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  1. martin-green

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

    Below just a random pond I found on the internet, it has living plants in and around the water. Below is the pond in question, it has no living plants in or around the water, it does have dead material in it.
  2. martin-green

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

    I might be wrong but is that rotting timber, dead roots and what ever in the middle of the "pond". I can't help but wonder is the water stagnant? Anything dead decays and gives off toxic gas which removes oxygen from the water. Why not pump out all the water (Buckets at hand to keep...
  3. martin-green

    Oase BioSys Skimmer

    I am just trying to understand, hence the many questions. I am guessing you are going to have a floating skimmer? Yes, leaves in the pond are not welcome. I have a few in mine now. How close will this pond be to the trees? its just that (and I don't know where your pond is in relation to the...
  4. martin-green

    Oase BioSys Skimmer

    I presume this is to be a raised pond? will any of it be below ground?
  5. martin-green

    garden pond project

    You are lucky, all we ever get is wood pigeons.
  6. martin-green

    Good quality floating food

    They don't ship. The website clearly says
  7. martin-green

    Chesnut roots..

    I do not agree entirely.o_O Kevlar does stop bullets from penetrating it, tree roots are not bullets, tree roots will continue to grow and force anything out of its way without the need to penetrate it. A pond would end up having "lumps and bumps" where tree roots are pushing kevlar out of...
  8. martin-green

    Chesnut roots..

    There is another consideration, if your pond was under a tree, when its autumn where will all the leaves go? 😟 Leaves if left in a pond will rot and decay depriving the water of oxygen, so killing the pond, yes you can fish them out, or put a net over it, but it's easier to not put it near a...
  9. martin-green

    Good quality floating food

    What food are you using now, and why are you looking for another brand? (No point in recommending one you already have)
  10. martin-green

    Journal New project for me week off

    I wouldn't recommend doing that. Lime that is in the cement is Toxic to fish. If you really want to use cement, let it dry, then coat it with a sealant such as G4.
  11. martin-green

    Pump for very small pond?

    As with most pumps, you can turn a big pump down, you can't turn a small pump up.
  12. martin-green

    Journal New project for me week off

    Seeing as it looks like this pond is for decorative purposes :headphone: why not build a water feature instead? Easier to build, less maintenance and will sound nice from your "sun deck"
  13. martin-green

    Journal New project for me week off

    Foxfish is not wrong. How will you get to the back of your pond? From here it looks like the fence is too close. Where will you "move them on" to? Koi really do grow fast and need a lot of looking after, I really would not recommend them for a beginners pond Have you decided how to return...
  14. martin-green

    Journal New project for me week off

    I presume the "rocks" are where you are thinking of putting it?
  15. martin-green

    Pump for very small pond?

    🥳
  16. martin-green

    Pump for very small pond?

    It is. But you give the impression that you want one air pump to run at least 2 "air lifts" or is this not the case?
  17. martin-green

    Pump for very small pond?

    As with any pump, make sure it is suitable for the task for which you intend to use it. I note that the small "air lift pipe" you link to requires 150 L/min of air to be good.
  18. martin-green

    Journal Lockdown wildlife pond

    Kezzab, that is much better than the first one :) (Yes, it's not my cup of tea, but it is much better)
  19. martin-green

    Pump for very small pond?

    Like I said, wait till chinwag decides. He may have 3 pools, but may only want it for one or two.
  20. martin-green

    Pump for very small pond?

    But what if he hasn't :) Joking aside, everyone has their own opinion. Best let chinwag decide.:nailbiting:
  21. martin-green

    Pump for very small pond?

    I am only saying............. You can buy a small pond water pump for around the same price as a small air pump, and you don't need to "make anything" to make it work. I do admit, I can see the "fun" value in making it yourself, but the parts will add to the cost. Speaking of parts, I notice...
  22. martin-green

    Pump for very small pond?

    Not being funny, but it depends on what you want the pump to actually do. You can get small mains operated pumps, and as you have found out, solar pumps are a waste of space, and usually money.
  23. martin-green

    Journal Lockdown wildlife pond

    I guess someone has to tell you, so................ It still shows. We (collectively) are trying to help. I quite understand that you want to make a wildlife pond, and that you want it to look nice, but rushing it is not going to help. Your idea is good But not only should it be built...
  24. martin-green

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    Fake herons ? you may want to read the discussion we had about them last year, click here
  25. martin-green

    Journal Mission Bathtub and the Pollywog Party...

