New TV Show - Pond Stars

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    Lisaebetten

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    sorry forgot, I don't have anything against AQ or for them they are just another pond product business to me. I didn't gravel in my pond but foamed the walls with field stone.
     
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    I don't think not having rocks on the bottom of your pond, or removing them as in my case, means you won't have to net debris from the pond's bottom. This was my first season since removing the gravel from my pond, I thought my water would have been clearer, but particles that normally would be trapped in the gravel, swirl throughout the water.
     
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    I was wondering about that when I put the lights on at night. I see stuff but not a problem, I try to keep my pond clean but then again it is a pond out side soo......there will be stuff... and you should see my kitchen floor sometimes!!!!
     
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    The AS biofalls is designed to hold filter media - bioballs typically, or the media of your choice - and filter pads. The top of the biofalls is built to hold plants, both floating and planted. So, yes, they believe in filtration. They also believe in bog filtration - they inspired our first consideration to build our bog and talked us through the process.

    I'm putting that koi cam on my Christmas list!
     
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    We don't have a biofalls. I have seen lots of ponds with planted biofalls though. I'll see if I can find a few pictures - I obsessively took photos on pond walks!
     
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    Lisaebetten

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    Oh you don't have to dig for me, I can google some pic. I just forgot about plants in the box thing, wasn't top on my pond project list.
     
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    Well, honestly I love a good excuse to look at pond pictures and reminisce - "Remember this one? They had that cool dragonfly sculpture!" However, it's harder than you might think. A well-planted biofalls is difficult to spot in a photo. But we've seen them planted with hyacinths, hostas, grasses and reeds, papyrus, taro - you name it. All beautiful!
     
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    great, hostas! My box doesn't see the light of day!!
     
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    Hostas would be perfect then! We planted hostas in our bog - two small cuttings that we got from a neighbor. I didn't think they would grow, but they look great and are ready to be divided.
     
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    What media did you use? Do you know of any evergreen hostas? I'm in zone 8a
     
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    I actually removed both the filter pads in my aqua scape waterfall and only left one in the skimmer only to protect my pump from damaging debris. Ive never had clearer water then I have now. As far as the rocks covering the bottom of my pond, they've stayed pretty dam clean over the summer. The Koi have been doing a dam good job at keeping them clean.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    "Aquatic frogs such as the leopard frog(Rana pipiens) and American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) typically hibernate underwater. A common misconception is that they spend the winter the way aquatic turtles do, dug into the mud at the bottom of a pond or stream. In fact, hibernating frogs would suffocate if they dug into the mud for an extended period of time. A hibernating turtle's metabolism slows down so drastically that it can get by on the mud's meager oxygen supply. Hibernating aquatic frogs, however, must be near oxygen-rich water and spend a good portion of the winter just lying on top of the mud or only partially buried. They may even slowly swim around from time to time."

     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    I found a decent underwater camera, which If I recall the info correctly could be fed into a tv without a dvr. Nice wide angle, no batteries, just a power supply. I will look it up when we get home and let you know.
     
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    koiguy1969 GIGGETY-GIGGETY!!

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    I did find it humorous that he called a "Doitsu" koi a "DIOTSU" (dye-otsu).
     
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    Why did you remove the pads from the falls box? I noticed on a pond tour that all the people removed their pads from the skimmer and just used the net. I want to protect my pump also so at least one will stay in.
     
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    Hm, my pond doesn't have mud so I don't know if they could winter there but I have the small peanut shaped preform I could put in the ground near the pond. I left some of the muck in it when I moved it to my house assuming they liked it and where used to it. Although they have all but 1 moved to my pond. Should I put a small air stone in it, I have 2 ports.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    I don't have mud in my pond, a slight layer of muck, maybe a inch or so. I have netted up barely moving frogs when pulling out leaves, I just toss them back in. I have frogs in all my ponds from big to tiny, where they actually winter I really don't know, need gps trackers on them. All I know is come spring I have frogs in all of the ponds again, from the tiny tiny stream water collections to the big pond.

    I just don't worry about them seems they do fine on their own.
     
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    Because I found that it actually restricts the flow and the water is
    just as clear without it. I still have one in the skimmer to protect the pump.
     
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    koiguy1969 GIGGETY-GIGGETY!!

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    That kitchen and bath are pretty fancy for a pond. Can the fish use it? I know mine can't cook.
     
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