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I went with the 45 mil (divided by 4). Now don't laugh or shun me but I ended up buying a recycled tarp. I think it's 17 mil. It was 200 and if I love it, I'll redo it with high end EPDM liner. If I hate it, I can rip it out and not feel terrible. If it lasts 3-5 years I'll be tickled.
 
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lol no I wont laugh :) and oops, that was not an lol at you either :)

My 20 mil is holding up ok for the 2nd year with the worse winter we've seen in NC, so I think you should at least get that long :)
 

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hey if it works it works, we had tarp covering some wood in arizona, lasted for many years out in the full sun.
 
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Keep an eye on your local craigs list. I've bought 2 used LARGE pond kits for $375.00. Both are aquascapes and retail together new almost $4000.00!!!! I bought the 2nd pond because my first skimmer box looked like swiss cheese. They put the skimmer plate on wrong and drilled their own holes!!! That is why I got the send pond for $75.00!!!!!, just for the skimmer box. Now I have back up pumps and everything!
 

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Thanks Lisabetten, I will do that. I have been gone for the last week at a conference so this weekend will be all about the rocks.... Woohoo. :)
 

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So I started filling it with water before I left, and of course we had a crazy thunderstorm come through while I was gone blowing the liner back into the pond. Thank goodness the hubby was home to drag it out and weigh it down with some rocks. I am rock hunting this weekend and hopefully can get some of the edging done, weather permitting. Now the plant learning starts. :) However, for now, I have a pond and not some swampy area in my back yard!!
 

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Rocks and plants are harder to find than I thought and we have no pond stores nearby. I guess I'm off to check nurseries. Has anyone had luck finding plants this late in the season from Lowes? I'd just like to get a few algae eaters in since it's been so dang hot here lately.
 
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There are plants that eat algae? I would recommend trying some water hyacinth. A beautiful floating plant with a voracious apetite for nutrients. It won't eat the algae, but it will compete for nutrients. I have a theory that it is pH sensitive, though - not liking pH above 8.0. Also, you can always do well with most hardy lillys. They need pots and fertilizer tabs, especially in a new pond. I would probably start with a couple lillys and some cheap goldfish. Wait a bit for some algae to start developing, which means you've got nutrients of some kind, then try some hyacinth. If you know of other ponders in your local area it is especially helpful to ask them what grows well. Fertilizer tabs may be necessary for a while until it cycles. Perhaps forever for a lilly. Are you in the US? If you don't mind buying online, try pondplants.com. Good selection and very helpful via email.
 

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I haven't found any ponders nearby yet. I did just get off the phone with a local nursery that may have some lilies but not sure if they sell WH. Hopefully I'll have a chance to go look tomorrow. I will look up pondplants.com. Thanks Timvz, I was looking for an online option.
 
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Wow! Looks great!

You may find some irises on sale at the big box stores - even the straggly looking ones seem to flourish given time. They are tough to kill!
 

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Looks really nice! I like those flat stones and I would be sitting there on the side w/ my feet hanging in the water and letting the fish nibble on my toes. You aren't having fish tho..................oh see what you will miss :LOL:
 

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I go back and forth on the fish. Although yesterday while working on the pond, I huge hawk swept in and tried to grab a bird. I am now worried that fish=hawks=my sweet kitty Calvin being abducted by those flying a-holes.... Twisty logic but you know, whatever... Here's a few more pictures, I'm starting the waterfall and winging it. Thanks j.w. I'm pretty happy with it so far. And Lisak1, I will check at the box stores. Here's a few updated pictures
 

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I have tons of hawks here, they ignore the fish, mainly go after frogs and other little creepy crawlies.
 
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Rocks and plants are harder to find than I thought and we have no pond stores nearby. I guess I'm off to check nurseries. Has anyone had luck finding plants this late in the season from Lowes? I'd just like to get a few algae eaters in since it's been so dang hot here lately.[/Q
There are ponders here who thin their plants out and will ship to you for postage! I've gotten plants and beautiful lilies from countryescapes . I have a request into Addy1 for her next clean up! You can ask these or put a new thread for requests.
 
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So I started filling it with water before I left, and of course we had a crazy thunderstorm come through while I was gone blowing the liner back into the pond. Thank goodness the hubby was home to drag it out and weigh it down with some rocks. I am rock hunting this weekend and hopefully can get some of the edging done, weather permitting. Now the plant learning starts. :) However, for now, I have a pond and not some swampy area in my back yard!!
I love that spot in the middle that jets into the pond! It looks like water should be spilling onto it from a falls box and then spilling in both sides of the pond!!!
 
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Rocks and plants are harder to find than I thought and we have no pond stores nearby. I guess I'm off to check nurseries. Has anyone had luck finding plants this late in the season from Lowes? I'd just like to get a few algae eaters in since it's been so dang hot here lately.
Start asking local farmers, be brave and go know on the door even if you don't know them (take your hubby for protection)!!! You will find a link to a pile of rock somewhere. Craigslist again, I got 90% of mine for free by keeping my eyes peeled, asking around and being in the right spot at the right time. Although I have been planning my pond for over a year now so I knew to start looking before I needed them.
 

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