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A pond update.. oh the years

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    Default A pond update.. oh the years

    So, our newest member from Hawaii, Kauaiguy, has recently posted some cool pond photos from when he lived in California and even brought up this post from 2006 when both my pond and I were lots 'younger'. hahaha... I thought it would be fun to share an update to let you see what how ten years has changed things a bit....

    So, this was a photo I shared on May 29, 2006
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    And the following is a photo I just took on my phone about 10 minutes ago.

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    Some more pics in the next post...
    cheers,
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    I love your pond especially the waterfall. My mom had a red pacu that now lives at an Audubon aquarium. He would come up for her to feed him. Her really seemed to like just her though as well.

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    Here are a few more shots from some slightly different angles

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    Oh, and I made a quick video, to share too...

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    cheers,
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    Beautifully done Bruce! Very natural with a bit of a Georgian look. Can't watch the video though.

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    Thanks Bruce for the update. Your. Pond has matured beautifully and blends so well into to the landscape. Congratulations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton View Post
    Beautifully done Bruce! Very natural with a bit of a Georgian look. Can't watch the video though.
    Thank you, Chris. Wonder why you are not able to see the video?
    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    Thanks Bruce for the update. Your. Pond has matured beautifully and blends so well into to the landscape. Congratulations.
    Thank you, sir!

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    Very Nice Bruce! Hasn't changed a lot other than all the greenery around it has grown and blended in nicely.

    A couple of questions due to curiosity:

    1). Are the sides and the bottom cemented in or you just dug a hole in the ground?
    2). How many gallons does it hold?
    3). What size centrifugal pump do you use, and what's electricity bill like. My Electric bill in CA. was around $400.00 a month with a 1 hp (AFTER I switch from a 2 hp) pump.
    4). Do you filter and if so what kind of filtration system do you use? ie: upflow, downflow, mechanical?
    5). What size is this pond Length and width ... Not including the waterfall area.

    Wish I could build one here but the cost is prohibitive.

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    I love it.how deep for the pond.can I jump in there? Remind me for the river next to my village

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    Quote Originally Posted by k_andreev View Post
    I love it.how deep for the pond.can I jump in there? Remind me for the river next to my village
    Not sure if the catfish are still there as "human deterrent" (if you have seen the other post) haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kauaiguy View Post
    Very Nice Bruce! Hasn't changed a lot other than all the greenery around it has grown and blended in nicely.

    A couple of questions due to curiosity:

    1). Are the sides and the bottom cemented in or you just dug a hole in the ground?
    2). How many gallons does it hold?
    3). What size centrifugal pump do you use, and what's electricity bill like. My Electric bill in CA. was around $400.00 a month with a 1 hp (AFTER I switch from a 2 hp) pump.
    4). Do you filter and if so what kind of filtration system do you use? ie: upflow, downflow, mechanical?
    5). What size is this pond Length and width ... Not including the waterfall area.

    Wish I could build one here but the cost is prohibitive.
    Hello. Let me see if I can answer your questions:
    1. The actual waterfall part is cemented in. The sheer amount of water that the pump pushes through there would have eroded the earth away a long time ago otherwise. The rocks around the back of the waterfall are also cemented in on the back sides. We also piped a smaller pipe up through the rocks and drilled small holes into that pipe to allow water to drip and spray down the rock wall when the fountain is running. Here is a pic to show the concrete bowl.
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    2. The pond is huge, so I'm not sure how many gallons it holds. It wraps around the side of our house in a big "L" shape. It was originally a cattle pond when we purchased the property. We built the waterfall onto the existing pond and did the rock work. I was cleaning some brush off beside the house and near the pump few weeks ago and slipped into the water. The pond is very deep and steep. There isn't a gradual drop-off or slope like in most ponds. I was only a couple feet into the pond and it was up to my waist and I was sinking fast. I luckily grabbed hold of a branch that I had just pushed into the water and was able to pull myself back out quick! lol.
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    3. The pump is huge. It moves 1500 gallons of water a minute. We only run it for a short time, not all the time. It costs about as much as running our air conditioner. Here are some photos:

    The pump house: Eight feet long and four feet wide and about three feet tall on the tall side sloping down to two feet tall on the front side.
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    4. No, we do not filter.
    5. The pond, as I mentioned is pretty large.
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    Quote Originally Posted by k_andreev View Post
    I love it.how deep for the pond.can I jump in there? Remind me for the river next to my village
    hahaha... I would not recommend jumping in there. We have huge catfish that we have been feeding for 20 years. LOL

    cheers,
    BD

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