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Time to fill and landscape around it. Hard to calculate the volume, but I think it's small, around 550 gallons pond only. Another 100 gallons in the bog. It's late in the year, but I'm going to plant the bog and get a few shubunkins to get things rolling. Come spring I'll be rocking and rolling
 

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New circuit. Didn't know that I could do it lolView attachment 123854
Before you back fill place some danger tape that you can get at the depot buried underground line . and place it above the underground direct burial wire . Down the road you may be grateful you did also local codes will have a minimum depth that the wire has to be at .
 
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i wouldn't use it in the bog but it would make for some good looking gravel at the bottom of the pond. how would it look circling the pond say a foot wide and ring the entire area?
 

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Nice job @Spanky My bog is big my pond is big, both work together perfectly. If your bog is a bit "big" for your pond it will just filter that much better.
 
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We used that same chimney flue for a cave @Spanky - I hand sanded those edges. You're smarter than me! But the fish do love it and it makes a nice flat spot for a few potted water lilies! They grow a nice coat of algae so fast you can't even tell it's there.
 
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My thought exactly @Lisak1 so my small pond surface area is approx 38 sf. How many hardy lilies should I add for adequate shade cover? It is in full sun (around 6 hours/day). Or maybe one lily and some water hyacinth?
 
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My hot tub pond is 8x8 64 sq feet I have around 5-6 lilies in it, can't remember, I tend to cut off the dying leaves faster to keep room for the new. The lilies are doing fine even with the crowding.
I don't use the ones that have huge leaf spread.
 
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@addy1 hit on the exact part of the equation that you need to factor in - how big does the variety you choose like to spread? We have one lily that spreads about six feet around and another that spreads only about 3 feet. There are tropical varieties that I've seen that spread 15 feet. So the answer is "it depends".

But don't make it a math equation - do what you like. Obviously you want to be able to see your fish, and maybe you'll have other plants that will also creep over the water. And your new lily will start with a few pads and soon will have a billion. We also go from roughly 75 percent covered to 40 percent covered when I get in and clean out the old, yellowing, tattered pads - a pond is never static. You also have to consider how much space you have that lilies will LIKE to be in. We keep ours back away from the waterfall, otherwise it's just a lot of pads all pushed to one side in the flow. And they don't like to be too deep in the pond, so that's a consideration also. So much depends on the construction of the individual pond.
 
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Came out looking great spanky, some creeping jenny growing over the sides of the bog would look really nice. give the contemporary flair a little life. And i love the color contrast from that pea gravel to the dark gray block around the outside that really makes it POP!!! Wish i had thought of it.

did you use a construction adhesive of some kind to set the block ?
 
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Thanks all. @GBBUDD I used no adhesive, just dry stacked the blocks. I'll let you know if they move at all over the winter. I like the creeping Jenny idea.
 
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