Elevated Bog Pond


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Yeah...I didn’t want to jeopardize any friendships and I can empathize with the parents of the 4 year old, they are already at wit’s end with him. If it wasn’t the kids it could have easily been a hungry heron that got my goldies. I guess on the bright side, now I have room for those koi my friend has been trying to unload on me.

And for the record my kids are no angels but they know how to behave at other people’s homes.
 
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I’m considering a trip to the pond store today to pick up some comets and/or shubunkins. How many should I get? Reminder the pond is about 600 gallons.
I can’t wait for spring, I just looked back on my photos of the pond when the plants were all green and flowering. Might get a couple evergreen plants too to brighten it up.
 

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I would pick out some real pretty ones, 6ish, let them grow and have babies! Most of my pond fish are home grown.
 

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Picked up four 4” comets today. As they were floating in their bag, about 9 of the missing goldies came out to investigate. Hadn’t seen but two of them since last weekend. The comets took like, well, fish to water and they are now swimming happily with the goldies.

I do believe I lost most of the goldies but it was good to see some survived. Can’t imagine how traumatized they were to hide for a week.
 
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@dustboy - I think you need some better friends! ;)

I do understand that some kids are more difficult to control, but parents of those kids should know to never take their eyes off their little darlings. And frequently I have found - working in a school, I see all kinds! - that those kids and their behavior are the direct result of the type of parenting (or lack thereof) that they have experienced. There's nothing wrong with the kid - it's the parents who need a shake up. Remember the lady who trained dogs who wrote the book "No Bad Dogs" - she preached that it was always the owners fault for handling the dog poorly. Same with kids.

ANYWAY - you mentioned your friend and the koi... please no koi in your 600 gallon pond!
 

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No, I won’t be introducing any koi. Didn’t realize how fecally prolific they are. I already have a dog that has that trait.

My kids have been tasked with naming the fish. The apricot comet is Sunflower. The surviving goldies are the Minions. One of the calico comets is Olive after my sweet calico cat that was recently killed by a predator.
 
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@dustboy - I think you need some better friends! ;)

I do understand that some kids are more difficult to control, but parents of those kids should know to never take their eyes off their little darlings. And frequently I have found - working in a school, I see all kinds! - that those kids and their behavior are the direct result of the type of parenting (or lack thereof) that they have experienced. There's nothing wrong with the kid - it's the parents who need a shake up. Remember the lady who trained dogs who wrote the book "No Bad Dogs" - she preached that it was always the owners fault for handling the dog poorly. Same with kids.

ANYWAY - you mentioned your friend and the koi... please no koi in your 600 gallon pond!
When i first read this i started typing and soon deleted the entire thing for i assumed the worst that this was not the kids as much as it could be parents who probably had no discipline them selves. And i am going to leave it at that and say ... Happy Birthday ... don't ask
 
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I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your cat. Your pond and deck is beautiful, and I hope you have found a tactful way to tell those friends that their children are not welcome at your home unless they are on leashes.
 

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OH MAN! My poor fish can’t catch a break. The new comets were getting settled in yesterday and swimming with the minions. We had a huge wind storm that knocked out the power for 9 hours, consequently the waterfall wasn’t running this morning which made it easy for the GREAT EGRET to see the fish. I opened the blinds of my bedroom this morning and there he was on the edge of the pond.

I’ve never seen one in our yard before. No idea if he got any fish yet, fingers crossed they were all hiding.
 
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I can't help but to imagine your beautiful pond edged with pigeon spikes now. Children and egrets be damned! :finger:
 

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Thanks Phaewryn, yes if I have to put a bunch of netting and spikes over my pond, I’d rather just stick to starter goldfish. I never had a Egret problem while it was just the little guys.
It did occur to me that some of my goldies got snatched by the Egret and it wasn’t 100% the brats’ fault. I did find fish remains in the bog diffuser so I definitely lost a few through the pump.
 
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I checked my camera...here’s the perpetrator!


I think I need to move the camera out to the shed, he’s there for several minutes but I can’t tell if he caught anything.
 

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I know, it’s hard to be mad at the egret. Fortunately this evening the new comets all came out and we spotted them with a flashlight. Only maybe six of the goldies came out. The kids named the other calico Freckle, and the white comet with orange on his back was named Nacho because it looks like he has melted cheddar on his head.
 
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We watch the egrets hunt the lizards here, they are not quite as slow as the heron, but they will stand/sit on a bush and just look for that tiny little lizard to move. Constant hunting for them. Probably a good thing ow we would be over run with lizards.
 
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I’m late to the party here. That looks awesome. Do you have any photos of how you constructed that box for the bog? How is it being supported underneath? You’ve given me an idea
 
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Hi Crazyshot, I looked back in my photos and I didn’t take any of the bog construction. The bottom is 1/2 exterior ply, captured on 4 sides in a dado in the redwood sides. There are 3 redwood boards laying flat underneath to support the plywood.

If I were to do the bog over again, I’d make it deeper to give the plants more room to grow and give the water a longer path through the gravel. There is not enough room between the root ball of the plants and the diffuser tube so the water tends to flow in channels rather than percolating evenly through the gravel. It works OK but could be better.
 

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