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Topic: (Updated pics )Horse trough container gold fish pond/ fountain  (Read 4156 times)
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« on: June 10, 2014 09:07:49 PM »

Hi everyone

  Im really excited to share My Gold fish pond made from 90 % recycled materials . My Mom was moving and cleaning out her old property . I quickly called dibs on a 200 gallon stock tank metal horse trough , and 2 decorative barrels from a broken fountain , I got the antique sink sport for 2 dollars at a garage sale and all the rock and brick used ( besides pea gravel ) was recycled and re claimed !  The biggest cost was 100 $ for the " pond lit" which included a huge liner , 300 gallon power head and 3 lead lights ( A good deal considering a pump alone is 40 -60 . ) We needed the liner because My Mom had  used the trough for a tomato planter and  it had a 2 inch drainage whole . I am showing alot of progress pics here . in the final pic its the pond as of tonight . The surround still isnt 100 % finished because a friend is tearing down a cobble stone and marble fire pit very soon  and letting us salvage the materials so We are planning to make a marble ledge covering the liner bits .. for now I started placing flatish cobble stones to give a general idea

I re-placed the cobble stones and the plants are getting bigger

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Thanks so much for looking and Id  be glad to answer any questions and Ill upload more progress pics .. ID love to see your DIY ponds as well !
 Have a great night
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2014 09:52:53 PM »

This is awesome!  It looks amazing!
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2014 05:30:27 AM »

Very nice!  Garden ponds are so rewarding!   Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2014 06:46:13 AM »

It looks lovely, a little magical plae. You can be proud using recycled materials. I think you should post a link at the RRR Craftalong.
Do you have frost in your part of the world? Where I live, a pond had to be underground, or the fish would die in the winter.

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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2014 09:24:42 AM »

Thanks for the positive feed back ! Yes I do live in an area that frosts ( Illinois zone 5 )  The pond is actually sunken into the ground 12 inches but 12 inches still remain above ground . Im still researching and chatting with other pond owners about how to winterize it . I may get a heater and wrap the pond with insulating wrap for winter ooor I may end up bringing the fishies inside to overwinter thru the rough weather . I wish My house was bigger I would already be sitting up a holding tank for them and letting it cycle now  I figure in My zone Ill need to have a plan By mid sept . I only have 8 fish so if I have to bring them in Im thinking a larger rubbermaid with a hob filter should suit them thru the rough months . Ill post updates along the way

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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2014 05:51:44 AM »

This turned out wonderful!

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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2014 09:30:54 AM »

oh , Awesome Smiley thank you

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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2014 06:30:33 PM »

Great job Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2015 06:57:27 AM »

Oh my goodness, this is the best outdoor project ever!  Who wouldn't love a real pond in their yard?

« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2015 07:28:52 AM »

Your pond is beautiful!  congrats!

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