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Thinking of installing a pond

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 23:49

Nutcutlet - realise Norm2 not looking for wildlife pond, but I get carried away by them...Norm2 - if you are really hankering after giving your idea a bash I would go for it!  We started off with similar hankering and advice and tips were given by friends. We read up on it all and went to it with gusto.  It's another experience along the way, and evolving things to suit your lifestyle.  We went through quite a few fountains, tried all sort of filtration, that pocket would allow, and evolved to what we have now. Water features of any sort are a magnet and we have never looked back, just moved on. The only thing I am not keen on doing is changing the water all the time - especially if it's tap water - as chlorine/fluoride are present and takes a while to settle down again.  It may or may not matter depending on how you feel about it?  If you don't try it you'll never know if it's a pleasure or a pain!  Get in there Norm2.

Thinking of installing a pond

Posted: 21/12/2012 at 19:08

The first pond my daughter made had fish in it and then, eventually, when they all died we moved the pond.  Needless to say, fish were never bothered with again and it's been the best thing ever for the rest of the pond wildlife.  We now have newts, frogs, toads, freshwater shrimp, etc, and things that I wouldn't like to have a nip from.  All in all it's the best thing we ever did by not restocking with fish.  Many a happy hour is spent staring into the water and discovering loads of life that just wasn't there when the fish were - including some plants that just couldn't get to grips with being fish food.  Only problem now are snails.  We put 4 in and they breed with a vengence!  All sizes are abound and some are real beauties! They lay eggs on absolutely everything and are thriving!  No, I don't miss fish at all!

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