Saturday, September 27, 2008

Project Update: Trough Pond A Go-Go

The pond is alive!

Austin Outdoor Studio sealed it a few days ago, and after letting the seal cure for 48 hours, we filled it with water. No leakage, much to my relief.

We've added a hardy water lily and some blue flag irises, along with some snails. The lilies are still under the water, stretching to reach the surface, and will show themselves in a day or two. Fish will have to wait about two weeks for the water to temper itself and some beneficial bacteria to build up in the pond and filter.



Blogger Christiane Erwin said...

OMG, I love love LOVE this! I have major landscaping envy! BRAVO!

6:07 PM  
Blogger Austin Outdoor Studio said...

I love the subtle movement of the water. It's perfect. Thanks Again!!

6:23 PM  
Blogger Rous said...

Wow, I love it. But what kind of sealer is going to protect plain steel (especially the welds) for more than a year or so? Do you plan on refinishing it every year? Or is there some trick to this? How big is the hold for the electrical line? What kind of fish? Sorry about all the questions.
Thanks, -Jeff

6:16 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

rous, a black acrylic sealer was used inside the pond and the outside was left bare. The sealer is essentially the stuff sold as "pickup truck bed protector". It is all acrylic based so there was no worry about it hurting the fish or plants, once it cured for a few days.

All ponds require maintenance to their seals or liners every several years, so we expect to have to reseal it in a handful of years. We'll see.

The electrical line was drilled and then a special type of tightening, screwable device was used to make sure it was water-tight.

All this was handled by Austin Outdoor Studio. If you live in Austin and are interested in talking to them about one, feel free to get in touch through their website.

We're only going to put goldfish in it as it isn't deep enough for koi. Koi are too high-maintenence anyway. We don't want to spend hours dealing with the pond every week.

So far, it is all working like a charm!

5:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info. I love the modern fish pond idea, but my wife has her heart set on a underground reservior type fountain thing.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Austin Outdoor Studio said...

To comment on the sealing. The sealing was not done to keep the pond from leaking. It was done to keep the interior of the pond from rusting, thus discoloring the water.
The pond was fully welded and pre-filled with water to check for leaks. We then drained the pond and coated the steel. If the coating deteriorates the pond will still hold water.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Jordan Lewis said...

I live in the northwest but was wondering about if mosquitos are an issue with these features? Thinking of making one in my back yard

7:55 PM  

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