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Matt's pond
« on: June 23, 2018, 07:11:12 PM »
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Progress photos of building my pond and cascade/waterfall.

It's a 500 litre, massively overfiltered. The Oase filter is burried in the ground and has an easy maintenance feature so you can squeeze the sponges without opening the filter at all. I can divert the dirty water to the veg patch  :))

What isn't in the photos is all the wiring which took an afternoon too!

I need to finish the back section, finish hiding the plumbing, check for any leaks on the cascade, siphon the bottom of the pond to get rid of any soil etc that's fallen in as I've got along. Then it's ready for the fish!

Not sure what else I should tell you about...  I'm shattered!

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2018, 10:10:49 PM »
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Another beautiful aquatic project @Matt .

The planting and rock settings are really nice too.

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2018, 10:48:40 PM »
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Looking good already there Matt...!!!  What are your plans fish & plant wise etc...?

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2018, 11:27:56 PM »
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Afraid I'm not yet well versed on pond plants though I have hornwort as an oxygenator in there from my tropical tanks. I have a dwarf Lilly... and some other plants!    :-[

The yellow plant creeping over the rocks is sold as a pond plant so that sort of counts too though that was there pre pond. Actually I've just realised I could pot some of this up in the spare pot I have.
 I have some  Lysimachia nummularia in the shrimp tank which once it's grown enough I can pot some up for the pond too.  I also wouldnt mind putting some chives in as well... these are sold as a pont plant often as well... hhmmm there's a little plan forming here!

I am planning to stock comet goldfish (mini koi pond look) and gudgeons (bottom feeder).  :fishy1:

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2018, 11:50:16 PM »
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Well done Matt, thatís a good looking pond. What sort of turnover are you getting from your pump ? I am assuming the output from the filter is running back through the cascade ? I like the pressurised bio filters they can certainly handle a large bio load and their quite compact.  Mine has the sponge squeezing feature. They should do mini ones for aquariums. Fish choice sounds good as does the planting. Youíll be seeing dragonflies soon and probably frogs as the pond will be easily accessible for them.

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2018, 09:33:55 AM »
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Holy Pants Batman! There's no stopping you at the moment.
That pond looks like to took a massive amount of hard work, and looks chuffing awesome.  :afro

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2018, 11:34:18 AM »
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Beautiful little fish Gudgeons...  Great choices Matt...  :)

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« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2018, 12:12:33 PM »
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This is beyond exciting...  :cheers:  :fishy1:   8)

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« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2018, 12:16:16 PM »
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These guys are making me want a pond now...  that's definitely one up from MTS...   :D

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2018, 01:06:24 PM »
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Itís MPG (maximum ponds per garden) !!!!

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2018, 08:34:50 PM »
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 :rotfl:

I have fish in there and the background finished.  :))

Problem is I have a leaky waterfall... one for me to dress in the week/at the weekend once the silicone I've ordered has arrived. :vcross:

Work took over this afternoon... but ill post a photo later tonight / tomorrow.

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2018, 10:23:52 PM »
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Voila.  :fishy1:

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2018, 10:35:49 PM »
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That looks fantastic.  :cheers:

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« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2018, 10:39:15 PM »
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I can only echo Donna's statement...  Pond's looking superb already Matt, and will look even better still once the plants become a bit more established...  :)

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2018, 10:42:46 PM »
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Pond will look really good with planting around it . The cobble / rockwork is really effective. Be good to have a few more pics when the cascade is up and going.

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2018, 05:29:29 AM »
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Looks great matt  :cheers:  I been thinking about a pond too lately but nothing as elaborate as your's mind. I have been looking at the free standing rattan ones.

I wonder if i can be cheeky and ask what outside power supply are you using for your pump. I been looking at a blagdon powersafe unit.

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2018, 06:10:43 AM »
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A blagdon powersafe! Despite my home electrics being on RCDs I have installed an additional RCD on the feed to be extra safe. Then armoured cabling from an orange DIY store which for once worked out cheapest  ;)

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #17 on: June 25, 2018, 07:20:50 AM »
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Thanks matt  :) i was planning on doing the same because if it trips it won't then knockout all the downstairs ring main.

