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Destany
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PostPosted: 2005.04.10(Sun)14:31    Post subject: My new pond! It's BIG! Reply with quote

My husband brought me home a HUGE pond liner lastnight, so I dug a bigger hole, dimensions ended up being (on the shortest sides) 84" x 78", 20" deep on the shallowest end. I did some calculating, the formula - width x height x depth /231 and came up with the approximate gallon capacity at 567g. I'm thinking WHOA! I was just going to do a little 90g, lol. Anyway, it's supposed to rain today, so I busted my butt to get it done, and here it is! It still needs filtration (it will have a waterfall thingy over the high rocks), and it will need to cycle before adding fish, but otherwise, it's finished.
Any stocking/planting suggestions?
Keep in mind any tropical fish will be housed in two 55g barrols with filters and heaters over the winters, so mostly cold water fishes here, but I'd like some tropicals too!


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PostPosted: 2005.04.10(Sun)15:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like you'll have a lot of work! But have a lot of fun! Smile
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esoteric
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Joined: 05 Feb 2005
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PostPosted: 2005.04.10(Sun)16:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice! I don't know that you can put tropicals in there? I suppose but keeping the levels just right would be really hard with rainwater and debris and whatnot. I do a lot of ponds in landscaping projects and the Butterfly Koi always catch my eye. I've seen these fish get to 24+ inches! They are magnificent with very wide fins and long flowing tails! They require nothing more than for you to treat the water for chlorine and let it cycle a week or so. At my company we always utilize waterfalls for filtration and aeration but there are many other methods for which to do so. Do you have any plans for filtration?
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Destany
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PostPosted: 2005.04.10(Sun)17:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't worked out exactly how I'm going to do the filtration, I did want to do a waterfall with a pump and filter it that way. I'm still looking for a reasonably priced pump. I wish you could find this stuff used!
Whatever it will look like, I want it to be natural. But my husbands seen the pond and now I think he's more forthcoming about the idea. So I'll have a bit more to play with.
The hard part is over, now comes the fun stuff. I'm going to look into butterfly koi, they sound great! And anything I can leave in the pond over winter is all the better.
What do you suggest I plant in it?
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NOAH
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PostPosted: 2005.04.10(Sun)23:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

Destany, looks like you have great base for some awsome lawn seenary my dear. I envy greatly Cool
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PostPosted: 2005.04.11(Mon)12:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bettas do pretty well outdoors like that, and get incredible colors.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.13(Wed)22:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Koi are suggested for ponds at least 1000 gallons in size as they get huge and enjoy lots of room to swim... however you can find comets that look a lot like butterfly koi... Anywhere from 15-50 goldfish could live in your pond depending on type and potential size... good luck!

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PostPosted: 2005.04.14(Thu)8:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

No matter how many fish you put in there, you will have more soon! They breed and sometimes a bird or frog will come along with eggs from another body of water attached to them. I've been to many ponds where the people have no idea where they got all these little black fish. They look like goldfish only black. As far as planting goes, there are various lillies and grasses that survive through almost anything. I'm in Colorado and find some lillies still growing in January! Of course we prune them back and what not but they are versatile. Theres many different exotic plants for ponds, just search around on google and you should find some interesting options!

P.S. Try to stay away from Cat Tails! They will take over if not controlled properly!
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Destany
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PostPosted: 2005.04.14(Thu)11:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! I just finished landscaping the outside of it (it was a lot of fun Noah!) and get to start on the pond itself. Not sure about plants still... But I like the goldfish idea a lot. I think I'll probably just stick with those. I was going to get a couple pink kissing gouramis (why I built it, lol) but I'm afraid they would eat the goldies. I have a couple 55g trashbarrels that I use solely for aquarium purposes I could keep them in in the winter (in a heated garrage with sponge filters and heaters), I'm still undecided if that's a good idea or not. I'm not sure if they would feel cramped as it's only about 2' X 2' of surface area...
What do you guys think?
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PostPosted: 2005.04.14(Thu)22:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

just build an indoor pond too and you could put your kissers in it and gold fish out side.
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