New house, old pond

Discussion in 'Pond Archive' started by Chip Wood, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. Chip Wood

    Chip Wood Guest

    Downsizing from our big 5-bedroom house to one without stairs and lots
    of grass. One we are looking at has a largish (20'x12')"koi" pond with
    waterfall. Looks professionally made and was operating yesterday. The
    water was a very dark green and opaque and I couldn't see the bottom.
    Since I am now 70 (good health) but with a cranky knee, am I asking for
    trouble? I have yearned for a pond for a number of years, but since
    this move is mostly motivated by the desire for less maintenance and
    physical labor, I'm worried.

    I live in the Phoenix area so cold is not the problem, heat is. The
    entire pond is covered by a lanai with sun screening.

    Chip Wood, Mar 7, 2011
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  2. Chip,

    The major labor in caring for a pond is cleaning the pond, managing
    the filter system and maintaining the water level. What is the
    cleaning process? Do you know how the filter is set up for the pond?
    Is there a veggie filter with the waterfall? How does it maintain
    water level?

    Phyllis and Jim, Mar 8, 2011
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  3. Chip Wood

    JB Guest

    My pond is about that size. How deep is it? Mine is right at 3,000
    gallons. I'm sure you can have it back in shape in no time.
    JB, Mar 11, 2011
  4. Chip Wood


    You need to determine what kind of filtration system this is and then have someone
    put a veggie filter on it. Veggie filters are nearly maintenance free AND if you put
    the filter out in the sun can be a place to grow nice flowers, even real veggies
    WITHOUT ever worrying about watering them. I have grown humongous tomato plants but
    due to too much shade they dont ripen well.

    Anyway, once a year I turn the veggie filter off and my cleaning lady/gardener uses a
    shop vac to suck the "mulm" or the dirt out of the filter.

    My filter is a bit different because I am up here in the frozen tundra but here is my
    koi pond just click on veggie filters.
    I think other people have berm type veggie filters would be more suitable.


    Somewhere between zone 5 and 6 tucked along the shore of Lake Michigan
    on the council grounds of the Fox, Mascouten, Potawatomi, and Winnebago
    , Mar 14, 2011
  5. Chip Wood

    ~ jan Guest

    Or.... just put a lot of plants in the pond and it becomes your veggie
    filter. I'm going to guess, with their popularity, it may be an aquascape
    pond. This could mean there is someone in town who also is willing to come
    and power wash it for a price. Few fish and lots of plants and it won't be
    green. ~ jan
    ~ jan, Mar 16, 2011
  6. Hey Chip (Southern greeting equivalent to 'Hi Chip')

    Have you learned anything more about the pond? Any pics?
    Phyllis and Jim, Mar 17, 2011
  7. Chip Wood

    Chip Wood Guest

    We may not buy that house now, because of changed circumstances. Will
    get back when plans firm up more.

    Chip Wood, Mar 17, 2011
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