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


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@GBBUDD The next thing I knew, we were building a 4000 gallon "water feature" - best decision ever!
My concern is i may not be building it large enough while 2000 gallons sounds like a lot it's only 3'x8'x11' and for the feature i have that could be used up pretty quick. Thats roughly only this is being generous adding about 8 " of water across the ponds and bog ,while we rarely have droughts they have become more and more these days . I have room to add more but i am not planning on leaving the entire space open on top but only open /rocked on one end where the negative edge / falls into the side of the block. The top of the system will be covered with epdm. so i keep some of my yard. after all it's 60 aquablocks for the main vault and another 6 for the negative edge collection area. I think i just answered my own question that's what i get for building a larger feature I guess if i want it to be a backup it will need some more storage area.
 
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@GBBUDD That will be fun to see when you get that new negative edge project built.

@Lisa K Are peppers and preppers the same or did I miss something? :smuggrin:
I guess if we run out of water due to a catastrophe or whatever, we head to the river. I'm not drinking my pond water!

Do you both get your stored rain water from the downspouts off of buildings?
 
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@GBBUDD That will be fun to see when you get that new negative edge project built.

@Lisa K

Do you both get your stored rain water from the downspouts off of buildings?
yes all from the roof well that is what doesn't fall directly in the pond. No I am not worried about contaminants from the roofing. yes I gave asphalt shingles however I have seen how long it takes for shingles to degrade half a shingle is aggregate/ stones pressed onto asphalt that tries it best to resist heat. And canvas or fiberglass. Take my word for it fish in any pond in this country have to deal with much worse the mentioned above . next timed you pull up to a parking spot take a good look at the ground all those oils antifreeze and grease far out weight a little asphalt and fiberglass.

No I'm not doing it as a prepper I'm doing it because I travel a lot and it can vary greatly. I have learned my passion keeping fish and eco systems is not second nature to others . when I was in my 20's I asked sis in Law to watch my reef tank all she had to do was turn on the ac if it got hot . when I got back from 2 weeks in florida it smelled like low tide she said she couldn't find the air conditioner we only had 5 windows in the townhouse.

And my planted tank well that's a sore subject I had pretty damn close to where it could be left alone if only needed a little help and that suffered a slow painful death.
so here we are with the pond and the only item left for self sustainability is water this the new reservoir.
 
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The negative edge is shown in blue that will go through the stagnent bog i am going to extend the bog so that it willl be off to the side of the falls /stream and let the water leach over in places. there will be 14' of said stream and falls to a catch pool where the leaves will be suspended in water " easier to remove leaves from water then it is in stone . where the water will then fall over an edge to the dry bed disappearing falls" where the last line of clean out will be before the water goes under ground to 2500 gallon or 1920 still not sure which i will go with yet
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Are peppers and preppers the same or did I miss something?
HA! I guess my computer didn't like the word "prepper" and fixed it for me! Just now it tried to change it to "preppier"! I am neither a pepper, a prepper, nor preppier!

Drinking the pond water would only happen if I were A. desperate and B. it was filtered. Our rain exchange is filled from rain water that falls in the pond and our sump pump.

@GBBUDD - build it as big as you can is my advice. But as you know - those aquablox aren't cheap!
 
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In cleaning up around the pond today removing the last of the dead vegetation around the pond prepping for the spring . A slight twist i decided to use a blow torch to remove the dead organics in the bog. I had already cut back all that was still green with the desire to have all new shoots growing rapidly in the spring.

And it would appear the sphagnum moss bog has done a lot of growing over the winter i's going to be interesting to see how it does the summer
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Ok here's the dream COMPLETION of the project now i just need a month with NOTHING TO DO to be able to finish the project... i neglected to show water flow but it starts on the upper right in the deep green bog that has a water fall to the stream or the light green that flows into the light blue stream that then drops into the upper pond water falls down to the main pond. That will have the bright green bog cut in half to allow for the pond extension sphagnum moss bogs to both sides that will have a negative edge with a short stream that will disappear into the rain water collection System.... heck im tired just typing all this let alone building it all.
Light yellow is skimmer
Deep green is centipede and aquablocks bog
Light green is pea stone up flow bog
Bright green are no flow bogs Sphagnum moss
Light blue streams
Pink waterfalls
Red is rain water collection system
Outlined in orange is all new areas to be built


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Looks like you have your work cut out for you.

Finally started redoing my bog this weekend, enlarging it from an 6’x8’ up flow pea gravel bog to a 12’x12’ bog with snorkel and centipede, and aqua blox. Like you I am constantly tinkering.
 
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Looks like you have your work cut out for you.

Finally started redoing my bog this weekend, enlarging it from an 6’x8’ up flow pea gravel bog to a 12’x12’ bog with snorkel and centipede, and aqua blox. Like you I am constantly tinkering.
Cold and windy here today all i got done was replace that very ugly orange snow fence.
Some how all i can picture is you digging out that 12x 12 bog with a 336 cat lol.

Say you didn't find a deal some where on aquablocks did you ? we should have gone in together and bought in bulk i'm looking at probably 80 large blocks

Wheres those pictures you said you take .
 
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Cold and windy here today all i got done was replace that very ugly orange snow fence.
Some how all i can picture is you digging out that 12x 12 bog with a 336 cat lol.

Say you didn't find a deal some where on aquablocks did you ? we should have gone in together and bought in bulk i'm looking at probably 80 large blocks

Wheres those pictures you said you take .
Haha, I wish I had an excavator small enough to trailer, home. Kind of strange I work with heavy equipment building rock walls and creating beach/marsh areas, yet at my own house am out there with a shovel.

Only bought a few aqua blocks, just to help in the layout of the bog, but I probably still need 25-30 more, so we can still try to work something out bulk wise.

Can still take some pics, only did a bit today. I am framing out the bog with 6x6’s, since it is above the pond. Not quite as much digging other than tearing out the old bog and the sand/iron stone that surrounded it, which is kind of cool since moss and ferns like to grow on this rock. Going to try and reuse it to face the 6x6’s with this stone and fill in the crevices with dirt creating planting pockets for ferns and stuff.
 
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Well the Corona Virus has definitely got me to back off on another large project. I'll have to just work with what I got. just getting home and sitting out at the pond with the spotlight on I took a quick shot. if this isn't enough to show how clear a bog can make your pond I dont know what will.
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It's gorgeous @GBBUDD! I was thinking yesterday that I feel very lucky right now that home has always been my favorite place to be. My pond, my gardens, my patio... once the weather starts to warm up I'll have so many projects to keep me busy and a wonderful spot to pass the hours waiting for this wave to roll over us.
 
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Whole heartedly agree. it's just going to be weeks before I get that directive. Though things have changed so much day by day.
I forgot to add that the pic above is a spot light at night shining in the pond and the fish with the cold water are down 5'. Like your self I'm sure you can sit by the pond for hours day after day and never want.
 
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I'm sure you can sit by the pond for hours day after day and never want.
It's true. We've already cancelled a Florida vacation this week and a Hawaii trip in June... it's the year of the Staycation for sure.
 
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My niece bought a tussie washer, she is having issues training the kids to use it!
 
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I've seen those advertised @addy1 ! We know a family that uses them - the parents and all their grown kids and grandkids - and swears by them! I just don't know what you do with your wet booty once you're done with the cleaning part!
 

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