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Thread: Pond rebuild

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    So, after my handyman demolished my pond last year, I decided to rebuild it and make it even better. I am going to try my hands at lotus, so I added a 40 gallon stock tank.

    Prior to being torn down it looked like this-
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    Stock tank buried-
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    Combination of great stuff foam and krylon fusion for walls and a waterfall. Worked like a charm. Completely forgot about smaugs suggestion to add moss to it, but it worked out alright. Might add some eventually though to break it up a bit. The blue thing is an extra HOB filter I stuck in to help get some of the muck out. Most of it should settle in the next few days.
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    Next step, get some plants for it!

    Goldfish patiently waiting to go back out.
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    So what do ya think? Honest(but constructive if possible) criticism is welcome!
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    I think it looks good. I would recommend that you examine the possibility to "soften" the edges a little bit to take the focus away from the shape of the pools and put it more appropriately toward the fish. Just a suggestion.
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    That looks way cool.Just keep an eye on the transitions between pools for leaks.A small dribble due to a capillary type leak will cause you to lose water slowly and can really make you wonder where the leak is.For lotus get the smallest variety you can find,they get huge.I second GMs suggestion for edging,that can be done with creeping jenny plants,simply plant one bunch every foot or so,by the end of the year it will be growing into the water over the edge creating an unnoticeable pond edge,the fish also love the stuff and frogs just cant enough of hanging out in it.
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    Can't wait till it stops freezing here at night. Getting a list together of plants to put in. Creeping jenny has just been added to the list! thanks!

    Yellow Water Snowflake - Nymphoides crenata
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    Water Lettuce - Pistia stratiodes
    Nelumbo 'Momo Botan'
    Miniature Cattail - Typha minima
    Corkscrew Rush 'Afro' - Juncus inflexus 'Afro'
    Iris pseudacorus 'Roy Davidson'

    For around the pond I am planning-
    Rose Mallow
    Bee Balm
    Bloody Cranesbill
    cardinal flower

    And now creeping jenny.


    thanks! Keep the suggestions coming!

    I am running it right now without anything in it to triple check for leaks. have made a few patches and added some bumps already and I do think I've got them all, but going to run it for a week or so and make sure.
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    The pond looks great so far!
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    I like the rough edge look to that middle waterfall peice that you made. Makes it look almost like volcanic rock! I would do some of that to the two other peices, just around the parts you can see- that way it all looks the same!
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    I think it looks good but i would put build up dirt around the sides all the way around the ponds, then take some flagstone and cover the sides, let it hang over the sides just a little. that would look nice, then you could maybe plant a jap. maple next to it and do a few plants to soften the stone.

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    Well im not putting too much work into it , being a rental(I plan on taking most of these plants with me when I move) , but here are some updated pics. Its a bit pea soupy, a combination of lack of cover and a healthy dose of lawn fertilizer spilled into the pond by the awesome handyman (organic, not harmful to the fish or inverts, but algae loves it).The lilypad did not do so well, thinking about ordering some fairy moss and some already sprouted lilypads to help with that.









    the foam is starting to become exposed in spots, once winter comes around again I'll redo it, probably seal it with some drylok next year.
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    The lilypad that just couldnt. It has some tiny leaves on it, but they just will not grow. Giving it another week in the pool, then going to call it on the poor little guy.

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    Fed them this morning, and wouldn't you know it, some 1" "suprise" fry came up to eat too. Only saw about 20 of them, but there is probably quite a few more.


    Gonna need a bigger pond.
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