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koiguy1969

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And if you did,did you se the price tags? I looked at those when i first built my original pond... Wouldnt be all that hard to build one. as far as the bio or veggy filtration. my simple rings will suffice, a larger diameter tubing and clean the soil from roots well and mine will accept bare root marginals also,along with the floating plants
 
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I found this online so thought I'd share:

"For floating plants the best options would be spatterdock (Nuphar advena)(actually kind of emergent since the leaves don't float on the water's surface), white water lily (Nymphaea odorata), and watershield (Brasenia schreberi). Spatterdock and water lily can sometimes densely ring a pond although spatterdock has the greater tendency. Watershield is a cute little plant, but you generally only see it in the SE part of the state, I also don't think it is much used in trade. Most of the water lilies for sale are non-native species. Most of the spatterdock for sale is probably Nuphar lutea, a Eurasian species."

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Welcome lawnman, please go th the UserCP at the top of this page and add your location so we can better help you.

I made my floating island out of PVC around a planter flat and I have hyssop in it. it has served me well for over 2 years now.
 

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Hi,

Not trying to change gears here, but I got an idea from another ponder. I picked up a grapevine wreath approx. 24" in diameter from one of the local craft stores, I rinsed it quite well with a garden hose and water. Then placed it in the pond to see how well it would float. In it's own way it looks real natural, beaver damn kind of look. It floats, but not quite like I thought it would. So I wedged three small pieces of stireo(sp) foam in on the underside evenly spaced to assist the floatation. It looks and works great. I haven't had a chance to take any pictures yet.

Not a bad deal for the price and minumal amount of effort involved to make it work.

Happy ponding,:biggrin:
 

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pebcpa,

I am pleased with the simplicity of it. This type of floating ring will be a good way to control the frogbit and or water hyacinth, and look almost natural in a pond.
 
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thats clever in its own right, oldmarine. it will help keep plants contained, but will it protect the roots from your fish? thats not a concern for you because you dont have koi...but for those of us who do own koi, we know the way they will destroy the roots hence the plant,,(for hiacynths and lettuce) the pvc look is but a very short term thing... with the roots untouched these plants explode in growth and the rings disappear in no time.with shoots growing well past the rings. and theyre black and not very noticable to begin with.
post some pix..
 

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My Koi never seem to destroy the roots of my plants. if they are eating on them, it is not enough to bother the plants. Then again, my ponds are more than 75% covered, so there is a lot to feast on.
 

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this is what they looked like in a short time. in less than a month i had to make another ring, and was throwing them away by the baby pool full by end of summer
 

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I have mostly water lettuce but this past summer I introduced hyacinth again and it took over my upper pond. I had so many of each, I was filling trash cans every Sunday after the weekend buyers stopped comming. It has been a great way to offset the cost of the water, electricity, food and maintenance on hardware.

Having that many plants and my Doc Bio Filter sure helps keep the algae problems to a minimum.

The down side to all the plants is; I don't get to see my Koi very often.
 
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my koi decimate the roots of my hyacinth and lettuce. My goldfish do not, so I just rotate the plants out of the koi pond into the goldfish pond to give them a break. Next spring I'm gonna build two of koiguy's planter rings.
 
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I also posted this in another thread..but has anyone else had squirrels eating their hiacynths? ive seen a squirrel feasting on the bulbous portion of the stem... but, its a real problem when the koi find this part of the plant too....
 

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I must have hundreds or more squirrels in the fields next to my property. They never come into my yard. Maybe it is because of Smoky.
 

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My pastor had a squirrel that come up on their fornt porch and stand in their lap to eat from their hands.

They were expecting company one afternoon when the pastor and his wife heard a ruckus in the front yard, so they went to the front window to look out. What they saw was their expected company being chased aound the front yard by the friendly squirrel. The guy was running and screaming like a girl because he thought he was be attacked by an killer attack squirrel. What the poor guy didn't know was that the squirrel only wanted to greet him and see what this guy might have brought him to eat.

It took the pastor and his wife awhile calm their friend down.
 
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oldmarine said:
The guy was running and screaming like a girl because he thought he was be attacked by an killer attack squirrel.


That is hilareous! I can just picture the killer squirrel with "narly fangs" and the guy yelling, "Run Away, Run Away!" LOL
 

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Recently I found some styro foam rings that are green at craft store. They are in tended to be used as a wreath that you can stick fake plants into for like a Christmas wreath. I baught one of the biggest ones and it will hold the weight of a circular basket or for containment for floating plants.

Happy ponding,
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