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    I have also wondered how long an EPDM rubber...

    I have also wondered how long an EPDM rubber liner should last in the real world. Often while on pond tours I ask and have found many that are over 25 years old and still in good shape. The only...
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    If it sounds to good to be true - it is.

    If it sounds to good to be true - it is.
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    Probably a commercially available seal that you...

    Probably a commercially available seal that you can look up yourself or have any good motor/pump rebuild shop replace for you. Many pool companies will rebuild pumps at a reasonable cost. Carefully...
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    I had the same thing happen to an AP20. Very...

    I had the same thing happen to an AP20. Very little air and after replacing the bellows very little air. I didn't clean the air stones (never) and excessive back pressure caused the bottom to...
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    Building a small transfer box is easy for low...

    Building a small transfer box is easy for low power devices. Just buy an appropriately sized 120 volt relay that has a set of normally closed contacts (NC). When your home power is on the relay is...
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    I have never seen a fish kill from cleaning out...

    I have never seen a fish kill from cleaning out pond banks. Keep aeration going during the process. Slope the banks a maximum of 45 degrees. Any thing steeper than this and it may not hold up and...
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    Your pond is very scenic and in a natural...

    Your pond is very scenic and in a natural setting. In looking at your pictures the slope of the land around the pond is all grass and has a very good elevation drop. Good for collecting rain water...
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    Crisscrossing the monofilament line only works...

    Crisscrossing the monofilament line only works for diving birds. Heron will only land in very shallow water (they must see the bottom) or most of the time on dry land and will walk a few steps to...
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    I tried to contact him and the company about drum...

    I tried to contact him and the company about drum filters a few months ago. Left emails and several voice messages with no response.
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    On some other threads people have recommended the...

    On some other threads people have recommended the ES2500 over the ES1500 pump because of the impeller clearance issues and jamming. I have accidently moved air stones too close to intakes before and...
  11. Often the 15 foot property line zone excludes any...

    Often the 15 foot property line zone excludes any type of construction. This might include a bog or filter pit. If the bog looks like landscaping it might be allowed.
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    Looks like you are talking about a copper pipe...

    Looks like you are talking about a copper pipe and others are talking about copper sulfate. Copper sulfate is water soluble and copper pipe is not unless there is some corrosion going on. Short...
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    Beautiful ponds, decking and landscaping. You...

    Beautiful ponds, decking and landscaping. You did a nice job blending everything together.

    You have currents flowing in opposite directions on the surface. The skimmer on the falls end appears...
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    Time to get some RoundUp.

    Time to get some RoundUp.
  15. Thread: Frog removal

    by mat4644
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    Get yourself a couple of pet herons. They love...

    Get yourself a couple of pet herons. They love to snack on frogs.
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    Our local HD still sells the old style mechanical...

    Our local HD still sells the old style mechanical timer mfg by Melnor for $15. I have had the batterys get low on the electric ones and not shut off. They ran for over 24hrs before I noticed...
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    Being the fibers from an organic fruit they might...

    Being the fibers from an organic fruit they might not last long in an oxygen enriched wet environment. Many people have used the nylon mesh scrubbers pictured on the right. I have seen several tied...
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    These are retention ponds mainly constructed to...

    These are retention ponds mainly constructed to regulate water coming off of housing developments. While it is true that a fish kill might happen when the right conditions of runoff and applications...
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    Those old style mechanical water timers work...

    Those old style mechanical water timers work great. Can't say the same about the new battery timers. I had two of them go bad on my plant systems that were less than 2 months old last summer.
  20. We have a local farm chemical applicator that...

    We have a local farm chemical applicator that will sell you a small 1/2 gallon jug of Poast for a very reasonable price. Maybe you have one near you that will do this? I am only using 2 to 4 ounces...
  21. There are a lot of controlled substances for...

    There are a lot of controlled substances for animals that are controlled only because certain people are protecting their money making interests through laws. Not being able to buy heartworm pills...
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    That is a good idea. I have been seeing some...

    That is a good idea. I have been seeing some very attractive rain barrels this spring at very good prices.
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    Ponds like this need a lot of aeration to stay...

    Ponds like this need a lot of aeration to stay healthy. One fountain in the end of a 150 foot pond is probably not enough. Ponds like these are usually gov required in housing developments to...
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    One thing to note is that nothing comes for free....

    One thing to note is that nothing comes for free. You get air but at the expense backpressure and less water flow. If you have plenty of water flow this is not a problem. An dual outlet aquarium...
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    Sanding with coarse sandpaper helps greatly. ...

    Sanding with coarse sandpaper helps greatly. Also make sure the surface is super clean before painting. The paint products made for plastic such as the Fusion line work better than other paints. A...
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    Darn, I opened this thread thinking it was Joan...

    Darn, I opened this thread thinking it was Joan Rivers pond build.

    Looks like you are off to a good start.

