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    Shard MacD

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    My pond isn't all that pretty but i will try to post some pictures. Your pond is so beautiful. Wish when I first started I would have been more informed. Mine started as a very small pond for my south american wood turtles for summer fun, but then I bought 6 shubunkins. Oops, they soon made more fish and the pond grew and so did my love for them and the pond. Now there are some where around 76 of them. I have to run out right now so when I get back I will see what pictures I can find.
     
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    My pond didnt turn out the way it was planned and after the 4th attempt to "get it right" i asked the constructors to leave. Since then i have been trying to landscape it to make it look like what i had in mind - compensating with plants!
    I have 8 goldfish and i hope it stays that way - dont want a poulation explosion in my pond
     
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    Didn't quite turn out like I wanted but I think you will be able to see the progression somehow. I wrote a little something before I posted the pics. but that didn't work either. So went from turtle pond to small fish pond to larger fish pond. To had to replace the liner pond. Bev12 nothing as beautiful as yours, nor most of the other ponds on this forum. Still I love it. Have never lost a fish to sickness, just a few from a predator of some kind. Haven't seen the evil being yet.... just a fish will disappear.
     
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    All and any ponds are beautiful. We all have different desires, views of what we like and want, if you like what you have it is BEAUTIFUL!
     
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    Thanks Abby1 your is truly a work of art. So very beautiful. All day I've been trying to think of how I could incorporate a bog for my pond. Just love the idea of it, not to mention how nice it looks.
     
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    your pond is beautiful !
    You can change the optic of your pond with plants etc. Thats the fun part
     
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    Bev12 thank you very kind. The water lilies have come to the surface now and we are contemplating on more plantings. We just had a freeze warning last night soooo.... we wait. Does Austria have a winter season? I didn't get a chance to check out that pond clear but would it help with pea soup? I changed the UV light just waiting for it to help.
     
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    austria has a winter it gets down to -15-20C so i turn off the waterfal and just have air bubbles in the pond to stop it freezing over.

    dont know about pea soup- when i turn on the waterfall in the spring - the water gets cloudy and you can see bits floating around in the water.
    when i use this "pond clear"( i only put in half the amount ) and this stuff clears the pond like magic - you would have to clean out the skimmer after the water has cleared - i have uv light on the fliter system but i have never used it. i dont mind a bit of algae growing in the pond as long as it doesnt get out of controll

    as far as i'm concerned you cant have too many plant in a pond - it looks good - it shades the pond, so less algae and youd be surprised how many normal garden plants can be put into the shallow ends of a pond
     
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    I agree about the plants, people here have mentioned grasses so I will see what I can find here. Also am going to try a pillow in my filter, another suggestion. My plants just went in to the pond a week or so ago, it still has been cold here. I have a creeping primrose that really took off last year, (over wintered in my sun room) hoping for the same this year. Work in progress, love it.
     
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    it is going to take a bit of time for the plants to settle in etc.
    the winter here was very long and we did have a cold spell the past few days, but my plants are still doing well.
    work in progress - its a never ending job - thats the good side, there is always something to do
     
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    yep always. The water look slightly better today, day by day I guess. Abby1 talks of a bog, I am so intrigued just keep thinking about it and looking at my pond. Thinking how could I do a bog? Need to research it a bit I guess, but I love the idea, and the look. Talk about plants and wild life.... wow. Do you have any problems with pond predators? Like for instance Heron's?
     
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    Herons are the only thing that bothers my pond. So I have a fishing net over the pond, hung high wide weave so it is not to bothersome. The heron has come every summer since the pond was built. Very patient bird, it will wait forever for a fish to swim by and snatch it.
     
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    I have a snake in the garden that takes a swim when the weather is hot and there is a frog in the pond.
    nothing to worry about for now - hope the snake wont take a liking to the fish!
    Havent seen any herons here where i live.
     
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    Lucky about the heron. I have also seen a snake in the pond last summer. It was a small garter snake, did not cause me distress. I had a frog that came back for a couple years, but one day it disappeared and 1 of my floating water plants was upside down. Just assumed a bird of some kind (even a crow) swooped down and picked off the poor frog. :bye2:
     
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    Welcome to the group Shard. Where are you on this little sandbar? We're in Dennis. If you are nearby, we could swing by some afternoon to help:)
     
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    As cute as he was, chase him off if he comes back. Ducks can make fast work of plants, not to mention add to your bio load.
     
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    It will get whatever the pump sends to it:) We dont use peroxide in ours. It may work great, but I'm cheap. Every few days, we (hubby) just pulls the basket and rinses it well and puts it back.
     
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    If you have a working UV, dont waste your $ on chemical. If the UV isnt clearing the pond (should only take a few days). check your water flow TO the UV. That is a huge mistake a lot of folks make with a UV. They simply dont know that each brand has a "flow rating" ... The faster the water flows through the UV, the less it kills.
     
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    Hart Farm just got in some pretty orange sedges and variegated sweet flag. I want to say they were $5 each. Country Gardens just got in a bunch of plants a couple weeks ago, but cant remember if they had any grasses (I was there for other reasons). What they had for marginal plants were pricey ... $10 for 3-4" pots, and not much in them, but may be worth a look ... Just AVOID their "pond specialist" ... The experienced help left, and the "kid" working there has limited knowledge at best, and will do nothing but push to sell products you do not need. He can "talk the talk" til you ask a REAL question. He has a little "instruction" list that he refers to to tell customers what to do when. Great list if one is trying to KILL the fish.
     
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