    If you turn a bucket of water upside down it falls out because it has no reason to stay there and gravity pulls it down. If you fill a container with water, put it in a body of water and turn the container upside down you can slowly lift the container up until its edge is just sitting on the...
  26. martin-green

    Journal Lockdown wildlife pond

    Leave it as it is for a few days to let it finis settling in, and the lier moving, then finish the edges. How deep is it?
  27. martin-green

    Journal Lockdown wildlife pond

    Just my thoughts. A lot of folk say use carpet before you lay the underlay, but after a few years the carpet rots to nothing, meaning the liner is vulnerable.
  28. martin-green

    The American Pond

    kadoxu, is that a box of Oase lights sitting on the bottom shelf?
  29. martin-green

    The American Pond

    How will that work? skimmer takes stuff from the surface
  30. martin-green

    Fountain at night

    As it is dark, I thought I would share a fountain or two. (With lights) For me, a fountain should be just that, a fountain with no fish or plants. (Lights optional) I couldn't show the one in my avatar as it is too cold and has been turned off by my frost stat (Project on here from 2017)
  31. martin-green

    Journal Wildlife Pond

    The trough is galvanised and will affect the water both quality and PH How does the water get from the pond back to the water butt? I am trying to understand what it is you are trying to achieve.
  32. martin-green

    The American Pond

    Looks nice, but I would suggest you don't have any koi. Koi are a nice looking fish, but are not a beginners fish as they need a lot of looking after, and they need a lot of room. By their nature koi are inquisitive and love to dig things up, so the gravel will not be a good idea, also as they...
  33. martin-green

    Urgent help required

    I can not help but wonder if we will ever find out anymore. He asked for "Urgent help" to which he got several replies the next day, but in short the replies were "you have built the pond wrong" (Sorry but its a fact, he has made too many errors) I hope he has not "given up" or worse still for...
  34. martin-green

    Urgent help required

    Bedec Barn Paint, doesn't look good for this use. For my money it has too many "be careful ofs" As I said, if you can't afford to do something for a pond, then wait untill you can afford it, trying this and that only to have them fail later means money has been wasted twice, better off...
  35. martin-green

    Herons

    Might it not be the fact that from above it is not possible to see any fish?:confused:
  36. martin-green

    Urgent help required

    I believe that when new, a railway sleeper was left to soak in creosote and old engine oil for 2 weeks, to allow it to penetrate. However, what you and I would call a sleeper has now been replaced with an SSO* An SSO is usualy not treated with anything. *SSO = sleeper shaped object
  37. martin-green

    Urgent help required

    You have "contaimated the water" so why pump it elsewhere other than the drain? You should remove all traces of the "creosote substitute" I do not know if g4 or expoxy paint is suitable for timber, I suggest you do your own research and find out, one thing I will say, a mate of mine painted...
  38. martin-green

    Herons

    Sorry but a decoy heron will NOT "do the trick" if anything it does the opposite. A heron flying overhead is always looking for food, if it sees another heron (decoy) it assumes there must be food otherwise why would the other heron be there so instead of scaring it away, down it comes. There...
  39. martin-green

    Urgent help required

    You may want to read about Fred and his koi pond build Click here
  40. martin-green

    Urgent help required

    The only answer has to be get the fish out and rebuild the pond.:( Anything you "put on top" of the creosote substitute will have to be compatibe with the creosote substitute and be durable, in that if / when it becomes exposed you don't want rain taking the (old) creosote substitute into the...
  41. martin-green

    Best EPDM liner supplier?

    Is that an Oase Aquamax?
  42. martin-green

    Best EPDM liner supplier?

    Thinking out loud...................... Franks, why do you want EPDM? Many years ago it was the "thing" to have but as you pointed out its 1mm thick, which makes it not too easy to manipulate, back then you would leave it out in the warm sun for several hours to warm it up to make it more...
  43. martin-green

    Best EPDM liner supplier?

