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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-25-2010, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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140 gallon pond!

For the last 3 days I have been installing and landscaping around my new 140, 2 tier pond that my parents bought. Now I did this totally by myself, no help other that carrying the bag of soil to the back, and let me say I think I did a **** of a great job


The top tier is 36 gallons, the bottom 'pond' part is 104 gallons. The pump has a filter thing and it pumps water up into the two tier.


Right now there is some minnows and 4 'feeder' fish which I have named Paul and Lennon, the other two are nameless. There is also a handful of minnow. I know it was a little early to put fish in but I saw a great looking 'feeder' (Paul) at the store and I could pass him up and I didn't want he to be lonely so 4 came home. They are very happy. Paul and one of the unnamed ones love to come to the surface at high speeds and jump out. I think their catching the bugs on the surface.


Anyways here are the pictures....



Before (some plants removed)



The plants



Pond



Finished. Decor still needs to be finished



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That looks really nice! I wish I had room for one!


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Wow, that looks awesome! And nice work... I dont even want to know what is would have looked like if I did that!



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My arms were in agony after the first day when I did all the digging, its all hard clay not to far down.


Now that I have time to type....


There is about 40, 30L bags of soil spread out. About 7 are unopened and were used to build up the area around the second tier, which was then covered with weed fabric (garden staples were used to secure it to the bag of soil) I used random large rocks that I dug up from the are to build up some of the side and to cover and stop the erosion of the soil. The other side is just soil which will be planted.


I think I might look for another tier to put on the other side since the fountain in the middle angers me...





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Very cool! Yeah a full grown koi would probably need a lot more room than that, but goldfish I heard can get pretty big in a pond. Lucky you!
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Very cool! Yeah a full grown koi would probably need a lot more room than that, but goldfish I heard can get pretty big in a pond. Lucky you!

We were originally going to get 340 gallons but my parents decided that was too big. I really wish I could have koi but the gold fish will do for now.





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Cool! I bet you were really tired after all that digging .

I'll be setting up my tub pond soon, the weather is finally getting nice .




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Cool! I bet you were really tired after all that digging .

I'll be setting up my tub pond soon, the weather is finally getting nice .


Not really.... I was more in pain





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Just a little update on the pond and fish:


The pond has cleared up and all the dirt that was in the pond (a got a good amount of soil [organic] in the pond while landscaping around it) has settled.


As for the fish they are all fine, but two minnows who accidentally got crushed under the pavers used to hold the pump in place. Should have swam faster. The goldfish are always hiding under the same pavers which crushed the minnows. I have only seen three of the four actually come out of hiding, but I know the other (white with an orange head spot) is still alive since I can see it in the 'cave'. Paul and the little gray one were swimming around together when I fed them, lazy things stayed under the waterfall and waiting for the food to come to them.





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You should take some close ups on the fishies when they're not as shy!
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Lost another little minnow today... fungus....





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Another update:

Paul my nicest goldfish committed suicide via getting himself crushed or something under the pump.... all the other fish are good though.





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Wow, I wonder why theyre all dying!! Id LOVE to move out of here and into that awesome pond! AND I cannot believe you did it all by yourself!! You must have mega muscles! Sheesh!! Good work!
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Wow, I wonder why theyre all dying!! Id LOVE to move out of here and into that awesome pond! AND I cannot believe you did it all by yourself!! You must have mega muscles! Sheesh!! Good work!


I don't think any thing is actually wrong with the pump, I just think the fish aren't very smart and are getting themselves in situations





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So its been raining for a few days and the pond is green and there is lots of leaves and stuff in it... not happy.

I just spent an hour trying to get everything out but not much difference, I am going to see what I can get at the store to try and clear it back up.


On another note the whole time I was cleaning a little robin was getting closer and closer to me, curious little guy.





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