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Old 01-09-2015, 05:12 AM   #1
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xenxes's 1200g Planted Patio Pond


1/18/14


2/3/14


3/18/14



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So this happened, dug a giant hole outside my new house


Estimating ~1200-1600g of goodness, smaller footprint but about 5-6' at the deepest area


Equipment:

- 45 mil pond liner
- DIY waterfall: (1) rubber milk crate; (2) $40 sump pump
- Old filter box

Flora:
- Heavenly bamboo (terrestrial)
- Canna "chiquita punch"
- Calla Lily (zantedeschia)
- Peace Lily
- Lucky Bamboo
- Cyperus Payprus (Egyptian Papyrus)
- Horsetail Rush
- Water Hyacinth
- Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile)
- Isotoma Fluviatalis "Mini Blue"
- Sagina Subulata Aurea (Scotch Moss)
- Sagina Subulata (Irish Moss)
- Leptinella Squalida (Brass Buttons "Platt's Black")
- Mentha Requienii (Corsican Mint)
- Marsilea Minuta
- Hydrocotyle sp. Japan
- Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ (Golden Creeping Jenny)
- Water Lily

Fauna:
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Old 01-09-2015, 04:06 PM   #2
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Awesome!!! I can't tell you how jealous I am of this I'm really looking forward to seeing how this matures.
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Old 01-09-2015, 06:04 PM   #3
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So it's flooded:



Threw some of the frost tolerant pond plants out:


Horsetail rush


Peace Lilly, egyptian papyrus, I forget what the one on the right was. Been throwing in terrestrial moss to hide the liner, hope they grow.


The waterfall box is an old rubber milk crate, with a drilled hole on the back. Need to add lava rocks inside as biomedia this weekend


Rest of my very small yard, row of berry bushes. After I planted these I found out the giant hedge on the right was actually a sharpblue blueberry patch... ugh

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Rest of my grow out plants (mostly from pweifan and a local pond store) I moved into the greenhouse patio, it did get down to freeze here a night or two.. some plants melted but I still think I have one of each variety (will need help ID'ing them later pweifan )



The mosaic plant went dormant, water lily is still fine

Other misc:

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Old 01-15-2015, 11:58 PM   #4
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Welcome to ponding! The mystery plant could be Arrow arum or Pickerel rush.
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Old 01-16-2015, 05:20 AM   #5
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Welcome to ponding! The mystery plant could be Arrow arum or Pickerel rush.
Thanks! Just dug up some old photos from the pond store.. one is calla lily (zantedeschia), another is canna "chiquita punch".
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Old 01-16-2015, 06:10 AM   #6
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So I got some cheap pond lights off amazon ($30 compared to $130 from the local garden store!)

What they look like above water

Too bright...

and below water

Just right
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Old 01-16-2015, 03:13 PM   #7
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It looks awesome with the lighting!

If you take some closeups of the plants, I can try to ID the remaining mystery plants. I can definitely make out a Myosotis scorpioides (true forget-me-not) in the last picture.
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Old 01-18-2015, 12:14 PM   #8
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Wow! Looking forward to updates. Subscribed
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:06 PM   #9
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Another foggy muggy cloudy Sunday in Sac town, perfect for planting some pond runners.


ugh the rocking chairs I have are too big for this space, leftover IKEA carpet also went outside (I also really need to get some sod for the yard).


anyway, marsilea minuta


leptinella squalida (brass buttons "platt's black")


creeping jennie gold


sagina subulata aurea (scotch moss)


Mentha requienii (corsican mint, I think)


Isotoma fluviatalis "mini blue", as you see they look very similar


some mush hydrocotyle japan

Now I'll sit back and see what works and what doesn't
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Old 01-19-2015, 04:37 PM   #10
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This is going to look really nice I'm very interested to see how the Marsilea and the Hydrocotyle do. I'm not sure if I've ever seen Leptinella squalida. That looks like an interesting plant.

I'm pretty sure that isn't Golden Jenny. It looks like a type of ivy. All that really matters is if it grows well and if it's pretty
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This is going to look really nice I'm very interested to see how the Marsilea and the Hydrocotyle do. I'm not sure if I've ever seen Leptinella squalida. That looks like an interesting plant.

I'm pretty sure that isn't Golden Jenny. It looks like a type of ivy. All that really matters is if it grows well and if it's pretty
Really? I thought you sent me that plant, but might be from a pond store.. .
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By the way, were all those rocks in the ground where you dug the pond? When I lived in Rancho Cordova, I did a bit of landscaping and ended up with a big enough pile to create a rock garden. They were just everywhere! I never did any landscaping when I lived mid-town Sac, so I'm not sure if it's the same type of soil.
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The rocks were above ground, the previous owner had a tiny preform pond so I repurposed them. The ground is full of mud and clay, almost looks like bentonite.

Hung some string lights


The water is now a white-murky-green, a little clearer though, wish I could readily plant it all now
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Really nice to see green plants outdoors! Your pond and garden set up is really coming along and it will be fun to see how the plants grow and fill in around the rocks. Love the porch and the 2 chairs. Very attractive and well thought out garden design


Right now (upstate eastern New York) we have 7 inches of snow on the ground and much more on the way today and overnight. So any outdoor planting here is at least 3 months away. <<sigh>>
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Old 02-02-2015, 04:42 PM   #15
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Thanks, it actually was the opposite of well thought out, hole got dug, and furniture were leftovers from storage, but it works! The snow is a perfect excuse for an indoor pond

So impulse buy, I promised I wasn't going to buy koi for this pond (or at maximum get 2), but the LFS had buy 3 baby koi get 1 free...

Silver matsuba
Gold matsuba
2x Taisho sankes / shusui (?)

Opted to get traditional over butterfly fin. Hopefully I'll be moving in 2-3 years and have a bigger pond for these guys when they grow out.

Oh yes, water parameters 0/0/0 TDS 120. I have a huge waterfall filter box running on a 1800 GPH sump pump, and a second filter box moving water at 1200 GPH, + plants should more than sufficiently handle the bioload.
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