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Total Noob here. First dealings with a pond. It came with the house and as far as we could tell it never had fish and is about 6 years old and holds just about 300 gallons..
I drained it, scrubbed it, rinsed it, fixed the pumps and added a mechanical filter to it and lowered the water fall to only 2 tiers, it was 3 tiers originally and we were loosing 150+ gallons of water a week due to evaporation ($$$$$$$), now it looses only 50 gallons a week or less.
The lilies are new and there is about 20 gold fish ( 2" to 3" long) in it.
These pictures were taken this summer and the pond gets full sun light most of the day, yes hair algae is a problem, so I tinted it dark blue at the recommendation of a local lily grower..
Next phase is to reconfigure it some and add another 14" to 18" to the height and have a nice wide 16" deep 16" wide shelf area all of the way around it for potted plants or lilies in the non-turbulent end. The water fall(s) will be rebuilt and maybe only visible before going under a stone bed before exiting into the pond to keep the turbulence and splashing down for the lilies and frog bit.
Looking forward to looking through this forum for ideas and to here from you all on your thoughts. These pictures were taken early in the morning as the pond is on the North side of the yard.
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Welcome to our forum! That is a nice looking pond you have.
 
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Welcome!

So are you planning to raise the sides of the pond so it's partially above ground? A smaller waterfall is a great idea - you don't need much height to create water movement. Check out the Pond Digger on YouTube for some great DIY pond build videos!

When you're ready, we'll talk about ditching the blue dye for more natural ways to keep the string algae under control. Here's a hint - sunlight isn't your problem. It's the nutrients in your water... aka fish waste, organic waste, fish food. But you get busy with that rebuild and we'll hang out and watch you work!
 
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Thanks everyone! Thank for the advice and compliments!
@ Lisak1 ; Currently the pond is level with the landscape it is in, I am wanting to raise the level/make it deeper and have a sitting place around it. The, plan is to pour concrete around where it currently is to stabilize the landscape and then to build it up with bricks and mortar then place in a new liner in it. We are also looking to get a big dog soon so this may help discourage the 'swimming' desire.
I'm looking forward to learning how to make my pond a better place.
Here's the BBQ. Competitive cooking for the last 20 years in the Southwest.
 

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welcome and hope you know goldfish reproduce a l lot .20 goldfish may turn into 300 goldfish in a couple of months .You may need to get addicted to ponding fast and build a bigger pond
 
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welcome and hope you know goldfish reproduce a l lot .20 goldfish may turn into 300 goldfish in a couple of months .You may need to get addicted to ponding fast and build a bigger pond
The pond has had fish in it for about a year now and I have not seen a population growth, i think the dragonfly larva may help with that.
Yes, am looking to make it bigger already. I tried a 125 gallon plastic stock pond on the patio this summer, learned a lot and want to do it again this year with mods. I've have big fish tanks for 40 years but this is the first outdoor pond I've had.
 
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My goldfish don't reproduce a lot either. Well I think they try but something gets the eggs or the fry before they make it to be big enough to survive. That is I suppose a good thing!
Boy you are really in the BBQ business there @BBQ Bill ! I saw that little one next to your pond and thought oh that's cute but wow you go in big time w/that set up you have there!
 
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My goldfish don't reproduce a lot either. Well I think they try but something gets the eggs or the fry before they make it to be big enough to survive. That is I suppose a good thing!
Boy you are really in the BBQ business there @BBQ Bill ! I saw that little one next to your pond and thought oh that's cute but wow you go in big time w/that set up you have there!
That's actually the small cooker, the big one had 50 square feet of cooking surface. It's a hobby.... I'm really in the global mining industry as a product support guy, I travel 100,000 miles a year visiting mines around the world.
 

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@BBQ Bill I watch those gold mining shows on tv. Gold Rush and the new White Water one w/Fred the old guy and his kid. What kind of support do you do? Your job must be very interesting and you get to see a lot of the world as you work!
 

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Hello and welcome to the forum! Your pond is lovely, I really like the waterfall :)
 
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This is what I do in my real life, play with the worlds largest Tonka trucks where they live. From the Arctic circle to Australia to Africa and Middle East and points in between.. We build the water tankers, I get to install them on the trucks and train operators.
 

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I used to love to go out on the big tractors on the farm with my uncle .Old tractors were cool ,but now they have every thing in them from tv's to heat and air .My uncle had a thousand acre farm in PA and the tractors were cool but the mules and donkey and horses working the fields were the best .I see farms here in VA and wonder what my uncle would think seeing them .My brother worked for Traprock in NJ and they had some huge trucks and they were scary
 
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Thanks everyone! Thank for the advice and compliments!
@ Lisak1 ; Currently the pond is level with the landscape it is in, I am wanting to raise the level/make it deeper and have a sitting place around it. The, plan is to pour concrete around where it currently is to stabilize the landscape and then to build it up with bricks and mortar then place in a new liner in it. We are also looking to get a big dog soon so this may help discourage the 'swimming' desire.
I'm looking forward to learning how to make my pond a better place.
Here's the BBQ. Competitive cooking for the last 20 years in the Southwest.
Welcome BBQ Bill. While your pond is definitely beautiful, it's the RV/smoker that really got my attention! Oh yes!!!!
 
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You might look into koi- gold fish hybrids, they’re supposed to be steril. I’m working on trying to get a new pond set up so I can try to cross butterfly koi with shubinkins for a colorful long fin hybrid. I started out with a bunch of feeder goldfish, a mix of comet and common, I’m down to three of the originals, each about a foot long, and I’ve got lots of babies from them. The first few years I didn’t have babies either, but I had a massive amount the past two years. The plants will give places for eggs and fry to escape predators, and avoid being eaten, and the more space they have, the happier they are to breed.
If you’re just looking to stabilize the ground, you could try tilling Portland cement mix in, then watering it long and slow. Then let it dry- not as hard to break up as real cement, should you change your mind later, looks natural, and cheaper.
 
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