I must be the unusual then hubby know every thing about the pond stuff I purchase and anything I buy for the house or myself .I tell him and he just says you want it buy it you have money and the credit card .Just like the new car you want it and he went to the bank and got a cashiers check and gave it to the dealer .I guess I just never thought about keeping anything secret from him .I guess after 44 years whats the sense
lol he knows, it's not a secrets I buy stuff, lots of stuff because he'll see packages on the front porch a few times a week, almost all stuff for the house. We just dont talk about how much they costs
Oh I know that for years hubby traveled with ford and he had no time to care .Even when we bought our second house and moved he was away and he had to stop at the plant to ask them to find out the new address so he could get home .Guys got a big laugh out of that ,I moved and he did not know it was right down the street from the plant .The ford guys knew because they helped me move with the children .That was back before puters and cell phone kept people up to date on things
My Khacki (not in the picture) has a permanently injured leg, so the slope was mostly for her. But as it turns out, the ducks love to sit there and dabble and preen all day lol.
I clean the filters weekly, and while i am cleaning them i let the pump run into the garden. The two most critical things when dealing with duck ponds are water changes and mechanical filtration. I do about a 5-10% water change weekly, though admittedly sometimes I just clean the filters. I am guessing with the new pond capacity, I will do water changes bi-weekly, but will always clean the filters weekly, that duck poop HAS to come out of the pond or its a disaster. What you told your husband is 100% correct, 5 ducks will ruin a pond in short order. My mallards rarely get out of the water.
I think your design is pretty good overall, though i am concerned that if your ducks use the pond constantly it may overwhelm your ecosystem as ducks are awesome poopers. ill be curious to see how it goes but I like it! The plants are a great GREAT idea for helping with that problem though. I am struggling with that as my duckies eat every piece of foliage that goes near or in the pond
I'm attaching 2 inches bulk head to the side of the pond for draining the poops. I'm thinking about using 2 at the bog and pond itself but I'm going to have to figure out how to attach one at the bog. I'll probably have to put a little fence up to prevent the ducks to eat all the plants