Not all those who wander are lost
- Jun 22, 2011
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I don't believe the plants are going to 'take up the tannins'; you need charcoal for that. Or keep the tannin-laden leaves out of the water in the first place. That net idea comes back to mind...Hi Gbbudd,
Yeah that plan with the bog at the top and the stream running down is the stage 2 plan, although due to the size of the rocks and the enormous tree up there that we can't mess with then the plan is for the pond to be where the bed of agave is and a waterfall running over the big rock (to the right in the picture you posted). Then a bridge over the stream, and a chess board patio next to the pond nestled in some forested garden beds. I have plans. But at this point that's a plan for after the kids get a bit older though as currently that area in front of the rock is earmarked for a kids fort. Although the other option I'm looking at is the bog and stream moving up the other direction, between two big tree trunks. All plans for the future though. I'll post a pic of the whole yard width, it has serious potential.
I did give up on the bio balls. It is now just an intake bay with a pump underneath going straight into the bog, with the bog being the only filter. It's been going really well so far, though not enough plants to suck all the tannins out of the water yet, so it's tea coloured water. No algae though, very clear, just tea coloured. Work in progress in that respect. There are about a million baby fish in there already though so they clearly don't mind in the least.
Hi Kobe - The rocks for my pond mostly came from the local buy/swap/sell facebook group. People would post that they were throwing out bush rock from their garden and I would go load up the car with as much as I could take. It was all free, but quite labour intensive.