Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Ha-Ha! Take That, Nature!

I'm okay at building things.  Not great, but I can usually do a pretty good job.  I dug the pond myself and built the deck and bridge with some help from family and friends.

Sometimes it's a great place to hang out and read or to just have a beer.

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The never ending struggle to keep the pond looking like the fish habitat it's supposed to be and less like a Florida swamp took a turn in my favor.

A few months back, the water had gone all murky.  What you're seeing now is a huge difference from what it was.

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About a week ago, I was ready to drain the pond and start over from square one, but then I noticed about a dozen smaller goldfish swimming around.

Looks like while the water made things a bit more private, the goldfish were having a swinging good time.

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So, rather than drain, clean, rinse and repeat, I shopped around and bought a new bigger better filter.

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It's the size of a trunk, but it's been cleaning the water like nobody's business.  I still need to add the UV filter back into the system, but for right now, the water is clear.

The fish at least seem ok with the lack of privacy.

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Having the waterfall instead of a center fountain simplifies the system quite a bit.  Some fresh barley straw will help with the carpet of algae that covers the pond liner.

I'll also be adding water plants back into the system.  Man, I tell you, it's just all kinds of nice to see this particular battle in my war against nature actually going my way.

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Who knows, I might even be able to enjoy a beer or two out on the deck before the summer is over.

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