my simple design and my re introduction
My name is Karen and I used to post cautiously on here about 8-10 years ago. At that time it kind of seemed as if you did things exactly as others told you or you were sometimes reprimanded. I wandered to other pond forums and pretty much found them similar and this one was the friendliest so I lurked a lot and sometimes shared my experiences.
I love this hobby. You can never ever stop learning and experimenting. The "pros" can tell you the best things to do one year and the next yeara lot of those things change (yay!) within reason of course :). What I really learned and enjoy is that even though there are different opinions on how to do this hobby, each opinion has very interesting merits.I would read fanatical facts on filtering and plumbing and pumps and with angry warnings to never veer from these instructions only to find the most beautiful pond with the most beautiful fish living bereft of all of these concepts. I loved those mind blowing moments when I would just stare into small pea green ponds packed with 30" healthy koi and talk to owners with ideas and thoughts I had never considered. I picked up ideas from everybody, applied them, and fell on my face repeatedly. But every single one of those ideas has stayed in my mind to circle around to new thoughts and new errors lol. And then I moved from Washington to Kentucky.
For 5 years I stared at my earth garden until I could handle it no more and paid for a day of back hoe! We dug a hole exactly 23'x43'x4' deep, lined it, and watched the liner slide into the hole when the clay earth melted beneath it like jelly! So I put down my pride and hired a guy to fix my mess and he created, while I was at work, the pond to horrify every pond expert in any forum anywhere! Every "rule" you could violate in the internet koi people expert manual, he did it quite successfully! But it worked for a bit.
So here I am back in gardenweb reading your posts and playing with my crazy big pond hoping to learn more. My "aquascapes" pond is being redesigned, probably into something equally strange (grin). The submerged dead 100 lb electricity sucking basement sump pump which we found in the skimmer box is being replaced by a sequence 4000 (thanks to you guys who shared the suggestion). The beautiful waterfall is being redesigned with massive plant baskets to add to filtration. And finally I have added a huge terraced veggie filter after reading about the use of water hyacinths in water treatment facilities.
Its a pretty pond now and I am becoming proud of it. My fish stock is at 23 and I will do my best to keep it that way. I have a few koi that would scare the bejesus out of your chihuahuas in that they are pretty big and can be very friendly.
So anyway I came back because this forum was the best. This time I will not flinch when you find out I have no bottom drain or when you find out that I kind of like bog design for filtering or when I share that I feed my fish catfish food from the feed store. :) (shows thicker skin). It seems a little quiet in here. I see posts that go unanswered for a bit. Maybe its because the season is just starting.
Anyway I am really interested in the idea of the use of hyacinths for water filtering. Apparently they are awesome for both biological and mechanical filtration so I am putting them everywhere (no worries they will be controlled). Because I like my waterlilies, I created round floating island barriers out of bendable black pvc and anchored them so that they do not move out of their intended territories. I find that the hyacinths are not yet attempting escapes and am very happy about this.
So thats my story...I will hang here unless I find it is dead.
I hope your day is going as pretty as mine!