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Excellent May 2018 Meeting!

Discussion in 'General Meeting Discussion' started by mchambers, May 12, 2018.

  1. mchambers

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    Thanks to Don Jump for an excellent presentation on ponds! It was well-organized with great pictures and, most importantly, crisp.

    Thanks to Lisa of SuperCichlids for the Cobalt samples and the great raffle.

    Good auction, too, if very low prices.
     
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    #2 mchambers, May 13, 2018
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    I know it's a forum protocol to reply to my own message, but sometimes you've just to flaunt protocol. To follow up on Don's presentation, here are a couple of pictures from our pond showing how he creates a housing for a submersible pump using a big PVC pipe. I've also included a picture showing the pond last August (the pond wasn't finished until mid-July, so the plants aren't that big). The plants are just getting going again now.

    Matt IMG_2723.JPG IMG_2722.JPG [ IMG_2808.JPG
     
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    In Downingtown PA they have an annual pond tour (for charity). It is mainly sponsored by a company who installs and maintains ponds. There are usually 50 to 70 ponds on the tour. For $30 you get a map of where the ponds are located and their addresses. You can go in any order to the ponds and of course you do not have to go to all of them, which would really be a challenge. When we go we usually get to only 15 of them. But the ponds are almost all fantastic. You get all sorts of ideas about ponds and see tons of great looking fish and flowers and plants and rock gardens and filters and water falls and streams with an without small pools in the streams. Some have bridges and some have walking stones across the pond. The owners are mostly more than willing to explain how their filters and pumping systems work. The sponsoring company has a banquet with beer and such at the end of the day. Food is great.

    A similar pond tour was held by the West Virginia Koi Club in Charleston. When we lived there, my pond was on the tour. There were probably 20 or 25 ponds on the tour, spread over a wide area, but you could get to all the ponds in one day. Might be easier now days with GPS.

    I use to belong to Mid Atlantic Koi Club. I do not remember that club having pond tours. But meetings were held at the ponds of members so we got to see a number of great high tech Koi ponds. They did have Koi shows with the canvas ponds of about 1000 gallons and high value Koi, and a lot of lower cost Koi.

    One thing does stand out: ponds with high water flow to water features tend to have healthy fish and have great water quality.
     
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    Sere my comment in the other May meeting thread. Not going to link, because I'm lazy.

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    Thank you, Matt, for getting us connected with such a great speaker. I have several ideas I'd like to try out in my yard, now!
     
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    Thank you Frank, I was trying to remember the group that you mentioned to me a while back with the great pond tour.
     
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    So where can you get the 12 inch black PVC pipe, and/or with the holes already in it?
     
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    This is the link to the pond tour in Pennsylvania. I have a brother who lives nearby. So that is why we found out about it and went a couple times. http://brandywinepondtour.com/
     
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    #9 mchambers, May 14, 2018
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    Don's crew used a white piece of PVC, drilled holes in it (I think 1" holes), and spray painted it black. So buy some 12" PVC and some spray paint. The holes are only on the half of the pipe that faces the water.

    EDIT: Here's a picture: IMG_2718.JPG
     
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    Looks great Matt
     
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    It was a great meeting. I'm inspired to get off my butt and set my pond up.

    If anyone has questions, Don told me to share his email address. Don@harmonyponds.com
     
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    So that helps keep yucky stuff out of the pump? I have a debris handling pump, but I wouldn't mind if it handled less debris...

    Also, for those interested in ponds, GWAPA's June meeting is at Lilypons. There should be a discount for meeting attendees that day ;-).
     
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    It keeps big stuff out of the pump. We have a solids handling pump, too, but it's good to keep wood chips and the like out.

    I modified Don's design by buying a sheet of foam and putting it over the outside of the PVC cylinder. It's essentially a Mattenfilter in the pond. I have to clean it every few months, but that's easy to do.
     
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