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post #16 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-06-2004, 04:37 PM
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I agree that we use our hot tub every now and then.
I also agree that maintenance is fairly simple.
I want to add that I use it more often during the winter months...
Good luck with your project!
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post #17 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-06-2004, 08:58 PM
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Not trying to hijack your thread Wonder Women, but mjprather what is the white rose that you have? I have many old garden roses and it reminds me of one of mine called Mdme. Plantier.
Thanks vlh, and you are correct in identifying this type of rose.
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post #19 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-28-2004, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Here's an update on my "pond"- now about 1 month old:
I've added 2 small koi (1 butterfly, 1 regular) to my current stock of 3 shubunkin, 1 small koi, and 3 livebearers (plaites and swordtail). I've added some horsetail and a water lilly, and decided to try growing my Tropicanna in about 2-3" of water. I've also increased my pump from a 350gph to a 750 gph one, and the filter from the shoe box-sized one from Home Depot to a Tetra Clear Choice PF-3, rated for koi ponds up to 1500g. Next on my purchase list will be some sort of leaf skimmer (any recommendations for one that I don't have to dig a hole for? It has to go IN the pond somewhere.), and a uv clarifier.
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Pretty Awesome looking. Looks like everything is growing great as well. Those koi should be happy with their new home as well. Keep us updated with pics please.

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post #21 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-29-2004, 03:29 PM
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It would cost you thousands to build a pond like that and there is nothing more theraputic than lying out next to the sounds and smell of nature like you created. Compare that to once a month dipping in a chlorine smelling hot sticky bath tub and there is no contest. Great decision!! Keep us posted.

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I'm so glad that there are some people who DON'T think I'm crazy. The thing I love about this pond is that it's so low-maintenance compared to my planted tank. Yes, I'm currently having to fish dead leaves out of it on a daily basis (unfortunately, it's sited directly underneath a tree), and I have to find a better (coaser) sponge to cover the pump intake (because I have to rinse the current DIY sponges every other day, they get so clogged that the flow dwindles to almost nothing). But all of that probably takes 15-20 minutes. And I have (so far) sat for alomst an hour every day (at least on the weekends when I can) and watched the fish.
Hopefully, I will soon be adding some sort of in-pond skimmer, and maybe a uv clarifier to make for virtually no maintenance. And I want to buy a few more horsetails and spider plants to camouflage the ugly 70's white and brown tile walls.

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30g= cories, platies, platy fry, ghost shrimp.
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Being in the Antique bussiness Christina I find those brown and white tiles very retro California. That's is a time in our culture that will soon be gone if we are not careful to preserve it. You might try to re-grout the tiles? That makes all the difference in the world. It is very easy but you have to be careful not to polute the water but I think it can be done. I am not sure about a skimmer with those livebearers.If it can suck a leaf up it will suck a small fish up. How about some sort or fine netting above the pond and out of the way. Not sure how? but its a idea anyway.
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post #24 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-30-2004, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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I wish I could love the tiles- I would if they were more "Spanish", but they really just remind me of a bathroom shower out of THAT 70'S SHOW. And our house was built in 1983! But believe me, we won't be doing anything to them for several years. Even when we can afford to do some renovation, it will be low on our priority list. The grout itself isn't bad, no dingy or anything. The tile colors just look institutional. There are a few tiles that have come loos around the edges, but I've saved them, in case I ever want to stick them back on. What I'd really love to do is re-face the tiles with a more natural rock/boulder look, like you'll see in some of those pool magazines.
That's the one thing I'm worried about with a skimmer. Although I have tons of little platies all over the place, I couldn't bear to lose any knowingly. I have an alternate idea, to drape some of the netting above the pond, stretching from the top of the overhanging patio cover to behind the tile wall. I think it would keep most of the leaves out, and it wouldn't affect the look of the area too much.

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30g= cories, platies, platy fry, ghost shrimp.
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Could you reface the upper tiles with some nice terracotta? Just glue it on top of the existing stuff so that the classic 70s stuff can be rescued later

You could get away with just placing large Spanish floor tiles (no adhesive needed) on the horizontal shelf thing and it would totally change the look.

It does look very nice now though, but a California/Mexican/Mediteranean flair wouldn't hurt. It doesn't even look like a hot tub anymore. Great job!
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Looks very nice, I just think you need something to cover up the tiles on the wall. Keep the pictures coming.


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Another update on the pond-
While cleaning the sponge in the pump a couple of weekends ago, I found a couple of very small goldie babies swimming around (don't know if they're koi, shubunkin, or some sort of hybrid) and 3 large platy babies. I know in such a large pond (compared to my "tiny" 100g tank) that there HAS to be more of them, so I've got my eyes peeled. I also added a few more plants- two different kinds of taro, and an umbrella plant
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30g= cories, platies, platy fry, ghost shrimp.
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New layout and pond fry are impossible to view, super small. Cool looking goldie fry and nice bloom.

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post #29 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-12-2004, 01:07 AM Thread Starter
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Huh- that's strange- I did the other 2 the same way, and they're fine. Let me try it again:
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165g RES turtle pond in progress.
100g planted tank= 240 watts c.f., 1 DIY 1-gal co2 jug, platies, angels, lace gouramies, congos, black neons, otos.
30g= cories, platies, platy fry, ghost shrimp.
18g= platy fry
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