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I have a pond that came with the house.It sits underneath a grove of redwoods. It is kind of last on my "to-do" list. We get 80" of rain annually so I never fill up the pond. However. the water is al,ways a rust clor and I assume that is from tannics from the redwoods. I plan on putting a pond \net over the top. I am hoping this will alleviate problem. Are there any other solutions that will solve the problem without covering pond up all the time? I would like to also install a bog filtration hat will need to be covered, Will plants survive under cover?
 
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Hello and welcome!

You can add activated charcoal to your filter, but it has to be changed out periodically.

When you ask if plants will survive under cover, that’s a broad question. Of course, they require sunlight, but there are some that are more tolerant of shade than others. If you cover them completely they won’t be able to reach their natural height.

I like the idea that @j.w shared above! Even just a pergola with a shade cover or netting would help a lot.
 

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View attachment 133644@kcroyster
If it's the trees then about all you can do is cover the pond area. You could build something like this but not sure you want to be into it this much:
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ha, looks familiar...
you know what else you don't get with this, beside no tannins?

no herons
no owls
no osprey or any other winged predator
no minks or weasels
no otters
no deer
no raccoons
no stray dogs or cats
no alligators (for those living in Florida et al)
no coyotes (actually saw one run past one evening!)
no chipmunks (if you bury some chicken wire 12" below grade!)
no snakes (if you bury window screen along with the chicken wire)
no leaves (other than what you plant inside)
no turtles escaping
no bullfrogs arriving
no skimmer necessary
no net over the pond to obscure the view or remove later for viewing
include the bog and you have no filter cleaning

and last but definitely not least, and the reason the structure was put up in the first place...
no mosquitos!

of course, the jury is out re bears and mountain lions...oh, and moose!

Here's a current view; amazing how the exterior landscaping has grown up in 10 years! (the unpainted part to the right is 2019's expansion; am waiting for the pressure treated wood to age out so I CAN paint this autumn!)

200606 - pondhouse west .jpg
 
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Welcome!
Wow, tropical fish breeders would love that water for some of their species! Does any groundwater enter the pond during heavy rains? Yeah, a bog filter will do fine under a protective net.
 
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ha, looks familiar...
you know what else you don't get with this, beside no tannins?

no herons
no owls
no osprey or any other winged predator
no minks or weasels
no otters
no deer
no raccoons
no stray dogs or cats
no alligators (for those living in Florida et al)
no coyotes (actually saw one run past one evening!)
no chipmunks (if you bury some chicken wire 12" below grade!)
no snakes (if you bury window screen along with the chicken wire)
no leaves (other than what you plant inside)
no turtles escaping
no bullfrogs arriving
no skimmer necessary
no net over the pond to obscure the view or remove later for viewing
include the bog and you have no filter cleaning

and last but definitely not least, and the reason the structure was put up in the first place...
no mosquitos!

of course, the jury is out re bears and mountain lions...oh, and moose!

Here's a current view; amazing how the exterior landscaping has grown up in 10 years! (the unpainted part to the right is 2019's expansion; am waiting for the pressure treated wood to age out so I CAN paint this autumn!)

View attachment 133658

My dream set up!
 

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