Newbie saying hello (2nd attempt)

Discussion in 'Pond Archive' started by Chris Barnes, Apr 5, 2007.

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    Chris Barnes Guest

    Just a quickie note to introduce myself. I saw this group when it was
    proposed over on news.groups and thought it might be interesting to at
    least lurk for a bit from time to time.

    My wife and I recently moved out of the city (in Bryan, TX) onto a 6.5 acre
    property. I am in the initial stages of digging a pond next to the house
    (roughly 20 yards off to the side). Right now, I've just been scratching
    the top soil off (using it to landscape other areas of the property). The
    final dimensions will be approx. 50'x100' with a small island on one end
    (the "shallow end").

    The pond is purely dug out and won't get much runoff from rain. Because of
    this, there won't be a dam or even much of a "burm" to help keep water in
    (it can't really run anywhere anyway). I will have a water well dug to
    help keep it full in the summer (the well is also used for irrigation for
    the garden, yard, etc).

    The purposes of the pond are:
    (a) decoration (close to the house, landscaping, etc)
    (B) We raise Labrador Retrievers; this provides a place for the big dogs to
    go swimming (and do some basic training) as well as a place to introduce
    puppies to water (hence, the shallow end).
    (c) have a place for pet ducks (mallards) & geese (Canadas) to live and
    nest (the island).

    Q1: how deep can I expect to get the "deep end" of the pond? I would like
    it to get "as deep as possible", at least 20'.

    Q2: Ponds in this area tend to be really muddy/cloudy, mostly from the dark
    clay in the soil. Is there any way to help keep the water clear (clearer)?
    And yes, I am aware of the poop factor from the ducks & geese...

    Q3: what kind of fish? The fish are pretty much just there to control
    insects, although grandkids are probably not too many years down the road,
    so having perch they can easily catch might be fun. I'm not interested in
    having bigger fish (catfish, bass) unless I need them for some other purpose.
    Chris Barnes, Apr 5, 2007
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    Nick Cramer Guest

    Hi Chris,

    Welcome aboard! I'm looking for a place around the same size in Bastrup
    County, TX, so I'll be interested in following your pond discoveries.
    Nick Cramer, Apr 5, 2007
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    kthirtya Guest

    I can't answer any of your questions but
    I just love your plans for your pond. I'd
    love to do the same thing someday.

    So... you have labradors that swim. I think
    I have the only two labradors in existence
    that don't swim. Works out well with our
    small garden pond but rather embarrassing
    when they meet up with the other labs in
    the extended family.

    k :)
    kthirtya, Apr 5, 2007
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    Chris Barnes Guest

    Well, strange as it may seem, they need to be introduced to water
    (properly) when young. Hence, one of the purposes for our pond. ;-)

    Our dogs:
    Bragging on the dogs: Tour/Ribbons.jpg
    Chris Barnes, Apr 5, 2007
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    kthirtya Guest

    And I thought labs had a water gene built right
    into them!
    I went and looked at all the pictures and showed
    them to Heidi when she came in to check up on

    One of our visiting labradors will drop a ball in
    at the waterfall and track it as it bobs down to
    the other end of the pond. Picks it up, takes it
    back to the waterfall and does it all over again.

    k :)
    kthirtya, Apr 6, 2007
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    humBill Guest

    Hi Chris
    This is one place where even Tsips love Aggies, so we're glad to see
    you. I only have a few very general ideas. The depth might turn out
    to be a function of your bedrock. In Austin you're lucky to get a few
    feet before you hit something. In beautiful Leander we don't have it
    quite that bad but it's still a concern.

    My guess is that Perch would be a pretty good choice. They seem to
    multiply readily and won't have to fed as much as the big fish. Of
    course, because they are smaller your migratory ducks might enjoy the
    occasional meal as well.

    Sounds like quite a project. Good Luck!
    humBill, Apr 6, 2007
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    Chris Barnes Guest

    You'll be happy to know that back in January of 06, I was yelling "gig'em
    horns" :)

    Bedrock? What's bedrock?

    Seriously, I think you could dig down 50' or maybe even 100' before you hit
    anything hard. Well, except for the white clay - you hit that at about 5'.

    Especially since I want to rent the dozer and do it myself.
    (my wife & kids & I did about 40% of the work on our house ourselves)
    Chris Barnes, Apr 6, 2007
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    drsolo Guest

    the system most parks and golf courses use to keep ponds nice is big
    aerators. aquatic ecosystems has these or can configure one for your needs.
    oxygen is required by everything in the pond except the bacteria that make
    slime and ooze and stink.
    you might consider treating the inside of the pond with bentonite (?) a clay
    that seals the inside pretty well. after that, aluminum sulfate is used to
    settle clay particles. Ingrid

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    drsolo, Apr 6, 2007
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