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    Some more reading I've read that mussels are so...

    Some more reading I've read that mussels are so effective at cleaning water that they clear and break the biological cycle of a pond. For like a mud pond with game fish in it they can be bad if you...
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    That's definitely a concern! I probably wouldn't...

    That's definitely a concern! I probably wouldn't chance it if I had the very extensive pipe systems like most of you guys have. I only have about 8 feet total of pipe in my pond though and it's all...
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    Well the clams would put out less waste than they...

    Well the clams would put out less waste than they take in, since some of it will be locked up in their bodies and used to grow and make their shells. And they will keep multiplying. They also filter...
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    The water in Aquariums is to clean. Unfortunately...

    The water in Aquariums is to clean. Unfortunately they can't live in that water since they are filterers themselves. They would have to be fed some algae tabs. But I'm guessing something else in the...
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    I ordered some clams off ebay, I guess I'll do...

    I ordered some clams off ebay, I guess I'll do the experiment and report back and keep everyone updated. I'll take pics of them when they get here and when I put them in.
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    Because I want to see my fish. I'm talking about...

    Because I want to see my fish. I'm talking about the pea soup algae. The Algae on the sides should still be there. And the clams filter all the water, not just the algae out of it. Any particles to...
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    Anyone use live clams to filter their pond?

    I was reading about how great clams filter water. They actually eat the green algae right from the water. And filter any other particles. Anyone ever try this? I guess most people here don't have any...
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    Mine are barely hanging on. A few managed to...

    Mine are barely hanging on. A few managed to bloom though. But for some reason my pond could never grow any plants in just water or in gravel. Something about my water that nothing likes to grow...
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    Mine are doing great. Only a couple are taking it...

    Mine are doing great. Only a couple are taking it rough from the full hot sun. The rest handle it fine. I suspect if those two survive a little longer they will grow enough roots to be ok. Think...
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    Mine are growing like crazy. Didn't know they...

    Mine are growing like crazy. Didn't know they would take off so fast and well. I should probably have them planted by now. I got 3 planted in buckets. Just been super busy working to hard and late to...
  11. That's strange I swear I've seen that exact pond...

    That's strange I swear I've seen that exact pond on here or some place before. I think the former owner has posted photos of it before, some place. I wish I could remember when and where.

    Anyway...
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    Those look great. Wow those grow fast. My lotus...

    Those look great. Wow those grow fast. My lotus seeds matherfish just sent me are already sprouting. Can't wait for some nice big lotus plants!
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    I hate raccoon's. Vicious little devils. The dumb...

    I hate raccoon's. Vicious little devils. The dumb old lady up the street feeds them and the skunks. There are 20 times more raccoons in the cities than in nature because irresponsible people who...
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    Probably dreaming of fish and thinking "When does...

    Probably dreaming of fish and thinking "When does this guy get some fish?? I WANT SOME FISH!" :D
  15. Thread: water changes

    by T9D
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    Heavy metals and things would build up eventually...

    Heavy metals and things would build up eventually too if you only added water when it got low.

    With that said I've heard of some people rarely ever changing water but having lots of plants (with...
  16. You've been eating that popcorn for 3 years,...

    You've been eating that popcorn for 3 years, going to need to go on a diet when this is done. In the meantime, better order some more popcorn lol.

    Dang I was excited to see some fish, then got to...
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    Beautiful pond. I'm curious too how it's going...

    Beautiful pond. I'm curious too how it's going and if he ever did the pond remodel.

    Rocks can be fine if you want to hassle with it. I tried it in mine and it was a total mess. Plus after I took...
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    I'd love some too! Thanks :)

    I'd love some too! Thanks :)
  19. Thread: Anoxic Filtration.

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    Can you please stop quoting the photos. We can...

    Can you please stop quoting the photos. We can figure out just fine what you are talking about. You're even posting directly under the quoted post, Seriously it's an insane amount of photos. Thanks :)
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    By that graph apparently we are in a severe...

    By that graph apparently we are in a severe drought here in The Columbia Gorge Oregon. Normally we only get about 13" of rain each year. And over 300 days of sunshine. It was pretty dry this winter,...
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    I'm assuming you must have tried putting a hose...

    I'm assuming you must have tried putting a hose down the hole that was attached to the tailpipe of your car while it was running for an hour? That's supposed to kill them all guaranteed. Strange if...
  22. That's a nice feeling that first day when the...

    That's a nice feeling that first day when the water is flowing :like:
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    What an adorable girl, and nice pond :)

    What an adorable girl, and nice pond :)
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    I think part of it is the sudden rise in temps. I...

    I think part of it is the sudden rise in temps. I had a huge goldfish die when water temps raised really fast in my pond on a sudden really really hot day. Plenty of oxygen, the rest seemed fine. Was...
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    This is what everyone should do all the time. I...

