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Old 08-13-2005, 11:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I will be moving in to a house in or around March next year its under construction. When I move in I hope to install a pond. I know nothing about ponds unless they are just big aquariums. I am wondering where I should go to look up info on building and maintaining a pond. Or, someone could write me a book here on APC that would be great also
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I am looking at a pond that is 8' square with the return from the filter coming down a rock wall in the background and a sitting ledge in the front. I figure the sitting ledge will be 16" - 24" tall but the pond will be deeper as I will dig it in.
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I believe TFH has a book on ponds in it's "Simple Guide to...." series. They're generally quite good and would recommend them. If you can get your hands on any book by Helen Nash give it a try. Your local library should have a couple, if not they can probably do an inter-library transfer.

What I would do with that ledge:
Get a bunch of Nelumbo species (true) Lotus and Nymphaea sp. Lilies. If you plan on having plants in the deeper area you'll need to put cinder blocks or bricks on the bottom to prop up the growing containers. 24" is as deep as I would put a mature Nymphaea. Raised pots 6" from the surface are a great way to grow many aquarium species and will provide cover for little fish.

Tall growing plants such as Cyperus species will do well in water up to 24" and will grow very tall. They make a striking centerpiece. One thing I wouldn't ever forget- Eichornia crassipes "Water Hyacinth". That stuff is your best anti-algae agent. Fork over the money as soon as it's warm enough to keep it and cover 1/3 of your pond. If you can, try to make some sort of arrangement with your store to bring in babies as the season progresses, it grows FAST!

Forget goldfish and Koi, go with colorful livebearers and Labyrinth fish.

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