Total Pond Newbie, from Washington State!

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    davidr2340

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    Hey all!

    First of all, this is a great forum! Thank-you! This whole freshwater pond stuff is like greek to me. I have a successful saltwater reef tank, but... :confused:

    Anyway, I moved in with my girlfriend a few months back, and guess what? POND!!!

    Here is what we have:

    Start, DIRTY!
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    Pond has been running with water for a month now, and tomorrow we are off to get some plants, along with a couple of Goldfish!

    Wish me luck, and thanks for having me!

    David

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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Welcome! nice pond there.

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    Do you have any filtration going, pump, etc? Since you scrubbed it clean be careful about adding fish, the pond will need to cycle now. But it was good to get the junk out of the bottom. If you have a filter, and did not clean it real well, it will help with the pond cycle.

    Get a liquid test kit to keep track of water parameters.
     
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    koidaddy karps house of koi

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    Welcome to GPF!
     
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    Welcome to the Forum!
    Start out with only a few to get the bio system started. When you add more, do it a few at a time and check your water parameters often. This pond will only be capable of handling small fish and I would go more than 6 -10 tops.
     
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    welcome david 2 for 1 deal huh LOL .Hope you enjoy both lucky guy .
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    [​IMG] David
    You are not too far from me :regular_waving_emot
     
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    davidr2340

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    Thanks for the welcome everyone!!! :regular_waving_emot

    J.W. - That's awesome! I actually work in Arlington, and have a house in Smokey Point!!!

    Small world!!!

    David
     
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    sissy sissy

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    You can spot JW a mile awhile too .She's the one walking funny with all the rocks in her pockets and dragging a treasure home LOL She's not a bag lady ,just a treasure seeker
     
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    sissy sissy

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    She needs a sign that says so , so cops leave her alone LOl
     
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    fishin4cars True friends just call me Larkin Moderator

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    Welcome aboard!:regular_waving_emot Nice little prform set up. If you can keep a reef a pond can be simple. Word of advise, NO KOI, LOL seriously. Stay with small fish and just a few when it when it comes time to add. Fancy fantail goldfish say three or so would be a nice display that could be managed will in that pond, Very neat addition to the yard, compliments it very well!
     
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    How the heck did I miss this? Thanks for the welcome, fishin'!

    Nope... No KOI!!! We picked up two Comets, and a Shubunkin! Also bought 6 Hyacinths as well!!!

    Now, I just need to figure out a filter to build... Any ideas??? :confused:

    Thanks,
    David
     
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    fishin4cars True friends just call me Larkin Moderator

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    Try looking at the DIY section here in the forum, there are several great builds here that you make make at home and get great filtering for half the $$ of a off the shelf type. I'm reading a article in Ponds USA magazine that I picked up at petsmart this weekend that has a great article of bog garden filters, another great option that can bring even more life to your yard!
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Hey David, that's neat that you work out here in my neck o' the woods. I'm gonna find some shubunkins also for my pond. Right now I just have the goldies. Did you find the Hyacinth local or did you have to order it online? I have had it in my pond before but it didn't seem to want to grow. Just turned brown and then to mush. I hear that they like to be bunched together in a group maybe in a floating plant ring. Anyways good luck on them and happy pondering :)
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    I have some floating free, (they broke loose of the floating rope corral) not doing as well as the roped ones.
     
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    I've been reading the DIY section, and some great ideas for sure! I just can't decide which route I want to take! :)

    Yep!!! I grew up in Stanwood, and have been in the area my whole life. This is the furthest south I've ever lived! LOL!!!
    We made a trip to Russell Watergarden & Koi in Redmond. They had tons of Hyacinth! Pretty neat place actually!
     
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    Hi David, Good luck with your pond and welcome to the forum!
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Thanks David for the info on Russels. I've never been there but intend to some day as I've heard all about it on the radio many times. I suppose they aren't for the thrifty ponder tho who like to get bargains. I found a natural pond by the new bike trail in Arlington and hubby and I went on a plant expedition and came home w/ tons of Azolla and Duckweed and there is tons left still. You can also pick up Water Cress at Winco if it's not wilted and stick that in between the rocks around the edge of your pond or let it float in plant rings or floating ropes and it spreads real nice and adds oxygen to your pond :lol:
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    We have some natural ponds here jw, but no real good plants to yank. But have a nice load of plants in my pond so all is good in life.
     
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    going to send the plant police JW LOL next thing you will drag a whole pond home and you would be the one to figure that one out too .
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    If I could do it I'd like to make my property like living in Venice w/ only paths of land and all water around it..........like have a moat around my house and have to take a boat to the front door and just islands of trees and plants here and there.........well I think it would be cool and no mowing anymore and lots of fish, yippee :regular_waving_emot
     
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