    £137? a 5 x 5 is less than £60 I wouldn't be surprised if I could be that if I used a search engine
  44. martin-green

    Journal Gold fish pond and summer house

    Couple of things to point out, not all plastic is suitable for a pond. You really want a filter pump, not a "sump / fountain pump" for your "bay". The reason is a filter pump pumps large volumes of water at not a great deal pressure (so it will not "blow up" your filter) but more importantly...
  45. martin-green

    Journal Gold fish pond and summer house

    Bottom drains are good, but I would say not needed in this instance. A bottom drain needs somewhere to go to, often a vortex chamber, then from here to the filters, if you have a heavily stocked pond, or if you have Koi (They produce a lot of poop) then yes have a bottom drain and vortex...
  46. martin-green

    Journal Gold fish pond and summer house

    I like the idea of bagged media:thumbup: What I can not help but wonder is how many bags will it need, and what will they look like when in the pond? Assuming there is 5 tonne of gravel, you want to easily lift each bag, so if we said 10Kg / bag that is 10 bags / tonne, 5 tonnes = 50 bags...
  47. martin-green

    Journal Gold fish pond and summer house

    I like the look of pea shingle at the bottom of a pond, but in practical terms for a pond its a waste of time. The reason is not that it doesn't work, its the fact that as and when, you have to empty the whole pond and clean it all, its not so bad with a fish tank as you dont really have that...
  48. martin-green

    Journal Gold fish pond and summer house

    The DIY pools look "ok" but I seem to remember some years back reading that they are not as good as they make out. One thing to point out, they all say they come with a pump (No problem with that) but they have no filtration and no way of adding one and still looking nice. Yes you can try the...
  49. martin-green

    Allotment Pond

    I have seen ponds that have never had blanket weed for years and years, then one year "whoosh" loads of it, next year none. :crazy: (My tiny frog pond has never had any, and that must be 7+ years old) People will say do this, or do that, add this don't use that, truth is nothing really works...
  50. martin-green

    Journal Gold fish pond and summer house

    AllPondSolutions appear to be a "Badge company" they buy stuff in and put their badge on it. As for are pressure filters any good, you have to understand why they exist. The traditional "box filter" is sitting adjacent the pond with the outlet sitting over the pond or at the top of a "water way"...
  51. martin-green

    Journal Gold fish pond and summer house

    SWA is Steel Wire Armoured cable. As the name implies it is electric cable with steel wire armour. (It has a black sheath over the armour) You can hit it with a shovel and you will need a new shovel. It is supposed to buried at least 450 mm below the surface, but seldom is. It will be his...
  52. martin-green

    Journal Gold fish pond and summer house

    Just to clarify, it will be out side the summer house, sitting under the tree? (Or have I mis-understood?)
  53. martin-green

    Biofalls/waterfall and skimmer UK stockists?

    Its only the skimmer (With catchment basket, flap etc) so how it is plumbed in is really up to you. Must be cheaper than asking your mate to get one and having to pay import duty and mark up on it.
  54. martin-green

    Biofalls/waterfall and skimmer UK stockists?

    The side wall skimmers I have seen feed directly to the main filter, no extra pump required. You can get them from koi pond stockits (and ebay for £55)
  55. martin-green

    Journal Gold fish pond and summer house

    Just asking, the pond will be inside the summer house?
  56. martin-green

    Why it's not a good idea to.............

    A water storage tank as a sump for a water feature. I have to admit, I did, but it always needed "tidying up" It didn't take that long to figure out what was wrong, but I thought I would leave it and see how bad it can get........... Yes, the surrounding soil pushed its way in, even though...
  57. martin-green

    New year, what new project?

