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Love watching pond builds/moves. No skimmer?
Not yet, I need to get one, and a bigger pump. My “ pond” right now is just an above ground pool I dumped my excess feeder gold fish into when my turtle didn’t eat them. I was never into ponds prior, prefered tropical fish like Gouromi, easy care. Then I added a bunch of minnows, to save them from the stream drying up, next thing I know, I’m looking into turning that into a pond, ended up with anchor worms, and found this forum. Now I’m all gung ho to make a real pond, with a big, a big pump, lots of plants, full deal. Lol, it’s my new hobby.
 
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077CA7AC-8EFF-4EDC-A760-1B2A582D69F1.jpeg I’d love to do a rock wall like this. The creek that runs through here was rocked many many years ago, I hate to see where they’ve done a patch on it that isn’t in the same style. This section is heavily loaded down with cat tails, causing it to clog and overflow. But the wild life loves it.
 
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Did some more digging. I’m moving the dirt I pull up over to support the bog berm, making that part wider, and now the bog berm dirt from when I started has had time and rain, it’s settled enough that I know I need to build it up more. I’ve got 2/3rds of the grass removed. Plus one deeper pit that Dad dug. So I’ll keep working on it bit by bit. My arms are still sore from last week, but I’m trying to push through.
 
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Ive got 5 lillies in the pond, none of which are providing a lot of shade to my fish yet, but my pink ones about to bloom again! And I’ve got 3 planters of lillies in the grow out tanks, one of which I’ll be moving over maybe tomorrow. Lots of fish. Many will get culled and given away.
 

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@JamieB If you walk around on the berm, jump on it, etc., you will get better compaction and faster than simply letting it sit there.
 
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@JamieB If you walk around on the berm, jump on it, etc., you will get better compaction and faster than simply letting it sit there.
I do. And the cats, and dogs, and who knows what wildlife! I packed it down by foot when we first did it, but it still settled by about 1/3rd over time and with rain. And I decided it needed to be bigger... I think I was around too many engineers the two weeks I was gone! ( seeing as I was at my annual training with an engineer battalion...) lol. Now I get to keep digging, build it up more, and see what other changes I come up with. I’m already contemplating a lotus pond...
 
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I’m shutting this idea down for now, the field south of us is planted in cotton, which is a very chemical spray heavy crop. I’m thinking the drift cause the die off I had, so now I’m working on a new pond idea on the covered porch. Trying to keep from going overboard. But if I keep it simple, a wooden frame 30”x82”x73”, lined with either a liner or marine grade epoxy, with bog boxes along the railings, and maybe a shelf with supports. A simple pump in a filter box, pump up to the bog boxes, which would fall the water into the bog shelf or back into the pond. Filtration, circulation, and airiation all in one. That part of the porch has a water spigot and power outlet right there. My big concerns are are leaks and drift from the cotton field. It’d be easier to cover that with a tarp to keep drift out.
 

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remember to think about the worst case for snow and runoff from it .But I love when you pull into a driveway and see a pond .It is welcoming and relaxing .I remember snow storm in NJ where snow was almost up to the second story of my house
 
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remember to think about the worst case for snow and runoff from it .But I love when you pull into a driveway and see a pond .It is welcoming and relaxing .I remember snow storm in NJ where snow was almost up to the second story of my house
Snow? Nah, I don’t think I’ve seen much of that around here. I’ll get some pics of my new location to post later, right now kittens demand milk!
 
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remember to think about the worst case for snow and runoff from it .But I love when you pull into a driveway and see a pond .It is welcoming and relaxing .I remember snow storm in NJ where snow was almost up to the second story of my house
I have had to dig out of my house a few times up here.
 
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I have had to dig out of my house a few times up here.
Im from Minnesota originally, we are lucky to get a few inches of snow here. Im more worried about flood water from the river jumping the banks. Where I’m moving it to, that won’t be an issue unless we get record breaking floods, in which case, my house will have more problems than missing fish!
 

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The plans continue to evolve. Now instead of on the porch, I’m thinking in front of it. A half circle, with a raised bog along the wall, water fall, ledges, shallow berm along the edges to keep fish in from rain overflow, eventually a small fence, or I could do my rock wall... Attached are pics of where I want to put it. That’s be an the east side of the house, so my lillies will get morning and noon sun, have afternoon shade, so perhaps I can avoid the pea green summer algae, and it’s further away from the field of cotton. And we could put up a tarp if they do cotton again. The orange hose is a rough outline if you can see it!
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leave yourself room to maintain the house ,like painting or cleaning or even tuck pointing the brick if need be .I have seen others put things a little to close and then can't maintain the house .Plus snow load and even icicles can be a hazard .Not fun if you puncture your liner after all the work
 
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I much prefer this idea you have, you can have chairs on the porch for eating out and watching the pond, maybe even a bbq in the same area.
 
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Lol. The bbq smoker area will be just across the pond from the house on the what used to be a small basket ball court. Concrete is still good, but we don’t use the hoop, so the plan is to eventually put up a brick half wall to block wind, and gazebo type roof with big netting. But that’s a fluid plan for now, cause dad was also talking about maybe moving it...
 
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Perfect, I am going to have a bbq near my pond this year.
 
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Love watching pond builds/moves. No skimmer?
Sorry, hadn’t been on much. I’m low tech, I’m not planning a skimmer, just pond with bog that waterfalls into the pond. I’m fine tuning the plans now, I have three metal frames that will support the build up for the bog, but first I have to come up with $400 for a small back hoe to do the bulk of the digging. Then I’ll fine tune with shovels and a few friends to help. Then it’ll be take apart the pool, move it over, lay it out, trim it, and set up how I want. If I’m lucky, my taxes will cover the back hoe thing, and let me buy the food and drinks plus some pay for the friends I’m recruiting as help.
 
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leave yourself room to maintain the house ,like painting or cleaning or even tuck pointing the brick if need be .I have seen others put things a little to close and then can't maintain the house .Plus snow load and even icicles can be a hazard .Not fun if you puncture your liner after all the work
The way the few icecicles ive seen here form, my pond will be safe. That area won’t need painted, but the red will get changed eventually. I’ve got a plan that will make the big sturdier with out needing to use the brick work as support for all the dirt.
 

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