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Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
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Carolyn22
Jul 11, 2011 5:30 PM CST
We would love to see what everyone has - please post your pictures and tell us a bit about your pond....

DH and I have been ponding for 11 years. This is our 3rd pond. We started out with a small 90 gallon Walmart pond, then graduated to an 1100 gallon pond with a small stream and a gristmill. We now have a pond that is just under 5000 gallons. We put in our third and final pond about 6-7 years ago. Our pond is 13 1/2 feet wide by 27 ft - this includes our bogs. Our deep end is 4 ft deep with the shallower end at 3 1/2 feet deep and the pond holds 4850 gallons.


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Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
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Henryr10
Jul 11, 2011 7:11 PM CST
Carolyn,
Nice that we have a Pond Forum here!

We currently have 4 small ponds. Well actually one 13' x 6' x 4' deep Pond and three water feature type ponds.
Plus about 40 water container gardens.

I'll have to get some shots together.

Here's one 'clump' of the WCG's. It's 6 SS Iced Tea Dispensers filled w/ Colocasia 'Big Dipper'.

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Here's the head of our biggest one.

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3 more WCG's featuring Colocasia and Papyrus....

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Ric
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Aguane
Jul 11, 2011 10:57 PM CST
love your large pond, Ric! Beautiful!
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Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
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Carolyn22
Jul 12, 2011 6:36 AM CST
Ric

Your photos and your water gardens are gorgeous. I just love them. I really like It's 6 SS Iced Tea Dispensers filled w/ Colocasia 'Big Dipper'. - that is such a neat idea. I have to try something like that......
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
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wren
Jul 12, 2011 5:57 PM CST
Lovely,
Will have to get pictures after I get my new camera
I have 2 plastic ponds set up and a third that we need to
set up

I have "Feeder" goldfish in the 2ponds, the three older ones in the big pond have grown into beauties. 2 are gold but one is a bronze, at first I thought this was a mistake as he is hard to see in the black pond but he has developed copper markings and he is gorgeous, just wish I had a set up to show their form and color better.




Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
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Henryr10
Jul 12, 2011 6:59 PM CST
Light colored River Stones or white Sand/Gravel Sandy.

We have one 'Stacked Pond' w/ just Black Comets in a black pond..... so the gravel makes them really pop.
Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
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Carolyn22
Jul 12, 2011 7:53 PM CST
Sandy

how long before you have your camera? I'd love to see pictures.

Ric - your pictures were gorgeous!
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
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wren
Jul 13, 2011 6:16 PM CST
3 business days
The pools are black plastic, did put white sand in one but the fish knocked out the dirt out of the waterlily pots and now it to is black
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
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Henryr10
Jul 13, 2011 6:50 PM CST
LOL! BEEN THERE!
Keep stirring the sand the dirt will filter out eventually.
We put 1" pebbles about 2" deep on all our submerged pots.
Seems to have stopped the dirt.

Name: Paul Anguiano
Richland, WA (Zone 7a)
GW & DG: tropicalaria
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psa
Jul 13, 2011 7:59 PM CST

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The egrets and heron fly up from the river, and if they spot water they come down for a closer look. Hilighting the fish is like inviting them over for a snack.
Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
Charter ATP Member The WITWIT Badge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Daylilies
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Carolyn22
Jul 13, 2011 8:02 PM CST
We live between 2 rivers and the herons fly overhead going from one river to the other. We had one incident where the heron ate baby koi and there have been a couple of times when they have tried to land by our pond and we were out there. We did buy one of the sensor sprayers, which is worth it's weight in gold.
Name: Paul Anguiano
Richland, WA (Zone 7a)
GW & DG: tropicalaria
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psa
Jul 14, 2011 12:46 AM CST

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I have a feeling a spray sensor will be in my future the next time they trash one of my ponds. Any recommendations on one?
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
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wren
Jul 14, 2011 5:06 AM CST
Do not have electric outlet so no filter yet, looking into how to hook up a solar powered pump and a filter system
I do have a slow exchange of water, have a faucet that can not be turned all the way off, so hooked up a drip hose, mounted it up on a tray a couple feet above the largest pool, the water sprays into that one, falls into a second one, drips from there into a large potted plant and then into the pool. The water from this one goes through a tube into the second and from there into a third. Lots of plants take care of the rest
Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
Charter ATP Member The WITWIT Badge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Daylilies
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Carolyn22
Jul 14, 2011 7:45 AM CST
Paul

apparently is is Havahart - DH has it mounted on the cross peice of the privacy fence. http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.com/product/prod_display.c...

Often times, I will forget it is on and when I am crossing the opposite end of the pond to get to the backyard, it sprays me.

Sandy - I would love to see your set up.
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
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wren
Jul 14, 2011 8:02 AM CST
new camera is coming Monday, I need to set up the third pond so I may take pictures as we go, still need to re-due the birdbaths, want to make it a multi level and then I might me able to add the pump.
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Jul 15, 2011 12:30 PM CST
Had to repair my pond. got it setting for day or two, then pictures. Had a crack in it. So got it fixed yesterday before the rains came in. Got the fish in a small water trough.
Your ponds all look great.
Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
Charter ATP Member The WITWIT Badge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Daylilies
Bulbs Purslane Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Hummingbirder Clematis Cat Lover
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Carolyn22
Jul 15, 2011 1:39 PM CST
Charleen

what did you use to fix it?
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Miniature Gardening Mules Tip Photographer I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
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Ridesredmule
Jul 15, 2011 1:53 PM CST
Qwick crete and Ready mix(sand and cement, no gravel). had to hurry, Storm was coming in, Started Thundering when I started. but I got it mixed, spread on and covered before rain come in. I was so glad...
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Name: Jeri Nicholson
City of Central, La.
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jeri11
Jul 15, 2011 2:14 PM CST
Hello everyone!!! Here is my pond pictures.

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Close up of top pond
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Bottom pond


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Name: Jeri Nicholson
City of Central, La.
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jeri11
Jul 15, 2011 2:25 PM CST
Sorry Yall that did not go well!!!! The picture at the bottom should be in the middle and then it duplicated it when I tried to move it.
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