Question about clay and drainage
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by /u/duroo
2d ago
Hello! I am looking to build my first wildlife pond in my garden. I live in NC and the soil is thick red clay once you get below about 6 inches. I've read that clay soil drains so slowly that a liner may not be necessary. Does anyone have experience with this type of soil? Could I dig it out and fill it up to check the drainage, and if it drains too fast then add a liner afterwards? Thanks! submitted by /u/duroo [visit reddit] [comments ..read more
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I'm a newbie
Reddit » Wildlife Ponds
by /u/Only-Investigator-88
2d ago
H! Go easy on me - I'm new to this! Essentially I (40F - thinks she's still 21) am obsessed with my garden and I'm rearing to go now spring is coming ?? My neighbour has given me a large Belfast Sink and I really want to make a wildlife pond! So please advise.... ?? I'm going to get a starter pack on amazon. Anything to look for/avoid is now the best time to start one? Is 60% sun and 40% shade the best way? Thank you so much in advance for any help/tips! ?? submitted by /u/Only-Investigator-88 [visit reddit] [comments ..read more
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Container Pond Question
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by /u/irminsul96
2d ago
I'm hoping to put together a 40 gallon container pond this spring. We have a hard freeze in the winter where I live so the plants won't make it outside. Does anyone bring their plants in for the winter? I'm wondering if I can transfer the water and plants from the pond to big buckets indoors, get a grow light and keep them alive in our sunroom. submitted by /u/irminsul96 [visit reddit] [comments ..read more
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If I wanted fish in my wildlife pond, should I avoid rice fish because they might be invasive in the U.K.?
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by /u/Lapis-lad
2d ago
So my pond is like 30 gallons ish? Maybe more or so and I was thinking I could put some fish in it to control the mosquitos until more pond life find their way. But like is it worth it? Considering the few native fish I could add are very limited? submitted by /u/Lapis-lad [visit reddit] [comments ..read more
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Underwater grass advise/suggestions
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by /u/Efficient-Profit-741
2d ago
Filled up my pond. The gravel area is around 3-4 inches deep in a 4x4 area and 12 inches from the surface. Anyone has experience using any underwater hardy grass? So far in my list are valissneria americana and sagittaria subulata, both native in US and are hardy in zone 8. The shelf area are for potted plants. submitted by /u/Efficient-Profit-741 [visit reddit] [comments ..read more
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R/WildlifePonds weekly chat thread
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by /u/AutoModerator
3d ago
Let's chat! How are your ponds and wet habitats doing? Any plans for new ponds or improvements? What wildlife has been visiting your pond this week? submitted by /u/AutoModerator [visit reddit] [comments ..read more
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Wildlife Pond regrets
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by /u/TheMrNeffels
1w ago
I'm putting in a small wildlife pond in central Iowa. This is basically a test run to figure out what works and what doesn't before doing a few 1/2 acre ponds, then a 2-3 acre pond, then finally a 5 acre pond. This will all be over at least 5 years as I learn what to do. Getting to my question, what did you do with your pond that you regret and wish you did different? my plan with this small pond is dig another hole a few feet back from the pond and have a small blind to take photos. I'm planning on doing sandy at the "beach" end, then a layer of rocks built up to separate sand and deeper ..read more
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Advice on pond kits with waterfalls/filters?
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by /u/ilikebugsandthings
1w ago
I’m in MA, USA and looking at buying a pond kit from half off ponds. I’m hoping to build something ~4ft at the deepest to hopefully provide overwintering space for toads/frogs. I know that most people here opt for filterless set ups but this is for my parents and so I think it would be easier for them if there was a skimmer basket for leaves, and they’d like a waterfall. I’m hoping that I can reduce the flow enough where nothing living (aside from bacteria/plankton I guess) would end up in the skimmer/filter. Any advice on using these kits? If you have one, which did you buy? Did you adapt it ..read more
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Urgent help needed
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by /u/a_paulling
1w ago
Hi all, this little fellow was in my pond this morning, and I'm very worried for him. He stayed in that spread out position for a long time. I gently poked his feet with a stick and he didn't respond at all, so I thought he was dead. Went to pick him up to bury him, he started to move very lethargically, then gave a couple bursts of energy to go hide under one of the marginal plants. For a few moments his bum was poking out and he had 2 round pinkish-red bumps there (if he were a mammal I would have assumed they were testes) unfortunately I didn't manage to get a picture of this, as he t ..read more
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Pond advice
Reddit » Wildlife Ponds
by /u/Simple_Quarter
1w ago
I have a pond with a waterfall for just frogs and plants. I usually have a LOT of frogs. Of many types. And it sounds wonderful in the warm weather at night. But last year I hardly had any. I did have my pond cleaned for its annual cleaning. I didn’t think they did anything they don’t usually do each Spring but something changed. Any ideas on what could have caused this and what I should do this spring? As you can see from this photo, it looked healthy. submitted by /u/Simple_Quarter [visit reddit] [comments ..read more
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