    So, its a new year, and a new season (almost) what will you be doing this year?
  58. martin-green

    Mini Heated Pond

    Only asking, how are you heating it? and is the pond outside?
  59. martin-green

    Air Driven Filter

    No, I don't mean the fountain in my avatar. That one is mains and was always going to be mains, and it exists. As I said, the one I was involved in costing was to be huge (bigger than the fountain that is my avatar) and it was never made simply because it was going to cost way too much, all...
  60. martin-green

    Air Driven Filter

    There are actually more than two, but they still need sunshine, and the "really good ones" cost lots of money. I once had to "assist" with costings for a "solar fountain" Not your small back garden fountain but a "huge" fountain for a centre show piece. I won't go into all the details but it...
  61. martin-green

    Air Driven Filter

    To have a pump for a pond filter it must fit several criteria. 1) Be able to turn over the pond volume once every 4 hours. 2) Be able to run 24 hours / day In order to achieve this you are going to need batteries to store surplus energy, to charge the batteries you are going to need solar...
  62. martin-green

    Guess what I got in the post

    After some rain, we actually had a small bit of sunshine
  63. martin-green

    Guess what I got in the post

    A while ago I ordered a solar pump (with battery back up) well it has arrived today so I am going to make a video of it working .........But its too dark now, in the mean time here is the solar panel
  64. martin-green

    My Four Hour Pond

    You might also want to add some "old bricks" stacked like a stair case (honest) so that anything that gets in (be that it falls or jumps in) can get out by its self. Also you may want to remove some of that grass round the edge, its not the grass itself that concerns me, its the lawn mower you...
  65. martin-green

    My Four Hour Pond

    I would suggest you go for the "Natural pond" route, a solar pump will be of no use what so ever, and some (not all) pond plants do not like moving water. It will be a case of trial and error to find out what is right for your pond, but above all have fun doing it and keep posting pictures.
  66. martin-green

    Couple of filtration opinions please

    By their nature, a wildlife pond has no filtration, so I would say its your call on that one. When using a water butt as filter I have yet to see the "input" directly at the bottom of the butt, what I have often seen is a pipe from the top that goes to the bottom (Through the chosen filter...
  67. martin-green

    Journal Nano pond - 2020

    Gill, pardon me asking, but are you saying you are going to have an air pump, and a water pump for your pond that are both solar? (and have you a link to the pond?)
  68. martin-green

    Pump

    This is a sump pump Sometimes people will use one of these in their pond to supply a waterfall or even the filter. They soon find out that in most cases its too powerful for a filter and can not pump solids to be filtered out, and pumps far too much to be used as a waterfall. People buy them...
  69. martin-green

    Too cold for a fountain, an idea......coming soon.

    Pleased to say it works as expected. We have had some really old weather and the fountains still work, but when its cold enough for ice, the fountains stop long before. :) :thumbup:
  70. martin-green

    After some advice on pond level

    Just wondering.........has any of that timber got / coated with any type of preservative?
  71. martin-green

    After some advice on pond level

    Pictures?
  72. martin-green

    Heron proofing pond

    how any one can be proud of that, I don't know.
  73. martin-green

    Heron proofing pond

    and yet people still buy plastic herons.
  74. martin-green

    Heron proofing pond

    Just an observation. Herons probably have a 6 foot wing span.........when flying, they don't when walking on the ground, not so much of a margin for error.
  75. martin-green

    Heron proofing pond

    Sorry to say, but I don't think much to them. Yes they can be amusing, but when you have to go out in the garden and you forget............ also come winter time if the hose freezes......... They don't always work........watch the clip
  76. martin-green

    Belfast Sink Pond - frost proofing?

    .............now all he has to do is to get some bales of hay / straw. :playful: The other thing is, it really should have an insulated "lid" because if it is full of water (Melted snow / rain fall) it could still freeze. (Wind chill?) I think we deserve a picture of the sink in its final...
  77. martin-green

    Growing moss on pond liner?

    Doesn't have to be butyl. Butyl used to have a 20 year g'tee. You can now get non butyl liners that have a 30 year g'tee. (But you do have to use the specific underlay to get the g'tee)
  78. martin-green

    Felt safety

    It not a Yes or No answer, since the run off would need analysing. Its your choice. I would err on the side of caution and NOT do it.
  79. martin-green

    Belfast Sink Pond - frost proofing?

    That's great news
  80. martin-green

    Belfast Sink Pond - frost proofing?

