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Just thought I would share a few picks of one of my favorite areas of our back yard.

I had this pond and its spillway dug out in september 2010. we get a pretty high anual rainfall and often get storms that dump 100mm of rain in a day or night. I have since contoured a few hundred M2 of ground to send the run off into the dam. During heavy rainfall the little spillway turns into a white water creek.

Of course the main reason for the little dam was to grow fish to eat. I have succsessfully grown out a batch of 30 Silver Perch. I just added 75 fingerlings a couple of months ago.

As a bonus I have also harvested a heap of fresh water shrimp and dozens of Yabbies (mostly used for bait in fresh water rivers for BAss, Cod and Yello Belly Etc.)
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More digging, finnished digging and shaping in about 4 Hrs total.

I left a shalow ledge all around the sides for water lillies and so on.

That night we had 60mm of rain in a short heavy storm. Woke in the morning to find it nearly full.

The next day I dug turf from the other side of the yard and lined the banks and the spillway to stop erosion and hold everything together.


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Well done mate did not realise that you had done all the work. I thought it was a natural pond.. How many beers did it take?

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Spillway finnished and complete with its own small pond (Youl see why soon).

Lined with heavy duty black plastic and 3/4 drainage gravel.

Starting planting water plants and fringe plants. At this time we had a few hundred plants potted up and ready to plant into the yard, mostly coloufull stuff and palms.
The missus is the green thumb, I just dig the holes and make the garden beds.


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Well done mate did not realise that you had done all the work. I thought it was a natural pond.. How many beers did it take?


Yes mate, its fair to say I enjoyed a cold drink or seven at the end of that day, several of them while i was admiring the big hole in the yard, daydreaming about one day going fishing in there. :drunken:

I also back filled a network of agg pipe drains with a semi and dog drailer full of 3/4 drainage gravel the same day.

Its no wonder I feel a bit worn out these days. :think:

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Excuse me blind freddie... Less talk more photos! :lol:

Looks like a very nice spot to sample a dozen brews! :thumbright:

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Every pond needs a tea house next it.

Sorry Revs theres not much on the telly tonight so you guys are copping it :wave:


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Youve put a lot of work into that mate, very impressed :notworthy:

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Spent a few bucks on timber that month


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Youve put a lot of work into that mate, very impressed :notworthy:


Thanks mate, I love that type of work. I dont draw up plans, I just think about what I want, do a quick sketch and then build. I did the whole thing single handed using clamps and temporary braces to hold things in place.

Started building pathways and planting up the back yard around it next. More truck loads of rocks, mulch and gravel moved with the old wheel barrow. Very thirsty work over the Xmas holliday period


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Unreal!! Im enjoying this very much. Great work!!


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Unreal!! Im enjoying this very much. Great work!!



Thanks mate, I didnt want to bore anybody, i was hoping others might enjoy the picks too.

Its a great spot to sit after a crappy day at work, within minutes the work day is a distant memory :thumbright:


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That is a beaut mate.

So why the little pond in the overflow?

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Have had a cormerant eat a whole batch of fingerlings in one week, 100 fish in total. By the time I realised what was goin on it was to late.

When I set up my first AP system I stocked it with a dozen year old silvers from the pond.

The first life forms added were small feeder fish and shrimps from a local creek. They have bred up to good size populations.

I now harvest heaps of the feeder fish for chook food, and the shrimps and yabbies for fish food and bait.


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That is a beaut mate.

So why the little pond in the overflow?


Just for effect realy, its right next to the tea house and the spillway /man made creek runs under the tea house.
I have planted irises and gingers around it sow at different times of the year its a mass of colour. After heavy rains the water flows for a few days and sounds great cascading through the small pond.

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