finally got the pump going

Discussion in 'Pond Archive' started by kathy, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. kathy

    kathy Guest

    Due to a lot of boy scout activities and remodeling during
    youngest spring break and sprinklers in need of major
    re-engineering - the pond fell to the bottom of the list.
    Thankfully it has been way to cold here for spring.

    Today, after some fits and starts and major cleaning
    and threats - the waterfall is back on :))
    The fish love the waterfall buffet of insects and tasties
    that come down off the rocks.
    Lots of frogs were watching the whole affair, insects
    swarming around. Today I saw the squirrels, quail
    and magpies all at the pond at the same time.

    This is a backyard wildlife pond so all critters are welcome,
    even the luckless heron who has yet to catch anything or
    even spook the fish. Not sure if it is the depth, the way
    it is built, the big growth of camboda on the surface or
    just an untalented bird.

    k :)
    kathy, Apr 13, 2008
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    ~ jan Guest

    Camboda? Searched the web for a picture and only came up with stuff about
    Cambodia. Could it be hornwort? Elodea? I couldn't tell from the distance
    of the window, but did notice stuff floating. Now you have me curious. ~
    ~ jan, Apr 14, 2008
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    Pete C Guest

    I think this is it Jan...................

    Pete C, Apr 14, 2008
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    magus kent Guest

    ~ jan wrote in
    magus kent, Apr 14, 2008
  5. kathy

    kathy Guest

    Cabomba caroliniana is its official name.
    Pete found a good picture of it.
    I found some washed up on the shores of our big river
    here. Looking at the USDA distribution map, our county
    seems to be one of two in our state that has it. Considered
    a Class B noxious weed.... rats!
    Next time we get in the pond I'll have the guys pull it out.
    It can't really get anywhere from our pond, we are not
    on a flood plain, but I did have two ducks in there the other
    day and they could transfer broken parts - all sorts of
    things can be transferred from pond to pond via birdy feet.

    One year I brought home purple loosestrife from the same
    river, also making unwanted in rounds in our rivers and
    wetlands. I kept in a protected place, grew it for a while,
    saw who tough it was and then dried it out before it made
    any seeds. It stayed in a dry spot and went thru a rotten
    winter and darned if it didn't come back to life. Franken
    Plant!! This time made sure it wouldn't come back to life.

    k :)
    kathy, Apr 14, 2008
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    ~ jan Guest

    ~ jan, Apr 16, 2008
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    ~ jan Guest

    Is it any less prickly than hornwort? I know I had some of that in the
    pond, and got rid of it pronto when it kept sticking me and feeling like I
    was getting bitten by water bugs. ~ jan
    ~ jan, Apr 16, 2008
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    W Dale Guest

    Beautiful day here in Colorado Springs (forecast for 1-2 inches of
    snow tomorrow, but hey!) so I pulled out the pump, attached a few
    connections, put in some strapping for filter media in the stock
    tanks, filled the priming pot and line, plugged in the pump and
    listened to the wonderful sound of the water fall! Filling the pond
    this evening and looking forward to starting on the "upgrade" to the
    pond soon.
    SO nice to have the waterfall back! My koi are so happy, I was a
    couple break the water! LOL
    W. Dale
    W Dale, Apr 16, 2008
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    kathy Guest

    Very soft, the frogs like to hang out on top
    of it and watch for winged tasties.

    k :)
    kathy, Apr 16, 2008
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    Pete C Guest

    Don't know. Googling plant retailers shows them listed together as
    oxygenators, so they must differ somehow? :)
    Pete C, Apr 16, 2008
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    Gill Passman Guest

    Pete C wrote:

    I must say that in the UK the habit of labelling pond plants just as
    "oxygenators" drives me slightly nuts as I want the plants but also like
    to know what I have put in my pond....

    Interesting on the cabomba ID - is this the same plant that is also sold
    for aquariums? I tend to throw it out by the bucket load from my
    aquariums but have been wondering if I could use it outdoors in my pond
    as well but have never seen it sold as a "pond" plant over here

    Gill Passman, Apr 16, 2008
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    Pete C Guest

    My only contact with Cabomba has been with aquaria. I had tanks many years
    ago. I used it in tropical tanks.........don't know how it would survive in
    cold watr ponds.
    Pete C, Apr 17, 2008
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    kathy Guest

    Yes, the same stuff, more or less, as sold for
    aquariums. This version probably isn't as lush.
    It survives our winters, coldest is usually about
    5 degrees F, but has gotten colder.
    As long as it isn't listed as a noxious plant for
    the UK. Nobody has started policing ponds here
    yet... though we have wondered about pond police
    and illegal water hyacinth down south.
    k :)
    kathy, Apr 17, 2008
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    Reel McKoi Guest

    "kathy" wrote in message
    I don't know what kind of plant camboda is but the heron here cleaned out
    the smallest and 1st pond I put in. Even with all the plants to hide in he
    got all but one. He (or she) also knocked over all the plants and just
    trashed the little pond. We're in the process of removing this smallest pond
    and will fill the hole this spring.

    Frugal ponding since 1995.
    rec.ponder since late 1996.
    Zone 6. Middle TN USA
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    Reel McKoi, Apr 17, 2008
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    Reel McKoi Guest

    "Pete C" wrote in message
    I never could get it to survive in any of my aquariums and just gave up on

    Frugal ponding since 1995.
    rec.ponder since late 1996.
    Zone 6. Middle TN USA
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    Reel McKoi, Apr 17, 2008
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