RE: NANFA-- pond, stream and sand

Crail, Todd (
Tue, 4 Jun 2002 09:07:39 -0400

Thanks Ray and Moon. I think that solves it for me. It will be
interesting to see how much the locked up nitrogen and phosphate will
play. Sounds like I could expect green water to begin with anyway.
Would be a good montior of when the system is mature enough and ready
for a larger fish load besides some mosquito control.

I'm glad to see that balanced natural systems have worked well for you.
I get tired of changing water to remove nitrogen. And if I wanted a
sterile hobby... I guess I'd just play golf ;)

Thanks again,
Never trust a sport that considers water a hazzard! ;)
-----Original Message-----
From: R. W. Wolff

I use sand ( which is gravel in certain areas) as a substrate in all my
ponds, and eventually smaller ones end up with some too. This is a no
no with
many ponders , but it works great for me. Usually the first year I think
adds to the bloom of green water. Generally after a year and heavy
and additions of small crustaceans, molluscs and other critters you
would find
in a typical habitat you are trying to replicate and it works great.
Eventually the sand becomes kind of a unit, bound by roots and other
I use gravel in areas of current and near drop offs to make a bumper to
the sand in place.
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