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Anyone have a garden pond?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by newyorkin, Jul 18, 2004.

  1. newyorkin

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    My mom bought my sister and I each a 90 gallon garden pond. She has one in her yard that's really nice, except raccoons come by at night a steal her fish. She has a heavy net over it now, but I don't want to do that, takes away from the looks of it.

    I also might see about putting a small turtle in (I want a pet turtle again, but dont' want the smell indoors).

    Anybody have any thoughts on keeping predators away? Aside from firearms (nothing against them, just very high maintenance solution /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif)?
     
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    A DOG?
     
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    a fence that keeps the turtle in, and the rackoons out!
     
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    My neighbor made a wood frame and put screen in it. He also got the kind that blocks some of the sun out. Good for when it gets hot and sunny to keep the scum from growing. Cover it up during the day if you are not out there.
     
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    The best and nicest way to keep the predators away is to build in shelving or caves that the fish can hide in. There are a ton of pond sites that you can visit. I bought a book from Home Depot and learned quite a bit. I do not have one yet but I am going to build one.
     
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    Build a frame and make a chicken-wire cage to put over the top.

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    I like the cave/shelf idea, that sounds like the most aesthetic solution.


    I was thinking I'd plumb a drain into a drywell and a fresh supply out from the house, too. Hopefully to make cleaning the scum a little easier. Covering during the day's a good idea, too.

    Thanks y'all.
     
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    Do it like the playboy mansion, make it a pool, but it looks like a pond, so have rocks and plants growing around it, and have fish. And build a cave so the fish can hide, and you can have fun in there... /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    Caves and hidden areas, along with a deep pond can protect most fish (not all) from racoons, but it won't protect a turtle. They tend to lay on rocks towards or on the surface and a pond with turtles should have something above the water line for them to sit on. So maybe stick with fish. Lots of plants in the pond helps with fish too. Gives them somewhere else to hide.

    That said, a determined racoon can clean out most fish from ponds less than 2 feet deep. A top is always a good idea at night if the pond isn't very deep.
     
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    yeah i was going to say that, or go buy a live trap bait it with dog cibbles, when ya get one toss it in the pond!

    or drive it away and toss it in someones yard you don't like. if ya drive um away watch it here your not supost to transport a traped animal more than two miles so watch it.
     
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    holy crap darkshadow! that looks awesome! /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    What RJ said /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif
     

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