    I agree with zozo, its the expansion of the water the causes the damage. Cover it with what you like, it may work it may not, its dependant on what the temperature goes down to. We have had a flowerpot outside for many years (with of all things a flower in it) last year it split. So it seems to...
  81. martin-green

    Pond substrate

    Fish tanks have lots of pebbles in, but that's because its used as a biological filter. Gravel in ponds will after a while become covered in algae so unless you want to make life harder for yourself, don't put gravel in a pond. There is also the potential for any sharp gravel to puncture the...
  82. martin-green

    Heron proofing pond

    Believe it or not herons are not stupid. I have seen videos of herons step over string / wire, if you are going to use this method it needs to be either high up so they can not land or lots of it. I would guess your idea is of little use as they can easily stand on the sleeper and lean over...
  83. martin-green

    Solar pump any one?

    I heard that solar pumps have improved.............so I got one
  84. martin-green

    Do I need to use rebar?

    This post is intended for Mark in Poole. Mark, it has been over month since your last post, I am just wondering "How is it going?"
  85. martin-green

    Help with removing red algae from a new pond.

    If its just for a wildlife pond I really would not bother with a filter, since filters are mostly used to remove fish waste, and you will also want to add a UV which in turn means more expense and you also have to install an electricity supply. I think the best thing is to post clear pictures of...
  86. martin-green

    Too cold for a fountain, an idea......coming soon.

    Been busy, here you go. Happy Easter.
  87. martin-green

    Journal Mission Bathtub 2017

    Just wondering.............. The "tank" with glass, what is the bottom and sides made from?
  88. martin-green

    Too cold for a fountain, an idea......coming soon.

    Its been a while, but here are some pictures of it working.:) Picture 1, is the unit measuring normal outside temperature. Picture 2, is the unit when its too cold (Dry ice on the temperature sensor) Picture 3, is the unit warming up again. The unit's on board relay operates a bigger relay...
  89. martin-green

    Do I need to use rebar?

    Intro::) Hello Mark in Poole. Building a pond is easy, dig a hole shove in a liner, put water in it job done. If only it was that easy. A pond when built correctly is only built once, so don't rush into it, do some more research and if you can go and have a look at some ponds....... Regarding...
  90. martin-green

    Too cold for a fountain, an idea......coming soon.

    It works when "on the bench" now all I have to do is install it.
  91. martin-green

    Too cold for a fountain, an idea......coming soon.

    :) It has arrived. The bad news is I doubt I will have time this week end.
  92. martin-green

    Too cold for a fountain, an idea......coming soon.

    As my avatar shows I have a fountain in the garden, but when its really cold and I get ice, its not really a good idea to let the fountain run, (But not for reasons you are probably thinking of) so I have been looking and I have come up with an idea. Pictures and more to follow. (Waiting for...
  93. martin-green

    solar powered air pump

    Yes you can google it, but if you then look at what comes up. Most of them are using the same tiny solar panel and a small air pump and make exaggerated claims. How are you going to run a solar air pump and charge a battery if you only have a 1.5watt solar panel? (Its what all that I saw have)...
  94. martin-green

    solar powered air pump

    ZOZO has got it so right :clap: Unless you have big solar panels it is just not worth it just to run an air pump, and if you look at the cost of several solar panels (to make one big solar panel) its still cheaper to run the air pump via the mains.
  95. martin-green

    Journal Pond on a slope

    Must be too subtle for me to notice. :confused:
  96. martin-green

    Journal Pond on a slope

    Sorry KipperSarnie, what shadows?
  97. martin-green

    jumbo kois

    Suppose it depends on how big is jumbo? I have seen Koi that are huge, why do you ask?
  98. martin-green

    Journal Pond on a slope

    Just thought I would mention.........The colour of the light used makes a difference. I have an RGB LED light in my fountain.
  99. martin-green

    Journal Pond on a slope

    Look at it this way: Q) Solar lights need ? to charge the batteries? A) Sunshine that we don't have much of in winter. Also how can you make a solar light come on when YOU want it to? you can't, solar lights come on as soon as it is dark(ish) and run until the battery is flat, which is not...
  100. martin-green

    Journal Pond on a slope

    Depends what effect you want. (The following is using the actual fall as a reference.) In front: It will light the waterfall, its surroundings and anything behind it. Behind: Often not enough space to mount a light, and if there is it will point forwards "blinding" anyone looking at it. Above...
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