New to Ponds ... Just wanted to introduce/share

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    Netfrog

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    Hi Folks,

    First, I'm so glad to see so many pond enthusiasts here.

    About four years ago, my wife and I purchased a house with a pool and a hot tub. I've never been a hot tub person so I've never used it. Over the past winter, our above ground hot tub blew it's 220v breaker and the tub froze over. Needless to say, the plumbing froze and burst as well. The hot tub was above 19yrs old so I wasn't overly upset nor was my wife. So here we are, an old broken hot tub that we never used, just sitting there to be discarded as we decided it wasn't worth getting fixed. Then got an idea! Could I convert/change this old useless hot tub into a water garden (pond)? ... maybe with fish! I proposed my idea to my wife who didn't quite turn down the idea but had the "OMG ... here we go" look expression. She just asked a couple questions. First question, will the water garden have fish. My answer was ... um ... no ... not yet anyways (I lied ... lol). Second question, what colour is the pond going to be? I was like ... um ... what do you mean? She was concerned the pond was going to have the "Spa" colour (the same colour of the hot tub shell), which was a bright aqua bluish green colour, which would have made the water garden look amateurish, which was her main concern. I was able to convince her the new water garden would be a good thing!

    So here we are, three weeks later, at the tail end of the hot tub/water garden project, it's almost done! All I need to do now is trim the pond liner from the water garden (pond).

    Before ...
    https://tinyurl.com/yd2zwgb3

    After ... (near completion)
    https://tinyurl.com/yajcwllc

    Unfortunately, I was unable upload the video clips directly so I hope this is acceptable.

    I'll update this thread once I trim the pond liner away from the water garden (pond).

    Thanks,

    Dave
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Welcome to our group! A lot of people use youtube to up load videos.

    Your pond looks really nice
     
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    I agree with Addy. Your converted hot tube pond looks good! Welcome aboard!
     
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    upload_2017-7-17_9-31-1.gif @Netfrog
    I wasn't able to view the before but your after video came through just fine and I love how it turned out! Have you snuck the fish in yet :smuggrin:
     
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    Well that turned out nice didn't it! Looks great, well done!
    Maybe you have already given this some consideration, but....you might like to try and cover the liner at the front edge, where you have a shelf just under the waterline. The liner can degrade over time when left exposed to the sun continually. Maybe use some thin slate like rocks, alternated with a few shallow water marginals in aquatic baskets....just a thought :)
     
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    Thanks Addy! When I get home, I'll upload the videos to YouTube to make it easier to view. Thanks for the suggestion!
     
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    Thanks MoonShadows!
     
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    I've adjusted the permissions on the before video ... opps .. yeah ... there's three small sarasa comets in there right now. Fun and relaxing to watch! My wife likes them ... ;)
     
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    Hmmm ... I never considered this. That liner on the front edge does get full sun. Unfortunately, it semi slopes inwards towards the pond. I'll have to come up with something. Thanks for the input!
     
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    Welcome :)
     
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    You're welcome! How about a wooden batten or better still a black plastic tube which wouldn't rot, fastened to your edging (somehow!) to sit along the pond side of the ledge? Rocks, baskets etc then wouldn't slide in and flat rocks could overhang it just enough to disguise it. It wouldn't have to be big bore pipe.
     
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    GReat ideal looks good.
     
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    You did an excellent job! What a great use for something that would have otherwise ended up as trash! And I'll second that advice to cover your liner. A variety of solutions may be best - some rock, some plants, maybe even some driftwood pieces along the edge. Take a look at @callingcolleen1 's videos - her ponds are all beautifully landscaped with all kinds of interesting things!
     
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    Nice product! Unfortunately, $42.95 USD per roll + $46.00 USD shipping to Ontario, Canada!!
     
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    IMG_2157.PNG How about a product like this, but I don't know if this is available in your locality? Its certainly not as expensive as the rock on a roll and would give some extra grip to the ledge as it's got the small pebbles as a rough surface. Would something like what we call 'cushion floor' here in the U.K. work I wonder, its a vinyl floor covering we use in kitchens or bathrooms? Just a couple of thoughts.
     
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    Hi and welcome. What a cute story. I hope you and your wife get more satisfaction from the pond than the hot tub!
     
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    perhaps irrigation tubing cut in half or 3/4 ( to look like pac man ish from the side) and use as a planter area?
     
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    Welcome and looking great!
     
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    Well, thanks for all the suggestions. I really did like the Rock-On-A-Roll option but it was way too cost prohibitive. So I went with a different option. I happy to say the project is done. As this is is my first pond and needless to say first pond with goldfish, I was wondering if it's a good thing that they always chase each other around the pond and constantly swarming each other? I currently have three Sarassa and two Shubunkin goldfish.

    Our Hot Tub Pond ... Completed!
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    Playful Goldfish in our Hot Tub Pond
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    Again, thanks for all the comments!

    Dave
     
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