Raised Brick Pond: Summer of the Flower

July 4th, 2009

After hearing Sherry’s talk about her pond at the last GWAPA meeting, I decided it was time to post an update about how my raised brick pond is progressing this summer. I’m happy to say that things are going pretty well. I had a few plants come back after being frozen solid through the winter, particularly some Potamogeton and Ludwigia palustris. Neither is incredibly unexpected, however, as they’re both native plants.

Pond - July 4th, 2009

After a few seasons, I’ve had to replace the solar pump as the old one just wouldn’t turn anymore. I think detritus got into the motor, but unfortunately, it’s sealed tight, so I can’t get inside to service it. Fortunately, I had a spare, so that’s going right now. IMG_5819

You’ll notice that I have several bricks lined up along the front edge of the pond. This is to keep a certain dog, Bella, from constantly trying to take a drink from the pond water. She’s got a huge bowl of water just up the steps in the house, but she loves the pond water for some reason. I guess it must have a more complex flavor, but nevertheless, I don’t need a sick dog on my hands, so hence, the barrior.

Pond - July 4th, 2009

Without the barrier, it looks like this. Notice the large zucchini plant to the left of the pond, which is producing lots of tasty fruit already. I also have a couple cucumber vines growing which I’m trying to train up, over, and along the pond. In back of the pond, you can just start to see the tomato plants, which should eventually form a solid wall of green as a backdrop.

Pond - July 4th, 2009

In the pond, this year, I’ve placed every species of plant I have that I don’t know the true scientific name. I have a good friend in GWAPA who does a lot of research into trying to figure out that Limnophila sp. ‘Mini’ is really Limnophila repens, and similar cases, but it’s nearly impossible to do that without seeing the flowers. So, I’m hoping that all of these plants will convert to emersed form and flower, so that I can help him identify these plants.

Pond - July 4th, 2009

To accomplish this, I’ve propped up a few pieces of eggcrate on bricks, and set some tubs of substrate just below the water surface. I already have a number of species converting to emersed form, but only my large Crinum americanum has flowered thus far. As for fish, I threw in a few zebra danios to control mosquitos earlier in the season. Big mistake! I’m going to end up pulling out tons of these fish if the number of fry present are any indication. I’ve also put a few Threadfin Rainbowfish out to hopefully breed. Comments welcome!

5 Responses to “Raised Brick Pond: Summer of the Flower”

  1. Phillip Says:

    All looking really healthy, if perhaps a tad over-crowded. My dog used to do exactly the same.

  2. guitarfish Says:

    Thanks Phillip. It’s definitely over-crowded. If I had the room (and approval), I’d put in a much bigger pond, but for now, this is what I have to deal with, so I’ll jam it full!

  3. Tmom Says:

    I have a “whiskey barrel” pond this year, just some guppies in there, and I also throw plants in there and they go crazy! And my dog also drinks from it too, but so far she hasn’t been sick. Also, I finally got my 75 gallon!!!! Once the driftwood sinks, it will be awesome, and my huge pleco is very happy. check out the pic’s at my site! You have green algea.. I have tuffs of black something algea. I’ll have to check out your algea pages again.

  4. guitarfish Says:

    It’s amazing how much fun a whiskey barrel can be, even without the whiskey! The 75G looks great, I’m looking forward to seeing how it progresses. I always seem to end up with some black brush algae too on my driftwood. I usually don’t mind it if the shrimp/crew keep it in check, as it usually doesn’t consume everything, and gives the tank a rustic look. If you figure out a fool-proof cure-all, please let me know!

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