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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-26-2012, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Considering a pond from an existing architectural planter





This is currently full of dirt. I am considering digging it all out, putting a liner in there, and converting it to a pond. I pushed a rod in there and it got at least a foot before it hit rocks or anything. Looks like it may even be deeper than that.

Any thoughts? This will be more shaded during the summer when the trees have leaves. I just thought that it was the perfect place to be admired every time you walk in/out of the house and it is right outside our giant living room window where we sit and watch birds.
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That looks like an awesome place for a pond! Very feng shui as well. Water features out front are totally groovy. But I see a couple problems... One is the cold. You might end up re-planting the pond every single year... and that might get pretty old/expensive, unless you get some really cheap plants. The other issue is the birds you mention watching. They might like to go fishing in said pond. And lastly, plumbing the pond and filtering it may also be a bit of a pain/expensive.

However, it's a totally rad place for a pond! You could go filterless and use a few goldies, guppies, or mollies. Whatever the birds might eat, would surely get replaced quickly if you have guppies or mollies. If you're a fisherman, you could keep your live bait in it, instead of dumping/flushing at the end of the day too!

But if it were up to me, everyone would have a pond. Even if you live in an RV, I say build one on a trailer, and tow it with you!

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Yeah, I'm still researching. Birds will be no problem. We attract finches, wood peckers, cardinals, bluejays etc.

Plumbing shouldn't be a huge deal, I really don't plan on having much in terms of fish. Maybe just 1 or 2. I think a decent submersible filter would be able to handle it...(still researching).

The plants are a concern. We do have cold winters here sometimes. I'm not a picky person though and would probably be quite happy with cheap plants. I need to find a list of plants that would fit my climate.
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nice idea... i dont want to hijack your thread but i would like to ask you a question regarding your pond..

if i were to create a pond in-ground or above ground.. would i have to pay any taxes for it? would i need to have any permits to construct or own one? im from texas incase you need to know more info.. thanks sorry about the intrusion ive just been thinking about it for a long while.
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that planter looks like its only 1 foot wide or so. Being that Koi may be out of the question, but small fish and plants would be cool there by the door. Is there electrical for a circulating pump?
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The plants are a concern. We do have cold winters here sometimes. I'm not a picky person though and would probably be quite happy with cheap plants. I need to find a list of plants that would fit my climate.
The very best waterplants that will fit your climate are the ones already growing near to you. Tropical plants will die off over winter. If it were me, I'd make a day of hiking around an area that you know of which has a lot of water, and is a bit out in the boonies. Preferably a bit of a swamp. Check out what's growing beneath the surface in shallow water, and what's protruding out of the surface. I'm sure you'll find plenty of plants that are native, and look great.

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Water lilly can survive over the winter. It's pretty small for any big fish but should work pretty well. For any pond, you'll have to worry about predations from cats and raccoons.

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Yep, cats and racoons might get them. Since it is only about a foot wide, I was thinking more along the lines of a couple goldfish. Nothing fancy. I know we have water lilies here. I'm only about 10 minutes from a shallow lake too.
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I don't have anything to add in terms of "Pond Lore" but that is just an awesome idea to put a water feature in that planter.

Genius.

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Sorry. Pond budget went to $0 when I started a new job. To top it off, pretty flowers bloomed out of it... wife will never give it up now!
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Bummer. If our house had that feature, I'd try it and post pics for you! It was such a cool idea! Onward...

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