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Frame is inside, just need to add the liner. Bog box just fits, I cut the fall part out a smidge wide, so used silicone to add a small edge to the lip along the sides. That’ll take maybe three days to cure, I’ll have to look.
 

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I had just enough paint to give a good hint of mixed colors to the outside of the liner. Mostly on the areas which will show through the frame, and just on the outside. I’ll have to fold the liner in the corners so as to not have a black section over the painted areas, just hope it works well.
 

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Liner is in and screwed down. Adding just enough water to hopefully level the bottom of the liner, tomorrow I add gravel, rocks, and more water. The bog box won’t sit right, it’s got to legs on it I need to remove, they sit just wrong, and I found another area I need to silicone just to be safe. Then I can set up the plumbing devise a guppy fry proof filter for the pump, and start filling it up. I’ll let it sit full with a mix of tap and aquarium and pond water, at least a few days, then start moving over fish. Probably won’t get them moved till next week on my days off. So if I can get it filled, or mostly filled, it will have a week for bacteria to multiply, especially if I add over tank water each day to feed it. And I was right, I didn’t get the paint just right on the outside of the liner, part is very dark but I’m out of paint so it will have to do for now.
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Things still to do; bog box, remove legs, set up plumbing, gravel, add plants after washing their roots. Need more plants! I have the large pothos, the fern, two or three peace lilies, some iris, and a spider plant I can put in there. Only one I’m not sure will last is the fern.
Gravel the bottom, set up water lillies, add decorations, finish filling, devise guppy fry proof filter I can easily clean. I need to run a test run on the bog box once that’s done, before adding fish, so I can fine tune the current and flow rates. I need to get a small extension cord for the pump and the light. After that, it’s fish moving time.
Plan for tomorrow is remove bog box legs, do plumbing, gravel, and repot the water lillies. I might set up some of the larger rocks and decorations. I also need to do a test run on the bog box once I have the plumbing done. And I’ll keep adding to the water level each day, till I have it right. If I can find what I need, I’ll set up the fry proof filter cover if I can figure out how to do so without strangling the pump and causing it to burn out. I think strong current there may be my friend if I put it in a corner with the current part of the pump pushing water against the wall so it blasts back to the pump. And if I blocked the intake with a loose assembly of plastic scrubbies in a loose netting, that should provide a bit of a barrier against fry getting sucked up, with out reducing flow.
I’m also going to get a good count of what guppies I have, by removing all the males first, letting the females have what babies they will before I move them, then moving the fry. I wanted to ship some fry to my uncle for his aquarium, but have to figure out all the rules on what to ship them in, and weather patterns when I can do so.
 

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Almost done, will be neat to see the fish in there after all your hard work!
 
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Good project Jamie! Lots of hard work but will be nice when you finish it all. Good repurposing work there. Amazing what some rust removal and paint can do.
 
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After a Loooonngggg week at work, ( lots of crazies, an inspection, and playing catch up on things not done) I am finally getting back to working on this. Just got the legs off the bog box, decided to coat the bottom with silicone, to prevent water warping the wood, got a length of hose, that’s set up on the pump now, and secured. This is a very improvised project! Next I get to insert the hose, set the hose up, cut the slits, etc, and work on filling the liner.
 
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Bog is set and filled, I won’t run it until the coating of silicone has had about an hour to dry. Not enough rock for the bottom, sadly the one bag mostly just filled the bog. I’m hauling 5 gallon buckets of water to fill the majority of the pond now. I’ve got my remaining lilly roots planted, sadly the rest had begun to turn to mush. I think that cold snap we had was too cold, it got two of the peace lillies too.
 

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Ziggy just knocked dads radio in the mini pond, I found a possible leak, draining to to take outside to do a test fill, Dad’s already planning ways to change my design that I don’t want to spend money on unless I find that the water is from a leak and not just a splash. Argggg. So much for my peaceful days off!
But this is life, and ponding, find a leak and fix it!
 
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Lifted one side to deepen the water depth, to facilitate draining it. Definitely a leak, there’s water under the liner. My current mind set is “ forget it, let’s go get a new liner. “ cheapest option I can think of. But, I think I’ll do a nice thick coating of silicone along the bottom just in case there was a rough spot we didn’t sand smooth enough. I suspect the rust is what may have caused that leak, when I took the liner out. So inside of the frame will get a nice rust proof smooth coating, the outside may still get cat proof walls, and this will be much more manageable than figuring out how to do glass or acrylic turning it into a giant tank.
 
