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Old 06-21-2010, 03:42 PM   #11
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I didn't mean to imply that I wanted ducks--yes they are cute, but I know that they are very messy/dirty. I didn't realize they'd eat all the bugs they could find. Definitely not for a small backyard area.

Now, if they were to show up on their own, I'm not sure what I'd do. (but, I don't even have a pond yet!)

I *am* trying to plan for visits from herons--I want to make sure they cannot penetrate the liner causing leaks. My plan is to use large rocks on the bottom--I can hear Equilibrium furiously typing a reply with emphatic "NO!s" warning me against the use of rocks. ~smile~

You will find that if you have too many "things" like rocks in the bottom of your pond, you will have a lot of trouble keeping the algae from growing. The bottom of the pond should be clear of everything.
If you are wanting to attract birds like herons, then get some fish. Just make sure that they are the most expensive fish that you can find, the herons have expensive tastes! Also, if you have fish you will have to most likely do all the things to your pond that you would do for a fish tank inside the house...
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Old 06-21-2010, 03:44 PM   #12
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I think that Mary needs to update this post! I will only say that I have a couple of visitors on an extended stay...
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Old 06-21-2010, 04:50 PM   #13
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You will find that if you have too many "things" like rocks in the bottom of your pond, you will have a lot of trouble keeping the algae from growing. The bottom of the pond should be clear of everything.
If you are wanting to attract birds like herons, then get some fish. Just make sure that they are the most expensive fish that you can find, the herons have expensive tastes! Also, if you have fish you will have to most likely do all the things to your pond that you would do for a fish tank inside the house...
"Just make sure that they are the most expensive fish..." LOL! Yup, I've heard stories! If I put fish in, I'll get native fish...maybe just minnows.

I'm not exactly trying to attract herons, but I do think they are beautiful, amazing birds. I guess I'm concerned that they'll come for the frogs that I expect to show up, and then they'll puncture the liner.

~sigh~ I think I'm gonna have to learn the hard way. I can't believe I'm saying that, because I'm sure you are probably right about the rocks. I just have this picture in my mind of how I want it to look. Considering that I'm starting with what I'm calling my "glorified birdbath" which will be small enough to rework if necessary I'm going to risk it. Call it a trial run for my ultimate project down the road. Thanks for the warning...get ready to say, "I told you so". =)
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Old 06-21-2010, 05:58 PM   #14
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just make sure that if you are doing rocks in the bottom that the water is not much above the tops of the rocks, and that you have more rock than water. Something like a gravel pit with water in it with some larger rocks on top would probably work but the water in the gravel will stagnate and it might be a bit smelly. There is an alternative to that if you are interested let me know...
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Old 06-21-2010, 08:04 PM   #15
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just make sure that if you are doing rocks in the bottom that the water is not much above the tops of the rocks, and that you have more rock than water. Something like a gravel pit with water in it with some larger rocks on top would probably work but the water in the gravel will stagnate and it might be a bit smelly. There is an alternative to that if you are interested let me know...
I'm open to suggestions...I can't believe I had the nerve to type that after saying I was not gonna learn from other's experiences!
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Old 06-22-2010, 06:28 PM   #16
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Well, the ducklings are still at John's house. Everyone is so attached to them, so Brianna (John's daughter) is going to take care of them until she goes back to Texas.

I will try to get her to post some photos here!
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I wonder if a couple ducklings couldn't just be slipped in with another brood nearby... Just to have a mommy to follow around.
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Or maybe slipped under a chicken... just kidding.
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hahahaha!
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:10 PM   #20
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Oh my goodness! That is just too cute Equilibrium! I must leave this thread immediately before I get the urge to bring home a kitten.
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