You go Kid! That is all that matters. Peope are sometime TOO opinionated <-- trying to be nice here.
If it works and you enjoy it what more can one ask for????
SWEET pond BTW! Now I'm off to check out your turtle pond!
Yeah, i don't care if people share their opinions, but i just want everyone to know that i am well aware that it is not a traditional koi pond. Again, my family and I enjoy our pond the way it is, and have no plans on changing it in the future. And that is all that matters.
Thanks for the compliments! Glad others are enjoying it.
VERY cool pond! I've been to arizona and that's about the most greenery I've seen!
So I was looking at your turtle pond thread and I have what is maybe a dumb question....why not bring the walls of the turtle pond back down and let the turtles wander between the two if they want? Or would they injure the koi or the ecosystem? I don't know much about turtles or koi OR ponds so please pardon my ignorance if there is a really simple answer to this question. I was just curious
Either way, both bonds are very cool, I LOVE the waterfall and the water lilies in this one too! well done!
You know, i had thought about doing that when we first built the ponds, but our yard backs in to a wash, which is home to snakes and coyotes. The wall is just to protect them. They always try to escape to go to the Koi Pond, but it's just not safe for them. When we first had the pond built, i had an African Sideneck Turtle and an Eastern Painted Turtle, which both mysteriously disappeared. When the wall was still short, one of my turtles would escape and "hide" in between some rocks in the koi pond, thinking that i didn't see her. So i'd get her out, put her back in the turtle pond, and find her back in the koi pond a few hours later.
Thanks for the compliments too! The water lilies are my favorite part i think. The flowers that bloom from them are really pretty.
Its okay, no one ever truly has a koi pond.
There are just simple practices that make keeping koi much much easier and better.
Another piece of advice is remove the rocks from the bottom of the pond.
They are a harbor for bacteria and crap to accumulate.
It will make your filter work a whole lot more. Another thing would be to put a valve to restrict the flow so that you can run it at half power during normal usage and then full power during backwash.
If the rocks at the bottom become a problem, we'll drain the pond and remove them. But for now, they don't seem to cause any harm, and the little fish like hiding between them. We live near a golf course where a bunch of huge birds hang out, and they occasionally fly on over and snatch some of our fish. The rocks help protect them.
Can you explain what you mean by the valve?