to picture it in my head? Does It collect debris from the back of a box type skimmer and then have an edge that would pour down into the stream like a waterfall?

On my Top pond ,I have a laundry tub converted into a skimmer
The liner from the top pond folds down into it . The skimmer has two 2" lines running out of it to feed the waterfall in my lower pond
 
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Today ended up not raining at all, and my body was wishing it had about 5. LOL I twisted my knee while working on the other pond, but it felt ok to dig. Then as if to tell me "enough is enough", it started hurting again in the end, couldn't straighten right leg, so knew it was time to quit. Got a lot accomplished, so happy with the day (even though part of it was spent fixing leaks of one sort or another on my big pond!).
I came across quite a few roots like this one that are too large for my shovel to chop. Don't have an ax, but have a small hand ax. If that doesn't work, I'll have to see who I can borrow an ax from. :)
Going to take more than my shovel to shop this root.JPG
I started the day filling the wheelbarrow and putting the dirt on either side of the stream, and sloping it back to the existing yard.
Strea, with backfilled sides for plants.JPGStream, with extra dirt sloping away and backfilled around pond.JPG
When I came on this "rock" I was afraid it was a foundation slab, but turns out it is limestone, I think, and I can chop it with the tip of my shovel and "shave" it off little by little. Have come upon many pieces of limestone, and some stayed together, most fell apart.
This is a slab of I think limestone.JPG
This is what the hole looked like when I quit at the end of the day.
End of Day 2 digging.JPG
And, I noticed this frog (maybe a leopard frog?) in my bog as I was gathering up tools to be put away. :) Quite the friendly dude, as I got probably 16" away when I took this pic! (My zoom is not working, so have to crop to "zoom")
Visitor to my bog on March 11, 2012.JPG
All in all a very productive day. The deepest end, by the stream, is less than 3' deep, but once I get the roots out of the way, the next foot will go fast, as usually no roots that deep. Still have the other end to dig, though. I'm about half done in depth to about 32" or so. Have quite a large pile of dirt, plus the pile of sod. I figure the sod will decompose into some nice dirt by the end of the year, too. But, since I filled in lots of holes and replaced grass when I dug the first pond, there really wasn't any need for dirt except to fan out the stream, so just piled it up for now. Always find places for dirt it seems, so it will get used sooner or later.
 

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CE your new pond is going to look awesome next to your big pond. I love your little webbed friend. I'm looking forward to being serenaded by some frogs of my own. :>) I can't believe how dark your soil is. It looks so rich. Ours is red and needs many additives to help something grow. After seeing the roots your having to deal with it sure makes me thankful that we didn't have one.
I hope your knee is feeling better and you aren't doing any serious damage to it. Be careful!
 
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Knee is much better already, PL, no worries. :)
The dirt looks rich because it is wet. LOL If you notice, the stream is dry, and that's why I hurried up and took the pic, so you could see the stream (dry dirt) was lower than the outside edges. It all looks pretty dull now. Funny thing is that I don't hit clay until I'm to about 3' in depth. Same thing on my other pond. However, I had clay at about 12", then it went to black and I mean BLACK dirt, like topsoil, then back to regular dirt and then clay. Strangest thing, but I figured they backfilled after building the house, thus the good black soil so low. Maybe I'm wrong, and maybe that "good black soil" is not actually good soil, but so far things are growing very well in it, where I filled in, so I guess it's good stuff. I usually add either top soil or peat moss when I plant stuff, though. Wish I had this soil when I backfilled against my house. It had settled over the years and so I brought in dirt from the pasture and it was CLAY!!! Killed my flower bulbs after the first spring, I guess they got too wet and rotted. Removed lots of that and replaced it with better soil, and this year they came back just fine.
 
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Looks grand CE and you really put in a good day of it didn't ya! You will love it w/ your 2 ponds,plant filled bog and neat stream. Can sit out there and just enjoy the fish swimming and the sound of the falls and the croaking froggie friends! Love it!!!
 

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Looking good CE, I haven't been able to check post as closely as I would like. Your getting a lot more done than me. every time I think I get a chance to dig it either rains or something more important takes persandence. I'm haveing to wait now on another liner, the first one was suppose to be one size and it was smaller than it was suppose to be so I'm having to wait for the new one to arrive this week. not sure what pond I will be getting up and running first but I'll be the same way when done, one pond for the lily's and goldfish and one for the koi.
 
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Country, You are really making good progress. You are so lucky you have to space to build another pond!
 

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Looking good CE and don't worry about the fish eating a little mine went crazy eating when I moved the lilies around, whatever got stirred up. They have been eating roots and stuff for quite awhile now.
That is going to be great, you new pond.
 
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Thanks everyone. Keith, I would have room for several more ponds, but my family would likely get me institutionalized. LOL In fact, I've not told anyone locally that I'm building this second pond. Hoping to have it completed or at least with water and fish in it before anyone comes by. That's my personal challenge, so I have to move fast.
It rained a little last night, not much but Larkin I can sure appreciate if it's wet you can't dig. My dirt was pretty much dry, but the lower I go, the wetter it is. I'm getting really tired of mud sticking to the shovel, makes it that much heavier to heave ho! Hoping with the sunshine and warmer temps predicted for today (70's - Woohoo!!!), it will be plenty dry by the time I get home from work, and with the daylight savings, I'll have at least a couple of hours to dig before dark, which is enough. I'll go hard and heavy for those couple of hours, and then sit and relax the rest of the evening.
 
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With temps in the 70's this week, windy today (which is good, will dry out the little bit of rain from yesterday), and nice rest of the week, I see this pond getting possibly finished at least by the weekend, if not sooner! I want to get the main part dug, so I can measure and buy the liner. THEN, I will dig bog for all the extra width so I maximize the use of the liner. :) Hoping the bog will be at least 8' long and 3' wide, but maybe longer and/or wider.
 

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You could do some digging before you go to work!
 
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You do great work CE! Hard work is good for the soul :)

Keep posting pics of your progress.

I love the second pic of Tarzan, he has such an intense stare going on into the pond. Silly kitty. BTW, he is very pretty.
 
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Hold on ... HOLD ON!!! When did I miss the memo that everyone was to change their avatar to a cartoon character??? And, where are you all getting them from? No more pictures until I get a response! LOL
 
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Well, huh, I'm not smart enough to figure out where to find the cartoon characters. :-( Guess I'll just have to keep my photo unless someone can send me in the right direction. :)
 
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