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Name: Bumplbea
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bumplbea
May 14, 2018 7:44 PM CST
Love your pic so beautiful and peaceful. The water is so clear. How many gallons is the pond and ny dish?

I have a small,pons 500 gallons and cheap goldfish.p and a small waterfall. We love it is so peaceful .

I have a fringe tree and it was a seeding it's now ten years old and barely 4&1/2 tall. I'm in One 6a and hoping it will get bigger. No hurry they are so beautiful as seen in your magical pic.

I'm located in Oregon have lots of lovely trees I see your located in N.C. Such a sharp contrast in zones I'm in zone 6a.


I’m so busy... “I don’t know if I found a rope or lost a horse.”
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
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MISSINGROSIE
May 15, 2018 1:30 PM CST
@bumplbea
Hi Bea
The fringe tree is my favorite..I have two in buckets bought in full bloom just two weeks ago. $20 each..a bargain here. The one you see.. 12 feet perhaps..bought it at 2.5 - 3 feet about 10 yars ago..moved it three times!

We call it grandfathers mustache
It scents the entire front yard for two weeks

No fish
1800-2000 gallons but right now it is way down..hoping for rain. I replenish it by attaching a flexible drain from a nearby roof gutter

I use pool algecide in it.. clear and no algae..if I did not do that, LOTS of sting algae. In fall, I lay down 'screens' over the length of the streams and the pond in the fall to keep out leaves.

It has 4 waterfalls... we did not want the "Pool or pond" aspect ..those waterfalls were supposed to 'end' (DISAPPEAR) in a pool of river rock ..but we needed to add much larger reservoir of water to run the waterfalls.. the water evaporates quickly and the pump shuts down.l so out came the riverock and we enlarged and deepened the "pool" . Here are some photos. Some plantings changed over time but tried to show you the screens we made and how we fill it and the fountainhead etc.
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People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
May 15, 2018 2:21 PM CST
I have a question for you, Rosie. We have a fountain in AZ that holds about 600 gallons of water. It gets green with algae. We were told it would ruin the pond pump to use any pool chemicals in it. Have you had any problems?

Our daughter has fish in it now, so she wouldn't want to use them. She just takes the fish out for a day or so when it needs cleaning.
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Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
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MISSINGROSIE
May 15, 2018 2:44 PM CST
I have not heard that. This has been its circumstances..
I use the pool chemicals plus peroxide plus bleach at different times..the pool algaecide almost exclusively the last few years. The pump lasted 8 + years maybe 9 ...runs 24/7 ...( even with the pond totally covered with snow ) the nursery staff that replaced the pump told us to expect the pump to last 4-6 years and so I think we got good life out of it ...(MAYBE WE COULD HAVE HAD LONGER WHO KNOWS 😂😂) I actually worried about the bleach because it is corrosive..I didnt hear about the pool algaecide but I did not ask about it either..the peroxide and bleach worked marginally. Had we PLANNED this body of water we would have includer a filter or something. Was supposed to be pondless!
Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
May 15, 2018 2:51 PM CST
I'm guessing it's totally fine to use. That's about the average life of our fountain pumps.
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Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
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MISSINGROSIE
May 15, 2018 2:57 PM CST
Opps hubby says 1200. we had it filled with water one time ..he PAID!! so he oughta know!
Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
Name: Bumplbea
Oregon (Zone 8b)
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bumplbea
May 16, 2018 3:41 PM CST
Very impressive pics of a lovely natural looking pond, rocks and bridge the falls all adds to the peaceful scene .your pond is one of the nicest I seen in a long time.
The screens are a great idea. I do the same to keep litter out. It can cause Ammonia build up in the water and kill the fish.
I recognize a lot of the plantings. Mini maples to peonies, and much more I have similar zone 6 and I almost thought you were in Oregon . And your in NC.
Thank You! for sharing the lovely pics. I would bet that from the chair in one pic by the pond that it's a great spot to sit and relax!
I’m so busy... “I don’t know if I found a rope or lost a horse.”
Name: Bumplbea
Oregon (Zone 8b)
Flower show judge
Ponds Hellebores Composter Herbs Keeper of Koi Keeps Horses
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Aquaponics Greenhouse Clematis Lilies Cut Flowers
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bumplbea
May 16, 2018 4:00 PM CST
Plantmanager,

I use a finely ground clay powder available online at pond stores and barley hay blocks to control algae in the pond . I have a bio filter and it's been in use for over 20 years. Just need to rinse and repeat when needed. My pond has fish and some of them love to eat the green goo , and the pump is about 12 years old.

Some times if it's pea soup then it's time to empty out 30-50% of the water and refill, easier said than done.There are also drops to add to pond water with fish to manage the PH and helps prevent algae.

In the water features that have no fish I use bleach or pool chemicals - chlorine. The pumps several years old don't seem to mind the chemicals.
Everything is plastic anymore. If the pump has metal parts some of the impellers can be brass and the chemicals used long term can cause some metals to break down over time.

I’m so busy... “I don’t know if I found a rope or lost a horse.”
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Plays in the sandbox Greenhouse
Sempervivums Bromeliad Adeniums Morning Glories Avid Green Pages Reviewer Brugmansias
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plantmanager
May 16, 2018 4:20 PM CST
Thanks, I have used barley in ponds we've had in the past. It did work well.
I think the current fountain pump does have metal parts, so that was probably why they said that, but I'm guessing that the chemicals really won't hurt much, if at all.

Hey, nice new badges, @bumplbea! You've been hard at work!
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Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
If it sparkles - I'm there!
Garden Art Region: North Carolina Bookworm Plays in the sandbox Deer Dragonflies
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MISSINGROSIE
May 19, 2018 1:09 PM CST
I used the barley once.. I think it worked OK..back then there was a river birch providing quite a bit of shade and so algae was not much of a problem ...a snow storm took care of that 😩
I wish we had a filter..I am thinking of investing in a vacuum
Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved

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