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June 10, 2012

on June 10, 2012

Today we went to a nearby nursery that specializes in water features.  The pump and filter for our fishpond leaks, and didn’t seem to be cleaning the water.  It wasn’t a big leak, but over a week the pond would be down 10-15 gallons, so, enough to be a problem. Walking through the demo ponds filled with koi and goldfish, fountains, waterlilies was so relaxing, even with both girls.

purple lily


Mr. Toad doesn’t want to talk

Stu talked with one of the pond experts, who gave him some tips on how to clean out the pond and how to fix the filter.  It’s probably not broken, but just needs a new part and gasket, so that’s nice.  While I played and tried to distract the girls, Stu borrowed the baby pool to let the fish hang out in while he started emptying out the pond.  Teagan was too interested to stay away for long, she kept going back to see.

Not a bad vacation

He got just about all the water out, then started vacuuming up the sludge and ick that was on the bottom, making the water murky.  There was a lot of sludge, and it smelled horrible.

Empty pond

He even shoveled out a bunch of the sand and gravel so we can strain it and put the white stones back in.  They do look nice on the bottom.  There were a few round river stones keeping the lining down, but there were also some stray flagstone that may have fallen out of the wall.  Those are in a pile to see if we can fit them back in the wall.

You can really see the difference in the water.  I don’t think the pond has been this clean for years.  It definitely wasn’t this clean and clear when we moved in.  Stu did a fantastic job.  We’ll be going back next weekend to get some new fish.  We seem to have lost the three orange ones over the winter.

I want some waterlilies.  Teagan wants a pink fish.

12 responses to “June 10, 2012

  1. Lori says:

    Lori G* commented on your post.

    Lori wrote: “How big is your pond? And how did I miss THAT in your yard? : )”

    • lisasff says:

      It’s a 60 gallon pond, oh, maybe 10 feet long, so, kinda big but not as big as Kelly’s was. Not sure how you missed it, did you go into the back yard that time you came over?

  2. Kat says:

    Good for Stu!! It’s always a treat to find out the problem is not as big as first thought. I can see why the pond is so relaxing to have around. The girls will enjoy watching the fish grow, too. I like the idea of a pink fish. :-)

    • lisasff says:

      Well, fix option one doesn’t work, so, option two will be tried next weekend :)

      The pond still (!) looks great! Teagan could not stop going over and looking for froggies and buggies tonight and taking about her new fish. It’s fun! I’ll do what I can to find a pink fish :)

      • Kat says:

        and when you do….picture, please. :-)

        • lisasff says:

          Today she wanted a catfish with a spot. LOL! It’s going to be interesting going shopping Saturday… Though the way she’s acting, my little exhibitionist, she may not get to pick any out at all.

        • lisasff says:

          But of course, there will be a picture. Do you doubt it?

          • Kat says:

            well, NAW…knew you have a pictorial of this event as you do others. Can’t wait….

            • lisasff says:

              I can’t wait to see what Teagan decides she wants. It was a pink gold fish, that became a catfish with a spot. (I think she mixed up the blue catfish and the koi. My favorite koi are the ones with a spot on the back).

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