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lantern567

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  1. What a terrible thing to happen! That is just so sad. Such large, beautiful fish to lose.
  2. Oh, I would love to have a fish like that! I love fantails, and I love white fish!
  3. How exciting! It sounds like you have your hands full! Good luck finding homes for the rest of the fish. The goldies are sure to like the java moss - but not eat it! You have to just love Craigslist!
  4. It's 2 feet deep, about 1300 gallons. You can hear the waterfall from the bedroom window! I hope the frogs can hear it too, and move in. Plants are starting to float around the edges, but there is a lot more planting to do.
  5. Thank you all! I have to admit it's kind of scary having this large a pond. If the rock sides don't work out, or we find we can't take care of it somehow, or the electricity to run it gets too expensive, it will be hard to take apart! When I first saw it finished, I actually kind of freaked out. Right now I'm sewing for the pond - a floating island. I hope it floats with the plant in it!
  6. At last, we can say we have a pond!!! There is still a lot to do, but when we turned on the waterfall, it worked! Here's the latest: We labored over the design, which ended up as sort of a compromise of many different ideas. I hope it will work. It has no shelves, large rocks along the sides, and small (2-3") ones scattered on the bottom. No bottom drain, but one part of the pond is a wee bit lower than the others. Hopefully this will aid in cleaning. For the fish to hide under, I will add some little green plastic patio tables with plant baskets on top, as well as floating islands. I have a lot to do in the planting area before the fish see it, though. I only smashed my finger once. It is purple, and I cannot type "i" or "k" very well. It was a scary amount of work, especially since we didn't know what we were doing. Thank you all for your encouragement and suggestions. (They helped more than the chocolate.) More pictures as things start to grow!
  7. Such good news! It must be especially hard to hear these things from afar, and not be able to look for and take care of your fish when they get lost or injured. It sounds like all will be well, though.
  8. Does coal count? Not as good as oil, but maybe getting close? Near the ashes from the burned trash, by the pile of bottles, I did find the leavings from coal burning - ashes and little bits of coal, burned and un-burned. (No, I'm not making this up, I'm not that creative!) And under that - you really won't believe this - a pinkish kind of soft sand. Right at the bottom of the pond. Unbelievable! Back to work! Setting the liner...
  9. Some day, perhaps backyard archaeology will be a hobby that people pursue. People will compare notes on the kinds of beer preferred, and try to form a psychological profile of the former owners of the home. There will be an indoor form as well, which occurs when people remodel. There will be TV shows on the do-it-yourself networks covering the subject. Books will be written... Cometgirl, maybe your daughter could be onto something really big!
  10. Thanks all, for keeping me laughing! I do not relish scary movies, and fortunately, there was no "under" under the concrete. No little eyes peeping out, no cobwebs, no strange, oozing life forms. It appears to be a concrete slab that was poured long ago, and since buried over and shifted to an odd angle. After digging around and under it, my husband and I went at it with a sledge-hammer, and removed a fair bit of it from around the pond area. It does extend further, but... I'll save that exercise for another day. We had thought it was the septic tank that the neighbor said was in that area, but don't worry, I'm sure I'll find it yet. We've decided to dig a bit deeper, sift through the "soil" and get as much glass out as possible. Then, we're going to get a rug to line the bottom and sides - that in addition to the pond liner. The closest thing I'll find to oil around here is the dozen corn plants I put in the kitchen garden. As far as other commodities - I do find rusted iron pipes from time to time. No gold dubloons, gemstones or dinosaur bones... yet!
  11. ... drum roll, please ... The old, abandoned Septic Tank! I still do not know the extent of this concrete structure, or whether a sledge hammer or jack hammer would do anything to it. But it is in a very bad place. Husband will be wild! This is even more exciting than my find last week - a glass mine! Former owners many years ago (before the 6 feet of fill were put into the back yard) must have had a trash barrel for burning there, as after unearthing strange ashes for a long time, I found lots of broken glass, and (so far) two dozen intact glass bottles. Unfortunatley, they are not valuable antiques, only maybe 30-50 years old. But all this glass potentially popping up through the pond liner is very perplexing. Extra digging is in order. Can't wait to see what's next. I keep hoping for a gold mine or an oil well, but so far, no luck. :linedrink
  12. What a beautiful pond, and a wonderful thing to have a garden and pond for kids to learn in. You have to believe that the kids are gaining a unique appreciation of the beautiful and fantastic natural world around us. I'm sure those fish have eaten their share of mosquito larvae and other such delicacies, and are doing quite fine!
  13. Oh how wonderful, a pond for your fish! I am sure they will love being outside in a nice big home. And it sure looks like you take filtration seriously. I'll bet you spend more time out on the patio now, with the fishes.
  14. Here is my thought on planting, and please share any advice on this, no matter how trivial. You can safely assume I know nothing about water plants - even though I've been digging in the dirt since I was 2 years old, this is untried territory. I was thinking of getting the plastic mesh baskets, so that the water circulates through and provides whatever nutrients may be available there. I'll also probably try making some floating islands with mesh basket, or porous fabric (something that won't rot.) I also bought a planting product called "Aquatic Plant Soil" by a Schultz. I was thinking I would use that, maybe add a bit of koi clay, and a fertilizer tab. Plant the plant, and place rocks on top to prevent nosy fish from digging up the plant. What do you think? I am very open to all suggestions, and I'll probably try each one at least once! The big hardware stores around here sell some water plants, and the garden centers carry some as well. But there's this place, about 1 1/2 hours from here, that advertises that they are really, really big into water plants, ponds, etc... think I should make the trip? OK, don't twist my arm! On my way!
