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8/3/08 3:03 AM
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8/3/08 5:58 PM
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8/3/08 8:13 PM
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That is pretty sweet
7/27/09 5:28 PM
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Any new pics?
7/27/09 5:55 PM
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Haha, yeah I took some just the other day. Give me another two weeks, Id like to get more growth from the surface plants and I will post a bunch. Pond is CRAZY in year three - really taking off. Thanks for the interest!
7/28/09 10:29 AM
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 does it require a lot of maintenance? what about sun/shade is there a required ratio?
7/28/09 10:32 AM
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Actually, I fuss with it quite a bit. I think the key is biting the bullet and putting a top notch filtration system in place right away. As a rule, shade benefits the water, so place as many pond plants on the water surface as you can (lillies, hyacinth) but I found that since I put a crazy filtration system on the pond, the water is crystal clear regardless.

As a rule, 60% surface coverage is what to shoot for.
8/1/09 6:03 PM
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haha, no. Ill get some pics up soon. Im waiting for my lillies to bloom (assuming theyre gonna bloom - its been a cool summer here).

Because of the new filtration, the water is so clean. My hyacinths are reproducing like crazy and I have near full surface coverage on the pond. Its insane.
8/1/09 6:09 PM
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Actually they flew the coop. They grew up and took off this year. Im gonna put more tadpoles in next spring. I like the midnight croaking.
8/3/09 3:58 PM
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 DUDE!!!

That is so awesome!
The wife and I talked about starting a similar project, bought some of the stuff, but abandoned the project.
Now, I'm thinking maybe I should take that up again.
8/3/09 5:10 PM
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arowanas!
8/28/09 8:47 PM
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 I put in a new filtration system this year - basically its huge and could easily filter a swimming pool if it had to.  The result is not only is the water super clear, but my pond plants went bananas this year.  My hyacinth is like a plague - I have to throw tonnes of it out every other day because it propogates so much. Last year I could barely keep the stuff alive and it got all brown and shitty looking.  The other cool thing is that my fish are older now and more fearless.  My red guy actually lets me pet him at times  :)   These guys also, because of the dense hyacinth and lillies on top, will actually slither on top of the plants looking for food when I throw it in.  They are practically right out of the water when they do this

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8/28/09 9:03 PM
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that's fuggin awesome! do you have problems w/ frogs coming in?
8/28/09 10:50 PM
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Actually I dont. Even though I am in a subdivision I have a field behind my house so I could see how critters might get to my house but they dont. The pond isnt inhabited by anything other than fish and birds. I did put 3 tadpoles in when I dug the pond and they grew up and hung out pondside for 2 years. They were noisy as hell in Springtime once they became adults. But they flew the coop this summer and I havent seen them in a while. Id like to add more next spring.
8/28/09 10:51 PM
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I think thats the only pic Ive ever snapped of the frogs that were in the pond
8/28/09 11:17 PM
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 funny thing about this particular fish is that he was a silver white when I got him.  This summer he turned completely gold.  He shimmers in the sunlight he is so gold.  You can see in the pics I posted earlier today - they show this fish and how he looks today, this pic below is of the same fish several weeks ago,,,,



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8/29/09 3:04 AM
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Very cool, thanks again for sharing!
8/29/09 5:23 AM
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those are some beautiful fish. ever thought about maybe a silver arowana? i always wondered how they'd do in a pond situation?

and get this, i head out to my pool tonight and lo-n-behold, there's a bullfrog that was swimming in it. for teh past 2 weeks i've heard croaking from my back yard, and knew there was one around, but of all days, he picked today to jump in. i threw him into the forest though as i don't want him in the swimming pool. :(
12/9/09 12:51 PM
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Just found this section of the OG. Awesome setup BEF! Looks really nice.
12/9/09 1:14 PM
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Thanks Clay. As luck would have it, I just got an offer on my house yesterday and it looks like Im out of here in Feb :(

New property is crazy huge and within a year or two I will have another one built and will document it as well. Im really gonna miss this pond, I put a lot into it. Thanks everyone for coming along with me on this ride!
12/9/09 1:38 PM
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I look forward to seeing the new build as it develops. Where in the country/world are you located?
12/9/09 2:18 PM
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12/9/09 11:52 PM
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Yeah I can see the point. I know Im in this house for the next 5 years at least. When I move, I can apply what I know now to build a new pond."

lol ^ famous last words. A little over a year later and I unexpectedly bought a new house and have to get out in a few weeks.
1/19/10 7:24 PM
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If you get more frogs and they're bullfrogs. I'd say watch them. Especially if you get a giant one. You never know what you may get.

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1/19/10 7:26 PM
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haha cool ^

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