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Is it a "BUILD" if there is no actual building involved?

Discussion in 'Indoor/Outdoor Ponds' started by Jennie Beth, May 6, 2009.

  1. Jennie Beth

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    After 8 weeks waiting for it to arrive, I finally have the beginning of my pond! I ordered an 8' round, 2' deep galvanized stock tank from the feed store the beginning of MARCH, and it finally came in this weekend. We just came back from dropping it at the spray-on bedliner dealer...I am supposed to have it back by Friday...and then I can get to the good stuff!!! Yea!!
    Can't say the rest of the family is all that excited, but I have been running around rubbing my hands together like a mad scientist all day.

    It's all experimental, but I am really excited about seeing how the bedliner works as a sealer/liner for the tank. I can't have the big pond I want just yet...(funny, we could afford the '67 Firebird, but not a big hole in the ground...maybe I could seal it up and grow fishies and lilies in THAT!) so this is my baby to keep me out of trouble for a little while at least. Ordered a few lilies, and they should be here within a week or so, too.

    This weekend I am going to see if I can figure out how to run the bubbler from the pump up through a pot to make a bubbling fountain for my tub. Got no idea what I'm doing, but at least I get to play in the water again!! :clap::clap::clap:

    Sorry to ramble on...the family is tired of listening to pond plans already, and I haven't even turned on the hose yet. Just wait...it'll only get worse!:evil_lol:
    Jen
     
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    Its great to hear someone enjoying the hobby,alot of times it about sick fish or aggression issues..have fun and feel free to tell all..
     
  3. Jennie Beth

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    Got the tank back from the liner folk, and now I have to wait 24 hours for it to cure fully before I can add water....wait...wait...wait...

    wait...
    wait...
    sigh...

    Jen
     

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    good luck!!!
     
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    wow, that is going to look awesome!!!
     
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    scootrnerd just another average loser

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    nice start!
     
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    Flaringshutter Befriend a feeder!

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    Looks great Jen! I would be sure to fill completely and let it sit for a few days, drain and repeat at least twice to clear out any chemicals that the bedliner may leach into the water.
     
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    According to the person who applied it, it is completely fish safe when cured...(?) He raises koi and tells me it will be exactly like a rubber liner. Maybe, or maybe not...I am going to fill and drain it a few times anyway, and it won't get any fishies until the middle of June, when the plants have had a chance to get big enough to provide some protection, and any nasties are done leaching into the water.

    Fountain plumbing 101 today!!!!

    Jen
     
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    oooohhhhh, this is gonna look so good! lots of update pics please!
     
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    looking good
     
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    Can't wait to see the progress of this one:)
     
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    That is a really neat garden too. This is going to look great when it's done!
     
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    Pix of my test fountain this afternoon...have to get off the computer as the kids are standing in line behind me asking nicely for a turn (as in whining and complaining!!!)

    Oh, and I probably should go to work to support my habit...
    Sigh...

    Jen
     
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    Looks great! Nice landscaping.
     
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    Hi all,
    Pix of the test run on the fountain. I raised the rocks in the pot almost to the brim before I did the test run. Only a foam filter on the pump for the test. I will have a better one in the final installation. I haven't sealed a thing yet, so it leaks all over the place, just testing to see if it made a good sound, and would provide enough aeration/water movement. Sounds great so far...I may turn down the bubbler just a bit, it is almost pushing the rocks out of the pot.

    Now I need to find a better stand. That poor milk crate is all bowed out already, and I want to add another layer of flat stones underneath.

    Here are my three plans...so far.
    1. Find a plant stand that will hold 100 lbs and is 18" high. I confess, I did
    sit on a few at the store this afternoon to see if they were sturdy enough. Most of them are sturdy enough, but too tall. Still looking..

    2. Cinder blocks. I hear they leach stuff into the water, though. Can I soak them in a tub for awhile, or treat them with something to cure the concrete so it won't leach anymore?

    3. Have the husband fabricate me something...probably the best idea, but he isn't likely to get it done as quickly as I want ( as in yesterday!!)

    Meanwhile, the pond is full and 'soaking' to get rid of any nastiness in the liner, and my order of plants shipped today and is supposed to be here in 3-5 days!!!

    I am playing with the idea of planting some creeping jenny in the fountain pot, to trail down the side. There's room there to put a small pot, and bury the surface with the rocks. It might work if I turn down the force of the bubbler...still thinking on it. Too many ideas, not enough time.

    Thanks all, for the comments. My kids say I'm half mole because I spend so much time digging holes in the yard :).

    Jen
     

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    that looks so good! now i want a yard and a pond.
     
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    Pond update

    Ahhh, tired, sore and a bit sunburned. Is there any better way to end a Saturday? Maybe relaxing next to the pond!!! Took all day and then some, but I finally got it up and running late Saturday. It is still a little cloudy from moving the plants around and dumping in all the bottom rock, but that will clear in the next day or two. And then I can see where I still need to add more rock. Got all the lilies potted up and placed, too. Can't wait for blooms!!!

    And now for that promise I made the kids..."as soon as I finish the pond I will drag out the blowup pool for you.." Though technically, it will NEVER be done ...chuckling evilly :evil_lol:

    Now to hurry up and wait until mid June-ish for fishies and a few tadpoles!! I hate waiting, but I hate hurting the fish more, and they need good water and a little more shelter first...waiting..waiting..waiting...
     

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    That looks so nice! I also like the green fountain pot as opposed to the black one you had a pic of before. I hope you don't get temped to go for a little swim!
     
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    Jaykit Means To An End

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    Very nice set-up, never even thought of getting the spray liner but it would make sense that it would work quite well. I really like your backyard too trying to get mine all cleaned-up this year too and put a nice pond in beside the new patio.
     
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    wow thats looks really good NICE SET UP
     

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