    This is what everyone should do all the time. I do it for my bamboo. Grows like crazy. Also urine is awesome fertilizer. Can save tons of water and tons of chemicals by not flushing it. Mix it with...
  26. Lovely pond and great story! I'm cringing at what...

    Lovely pond and great story! I'm cringing at what must have been agonizing years. But glad you got it all worked out. :like:
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    It does seem to look a lot like some of those...

    It does seem to look a lot like some of those pennywort plants. Close to this one below. I guess I'll treat it like the average pennywort unless someone knows specifically which species it is....
  28. Thread: ISO Bog Plants

    by T9D
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    I need some bog plants also. I'm in Oregon....

    I need some bog plants also. I'm in Oregon. Something very hardy. Something that the rim of the pot can be 1-10 inches underwater.

    Also could use one hardy water lily for the deeper area and the...
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    What kind of plant is this?

    Hi. I got these two pots of plants from my mom but I don't know what it is. It has leaves like water lily. I have it a bit deep now but I think most the leaves are supposed to be outside the water,...
  30. Thread: Anoxic Filtration.

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    I feel like you are just trolling and ruining the...

    I feel like you are just trolling and ruining the progress of this thread at this point. Actually long long ago. You've stated your beliefs but have not offered any new evidence. It's like you just...
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    I'm starting a Koiphen militia to go after that...

    I'm starting a Koiphen militia to go after that scum, he won't be doing business much longer. Who's with me :club:
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    I could see that being useful where it's visible....

    I could see that being useful where it's visible. Being green and really flexible is a bonus.

    I'm always looking for alternatives too. I found these ceramic charcoal briquettes. Way cheaper than...
  33. Thread: water hyacinth

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    I've been having the same problem. After doing a...

    I've been having the same problem. After doing a lot of research from people who grow hyacinth I found that most said it's a lack of potassium. They said use something called potash.

    However I...
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    I have a dewalt. I really like it. ...

    I have a dewalt. I really like it.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00307B4P0/ref=oh_details_o06_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    I remember catching those in the net in the creek...

    I remember catching those in the net in the creek in California when I was a kid. Yeah they are nasty.
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    I found this on amazon:...

    I found this on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0045VJVDM/ref=oh_details_o08_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I lined a 4' stock tank bio filter with it. Just wrapped it all the way around the...
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    Doesn't seem to be enough of a root system yet....

    Doesn't seem to be enough of a root system yet. When you think about if you've ever filtered with hyacinth, you need a ton of those to filter the water. And they have huge long productive roots. The...
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    I want it for my pond. Send it to me :)

    I want it for my pond. Send it to me :)
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    Woe those last ones are amazing

    Woe those last ones are amazing
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    Don't do the offset. It's way to busy and is...

    Don't do the offset. It's way to busy and is freaking out my eyes just looking at it. Draws way to much attention. Keep it clean and neat.
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    I have an alligator lizard around my pond of that...

    I have an alligator lizard around my pond of that counts. Just saw him running across the new wood chips moments ago in fact. They had babies last year too.
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    Seems if you use UV to clear the water then you'd...

    Seems if you use UV to clear the water then you'd have even worse water conditions right? You've taken out the beneficial algae but now you are left with the waste that it was feeding on.
  43. Thread: Container bog help

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    Ok thanks. I did some more reading and apparently...

    Ok thanks. I did some more reading and apparently they are so well adapted to wetland conditions that they begin life and new growth in totally anaerobic conditions and later switch to oxygen when...
  44. Thread: Container bog help

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    Container bog help (cattails)

    I wanted to make a container bog in a big stock tank not far from my pond. It won't be attached in anyway to the pond. I just want to have a bunch of cat tails. To kind of extend the pond area feel....
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    There is one single frog in the neighborhood that...

    There is one single frog in the neighborhood that croaks. I can't figure out how he survives. I don't see any water around except my pond. All through summer with like 90 degree weather and dry as a...
  46. Thread: Bog Filter

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    I like the idea of natural filtration with plants...

    I like the idea of natural filtration with plants the best. But I learned to remove all the plants from the actual pond. To messy and takes up to much space. So what I did was get a stock tank, set...
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    No frogs come to my pond. I wish they did. Frogs...

    No frogs come to my pond. I wish they did. Frogs are awesome. It really doesn't have any cover for them or access in and out though. Need to make it more frog friendly. Of course I kind of want to...
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    The turtles will eat the fish food and should...

    The turtles will eat the fish food and should leave the fish alone. However with koi and large fish if they eat up all the food real fast there will be none left for the turtle and he will go after...
  49. That's why I opted for a stock tank. Easy to put...

    That's why I opted for a stock tank. Easy to put in but also because the sides go straight down. It's only 2 feet deep also. The raccoons would come and try as they may it was just to deep and steep...
  50. They need lots of full sun. And they also can't...

    They need lots of full sun. And they also can't be anywhere where fish will eat them. Even the tiniest of goldfish will eventually eat all the roots out. They grow crazy fast on top of running water.
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