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    I just use lava rock and so did my dad growing up .Never had a problem with it .Cheap to buy at on sale 3 bags for 9 dollars and sometimes you can get broken open bags for cheaper .I have 2 filters and 2 pumps and no skimmer and no bottom drain .Never had a problem with string algae except in my lily pond .I really like my mini cattails ,But have to be careful with plants because koi can be destructive
     
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    Welcome to the forum! Great to have you here :)
     
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    Thank you Becky and thank you addy1 for the link. I am looking into it.
     
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    image.jpeg My favorite snakes came and visited Mothers Day. i didnt get a pic of both of them because they avoided each other but Im convinced the snakes did not eat my fish. I could barely do BBQ for my inlaws cuz I much preferred to watch the snakes! Lol
     
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    I love snakes, think they are so cool.
     
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    Heres my little humble pond naked. As you can see, its low in one place yet slightly too high in others. What im asking is, is it worth pulling up just to correct an inch or so of off level.
     

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    is that a preformed because it will get worse if you leave it .I had to do mine but took enough water oout of it to get sand down there and pushed the sand with my hand until it was level again
     
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    Ahh! You answered my question! I know its not totally supported on the sides and top and I do worry it will crack soon. So I need to pull it up and fix it. I wont do sand though, its just not easily available here. But Ill pull an inch of soil out then try to backfill the sides to even it out enough. I also got in my Rock on a Roll today and bio rock and I hope to correct it and be happy with it for years to come.

    Poor fishies will be disturbed for a day. If they lived in a 3 gallon pot in my living room for 3 months, they will manage a 5 gallon bucket for a day, lol.

    These preforms are a pain though. Hard to level them.
     
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    I was so happy to get rid of my preformed .I had pics of it and will have to find them again
     
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    Unfortunatley, it was a monetary convience. Digging even a small pond, then lining it, and all the potential bad things that could happen cuz I have no idea what Im doing made a preform a logical answer for me. I will deal with getting it right, it gives me something to do. Worse case scenerio! The preform fails and I have a lovely fitted hole for a liner already there, right? (I hope?) lol.
     
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    I should have left mine in for plants but didn't .This is where it used to be so it may have been the problem .
     

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    Looks like a lovely spot for a small pond to me. Why did you take it out?
     
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    It kept heaving and decided to only do the bigger pond on the other side of the front porch .Plus mom was sick at that time and had to go see her in Danville several times a week .Which is around 35 minutes away .Got the new liner in and before the front porch was completely done and one of the workers dropped a piece of deck board into the pond and punctured the liner big time .I was not a happy person .1500 gallon pond gone and went a little bigger to 2000 gallons and then went to just about 3000 gallons and now at a little over 5000 gallons and this is the last one for me .pondless next time :);)
     
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    Hahaha! Never big enough it seems! Well, for my own pocketbook, I will stick with my little 30 gal prefab and make it (I hope) as perfect as what makes me happy. Mine cant ever be removed unless I want gutters (uggh no thanks), so I will take advantage of mother nature as she provides it for me.
     
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    Well, I know what expanding feels like. i found this pic of trying to control the runoff from my roof and a 3 gallon rain chain pot was all I had at the time. Now its expanded to 30 gallon pond. image.jpeg
     
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    Uggh, and I brought that pot inside during the winter and put 4 goldfish in it and they thrived in the muck while I changed out 2/3 of their water every 2 weeks plus they had an aerator. They survived that, they can pretty much survive anything.
     
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    I had three preforms they are all gone now. Here in cold country the ground freezes the small ponds freeze, the preform sinks, the preform cracks.
    I kept them for around 3 years then dug out made a bit bigger and put in liners.

    They do make nice ponds, but have a few issues.
     
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    i am in upstate CA and although we get some snow and freeze, I hope it wont be bad enough to deform the pond. i suppose I will find out over the next few years. We have mild or very nasty colds. Kinda reminds me of growing up in LA where you would never expect a bad winter but its always a crap shoot, lol.
     
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    I live only about 30 miles from a mountain so volcanic rocks litter the landscape everywhere. They are quite large but people speak of volcanic rock all the time as a medium in ponds. Do I have a lucky free resource and if so, why?
     
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