Re: NANFA-- first harvest/non-native

R. W. Wolff (
Tue, 17 Sep 2002 23:49:08 -0500

Here is the link to my website, or former website. Due to computer problems
and software changes since the orignal constrution I can no longer update or
maintain this site. Its lost in cyber space. Here is what is out there, but
since then things have changed. I may have my new web site operational by
the end of winter.

Chou-piques Marsh .
This host is not that good anyways. all the pop ups and the crazy URL they
pick for you, then want to charge you an arm and a leg for a URL of your
choice. The URL makes it sound like a porn site, a gaurantee there is
nothing but my yard, and wildlife from the marsh contained in it. Unless
some hacker with really nothing better to do can get into it. What do you
want for free hosting though?

The tub ponds I speak of harvesting are this: plastic containers burried in
the ground up to their rims. I add not substrate, but rain washes some soil
into them along with debri off of trees and plants around them. I add some
floating and submerged plants. Wind and rain are the only filtering other
than the plants. They work really well.

My killipond has the benefit of the excess air from my blower in the
fishroom pumped to it. The Gar River pond has two pumps pushing just under
11 cfm. I plan to add some filtering to the skimmer , which will consist of
eggcrates overlain with some thin foam. Other wise all my ponds are really
just standing water filtered by plants.

Most of them are native to my area, but I do use some non native plants.
Favorites include pickeral weed, water plantain, water bamboo, mermaid weed,
water marigold, bog bean, iris, and water lillies. My preferred non native
( to my area) are American frog bit, floating heart ( banana plant) , and
water hyacinth.

For winter all I do is scoop out all the plants and material, in the tubs.
Then I leave them, since daphnia and other beneficial things will winter
over in them. The killi pond does not freeze down and I have had a few
things that winter, oddly things from far south of here. My dwarf crawfish
and a location of zonatum. I do drain that pond nearly dry to get out the
fish, since the native kilis I keep in there will not survive winter. The
Gar River now houses fish that will survive the winter, and I do nothing but
bring in a few of the fish for observation, I take that back, I do have some
livebearers in there, but removing them after the plants die back for the
most part in November is easy enough. I do not drain that one anymore. I
should have vacummed out the muck though, since I suffered a big loss from
nitrite poisoning this year.

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