hort.net Seasonal photo, (c) 2006 Christopher P. Lindsey, All Rights Reserved: do not copy
articles | gallery of plants | blog | tech blog | plant profiles | patents | mailing lists | top stories | links | shorturl service | tom clothier's archive0
Gallery of Plants
Tech Blog
Plant Profiles
Mailing Lists
    Search ALL lists
    Search help
    Subscription info
Top Stories
sHORTurl service
Tom Clothier's Archive
 Top Stories
New Trillium species discovered

Disease could hit Britain's trees hard

Ten of the best snowdrop cultivars

Plant protein database helps identify plant gene functions

Dendroclimatologists record history through trees

Potato beetle could be thwarted through gene manipulation

Hawaii expands coffee farm quarantine

Study explains flower petal loss

RSS story archive

RE: NWF habitat certification - ponds

Your first year with the pond will be rough. It is going to turn pea
soup green... count on it! Do nothing but continue to circulate the
water, do not add a zillion chemicals, do not drain it and clean it, and
as long as you have enough plants in there, it will clear up on it's own
in a couple of weeks.

My filtration system is home made out of Rubbermaid containers. You do
need a few things to make it work. You need somewhere to grow good
bacteria, I use lava rocks which all the circulated water must flow
thru, -- and some way to get the leaves and waste out of the bottom of
the pond. The rest is handled by my plants. I have many that are bare
root to absorb all the extra nutrients and purify the water. 

If you talk to ten different pond owners, they all have a different way
to accomplish this. Every pond is different and you need to find out
what yours needs.

Good Luck and if you run into problems, there are a few of us here that
have ponds....


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of EvaTEsq@aol.com
> Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2004 9:09 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] NWF habitat certification - ponds
> Thanks, Donna.  I think I will like it too, though, my big fear is
that I
> am
> going to do something wrong or not achieve the right balance and end
> with a
> huge algae pea soup mess!
> I chose not to go with the supposedly foolproof professional skimmer
> because I wanted a pond that was as energy efficient as I could make
> And of
> course all of the "pond experts" in the nurseries all claim that you
> to
> have a skimmer and HAVE to have a filter with UV or else you will
> have a
> pond that will support any kind of life except algae.  I want to prove
> them
> wrong.
> My pond will not be a stagnant water hole.  I do have a pump, which
> be
> connected to a biofilter and the water will be directed over rocks for
> small
> waterfall.  I bought the most energy efficient pump I could find.  It
> doesn't
> pump 10 million gallons per hour, but by my calculations, it should be
> sufficient for the size of my pond to circulate the water reasonably
> Oh well,
> we shall see.
> Eva
> Long Island, NY
> Zone 6/7
> "We don't do enough to exploit renewable energy resources."
> Me
> In a message dated 1/25/2004 4:10:26 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> justme@prairieinet.net writes:
> You will love your pond... and it will attract any wildlife around. My
> pond was built to keep critters out, straight sides that go down.
> the raccoons and heron from getting in, so they can only fish from the
> banks. Small birds stand on the rocks or use the waterfall for bathing
> and drinking daily. Since my pond is shut down for the winter, seen a
> rabbit walking down the waterfall yesterday and walk across the pond
> where the heater was to get a drink. Thinking they are living in the
> of the waterfall pit.. hum... In the winter the small birds land right
> on the floating heater to drink and bath....
> Donna
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> Support hort.net -- join the hort.net fund drive!
> http://www.hort.net/funds/

Support hort.net -- join the hort.net fund drive!

Other Mailing lists | Author Index | Date Index | Subject Index | Thread Index

 © 1995-2017 Mallorn Computing, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
Our Privacy Statement