New backyard pond

  1. EricV

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    @Mucky_Waters - I share your opinion on that one. If I had to keep a net up year round, I don't know if I would enjoy my pond half as much. We have herons that fly over head daily. But they are traversing from natural pond to natural pond, so my little puddle doesn't look like much from the air, I'm sure!
     
    Lisak1, Dec 21, 2016
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    I had very little plant cover this year since everything was new. Maybe that and the occasional run through by my neighbors dogs will be sufficient. I've read that keeping the net up in the spring until the herons establish a pattern can help, so I may try that.

    I did catch one chipmunk in the net, unfortunately, but I can't say I was too broken up about it. They burrow everywhere. But yes, in general I enjoy that my house has some nature around it and try to keep it as much a part of that nature, rather than apart from it, as I can.

    The fish are $5 gold fish, so a few losses will not worry me.
     
    EricV, Dec 21, 2016
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    I got it from here,
    http://www.memphisnet.net/category/nets-gill-nets-multi

    I had them coat the net in black uv retardant stuff. I picked out a heavy thread so it would manage being stretched over the pond without breaking. Mine has been installed 4ish years now, just now seeing some of the threads break. I leave it up year round.

    @j.w picked out a lot finer thread, she sent me a bit for my small pond but it breaks a lot easier. She has a nice thread about it on here, I will see if I can find it, or she will chime in and direct you to it.
     
    addy1, Dec 21, 2016
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    j.w, Dec 21, 2016
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    Melina Nelson

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    Excellent planning for your new backyard pond. Very professional way of planning new pond, hope to be successful.
     
    Melina Nelson, Dec 29, 2016
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