any pond keepers on here

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  1. CHRI$

    CHRI$ Funster

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    having recently built a pond,(1000 gallon)was just wondering if there any other pond or fish keepers on here:Smile:
    just stocked my pond with comets, and a couple of koi.
    fitted a bio filter and a uv clarifier about three weeks ago.
    water seem fine been checking about every three day's while the bio filter got going,so all good:thumb:
     
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    Hi Chris

    We have an 8000 litre koi pond.
    We have had mixed success with ours. Last year was bad for the fish. The changing temperatures past spring wreaked havoc with the filter and the fish's immune systems.
    This year has been good with only a bit of blanket weed to contend with.

    Overall though, it's a nice hobby and fun to watch the fish grow over the years. It's nice unwind after work by sitting by the pond with a glass of wine while giving them somedinner!
     
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    i always wanted a pond,but with kids,and dogs that loved water it was never possible but the 2 mutts(dogs not kids) i have now hate water so i decided to build one,as you say its a good hobby watching the fish feeding.
    i was never going to bother with koi as they do need a bit more looking after,but i was in the shop and the two i got was on end of season offer,so i thought why not :RollEyes:
    i went for a pressurised bio filter with its own built in pump at 4500 lt hour so it does a full cycle every hour,seems to work well.
    i find 90% of fish keeping is looking after the water,looking after the fish is the easy bit:Smile:
     
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    We have a small lake on site which we dug in 2002 which filled in 3 weeks due to the welsh rain ! In 2003 we put in common carp, in 3 different sizes, and 11 golden rudd. The otters had a lovely take away meal and ate most of the big ones but others have grown and bred every year. We now have so many golden rudd we couldn't count them from those original 11. The carp have bred and are now filling the lake. We have blue and yellow carp from those originals too. The kingfishers take so smaller fish but the heron stabs some with his large beak which leads to a dying fish. The otters have been back and had another meal but not so bad as last time.
    On a sunny day its a wonderful time waster to sit beside the water and watch the birds diving over the surface, the dragon flies buzzing about and throwing the fish pellets and bread which they hungrily gobble up in a splashing frenzy. At dusk the bats take to skimming the water surface either for a drink or eating the insects. Always something happening as badgers and foxes drink from the water too.
    I hope you enjoy your pond as much as we do
     
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    sounds fantastic:thumb:
     
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    We had 13 fish of mixed pedigree until one fine day along came a Heron with an appetite and that was that!:Angry: Are you going to net to protect your fish?
     
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    Well we like it and campers seem to enjoy it too. As you say not for kids. Love the water lilys too which have been beautiful this year and they still have some huge flowers on now
     
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    oh yes:thumb:
    my sister had a pond full of golden orfe,a cat took the lot,at BIL lost heart and filled the pond in:Sad:
     
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    Don,nt get that much activity around our goldfish bowl:cry:
     
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    I have small garden pond Nr Hythe Kent moved fish from previous house as they belonged to the children, Golden carp and a nice tench from canal. children all grown up left the nest fish all breeding very well however Heron has managed a few this year. Net out but he is still walking around. I understand Herons do return once they have a food source. Also been told they DO NOT like seeing there own reflection so would a mirror or silver foil or even dvd discs distract them ?
     
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    You know the Heron garden ornaments? well providing you get a proper life size one, and the passing heron can see it, he won't land.

    The only thing is, they are a bit like gnomes aren't they? ie do you really want to decorate your pond with a plastic/ fibregalss figure?

    Depend whether you want to keep your fish or not!

    And also, cats. Not yours you don't have one. But you will probably find they're attracted to your garden.

    Then there are frogs which suffocate fish and all sorts of other things .... and who will feed em, oxygenate them etc when you b.. off in your motorhome?

    Beautiful, don't get me wrong, but they can be hard work!
     
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    Your design of pond can help deter Herons.
    Ours is 8 feet square and 5 feet staight down!

    A heron can't reach that deep and the fish can stay deep down out of harm's way.:thumb:
     
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    lots of good points:thumb:
    the pond i have is a raised pond within a patio area and herons like to have somewere to land and be able to walk into the water without jumping up even though they can jump up, i an reliable informed the the plastic heron's dont work so wont be going down that road,there are no cats in my village at all,as for feeding them when away i have family that will feed them the same as they feed the dogs when we are away,frogs??? i will cross that bridge if they become a problem, as i said its a raised pond 3ft deep 2ft high and will be slightly heated in the colder weather:thumb:
     
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    Ours is also raised by 2 feet, it probably helps with heron prevention as you suggest.
     
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    Constructed our pond some 22 years ago, approx 1200 gallons. I have two deterents for our friendly heron: 5 feet straight down, baskets are wired and hung from the paved edge and a very inobstrusive fence made from metal garden poles and fine fishing line. Never had any issues with preditors for many years. I hate netted ponds as I feel it takes away the pleasure. Many of the fish were born in the pond. How do you know the pond is working? - clear water, fine green matt of algae growing on the liner, three year cleaning programme to remove excess detritus and absolute joy for all. We too have a four year old who is fully aware of the rules and never allowed access without attendant adult.
     
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    I have a 4mtr x 1mtr x 1.6mtr deep inspection pit in the garage which fills with water.....does that count ? :Laughing:
     
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    just been out and cleaned out my pond filter,the flow rate was starting to slow down so needed to wash the filter media out with clean pond water but i must say the water is crystal clear,so the filter and uv filter are doing thier job and checked water PH,nh2,nh3, all spot on, all chemical tests,fish look healthy, a little slow but thats the water temp dropping.:thumb:
    just trying to warm my hands back up, that is cold out there:cry:
     
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    Had a very large Koi pond at one of the places we lived in...

    Too much trouble especially when we went away.... sold all the fish and gear for about 2K, £`s...

    There were about 20 fish and the biggest was about 18", and the smallest about a foot long...

    Learnt after, I could have got a few hundred quid for each fish and as much for all the gear... :cry:

    We have inherited two ponds where we are going to live.... But I am going to have a large pond dug in the paddock....

    Cos I want to get some "Ducks".... :Doh::BigGrin:
     
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    I'm hooked !!

    Great piece of subliminal advertising !:thumb:..You are now on my list of places to visit next year !:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Do I get an invite to the shoot then Mo, Duck.............tasty..........very very tasty :thumb:
     
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