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Sounds ok like I should use Waterfall Foam if I need waterproof, but can use regular stuff for other areas.
 

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Sounds ok like I should use Waterfall Foam if I need waterproof, but can use regular stuff for other areas.
I don't think waterfall foam is water proof either, it is just denser. I have used it, bought a ton of cans off ebay, it was not water proof, still seeps water, but is denser than the gap filler you can buy at home depot. It does come black colored which fades as it sits out in the sun, to whitish.

So just be careful if you really need a waterproof seal I would not use the foam, use the pl roofing stuff.
 
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Starting placing the container yesterday. I've got it slightly tilted towards the pond and pretty much level side to side. I definitely need some more rock to go around it. I'm looking to stack them around the sides to semi hide it. I'm hoping my hose comes tomorrow. If so, I'm gonna do a test run tomorrow, then I'll finish adding the valves to the inlet piping.

Now on to the photos. Top photo is across the pond and looking straight at the container outlets. I've added black 45's to the outlets to point the flow towards the middle more. You can see some of the fish, all of them survived this terrible winter. So, I guess if they survived this winter they should survive any winter.


Here's a close up of the container and outlet. I did run a good amount of SL30 along the edges of the flat rock, to try to contain the water. There is liner under the rock, sloped towards the pond. So, if some does seep through, it should get to the pond.
 

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Nice! Get some nice flat rocks, build up the dirt some, add plants and flat rocks a little over hanging the edge. It will hide the tank nicely. Pieces of logs, anything that breaks up the look of a tank.
 
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Well hose arrived (Thursday), so placed the pump in the pond and started her up. It was flowing nicely, so I just left it running. Didn't get a chance to put any gravel in, so it wasn't filtering. Friday it was too cold to wash the gravel, so was gonna waited until the next morning. Went out on Saturday morning and crap, the pond was 1/2 empty. Apparently there was a little water seeping out the back of the waterfall stone and it found a way out. I pulled the extra liner and completed sloped it towards the pond in these side areas, so believe I've good now. Added 6 bags of pea gravel for a total of 6". I plan on adding more, just didn't have any yet. Here's a photo several hours after getting the gravel in.
 

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Great job, except the leak, lol.

Now you need plants!
 
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Great job, except the leak, lol.

Now you need plants!
If your offer still stands, I'll gladly take some for postage whenever your ready.

Also, any idea how long it should take for the water to start clearing up?
 

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I am going to be pulling today, boxing tomorrow, most likely, then done for the year. My pond started really clearing up once the plants got growing. The first summer no fish, no plants except a few tiny ones, low flow pump it was murky. The second year, good pump, plants, fish, clear water that has been clear since.
 
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I am going to be pulling today, boxing tomorrow, most likely, then done for the year. My pond started really clearing up once the plants got growing. The first summer no fish, no plants except a few tiny ones, low flow pump it was murky. The second year, good pump, plants, fish, clear water that has been clear since.
Awesome, just let me know how much I owe you. I'll PM you my address. Maybe since I've already got a higher flow pump & fish, mine will start clearing this year. lol
 
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Thanks to Addy1, I've got my plants all planted. She gave me lots of great stuff, just don't really know which is what or really what they'll look like grown out. Now it'll give me something new to watch grow.

It may not look like it from the photo below, but there's a lot in there. I added a couple atrium grates to keep the larger debris from clogging the outlets. I've got the tops just below the container lip, so it just keep rising up the grates, giving me time to clean them.

 

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That looks great! Take a look at the post I made for shipping, most are pictured there as what they looked like when I shipped them. But it will be fun to have the surprise of growth. The obedience and marsh betomy have to the back they both get tall.
 

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I had gotten some Marsh betomy from a friend here locally and it was rather invasive.. I ended up getting rid of it because it was forcing water out of the waterfall and into the ground. Your bog will do great the first year. You did a great job with that!!
 

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Great build and Thank you for the sequence of photo's to explain each step. I love his DIY project. Has it improved the water clarity any yet? How do you plan on back flushing the lines when needed?
 
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Great build and Thank you for the sequence of photo's to explain each step. I love his DIY project. Has it improved the water clarity any yet? How do you plan on back flushing the lines when needed?
Thank you. Haven't had a chance to get any more stone or rocks, so it still looks the same.

No improvement on clarity yet. I imagine I'd have to wait until the plants really start growing. I don't really see much growth yet.

As for flushing, If I unscrew the clean-up the water blows out there. I figure that will help to remove any larger objects. If I do need to flush in the opposite direction, I'll just pull the reducer bushing (didn't glue) off the inlet side and put on the clean out to force it backwards.
 
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I had gotten some Marsh betomy from a friend here locally and it was rather invasive.. I ended up getting rid of it because it was forcing water out of the waterfall and into the ground. Your bog will do great the first year. You did a great job with that!!
Thanks. I'm hoping that I'll be able to see the bottom this summer once the plants get a growing.
 

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If you can, try using a basket of some sort with some quilt batting in it. It will help with clearing things up. As for the plants. You may not see too much growth at first. They have to form new roots, but once they do....look out.
 
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Update: My pond has gotten pretty green, same as last year. I might be able to see down maybe 6". Good news, several of the bog plants have started to grow. I don't have a full shot of it, but here's how it's looked for several weeks now. This photo is when I first started running water through the bog, without gravel or plants.



We had a lot of rain yesterday and when I went out this morning, I can now see down pretty far. The water looks clearer than it's been in a long time. Maybe the filter's staring to kick in. Here's what it looked like.

 

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