Progress on my Pond!


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After a long winter with lots of snow, I finally am getting some more done on my stream and ponds. Bare liner is rather ugly!
My bog filter is in place and planted, even starting to grow and the water is now very clear, the green cloud that happened shortly after the ice melted is all gone.

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We've made several trips to a local abandoned quarry and have a pretty good stash of rock to work from. Yesterday and today, I rocked in our small waterfall.

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I've been moving rocks, stacking rocks, restacking rocks... I'm mostly happy with the waterfall now. The left side will have rockwork extending another 2 or 3 feet, mostly with large rocks, 75-150 pound ones. This will form the front edge of the little ridge the stream cuts through. The streambed above the falls will also be lined with layered rock and the hill to the right side also. It will work away from the pond sooner though. We may have to get another load or two, it's hard to judge how far what we have will go. The walls and hollow behind the falls amplifies the sound nicely already.
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The overview, off to the left, shows some of the rocks I tried and didn't use, yet. I've developed a nice design for a pond edging that fits under the turf or rocks and extends down into the pond a few inches. I've made a few pieces for the upper pond, which really improved it's look. In the next week or so, I'll make some more, to use on this pond.

I'm really happy to be working on this again, I just love doing the scenery part!

Steve
 
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looks great!

Curious, what pump did you use? Just thought the water coming down the water fall is not so much compare to the volume of the pond.
 

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Very nice! Love your rock work!
 
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may look like more once rocks are put in as the water going over the waterfall looks OK
 
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A few answers! The pump is 1360 gph, probably more like 1200 with the 2 1/2' of lift. The ponds are smaller than the photo makes it look like, it's a very wide angle lens I used. The larger pond is about 750 gallons and the smaller, upper pond is around 250 gallons. I haven't finished herding the water where I want it on the waterfall, 1/4-1/3 is trickling around the edges and down the rock face behind the falls. That won't get fixed until I'm ready to use the next can of foam.

I'll eventually be adding a skimmer at the end of the lower pond. It will have about another 400 gph pump with a separate pipe, which is already laid. I have the pump and have tested the increased flow, which adds a lot.

The bog filter gravel has a layer of heavy weed barrier with lots of slots for roots. On top of this is 3" of coconut coir. This keeps it out of the pea gravel. So far, it's worked really well, except, today. I discovered the first downside. I've noticed fist sized holes dug in it for the last few days. Today I found that robins were stealing it for nest material, BAH! So, for nesting season, another layer of weed barrier with cutouts for the plants and a lot of rocks to hold it down.
 

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Yeh if I put quilt batting on top of my filters the birds steal pieces of that also,so know what you mean :)
 
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Think of it this way you are providing housing for the in need and only thing is you get nothing in return except bird poop:):LOL:
 
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Thanks,

Honestly, about half the reason I'm building this is for the birds that come in. I really enjoy watching and photographing them. To an extent, it's all one big photo backdrop!

I've made more progress on the stone work, although we need to make another trip to the quarry. It sure seemed like we had a lot of rocks, but they didn't really go far.

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You need a couple of birdhouses to keep them there with there babies .I love to watch my baby birds learn to fly and watch momma feeding them
 
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We have those over by our house, lots of feeders too! We live about 30 miles north of Klamath Falls, Oregon, just off Agency Lake and a mile from a major wetland. The number of birds, resident, and just passing through here is mind boggling. We're finding it a very interesting area, we've only been here 3 years, so still getting to know the area. The Cascade mountains are just across the lake and Crater Lake is only a 40 minute drive away to the north, so much to explore!
 

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That is a beautiful area, I was there many moons ago, Crater Lake is really neat.
 
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Here's an updated overview of my "pond/stream/greenhouse/sauna" complex. I wanted all these things and have thought about partial integration for years. Since we live in a cold climate in the winter, and can have frosts any month of the year (late July last year, 28 degrees) I decided to sink the greenhouse 42" into the ground. Our land is pretty flat, so the dirt had to go somewhere. So the spoils built up the land for the upper portion of my stream area, as much as 48" in places. The ponds also contributed to the topography.

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The greenhouse has about 160 gallons of water/heat storage in the north wall and there's a sauna on the other side, at the same below ground depth. I can open flaps top and bottom on both sides. So, after a sauna in cold weather, I open top and bottom flaps on the sauna side and heat all that water (the space is very well insulated, as is the sauna). Then I can vent some or all the heat for several days, into the greenhouse. The exterior of the sauna is closed in but not at all finished! It's really nice to step out of the sauna now and with the front windows open on the greenhouse, look 5' across at the lower pond, which is only about 18" below eye level!

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Next stage? More rocks! It seems like every section takes 3X as many as I think it will, whether in the sauna or now, on the waterfall and bank area along the stream.
 

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