Lessons You've Learned as a Ponder

Discussion in 'Pond Archive' started by JB, Jan 21, 2008.

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    JB Guest

    I saw this subject in another discussion group I frequent. What did you do
    that you won't do again? What did you buy that you didn't need. What do you
    wish you'd done that you didn't?

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    JB, Jan 21, 2008
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    42 Guest

    Didn't put in a bottom drain. Sure wish I had.

    "JB" wrote in message
    42, Jan 21, 2008
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  3. Trusted that a contractor knew what he was doing. They built me a beautiful
    waterfall, but they took the pump output hose _out_ the pond, then under
    the waterfall and back through the liner. Two opportunities for leaks when
    they could have kept the hose inside the liner all the way. It's not just
    about ponds - always supervise contractors!
    Derek Broughton, Jan 21, 2008
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    Reel McKoi Guest

    "JB" wrote in message
    I think I would have bypassed koi. They get huge and breed worse than
    goldfish. ;-)

    Frugal ponding since 1995.
    rec.ponder since late 1996.
    Zone 6. Middle TN USA
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    Reel McKoi, Jan 21, 2008
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    ~ jan Guest

    If we moved and had to build another pond, I'd probably go formal, bottom
    drain(s)/skimmer thru the liner. Have my lily pond & koi pond connected by
    flow, but not where they'd mingled (though I'd probably have lilies in the
    with the koi for interest). Since I'm dreaming.... big vortex filters. I
    still probably have to have a small informal pond for goldfish.

    Things I wish I hadn't done as a newbie, purchased koi too soon. Put feeder
    goldfish in.... not known the need for water testing. Though I'm not sure
    how well I would have listen if someone would have said to me, in reality
    you're not keeping fish, you're keeping water chemistry. ~ jan
    ~ jan, Jan 21, 2008
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    Gareee© Guest

    Measure once, double in size.

    Works for pond layout and for filter size..:)
    Gareee©, Jan 21, 2008
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    Chip Guest

    ~ jan wrote:

    That's what I planned for my 1st fish. Why were feeder GF a mistake?

    Chip, Jan 21, 2008
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    ~ jan Guest

    They tend to carry more diseases (do to lack of care) and thus can infect a
    pond. They breed like rabbits and are difficult to catch once you realize
    you don't want them.

    It was particularly heart breaking to put in a 9" female koi, too young to
    be full of eggs and have 8 male goldfish end up razing her to death.

    I guess that's another piece of sage advice. Do not put a new koi in, watch
    it for a few minutes and then leave for several hours. ~ jan
    ~ jan, Jan 21, 2008
  9. I've noticed that projects always take two or three times longer than
    you planned, even if you take that into consideration when you plan.
    Galen Hekhuis, Jan 23, 2008
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    Michael Lee Guest

    Galen Hekhuis wrote in
    Plan on at least double the amount of fish you intend to buy. "I only want
    5 fish" translates into 10 fish, 10 fish translates into 20 fish, etc.
    Michael Lee, Jan 25, 2008
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    dont put a hole in the liner
    build it with veggie filter over the pond
    build a veggie filter in the pond (for winter)
    everything spills over into the pond, not out of the pond
    if there are fish, build in a way to net or otherwise protect the pond
    in freezing areas build it deeper and a way to put plastic over the pond to keep the
    water open.
    once the right number of koi are in the pond, dont add any more, no new fish
    , Jan 27, 2008
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    Oh, as long as we are dreaming.... a natual pond with magic cattails
    that never
    stray where they are not wanted. Homes for turtles and frogs and
    A small dock and little rowboat.

    k :)
    , Jan 27, 2008
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    Gill Passman Guest

    My lesson was don't ever put a pond near a lot of trees at an the bottom
    of the garden. In winter you just cannot keep on top of it even with
    netting........it is just too dark when you get home from work or before
    leaving.....your only option is weekends when 5 days worth of crud has
    already killed your water quality......and fish :-(

    Gill (with new pond not close to any trees and right outside the house)
    Gill Passman, Jan 28, 2008
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