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Just priced a new liner in the size I need, $37 at Lowe’s. Smallest one they carry, and even that is a bit big. At 24” deep, 45” long, 24” wide, plus 2” to each side for mounting purposes, that’s 97” x 76” give or take a few inches. Their smallest is 84” x 120”
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So it’s ready for water. Sadly this is a pvc liner, so I suspect it will just stay inside and never go out. Much lighter duty than the previous liner, but for less than $40, I won’t complain ( much).
I was going to go to bed, I’m at 24 hrs awake now, but my brain keeps saying one more task, just finish the next step, and now the plywood is cut and in the frames, the inside was vacuumed of dust and splinters, then suddenly I was installing the liner and screwing it down, so I had to put the bog box on it, and NO I will not go get the hose and fill it, until I’ve had a shower and some sleep! So maybe next days off I can sort male from female guppies and put just the males in the pond.
Went to take pictures to post, Ziggy was innthe pond, Sky was in the window, hubby said fill the pond, so I used the last bit of plywood as a cover. Hmmm, it’ll make a nice cover it we trim it to fit right, and will be good for reducing cat access to the edge. In fact, my too tired brain is saying “ teach them to stay off it with sticky tape!” When I was thinking earlier they could use the bog as a water source when the dogs drink the water bowl dry.
 

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My sore self decided that instead of hauling busker after bucket of water, I’ll use the garden hose, and just let it come to temp on it’s own. Added one bucket of water and duckweed from outside, along with a large clump of hair algae, just in case. My well water is definitely on the cold side, but I’ll check the temps till it’s leveled out. Filled the bog with water just to see how it will flow, I see the near side will need a little work to allow water flow.
For anyone on city water, this is where you’d add dechlorinater, water treatment, but as I’m on well water, I got no issues. I will be adding water from the aquarium to start the nitrogen cycle, if I can get those piranha wanna-be’s out of my way long enough. I can’t put my hand near the tank with out them swarming like I’m going to feed them, even if they are already fed! And if I have to reach in, I have to watch out or I’ll have a handful of fish.
Pond is now mostly full, test ran the pump and bog, I’ll have to redo that as it has a small leak and apparently water flow isn’t good enough
 

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My sore self decided that instead of hauling busker after bucket of water, I’ll use the garden hose, and just let it come to temp on it’s own. Added one bucket of water and duckweed from outside, along with a large clump of hair algae, just in case. My well water is definitely on the cold side, but I’ll check the temps till it’s leveled out. Filled the bog with water just to see how it will flow, I see the near side will need a little work to allow water flow.
For anyone on city water, this is where you’d add dechlorinater, water treatment, but as I’m on well water, I got no issues. I will be adding water from the aquarium to start the nitrogen cycle, if I can get those piranha wanna-be’s out of my way long enough. I can’t put my hand near the tank with out them swarming like I’m going to feed them, even if they are already fed! And if I have to reach in, I have to watch out or I’ll have a handful of fish.
Pond is now mostly full, test ran the pump and bog, I’ll have to redo that as it has a small leak and apparently water flow isn’t good enough
wonderful! cant wait to see how this turns out!
 
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Waiting on silicone to cure now. That should stop the water getting under the liner, to leak out. Then I can fine tune the hose, enlarging the slits I cut for water flow. Then it’ll be add plants and rock. Debating on adding mint, the pothos has quite a few plants in the pot, I’ve also got peace lillies and a maidenhair fern, debate on adding my spider plant, and setting up a spot for the DIL’s plant we have for her here. Baby elephant ear and spider plant, and some kind of tree thing. Her neighbors gave them to her before they left. Since their original plan was to move here after they got stuff settled in Missouri with her mom and his army out processing, disability stuff, I’ve got the plants, but they are looking a little lack luster.
 
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Bog now has water flow, but also apparently still has a small leak. Still need to add more water from the aquarium and warm water, and due to sound of the water fall, I might need to rig a way to reduce the noise! Cats are very interested, I’ll be keeping the plank up for them.
 

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Noise is reduced. Heavy duty thread, almost a fine rope, cut in lengths, thumbtacks to the waterfall ledge, string gives the water something to cling to as it falls, reduces noise greatly
 
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Just checked it thinking to add a few males, but no. Most of the water is gone. No leaks other than the one in the bog, and that I was catching in a bucket, so a gallon or just under, plus what ever evaporated off that. I’m guessing my cats drank maybe 5 gallons, max, based on how often we fill water bowls here, the rest would be largely evaporated. The plants aren’t big enough to account for maybe 70 gallons of water, and temps have been in the 70s in that room.
 

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