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After my children were grown, I found myself in an unexpected life change, which required me to keep up a very large pool with little finances and less time. I researched it for nearly 6 months and then the day came that I let it go green. It’s has good days and bad days and I’m learning along the way. I’m happy to find this forum, so I can learn more. These are a few of my better pictures but I’m dealing with spider mites right now. Excited to be here.
 

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Welcome nice looking conversion to a pond. Is the upper reservoir still have water pumping through it.
 

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Nice, pretty plants, but I bet you need more as the more you have the more they will compete w/the green algae. What kind of filter do you have? Do you have fish?
 
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Welcome nice looking conversion to a pond. Is the upper reservoir still have water pumping through it.
We have a pump pulling it from the main pool into the old hot tub which is now the bog. Then it flows through all the plants and back over a rock filter underneath all that parrots feather. It’s getting a little overgrown so I’m thinking of thinning it and putting more stuff into the main pond so I can redo the rock filter more securely as it’s overgrown with the roots.
 
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Nice, pretty plants, but I bet you need more as the more you have the more they will compete w/the green algae. What kind of filter do you have? Do you have fish?
Yes, I’m stuck as the lilies or really anything in the main pond is not growing well. I think it’s chemistry but I’m learning. We have two aerators and one bubble fountain in the center. Plus, water filters from the bog through the plants and back into the main pond.
 
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Most here have bogs that keep the water clear.
The pressure filters, drum , and pad filters all have their place.
Over grown can equate to an algae scrubber don't be so quick to rip it all apart but do be careful with it backing up and getting out of Containment..
What do you have growing in the hottest bog . ? The faster the plants grow the more effective they are at striping out nutrients from the water
 
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Water poppies, wisteria, hyacinth, parrots feather, Egyptian ????, a bamboo plant…possibly more. I purchased some about a year ago and everything grew great in bog. It has a barley bale in there too. I really don’t know much about ponds so trying to learn as I go.
 

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Yes, I’m stuck as the lilies or really anything in the main pond is not growing well. I think it’s chemistry but I’m learning. We have two aerators and one bubble fountain in the center. Plus, water filters from the bog through the plants and back into the main pond.
Yes, about 175 gold fish. Some are about 5 to 6 inches already.
 
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175 this time next year will be 300 plus
It’s a 38,000 gallon pool. We have a crane that likes to come by now and then and If we’re not out there quick enough he sometimes spears one. We also think we have a visiting raccoon that likes to trick them. It’s like the movie said, build it and they will come. We found some baby turtles but they got caught up in a netting that was around one of the pumps. Someone said the turtles are bad for the plants but the Not sure where they came from.
 
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I have had fish that loved to turn things over others who did nothing one turtle eat the ants another preferred to go fishing . Yeah never know
 

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It’s a 38,000 gallon pool. We have a crane that likes to come by now and then and If we’re not out there quick enough he sometimes spears one. We also think we have a visiting raccoon that likes to trick them. It’s like the movie said, build it and they will come. We found some baby turtles but they got caught up in a netting that was around one of the pumps. Someone said the turtles are bad for the plants but the Not sure where they came from.
Turtles eating plants depends on the species of turtles as there are some semi aquatic turtles that are wholly carnivorous. Also for a pond your size the bog a size of a hot tub isn’t going to be big enough to keep the water clear, but it is still better than not having one. Besides green/unclear water is more of a aesthetics thing for us, as the fish don’t care.
 

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Welcome to the forum!

Nice conversion!
 
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After my children were grown, I found myself in an unexpected life change, which required me to keep up a very large pool with little finances and less time. I researched it for nearly 6 months and then the day came that I let it go green. It’s has good days and bad days and I’m learning along the way. I’m happy to find this forum, so I can learn more. These are a few of my better pictures but I’m dealing with spider mites right now. Excited to be here.
Beautiful pool to pond conversion! Do you have water being pumped up through gravel in your bog? That can help a lot to keep the water clear, as lots of gravel means lots of nitrifying bacteria.

I really love the assortment of plants!
 
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Beautiful pool to pond conversion! Do you have water being pumped up through gravel in your bog? That can help a lot to keep the water clear, as lots of gravel means lots of nitrifying bacteria.

I really love the assortment of plants!
I did try to place a gravel barrier on the old waterfall from hot tub to main pool. The roots of the parrots feather and others have gone so deep into that but it’s really not working well. Any other ideas? I like how the parents feather flows over the waterfall.
 
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I did try to place a gravel barrier on the old waterfall from hot tub to main pool. The roots of the parrots feather and others have gone so deep into that but it’s really not working well. Any other ideas? I like how the parents feather flows over the waterfall.
One idea would be to rig your pump to flow up through the gravel by hooking it to a PVC pipe with holes drilled in it (or slots). That way the water gets distributed through the gravel and slowly bubbles up to the surface, providing oxygen to beneficial bacteria along the way. The bacteria convert the ammonia from fish waste into nitrites, and the plant roots growing into the gravel from above continue the process, turning nitrites into nitrates. The end result is very clean water without much in the way of nutrients left over to support algae in the pond.

You can find loads of great videos on how to do this on Youtube, but I've found this one to be a pretty good starting point:
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