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #18 on: June 25, 2018, 09:54:22 AM »
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An additional RCD will only stop your house circuit from tripping out if it has a shorter / lower setting so that it trips first.

I don't know how easy it is to by plug in RCDs that have variable settings.

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2018, 10:40:42 PM »
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Just wondering what the temperature of your Pond is during this hot weather. Iím struggling to keep mine below 25 C.

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #20 on: July 10, 2018, 05:10:09 AM »
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@ Matt & Daveyng have you ever seen these before i think they are amazing & hopefully when i get my pond set up next year i think i may invest in one.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ri3yIEqif8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ri3yIEqif8</a>

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #21 on: July 10, 2018, 11:26:55 AM »
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I love those things, I enjoy being able to see the fish like that.

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #22 on: July 10, 2018, 09:10:26 PM »
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I will need my fish to get less shy before i consider one of those. They are slowly getting more condifence... but i think thats due to surface cover... I love the idea of them I'm just not convinced they would use it... (he says talking like its a new bike for a toddler)  ???
 
Pond temperature tonight (after having the evening sun) is between 21.5 and 22 degrees.

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #23 on: July 10, 2018, 10:51:55 PM »
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I havenít seen this particular item, but I have seen variations of it. They were mainly cuboid in shape and were placed on a frame in the pond. They looked rather cool as the Koi one does.

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« Reply #24 on: January 06, 2019, 09:14:25 PM »
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Unfortunately I have had news following the autumn leaf drop... the pond collected a huge amount of leaves this autumn and over time as these rotted in the pond the oxygen levels must have got lower and lower. I returned from a trip to see a cat staring into the pond... I chased it away immediately (as I always do when they are in my garden) and noticed a comet lying sideways at the surface barely moving. It had suffered with a fungal infection soon after purchase and I assume this was affecting it somehow, then I noticed another fish gasping near the surface. This is when I new something was wrong. Panic set in and I filled a plastic tub and rescued the fish into it... drained the pond, cleared out all the leaves (after realising the problem) and refilled all the while watching the fish recover quickly in the oxygen rich water from the tap (dechlotinator of course). Photo of some probably slightly dazed but much healthier fish in their temporary home below.

Both gudgeons unfortunately passed. As bottom dwellers they must have been the first to go.  :'( I had not seem them since they were introduced (and so they will not be replaced in summer) and so their passing went unnoticed as well unfortunately.

Needless to say the next weekend I went and bought a big pond net and have had a couple of sessions fishing out leaves since to keep on top of things.

What's good is the water clarity is also vastly improved and so I'm seeing more of the fish so I'm using this as an easy motivation to keep on top of things going forwards. I could of course use a net which I may still try next year, I just think they look so ugly though... so manual removal may be my preferred option.

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« Reply #25 on: January 07, 2019, 03:02:57 PM »
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Sorry about the sad news but well done for identifying and acting on the source of the problem as soon as you realised something was up and for working out a plan for the future. Thanks for allowing us to see your lovely goldfish - I have a very soft spot for goldfish as you know.  :D

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Re: Matt's pond
« Reply #26 on: March 09, 2019, 09:12:18 PM »
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Amorous froggies...

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« Reply #27 on: March 09, 2019, 09:51:15 PM »
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Indeed! Keep us posted of any developments.  :cheers:

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« Reply #28 on: March 09, 2019, 10:18:34 PM »
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Gosh, those frogs have been quite busy.  :o

Who doesn't love a pond full of tadpoles though, and I hope to see lots of pictures of them as they develop.  :cheers:

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« Reply #29 on: March 15, 2019, 10:57:02 PM »
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Hi Matt

Your pond is amazing :)
Our pond is full of frog spawn.... it's lovely when it's full of tadpoles  :)
our decking overlooks the pond and i love sitting out watching the fish and frogs with a cold one in the summer ;D

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