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  1. I have not considered a grow bed but I'm open to alternatives so I'll look into that. I've done up a (very) basic diagram...I could easily replace the bog with a grow bed if decided. I can always make up some space by transferring plants currently in that location to other parts of the yard too if I need to. I'm going to estimate 15 feet long instead of 20 because I'll need some space for all the equipment - so I should have 1600+ gallons in the pond. I'll definitely need the depth since there are herons in my area so I'll probably go the full 4 feet deep. I also might need to consider a cover. When I go over to the new property later I'll get a couple photos and accurate measurements. If it doesn't work I'm sure another location will work. This is just a beautiful spot because its next to the pool right near a little sitting area (which means it'll be behind a safety fence where my son and dogs can't mess with it when I'm not there, haha) http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b565/stacie1/pond_zpsaj0dgiya.jpg
  2. Thanks! I'm excited too but a little nervous since I'm not really sure what I'm doing. Yikes! Hopefully I can figure this out...worst case I'll have to set up a temp home for them while I build. Thank you!
  3. Hello! I used to frequent this board a while back but its been probably about a year since I've been here. I hadn't realized how long its been since I had changed anything on my pond or in my tanks! Anyways, we just bought a new house so need to move my outdoor fish. They're currently in an above ground but since we have some time to move into our new house before we have to move out of the old one I want to take the time to build an in-ground pond. I could definitely use some advice or opinions! I have an area in the yard that already has walls - the back side is a concrete/cinder block retaining wall and the front side is a garden retaining wall (approx 1 foot high) I would dig a few feet below that wall. Basically I'd like to dig out part of the garden and put the pond in there behind the garden wall. This is what I'd like to do - - epdm liner - skimmer on one side - waterfall filter box on opposite side of skimmer - hopefully a bog filter in it if possible - gravity bottom drain that goes into the skimmer (we're in a drought zone so dumping that water is a waste and isn't an option) But do I do a settling tank as well? Do I do an aerated bottom drain? I'd rather not because of the extra supplies I'd need to purchase and I'd like to stick to a budget, so if the water movement from the waterfall will be enough that'd be great (I can also add another small pump I already have with a venturi injector into the pond to help with circulation/oxygenation if necessary) How big should I make it? The width will be at a maximum about 3.5-4 feet because the space is limited but can be as wide as 20 feet. I can only go about 2.5 feet into the soil (plus the 1 foot of wall so 3.5 feet deep total) BUT I can always raise the retaining wall if needed. Any tips or advice from experience you would give someone building their first in-ground pond? I will be putting into the pond - 4 juvenile Koi (I may need to re-home a couple as they get larger but for now they stay with me), 8 adult pond goldfish, 2 fancy goldfish and a few babies (which I plan to re-home eventually but I'd like the space for them just in case I end up keeping them) Thanks in advance!
  4. Thanks everyone! I'll keep looking
  5. So my son's pre-school has gone through a couple glass tanks recently due to little ones being a little too rough around it resulting in cracks. They are wanting to buy an acrylic tank now to avoid this problem... I was looking around for one and not seeing much available that didn't have a solid color back wall...any suggestions on where we can find one that is clear on all sides so the kids can see through from whatever side they're standing at? If you know of somewhere with really good prices too, I'd appreciate the info! Thanks!
  6. Ooooo fun! And the name Hole Punch made me laugh - its great!
  7. This was a fear of mine, so I keep my pump in a box like this as well. I figure worst case scenario, I end up with 6" of water and a dead pump. Definitely a thought I could see not even crossing someone's mind, so a good thread. Thanks!
  8. Ahh, very interesting! I actually don't know who their parents are, since these babies came to my pond as eggs from another pond. All I can say is that I absolutely love them. I don't know why you don't see these around, they're adorable.
  9. I have a few of these super round-bodied little guys...all have a single tail. The rest of the babies are long comet-like bodies. I'm curious what these are? They almost look like fat little oranda bodies. Are they just called mixed-breed goldfish or do they have an actual name?
  10. Forgive me if I missed it...I read this thread 3 times over and didn't see...but has it been shared what the suspicion is yet? QandD...my fingers are crossed for ya hun...I can imagine you're very worried
  11. I've always liked papyrus, pachira, and umbrella plant. They give off more of a jungle/tropical rainforest feeling though so I suppose it depends on what you're going for. Calla lilies and iris do well in shallow water or moist water's edge so if you want some color other than green they might work as a good transition between "land and sea" I've also heard many types of ferns do well. I would think many of the native plants to the pacific northwest USA would do well since they are so often in moist, if not wet, soil. I've also added pothos to my tank and it thrives! I literally broke off some leaves from the plant and placed them in and the roots that sprouted out of them were insane. It seems really hardy. I always knew orchids as air plants...the roots typically grow above soil or rocks with just enough below to anchor themselves. So I think you're right about the water...but hey, some other species are known to be terrestrial and do well in water so ya never know but I suspect these ones would likely just rot in too much water.
  12. Isn't that sweet! Jack sure is happy
  13. I've been feeding the goldfish formula. I can't compare it to any other NLS formulas as its the only one I've tried, but compared to other brands, its leagues ahead. My fish just gobble it right up and their energy and coloring is beautiful!
  14. It all sounds very technical! I'm looking forward to hearing more and seeing some pictures. I'm also extremely jealous you have a new tank project going on.
  15. I had to euthanize my first fish last night...a little juvie that I had from fry-hood. His spine was crooked, and I kept him regardless since he had such a silly little friendly personality. He had figured out how to swim and did pretty well, though looked silly. He ate well and socialized plenty and was a beautiful pearl white with one black spot on his head, like the reverse of Black Beauty the horse. I didn't mind his disability and neither did he. Unfortunately, as he grew larger his spine got too crooked to swim straight anymore, and he was unhappy. I just wanted to thank you, Helen. Your video demonstration made everything that much easier. By being able to watch how things should go prior to, I didn't worry I was doing it wrong and hurting him. He wasn't sick, so it took a bit longer, but it was peaceful and calm. I would have been a nervous wreck otherwise, so again, thank you.
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