Removing objects from bottom of pond

Discussion in 'Pond Archive' started by DavidM, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. DavidM

    DavidM Guest

    After a storm we lost a potted plant and a couple of bricks into the
    deepest part of the pond. I can't think how to get them out. The net
    does not work and I cant seem to hook the plant basket with my wire
    hooky think. I'm not brave enough to slip on the speedos and go prodding
    round in the sludge.
    Any ideas to tips?
    DavidM, Apr 26, 2007
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    BoyPete Guest

    Brave?? It's a pond, not a trench in the north atlantic. TBH, I don't see
    you have much choice. On the other hand, if it's that sludgy, perhaps it's
    time for a clean out? :)
    BoyPete, Apr 26, 2007
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    Kathy Guest

    We have to make a big production to
    get stuff out of our pond.
    DH draws it down a bit and puts on fishing
    waders and then gets in. Luckily we have my Grandad's old
    waders to use. (Many a salmon bake came
    courtesy of those waders...)

    Hope someone comes up with an easier
    k :)
    Kathy, Apr 26, 2007
  4. I use one of the reachers designed for getting stuff off high shelves
    etc. of course my pond isn't that huge either.


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    Reel McKoi Guest

    "DavidM" wrote in message
    Buy a cheap pair of waders at the local Sporting Goods Store. Then drain
    down the pond and remove the items that fell in. And like BoyPete said, if
    it's that full of sludge it may be time for a complete drain down and
    refill. :)

    Sludge can go anaerobic I read and start producing toxic gasses that are
    harmful to pond life.
    Frugal ponding since 1995.
    rec.ponder since late 1996.
    My Pond & Aquarium Pages:
    Zone 6. Middle TN USA
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    Reel McKoi, Apr 27, 2007
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    G Pearce Guest

    Hi David - just a couple of thoughts - I have always put #9 wire handles on
    my larger pots so I could pull them over to the shallow edge with a hoe so I
    could grab them for removal by hand to fertilize or divide them - the
    largest ones have 2 handles crisscrossed for strength and I have now come up
    with a "leverage" arm on a swivel, with a hook on the basket end to lift
    them out as they were getting heavier every year. Now I can grab them
    anywhere close to the side with the hook and lift and swing them onto my
    deck alone. I used an 11' chain link fence top rail and a slightly larger 3'
    upright pole and a swivel my son made for me at a tool shop he works at. You
    will still have to get your pots out of your pond to put handles on them
    Gale :~)
    PS - to remove rocks and stones that fall in, I use my trusty hoeto pick
    them up (takes a little practice)
    G Pearce, Apr 27, 2007
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    earhtmother Guest

    Can't say I blame you, I want to repot some of my plants and as they
    are in the middle of the pond that means walking around in 50 degree
    water(on a good day) that is up to my neck. I can't really drain the
    pond without flooding the yard which is already waterlogged so I went
    to the local scuba shack and asked about renting a dry suit..$50 for
    the day, pricey, but the more I think of that water the better it
    looks bbbrrrrrr

    earhtmother, Apr 27, 2007
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    draw down the water? borrow a black lab? Ingrid
    , Apr 27, 2007
  9. I have done the scuba thing as well. It happens that I have a wet
    suit, so I don't have to fork out the cash each time. Our pond,
    however, is only 2' deep for most of it, so I only need the suit for
    the 7' deep well area. Once a year I put on the snorkel and mask and
    gently cruise the pond, looking at everything from a fish eye view.
    My kids think it is a scream to have dad snorkel the pond. It is fun,
    however, and does let me understand more about the pond that I can
    from the surface. We have some significant juniper overhangs and
    rubble for hiding in that can only be examined from under the surface.

    Phyllis and Jim, Apr 27, 2007
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    DavidM Guest

    Thanks for all the suggestions. Perhaps when the water clears (and it
    warms up a bit more) I might jump in. My main worry, rather than getting
    cold and messy, is puncturing the liner. Stepping on a stone and pushing
    it through the liner would be a disaster.
    Do black Labrador have any specific pond cleaning skills?
    DavidM, Apr 27, 2007
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    Reel McKoi Guest

    "DavidM" wrote in message
    If you're in a rural area as we are, you may also have a snapping turtle in
    your pond. BE CAREFUL stepping where you cannot see bottom.
    Frugal ponding since 1995.
    rec.ponder since late 1996.
    My Pond & Aquarium Pages:
    Zone 6. Middle TN USA
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    Reel McKoi, Apr 27, 2007
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    DavidM Guest

    * Reel McKoi wrote, On 27/04/2007 19:10:
    Not in the UK. Perhaps and angry toad, but no turtles.
    DavidM, Apr 27, 2007
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    Kathy Guest

    Black labs are good for
    - dropping things in the pond
    - walking on rock edging and dropping rocks
    in the pond
    - splashing around in the bog area, soaking up
    paws full of mud and tracking it all over the
    - picking up canoodling fish and dropping them
    on the lawn and giving them a lecture on
    lascivious behavior
    - chasing squirrels into the pond
    - barking to let you know the beagle chased a
    squirrel into the pond, and while the squirrel
    got out, the beagle is in danger of drowning
    - licking koi - we have one koi who comes over
    everytime our black lab laps up pond water and
    seems to get a back rub from the dog's tongue

    k :)
    Kathy, Apr 28, 2007
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    kat >^.^ Guest

    "Kathy" wrote in message
    Or snorkling for stones with only a vigorously wagging tail flinging a
    stream of water in every direction, putting them down on the beach (scolding
    anyone who even THINKS of throwing them back, then sitting beside the pond
    sucking happily on said rocks...
    Or taking a dip in the muddiest part and sneaking back inside for a nap on
    the bed...
    Or picking up dead ones and giving themselves a Laborador version of AX Body
    Or the ducks out...
    Good Dog!
    OK, that's just weird.
    kat >^.^<
    with the 2madlabs, Morgan and Tasha, and still mourning the passing of Saint
    Piggy, lo these 14 years in
    Rhinelander, WI
    Welcome to Malaria Gardens
    Mosquito rides Now Open for the Season
    Please hold tightly to small children and pets
    kat >^.^, Apr 28, 2007
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    kthirtya Guest

    kat wroteSpray...
    kthirtya, Apr 29, 2007
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    I have never understood the canine brain. springers that threw
    themselves into any kind of water, lakes, ponds, puddles. dogs that
    wanted to be outside in the thunderstorm with the water. but offer
    them clean water in a tub and water coming from overhead they went
    nuts. then we figured out that anything we forced them to do wasnt in
    their playbook. so we trained them to hop into the tub by themselves
    with teh command "dirty feets" ..... and sure enough soon every time
    their feet were dirty they would hop into the tub and wait for
    somebody to come turn on the water. Charlie the pathetic would wait
    in there for 15 minutes or longer before giving up. Ingrid
    , May 1, 2007
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