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We moved to new home with a neglected pond, (12' x 9' x 30") & leaking as it turns out. No gravel in bottom, we are going to have to replace liner (black plastic) and debating gravel, no gravel option. We are not sure we want fish, pond is in sunny location for our hot Missouri summers. Any tips? I did save water lilies. I have watched videos by the dozen, seems daunting. Thanks
 
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Welcome to our group!

Post some pictures when you can it helps us know what you are dealing with. A lot of good ponders are around that will be happy to help you.
 
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We moved to new home with a neglected pond, (12' x 9' x 30") & leaking as it turns out. No gravel in bottom, we are going to have to replace liner (black plastic) and debating gravel, no gravel option. We are not sure we want fish, pond is in sunny location for our hot Missouri summers. Any tips? I did save water lilies. I have watched videos by the dozen, seems daunting. Thanks
Welcome to the forum! If you are anywhere near the Kansas City area you can get excellent help from the KC Water Garden Society http://www.kcwatergarden.com/
They are a fantastic group with a wealth of knowledge.
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Goldfish make good skeeter eaters and Water lilies provide nice shade for the fish. Wonder if that pond will freeze deep tho at 30" in your winters?
 
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Not sure about freezing, sometimes we don't have much freezing temps, we are Southwest Missouri. But will look at KC water garden society! Thanks
 
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Hi and welcome! Feel free to ask away. There are lots of helpful members here. Personally I have ever used gravel, but some people like it. You will need some way to get some shade...maybe some temporary plants or screens? Maybe try a couple goldfish. That kind of bio-load will be almost no work for you and they will eat algae and bugs.
 
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Hi and welcome! Feel free to ask away. There are lots of helpful members here. Personally I have ever used gravel, but some people like it. You will need some way to get some shade...maybe some temporary plants or screens? Maybe try a couple goldfish. That kind of bio-load will be almost no work for you and they will eat algae and bugs.
 
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Stick with it, it’s worth it! Once you have your new liner in, let the water cycle, then go to pet co for just a few 2-3 feeder goldfish. That’s what got me started.
 
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Welcome,
The previous liner was black plastic? If you have been watching videos then I'd assume you have seem that most koi and garden ponds use epdm rubber. There are other alternatives. To achieve 30" thick ice it has to get good and cold and stay there for a good long time. here in new England we never see more then a foot.
 
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I say black plastic, it's heavy, haven't ripped into it yet, and when we vacuumed water and sludge out it was very resilient, but it leaks and no obvious hole. We have checked all hoses, connections and such, nope, it's the pond leaking. Also felt real bad about tadpoles we displaced, they were doing an excellent job of algae eating! Rehomed several frogs, bullfrogs!
But this is just wonderful to have helpful, encouraging people to feed off of!
Thanks for the comments & greetings!
 
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Your not too far from us, based on weather patterns, I’d say the stuff that just blew past us and flooded me in is what y’all’ve been getting. I’m slightly west, south west in northern Oklahoma. We used to live in Arkansas just south of Branson. I’ve got an idea. Maybe other members can pitch in if it’d work. You’ll need a few highlighter markers, a small black light, and a bit of rubbing alcohol. Take the markers apart, use the rubbing alcohol to extract the ink, then add it to the pond. Give it 24 hours, then use the black light to find location of leak! Since it doesn’t have any swimmers/ fish, shouldn’t hurt anything.
 
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Really? Well I will certainly try that, I tried milk as it was leaking, ( something internet search came up with and no luck ) so I would have to fill up slightly higher than present and go from there, huh, can't hurt! Thanks
 
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