Going for it! phase one 12,000 gallon pond.

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`Thanks @j.w

I'm waiting for the obediant plant o bloom and the spagnum moss that i planted to establish if that happens , thats when i will agree Awesome i have big hopes for the spagnum in general it should add some bright green to the pond that will look like a shag carpet. And make the hard edges really blend in with the pond and bogs and i'm hoping it will eradicate what hair algae is present.
 
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Well the pond is now just over a year since water was added to it and i see questions over and over about bogs clarity green water etc . pretty much the same questions and videos i found when i was researching weather i wanted to go store bought filters or a bog. well i can't speak for the store boughts and i have nothing negative to say about the bog except i don't have to do ANYTHING . kinda a problem i love to tinker. But it's a problem i can deal with. regardless here is a video i took yesterday the center of the video is about 14 feet away from the camera to give you a better idea on distance and clarity.

 
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Looking good, like the Anacharis or whatever SAV is growing in the foreground of the video..... also, the tree stump was a great find.
 
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Looking good, like the Anacharis or whatever SAV is growing in the foreground of the video..... also, the tree stump was a great find.
Thanks it's been a long year, ready to put an addition on to the pond already one where the fish can swim out of sight and come back into the main pond.

It's horn wart but i won't let it get out of control it's an accent not meant to be a carpet or jungle.

The tree stump was a battle i had to split it carry it out by foot piece by piece and screw it back together. I looked high and low for at least 6 months. i saw that one and said nah that's too much work and there she sits. The wife and friends thought i was nuts doing all that work for a tree stump. so i'm glad someone else see's in it that I do.
 
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It's like looking at fish in an aquarium!
 
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It's like looking at fish in an aquarium!
Thanks CAS..

Like the aquariums they try to duplicate nature, Where it looks natural , Thats why I fought with the large boulders and there placement trying to duplicate a look that i enjoyed in nature that was from my favorite swimming hole where i would snorkel for hours .
 
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Thanks Addy . My bog is half full of the obedient plant and another i think might be mint and the bog bean is growing but taking it's sweet time.
 
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ahhh sigh i finaly got gbbudd back
 
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That other guy was sitting on my shoulder saying ah nope don't do it . This guy is ready for an addition to the project all ready. Like your self but in a little larger scale i'm looking at a 3000 gallon underground holding tank with the disappearing stream . I was thinking about a possible whirl pool. With 12000 gallons an hour dumping into one area that came in on one side of a say 3 foot circle with the drain at the bottom I bet I could make a whirl pool. which would be different and kinda cool..
 
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That part will shock no one!

In retrospect we wish we had built ours as an intake bay rather than a negative edge - two big advantages: 1. easier to scoop leaves out of water than gravel 2. fish could swim in and out without risking getting stuck on the wrong side. When we have heavy rain, our rain exchange basin will fill so that it's level with the pond. We always have to watch to make sure the fish get back on the right side before it's too late! On a side note, people warned us that they would swim over the negative edge - they don't, so that's a plus!
 
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That part will shock no one!
What can i say, I always believed if you were going to go for it you might as well do it with both feet in and a huge twisted grin on your face. The rewards are so much sweeter. So far so good . Yes the pond cost us a few shillings along the way but it just paid for half it's costs. I am on a two week pto back home and we have had friends and family over and have had THE BEST VACATION right at home No tourist no failed excursions no waiting in line and best of all no airlines. So why not make it just a little more and one that will give returns as well. Save my water bill.

I have placed koi in the upper small pond and in time they always find there way back into the main pond after going over the falls.
 
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es the pond cost us a few shillings along the way but it just paid for half it's costs. I am on a two week pto back home and we have had friends and family over and have had THE BEST VACATION right at home No tourist no failed excursions no waiting in line and best of all no airlines
We tell people the exact same thing - yes, it cost us money to build but we don't travel much, don't vacation a whole lot, and spend most of our time at home right on our patio. So overall I bet we spent less on our "staycation" than many people do in just a few years traveling, looking for a piece of paradise... which is just a few steps away for us every single day!
 
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