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Hey everyone, I figured I'd share the above ground pond I just installed in my parents' backyard. It's only 160 gallons but it very much enhances the mood of the backyard.

It hosts three koi (there were 4, but one was eaten by a crane), a tropical lily, dwarf lily, lilly, water hyacinth, grasses, cannalily and other flowering plants, and as the days go by, more and more life such as butterflies, dragonflies and various pollen gathering insects, and even a lizard.

I've been keeping aquariums for nearly 20 years now, so this wasn't the hardest thing to do for me. My pump does 350gph, which was sufficient to clear an algae bloom in a little less than 3 days, once the bacteria were sufficiently established.

as you can see, everything is in a cycle of blooming. The dwarf lilly has a white flower, but it's not pictured here, as I didn't find time to photograph it when it did bloom.

Hope you guys enjoy the macro photography.




 
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Great photos!
With a small pond like this, you should be able to net it when you are not around to keep the birds from getting your Koi.
 

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wow ''''' those are some great photos
 
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Thanks for the comments, guys. I think I've solved the problem with predatory birds. Running dowels into the ground and stringing them with mono filament would prevent a bird from walking up to the pond, and there is not enough space left on the shallow shelf for one to wade or land. I've watched cats attempt to get at my fish, and they give up within seconds.

Once I've restored the water clarity, I'll post a shot of the whole setup.

Any advice on what small fish to keep with koi? I'd like something to eat the aphids after i knock them off my lilies and other plants and into the water. I live in Southern Cali, so we do get a variety of weather some winters are cold, some aren't. I probably should avoid guppies. What about mosquito fish? I think I can scoop them up from the local park pretty easily. Any other suggestions on small fish I can put with the koi would be much appreciated.
 

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If you are near Vista I know a guy that is trying to thin out his Paradise Fish. They are beautiful, lay eggs, will eat the aphids and were priced at 2 for $5.

I will never have mosquito fish again. BTW, the county will give you all you need free.

BTW did you use a tripod with your macro photo shots?
 
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I'm about a good 70 miles from Vista. So, paradise fish huh? Would I need to overwinter them indoors in a tank? Why won't you have mosquito fish? As for the macro shots, no, I didn't use a tripod or support of any kind. Steady hands from years of marksmanship :goldfish:
 

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snaF i,m a good shot to ...but my pics are far from this stuff ....what is macro??????
 
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Macro refers to macro lenses which allow getting very close to the subject matter for very high detail. and usually have a very short depth of field (only the immediate subject matter will be in focus).

In any case, my pond now has the brown sludge as a result of the mud floating around. I've picked up powdered bacteria to help with this problem. The instructions say that 1/4 cup of this stuff treats 1000 gallons. My pond is only 160 gallons, so what would you guys recommend for the treatment dosage?

The spoon is measured in 15 ml, one teaspoon and one tablespoon. I have no clue how to break this up for the correct dosage. Any help would be much appreciated.
 

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If we knew the dry weight it and you had a scale capable of precise measurements this would be simple. The dry weight you need is 16% of 1/4 cup.

Failing that, lay out 1/4 cup on a table or other flat surface that is clean and make a long line using a credit card. DON'T TELL ME YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO THIS...

Divide the long line into 10 equal parts then take 1 plus 60% of the next line and you will be very close.

Unless you were born yesterday, you will know how to do this.
 

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if you put in 2 tea spoons it would be close.....a table spoon would be a good dose......my camera doesn,t have that option.
 
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I'm getting less than 1 level teaspoon in my calculations. I still think the tried and proven "line" method is the best and most accurate way to do this.
 
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About the brown sludge...does an additive help or does it need to be vacuumed? Since I don't have a vacuum now, something else would help...I have experience some dirt getting in after a really hard rain (dug the pond bigger, hence the mud surrounding it). I have stones and gravel, but a little dirt got in. Suggestions? Does it go away or does algae eventually grow over it?
 
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I just vacuumed my pond using an aquarium gravel cleaner adapted to a garden hose. I started a siphon and it was sufficient to suck up leaves and small particles that were on the bottom.

The gravel vacuum tube is clear and much larger than the hose, so occasionally it would jam up. I just put my hand over the bottom, held it over a bucket, removed my hand long enough for the stuff to drop into the bucket, put my hand back over so I would not lose the siphon and went back to cleaning the bottom.

I spent about 1/2 hour and got most all the loose debries out of the pond.

Two pain pills later my back felt better.

This requires going into your pond, which does not bother me. But then my pond is nice and clear and I can see "Jaws" coming.
 
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Full pic, as promised. As for vacuums, I prefer the Laguna Pond Vacuum Kit.

You can see the monofilament that I strung around the pond. The crane returned, and couldn't find his way into the pond. Funnily enough he walked away and started pacing in circles in my yard.
 

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I used a similar arrangement for a while. The raccoons got around it and it was always in the way, so I made removable nets using PVC and plastic fencing from Home Depot.
 
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Hey everyone, I figured I'd share the above ground pond I just installed in my parents' backyard. It's only 160 gallons but it very much enhances the mood of the backyard.

It hosts three koi (there were 4, but one was eaten by a crane), a tropical lily, dwarf lily, lilly, water hyacinth, grasses, cannalily and other flowering plants, and as the days go by, more and more life such as butterflies, dragonflies and various pollen gathering insects, and even a lizard.

I've been keeping aquariums for nearly 20 years now, so this wasn't the hardest thing to do for me. My pump does 350gph, which was sufficient to clear an algae bloom in a little less than 3 days, once the bacteria were sufficiently established.

as you can see, everything is in a cycle of blooming. The dwarf lilly has a white flower, but it's not pictured here, as I didn't find time to photograph it when it did bloom.

Hope you guys enjoy the macro photography.
Here's a few more images from my pond.







I’d very much like to see your photos, but all I have is a line of boxes, w/a red X over them, that isn’t a link! (I’m online via my iPhone)....
 
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