  15. What sweet little fishes! I do understand when you say they are so fast! They are hard to take pictures of!
  16. Awwww. A sweet new little baby fish. How wonderful!
  17. So plastic in some form it is... Thanks cometgirl and thoughtsofjoy. I am thinking of pieces of plastic milk jug, with holes drilled in it, and hornwort, anacharis, or other bottom-dwelling oxygenators pulled through the holes, and a stone on top - so they stay in place... Yes, the reading on all this is a blur. I really don't know anything at all about gardening with water plants, so it's a very large
  18. When I finally do get water plants for the pond, should I soak them in Potassium Permanganate, just as if I was going to put them into an aquarium? Most water plants at the local hardware store come in pots. Will I be taking them out of their "soil" anyway, and repotting? If so, I could give them a dunk then. If I order some through the mail from a water plant specialty store, would I still want to treat them? Would you recommend that I order them through the mail? Also, I could get some hornwort from the nearby lake - boaters there consider it a nuisance. Would PP get rid of the bad stuff on it well enough? I imagine I'd get lots of hitchhikers on a plant that's from a real lake. I actually came home from Lowes today with a plant called "fiber optic plant" which is now in a "bog" on the window sill. I can't resist.... I'm so bad!
  19. I am starting to think about the things that will go in the pond when it is actually done. The fish will need little hidey places, and I'm not going to have shelves in the pond, so some plants will need to be placed on stands. ...And here we are, back to what things can be put into the pond that will not negatively affect water quality. I found some little plastic side tables in a natural shade of green that I was thinking of putting in there, and placing pots of water plants on them. Would the plastic do anything bad to the water? I have also read about using terra-cotta chimney flues. Plants could go on those, and fish could hide underneath. The easiest thing would be to make wooden stands, but would wood (even hardwood like maple) be bad for the water? We could make interesting things out of wood with nice joinery, and no glue or nails. I am also going to try to make a floating island (someone on the site had the idea, and unfortunately now I can't remember who.) Pond progress is slowed because the next step is to finish electrical and plumbing out to the pond area, and that has to wait for weekends when my husband can work on it. And there's still more digging to do. So I'm using the time trying to get a jump-start on thinking about things that have to happen once the water is in. Any other things I should be worrying about? Thanks!
  20. I have read that the beneficial-bacteria stuff you add to aquariums doesn't really get the aquarium to cycle much faster, and using media from a healthy aquarium is more effective. I was wondering if the stuff they package for ponds would be any more effective than the aquarium stuff. Do you find otherwise? I have heard of Pondzyme, and I will certainly try it. I have also considered starting a fishless tank to start up a whole batch of BBs growing, so I can put a quantity of live bacteria in there when the pond is ready. I do worry about shocking them with temperature, though, so I wonder if it would work anyway. The pond will be about 2000 gallons, and I only have 5 goldfish, so I don't think they will place any kind of a load on the system for a while. But I'd like to try to get it as right as I can for them, as quickly as I can. Thanks for the advice.
  21. I can't help on the floaty problems, sorry. But I will pass along this little tidbit, in case it might be useful. When I feed my fish peas, I put them into a little glass dish in their tank, and that way, they don't get lost in the gravel. They also grab them out of my fingers... they really love their peas. I hope your fish is better soon!
  22. Good point on the vinegar, too. Thanks.
  23. I intend to have some rocks in the pond, but not a whole lot. You got me thinking that I should put some into a bucket for a week and see what they do to the water. Also, I have heard that one should avoid rocks with rust on them - a sign that there is iron in the rocks, and that would leach into the water. Good question about the fishless pond cycling. One problem could be that after it's cycled, you're supposed to change all the water. In a pond, that could be a lot of water. Also, adding a lot of ammonia outdoors where it is sunny, would the algae have a huge bloom? But I love fishless cycling, it really works like crazy. Anybody with other thoughts on this? I am not hugely worried about the temperature yet - I don't suppose we'll be ready for fish for at least a month. But then...
  24. I started digging the pond today, finally. There are still a lot of steps, but now I have more questions about what happens after the water goes in. The first question that comes to mind is about cycling. Does one cycle a pond? Or with 1 inch of fish per 150 gallons of water, does that mean that I don't have to worry about the cycle? I am also wondering, after adding water and plants, how long should I wait to add fish? Is it the temperature that I mostly have to worry about? I have about 5 extra bundles of media in the current aquarium, and I will squeeze the filter sponges into the pond filter as well, to try to "jump start" things. Should I try to grow some extra bacteria in a fishless cycle? (I'd have to buy another filter for that, and I keep resisting, but you could convince me... one can never have enough filters, I suppose.) Any other thoughts on getting the water set for the fish? Thanks!
  25. I assume you've tried Craig's list. I'm not sure exactly where you live in Atlantic Canada, but a quick check didn't turn anything up. But another thought - Craig's list has a "Wanted" section. People who need to clear out some room and have a large fish tank may contact you, even though they may not have taken the time to put up an ad, take a picture, etc. Just a thought, probably a long-shot, and it sounds like you need your new tank sooner rather than later. But I'll throw it out there anyway.
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