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 Post subject: Pond build
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:59 pm 
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So found the pond in a neighbors dumpster and got it in the ground today.
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So far I have not spent a dime on this and I plan to do the whole thing that way :mrgreen: Plants will be local ditch plants. The 4 koi are being given to me. The 'filter' will be super ghetto! I'm thinking along the lines of a plastic coffee can with a bunch of holes and stuffed with some ghetto media and run by 2 powerheads that came with used tanks.

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 Post subject: Re: Pond build
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:15 pm 
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The air driven filter, made from a maxwell house coffee container! Have plenty of air and that's better to run outside than electric!
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The plant pots are also going to be made from coffee cans! Those things are so darn handy!
Looks like I may end up with a total of 7 koi and one goldfish :lol: Now my neighbor is giving me 3 koi and a fish buddy is giving me a goldfish :lol: I need to start looking for another pond!

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 Post subject: Re: Pond build
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LOL, nice build Fern, and great price on the goods !!!


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 Post subject: Re: Pond build
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Congrats on the find. The pond looks like it's going to be very nice.

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 Post subject: Re: Pond build
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So we all walked down to a local ditch that I knew had some fun plants and got a bunch! Some water lettuce and some Lilly's and some other fun stuff.
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The pots I made for the plants
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Still haven't spent any money on this :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Pond build
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Go coffee cans go !!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Pond build
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:lol: They are soooo handy!! I always keep them! A million and one uses for an old coffee can!
So my BF picked out a koi for fathers day
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I am loving the pond thing! I plan on doing a few more as I find them for free or dirt cheap, already have a little landscape in mind for the 'pond area' :mrgreen:

Total cost $11.95

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 Post subject: Re: Pond build
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So your in Florida... it's summer... why not stock the pond with cichlid grow out fry?


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 Post subject: Re: Pond build
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The boyfriend has wanted a koi pond for some time......So the first pond had to be koi, but grow out ponds are in my future! Down pour at 3:00pm every day during summer also means no water changes :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Pond build
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Very cool.
Though we don't have your wonderful florida temps, here in California there are some cichlids that can stay out year round.
I brought back some cichlids, plecos and cory's from south america, that can more than handle the temperatures we get in California.
Your pond has inspired me!

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 Post subject: Re: Pond build
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Oh what kinds did you bring back?

I may use my kids sandbox as an angel grow out tank :lol: Let Darwin see what he can do with them :lol:

Glad I inspired yall! Its always fun to rig up something for real cheap and have it work!

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 Post subject: Re: Pond build
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Here is a list of what i brought back.

(7 juvies)
Crencichla saxatilis (pike) (El tigre)

(1 pr)
Crencichla punctata (pike) (Salamanca)

(1 pr)
Gymogeophagus gymnogenys (el tigre)

(7 juvies)
Gymnogeophagus sp. aff. rhabdotus

(1pr 7 juvies)
Gymnogeophagus labiatus (el tigre)

(4) Corydoras paleatus (El Tigre)

(7) Rineloricaria spp.

(1pr 5 juvies)
Ancistrus spp. (El Tigre)

(5 juvies)
Ancistrus spp. (india muerta)


I was going back this November to bring back alot more, but Heiko Bleher invited me to travel to Amazon the same time, and I can't turn that down.

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 Post subject: Re: Pond build
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If you ever get a spawn from any of the Gymnogeophagus's keep me in mind, those ares stunning!
Take some pics of the amazon for us please!

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