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  1. sparkyweasel

    Budget Koi pond

    Some Herons are very smart; have you seen these? Smart Heron Clever Heron. I haven't found any with the Grey Heron that we get in these parts. Yet. :)
  2. sparkyweasel

    Journal Pondering it all…

    Not necessary if you're digging a big hole in the garden. :)
  3. sparkyweasel

    Journal Wildlife Pond Project

    B&M have insect houses cheaper than most places. Remember that not all ferns are evergreen, you will probably want at least some that are. hth
  4. sparkyweasel

    Mission Bathtub 2023 - Azolla Mania

    Azolla filiculoides is banned, but other Azolla species are allowed. :)
  5. sparkyweasel

    New pond... old sludge?!

    There is also this method; Porridge :)
  6. sparkyweasel

    Extending concrete pond

    I am given to understand it's difficult to extend a concrete pond. I would consider building a new pond adjecent to the existing one as an easier option. If you build the new one a bit lower, you could link them with a waterfall. Just another idea for you. :)
  7. sparkyweasel

    Quick introduction and my ponds!

    Welcome! :)
  8. sparkyweasel

    I got a freebie. :)

    I was looking at some Medaka eggs on E-Bay earlier today. :) I've got to decide between fish or just wildlife, but I've got another pond that is just for wildlife, so I could well be ordering some eggs soon. :)
  9. sparkyweasel

    I got a freebie. :)

    Using reclaimed bricks to build walls on the straight sides, the other side is at ground level, due to a slope.
  10. sparkyweasel

    I got a freebie. :)

    Please excuse the weed patch, - or admire the wildflower meadow. I will be planting some ground cover, maybe Creeping Jenny. Using reclaimed bricks to build walls on the straight sides, to be followed by a path later. The other side is at ground level, due to a slope. Marsh Marigolds, Japanese...
  11. sparkyweasel

    I got a freebie. :)

    As this was an unplanned addition to the garden, I haven't spent a lot of time or money on it, but I have made some progress.
  12. sparkyweasel

    4x2x2 Heated Pond

    I had White Clouds in a greenhouse for years. Just enough heat to keep the frost out, air temperature was 4ºC minimum, I don't know how cold the water got at night, but it was often 5 or 6º in the daytime. And often over 30º in summer.
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    I got a freebie. :)

    Yes, I will test it for leaks. :) Much easier to fix any problems before putting it in the ground. :)
  14. sparkyweasel

    I got a freebie. :)

    I saw this by the roadside yesterday. So I've got some digging to do. Excuse the dead fridge, I really should find out if the council has resumed collections yet. :)
  15. sparkyweasel

    Smelly Whiskey Barrel and other issues....

    Hedgehogs and toads would help. You can make suitable hiding places and hope they come. Or sometimes a wildlife hospital will be looking for homes for rescued ones when they are ready to be released.
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    Smelly Whiskey Barrel and other issues....

    I love hoverflies. :) Perhaps you could put some of the water you take out when waterchanging into a bucket or tub. Put as many of the Rat-Tailed Maggots as you can catch in it, and put it somewhere unobtrusive like behind the shed. Some dead leaves would probably be good for them. :)
  17. sparkyweasel

    Questions about Ponds, Tapwater Topups, & Dying Frogs - Ranavirus

    Could we have a pic of the pond?
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    Journal Mission Bathtub and the Pollywog Party...

    I love those striped snails; I only used to see them on outings to the countryside, but now I've gtot them in both front and back gardens. I don't know if they migrated into town, like the foxes, or maybe my dad put some in the garden before I inherited the house, as he was a wildlife lover too...
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    Journal Mission Bathtub and the Pollywog Party...

    H. pomatia has a light brown shell, H. aspersa is usually grey. I've had striped escargot too, I don't know what species they were.
  20. sparkyweasel

    water lily struggling

    The new leaves on some water lilies are naturally reddish, so it may not be a problem. If you could post a photo we might be able to confirm if it looks normal or not.
  21. sparkyweasel

    Urgent help required

    I'm told 'Bedec Barn Paint' will paint over and seal creosote, but don't know if it's fish safe. Apparently the makers are helpful if you contact them for advice, so it could be worth asking them. hth
  22. sparkyweasel

    Urgent help required

    I don't know about a solution, but I would cover the sleepers with plastic sheets or something similar, to keep the rain off, preventing more of the Creocote getting washed in if it rains again.
  23. sparkyweasel

    Best EPDM liner supplier?

    £40 here; https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07BYSSDQC/?coliid=I1HW3VFM33K4QC&colid=2BWS03HRIWOWJ&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it&th=1 I was looking the other day.
  24. sparkyweasel

    Allotment Pond

    There is some science to the barley straw treatment. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/233867874_Centre_for_Aquatic_Plant_Management_INFORMATION_SHEET_1_CONTROL_OF_ALGAE_WITH_BARLEY_STRAW
  25. sparkyweasel

    My Four Hour Pond

    Mosquito larvae = free fish food. :)
  26. sparkyweasel

    Felt safety

    Before you moved the water butt, was it full of pond life? If so the water must be OK. i've got a shed with a felt roof, feeding into a water butt, daphnia and cyclops live in the butt, so I feel safe using it in my tanks, no problems so far.
  27. sparkyweasel

    Marginal ideas

    I would add Reedmace. :)
  28. sparkyweasel

    Algae question

    "enough fish"??? No, sorry, you've lost me there. :)