Pond Progress

The aquaponics Koi pond is progressing . . . slowly.  I could get so much more done if people didn’t get sick and have to be seen.  Although, I’d be out of a job.

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I coaxed my son into helping me with the concrete.  We placed and poured the concrete into the retaining wall.  I started pre-setting the cinder-block for the waterfall and the grow bed.

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We used re-bar and concrete and it worked quite nicely.  The boss was pleased.

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Because we have ducks, I am afraid there will be no way to keep them out of the pond, so I need to add a swirl filter for the heavy waste that will come out of the bottom drain.  I did a great deal of reading and I think a simple design like this one from http://koi-bito.com will work.

55 gallon swirl filter design

I dug the swirl filter location out yesterday and purchased a nice new 55 gallon drum and have my hole saw at the ready.

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The dogs have been helping as much as they can.  They are on 24/7 gopher duty. They’ve also been helping to keep my level floor less than level by digging holes and burring bones while I’m at work.

Next step is to place the swirl filter and the skimmer and set the water level.

Who knows, maybe I’ll have my liner in by next week.  We’ll see.  Have a great weekend.

Sunday Sunsets . . .

I was out in the barn feeding the horses, when I looked up to see a beautiful shade of pink and orange reflecting on the walls and across the sky.  I turned around and this is what I saw.  It only lasted for about 3-4 minutes.  Just long enough to pull out my camera and snap a couple photos.

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IMG_1317It was quite breathtaking and disappeared almost as quickly as it appeared.

I was planning on taking some pictures of the retaining wall around the Koi Pond site.  This is as good as any, I guess.  You can see the progress on the retaining wall around the Koi Pond.  Getting ready to put in grow beds, finish the waterfall base & the bottom drain and then I can place my liner.

It made me think of a quote by B. N. Mills. “Dreamers and doers – the world, generally divides men into those two general classifications, but the world is often wrong. There are men who win the admiration and respect of their fellowmen. They are the men worth while. Dreaming is just another name for thinking, planning, devising – another way of saying that a man exercises his soul. A steadfast soul, holding steadily to a dream ideal, plus a sturdy will determined to succeed in any venture, can make any dream come true. Use your mind and your will. They work together for you beautifully if you’ll only give them a chance.”

Nothing like a Sunday Sunset to finish the day.