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Re: Anybody know about garden ponds?
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Posted by Dean (more from Dean) on Sun, 21 Apr 2013 10:08:33 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Anybody know about garden ponds?, RodM, Sat, 20 Apr 2013 12:26:05
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We have a 2000 gallon setup with a small upper pool and a 2 foot cascade. Had to be a liner. Not what you asked for:
- If in full sunlight, algae can be a problem. Lillie pads and other plants can reduce the light exposure problem after they develop in the spring, but before that, algae can be an issue.
- Trees that provide shade can be helpful for the above, but until the leaves come out, there is no effect. Blossoms, seeds and leaves from trees create a lot of pond maintenance work.
- Consider working a bubbler into the pond from the start.
- You may want to have a dedicated GFI circuit for the pumps etc. Better to use a GFI breaker instead of a socket, they last longer.
- If you use X10 system for home automation, use X10 controlled relay sockets. These need a deeper electrical box. So if you are installing new electrical boxes, make sure that they are deeper and have large covers. If you plan the locations, the box can be in the rocks and hidden by a few more stones. You can get a X10 RF remote; handy to control pumps during skimmer box/filter maintenance.
- We run pumps during the day only to reduce electrical costs and the bubbler runs 24x7.
- You need deeper and shallower areas for different plants. Fish need deeper water and a bubbler to get through winters.
- Delivered large rocks can really define the project. These can be the most costly part of the project.
- You need lot of plants around the pond, so plan for that.
- Must avoid ground water run off getting into the pond. Grass clippings, lawn chemicals must be avoided.
- If you have fish, you will not have mosquitoes.
- Do not use salt, the fish do not need that and salt wrecks plants, some plants are very sensitive to salt.
- Plants compete with nitrates, reducing algae growth.
- Under water lighting sounds sexy, but might be covered in algae in short order.
- Lay out hoses/pipes to eliminate as many 90 degree bends as possible. Lay a pump on its side if needed to do this. Don't skimp on the pump if you are expecting to see flowing water.
- You will need a utility pump for partial water changes and for initial fill and wash-down.


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