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Old June 1st 05, 05:25 AM
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Oh goodness, yes.. We had problems with the waterfall as well. The pond
came in absolute horrible quality when we moved in; nearly as bad as it
was in the first picture, save for for times as many fish. Ended up
just building a bypass with some old PVC and tubing, but that was ages
ago... more pictures, more progress!

It turned out that the waterfall they built wasnt protected against
leaks of any type, but more rather a giant rock mass cemented together.
It wasnt on any sort of liner, and hence water would simply drift into
the soil. Of course, you've also seen the state of the liner underneath
the pond; cracked beyond all belief. The liner wasnt doing anything
useful, whatsoever.
http://img252.echo.cx/img252/4719/dcp007633oq.jpg (the pond, as close
as the original condition as possible. I believe there was a little
giant pump with a shoebox sized prefilter along with a brick of barley
to boot. The main filtration is now the holding tank's filter.)
http://img142.echo.cx/img142/9930/img02101em.jpg (the original hole
that caught our attention)
http://img134.echo.cx/img134/9948/img03122lh.jpg (More pond progress.
Those chunks are quite heavy.. I need to pulverise them each
separately)
http://img134.echo.cx/img134/2263/img03152jb.jpg (Holding tank water,
now Chamomile tea color. I hope this doesnt last, but its a great jump
from chocolate cream.)

I'm getting through this cement at about two square feet a day. I
should be done by this Friday, leaving ample time to excavate. In the
mean time, I'm trying to decide how I should keep such a disaster from
happening again, and have been planning on building a filtration system
that consists of a homemade bead filter, homemade "bioreactor (large
tank of large surface area material), and a plenty-large homemade
vortex.

Water quality in the small holding tank is also degrading quite
rapidly; I believe its going over its first bacterial bloom. The fish
are atleast eating now, which is nice..

Thanks for your help! More pictures, content, more updates on the way.

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Old June 1st 05, 05:36 AM
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The liner wasnt doing anything
useful, whatsoever.
http://img252.echo.cx/img252/4719/dcp007633oq.jpg (the pond, as close
as the original condition as possible.

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Old June 1st 05, 05:37 AM
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Water quality in the small holding tank is also degrading quite
rapidly; I believe its going over its first bacterial bloom. The fish
are atleast eating now, which is nice..


Don't forget the Amquell (ammonia detox additives) a little salt for
nitrite detox and 10% water changes every few days. Test the water, and if
you don't have a test kit, do the above and order some. In the meantime,
chisel away. ~ jan

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Old June 1st 05, 05:52 AM
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In reply to both of your queries:
The server, or rather the image hosting site I am using is called
imageshack (.us), and hosts images for free. Be that as it may, the
images you're trying to view are huge - I'm quite sorry about that,
however I always find it annoying when an image online isnt the size of
a poster, and I'd much rather change that than leave things the way
they are.

-Your load times will be SLOW, the images are nearly a megabyte in
size-
http://img231.echo.cx/img231/8454/dcp007460ol.jpg (The fish, nearly two
years ago. Its been that long?)
As for additives... doh! what was I thinking.. I'll get right on that.
Water quality was so above-par on the second day of work, I didnt think
any more of it. Chisel away I will.

Your help is always appreciated.. and compensated for graciously by
many photos and bits of media content.

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Old June 3rd 05, 02:47 AM
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Victory! The cement is finally out of its foundation, and ready to be
moved off site.
However, I have a grave problem.. upon measuring the doorway and the
width of the excavator, I've come to the conclusion that it WONT FIT
THROUGH THE DOOR. grr..
http://img135.echo.cx/img135/7014/img03192ik.jpg (Finally done! The
rock on the right needs to be carted away.)
http://img135.echo.cx/img135/1706/img03228ln.jpg (entrance in which
digging device must fit through)
http://img135.echo.cx/img135/2662/img03269er.jpg (absolutely beautiful
picture of the waterfall I've been dismantling. not much to brag over.)

Can anyone recommend any suitable replacements to an excavator, in all
of its 1-day-finish-the-job-and-have-fish-next-week goodness? If not..
I'll be tearing down a fence too. .

As always, more pictures and media with every update. I promise.

 




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