First ever pond this summer planned . . .

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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    and you don't have to store the books any more when done with the country escape! I like reading a lot of different opinions on how to do it, then pick the one that might work for me, then change it so it does............lol
     
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    Addy, oh so true about taking what you learn, making it fit what you NEED, and then changing it to be exactly what you WANT! :) None of us will have the exact idea as another, and it's oh so much fun to see what others have done. I don't know anyone with a pond . . . YET . . . that I can go see, but will put the word out and surely there is an experienced ponder in my area to give me some pointers up close and personal! Extension Office will know, I'm hoping.
     
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    CountryEscape you have come to the right place. I am new to the forum and have gotten a lot of help and friendly advise since I started.
     
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    We all have things to contribute and learn from .One learns something new and passes it on another makes a mistake and passes that on so we all don't do it .I have learned so much I keep a book on it
     
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    Countryescape, I know you are fairly far south in the state, but there is a pond club in Central Illinois if you ever want to see ponds. Most pond clubs have pond tours at some time during the year. There is a huge one in the Chicago area that goes over two weekends that I went to last year. After visiting a few big ponds I came home and my pond looked like a puddle. lol This is the web page for the Central Illinois Watergarden Club: http://www.ciwg.org/
     
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    Sissy, I also have started a Word document that I typically have open when I'm reading the GP Forum. That way when I read something interesting, I'll make note of it and sometimes who posted the comment, in case I need to check more on it with that person. :) And, the document is always handy here, never have to go looking for it, or worry the dogs or cats chewed it up.
     
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    Keith, I just looked at the site you sent, and of course had to look at pics. Wow, some people go all out with their ponds, like entire backyards! Gosh, mine will definitely look like a puddle, but it has definitely grown from the original "formed molded pond" I first thought I would do! I'm up to about 8x10 size and 3' deep "at least 50% of area", thanks to Taherrmann's suggestion, if I will be having Koi.
     
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    Countryescape, when I went on the pond tour there were two converted swimming pools over 10,000 gallons each that were made into ponds. They were amazing ponds but I'm sure a huge job to take care of. I wonder if there is a function of size versus time required. Like for every hundred gallons it's 10 hours more required per year for upkeep and maintenance. My little pond keeps me busy. I can't see having anything much larger to take care of.
     
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    Good Idea! I have note pad docs in my pond folder, and a ton of bookmarks.
    Laughing, once you have this word document done, you need to post it for all of us to see! and use.
    I have had small ponds, a 14-15k pond, now working on a approx 10k pond, (not counting the little stream ponds and stream) I have found that once the big pond is set up it is more stable then the little ponds. And the fish are protected more from the weather.

    I think you will be happy you have made it bigger, esp going 3 ft deep, mine is about 5-6ish, in the deepest part
     
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    I have notes on my note pad but still keep a book this way if I do want to pick it up and take it with me or show it to someone else easy to do and you never know in a panic why to look and if something happens to my puter I still have notes on hand .you never know rather be safe than sorry .
     
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    Good ideas Sissy and Addy. I will eventually print out the pages, organize them as to "pond building info" and "filter info" and now "goldfish identification" notes, from the new thread on goldfish pics! Keith, I see that the Central IL group is having their pond tour in July. Sounds like something to put on my calendar! I know there are local ponders, I just have to remember who it is and get in touch. Yes, Keith, those swimming pool ponds are out of my league, but I bet they have some awesome fish! And, if that was all that I found as far as pics, huge ponds, I would have decided against a pond, but there are enough smaller versions that are very nice that has kept me intrigued.
     
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    anything to help a fellow addict lol your welcome
     
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