    Good Luck with your build!
  27. Thread: Fish or frog?

    by mat4644
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    If the fish eat the eggs or tadpoles they are...

    If the fish eat the eggs or tadpoles they are frog. If they try them and spit them out they are toad. Toads secrete nasty substances that protect them from predators.
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    Maybe it works maybe it doesn't. I don't think...

    Maybe it works maybe it doesn't. I don't think anyone knows for sure. Some of the claims make sense. Use it if it makes you feel good. What is known is that if you are not paying DIRT CHEAP...
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    Just like the other European sieves and filters...

    Just like the other European sieves and filters being sold in the US by the time it goes through extra shipping and extra middle marketing it will be about double the price in the US. Nothing...
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    This subject comes up regularly on all of the...

    This subject comes up regularly on all of the pond forums. Some people claim that it works but there is no credible tests published by independent labs to verify any claims. Selling dirt to put...
  31. Thread: S&G Filter

    by mat4644
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    Could it be just crap that has settled in the...

    Could it be just crap that has settled in the tank drain line and top of the valve? Stuff that is out of reach of the air cleaning cycle?
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    If you think another type of media will work try...

    If you think another type of media will work try it. Years ago someone went out and through trial and error designed this filter. Since then various people have posted alternate ways to build with...
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    Lava rock sand filters

    I have made upflow lava rock filters using this SG design and they work well. I used the larger lava nuggets on the bottom and then the smaller lava pebbles and then 1/4 inch lava bits. I took...
  34. Correction: 429 dollars for the Pondmaster 60...

    Correction: 429 dollars for the Pondmaster 60 electricty
  35. A Medo 80 will cost you $523 more to own and operate than a Pondmaster 60 over 7 year

    Sample 7 years costs to own for 2 quality diaphram and piston air pumps:

    A Medo 80 will cost you $523 more to own and operate than a Pondmaster 60 over 7 years.
    Breakdown posted below.

    Medo 80...
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    Most DIY pond projects are long processes. No...

    Most DIY pond projects are long processes. No problem if you break the steps into logical processes and plan ahead. Map out the the steps and ask then yourself "What negative happens if I wait...
  37. These are photos of a small mud pond lined...

    These are photos of a small mud pond lined completely with gravel. I tried having lotus and water lilies in pots but the koi kept shredding them. Extremely difficult to maintain only males or...
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    I am feeding BW Gold in a 400 gal basement QT...

    I am feeding BW Gold in a 400 gal basement QT tank right now and it definately leaves an oily sheen after feeding. I just opened a new bag of Gold purchased this year and it is lighter in color so...
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    Three fish that are over fed will grow a good...

    Three fish that are over fed will grow a good string algae crop in 11k gallons. I have two 900 gallon ponds used just for growing water lilies with no fish or plants right now that are growing a...
  40. Thread: Cheap Food

    by mat4644
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    I have used the TSC catfish, Purina AquaMax...

    I have used the TSC catfish, Purina AquaMax Omnivore and Pond Fish Chow and Ziegler Bronze for Koi in mud ponds. All are blended and approved for omnivores including carp and have fat and protein...
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    Who uses it? People with a lot of money to spend...

    Who uses it? People with a lot of money to spend on fish food use it.
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    Make sure to use a float switch as an emergency...

    Make sure to use a float switch as an emergency pump shut off. If something goes wrong with the timer you don’t want to empty the pond or if on city water put too much chlorine water into the pond. ...
  43. Every once in a while I will see a goldfish or...

    Every once in a while I will see a goldfish or two in with some tropical fish at PetSmart. They claim they are in there getting rid of baby snails. I have always had goldfish in with my water...
  44. Maybe you have discovered a new variety of...

    Maybe you have discovered a new variety of variegated tomato plants. Ornamental and also functional.
  45. Plastic needs to have UV inhibitor added for...

    Plastic needs to have UV inhibitor added for sunlight resistance. Most home tubs are for inside use and do not have any added and will not last long outside. Some of the color additives used to...
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    I thought beavers were also cute until they...

    I thought beavers were also cute until they started destroying all the trees on the creek. Fortunately for me coyotes took care of the problem. In most states it is illegal to live trap and...
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    Is it 6 inch pipe or larger? It looks bigger...

    Is it 6 inch pipe or larger? It looks bigger than 6 in the pictures compared to the 4 inch
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    I came up with 61,714 gallons so your number is...

    I came up with 61,714 gallons so your number is close. How much do you pay for water now and is it limited? 25-30,000 gallons of rainwater storage that is protected from evaporation could get a...
  49. My first impression is that your friends are...

    My first impression is that your friends are correct. The face of the waterfall is massive, plain and flat. It overwhelms the size of the pond and the area it is in. Other than a small hole with...
  50. Unless you want to completly bury the liner or...

    Unless you want to completly bury the liner or buy the expensive thick RPE it is a no go.

    REINFORCED POLYETHYLENE (RPE) generally gives you the best value when the pond liner is not directly...
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