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Make Your First Pond With Concrete. You Can Do It.
 

  How's everyone, been a while since I sent an members email blast. It's about that time of the year to start thinking about the coming season and maybe you're planning for your first pond build. It's tempting to buy one of the many kits that are out there but you can do much better starting from scratch and building a quality pond that will last for a very long time.


  A great basic starting point is the concrete pond build section here at this site. I know your thinking concrete is to much for you but it's really not. I got into the concrete build with no previous experience with concrete. To begin with from this point on the pond I am referring to is this one, click here. This little pond is a great place to start if you are new to concrete ponds. You really can do a concrete pond for even your first build. I built the one listed here over10 years ago and by myself. Friend get scarce when they see a pond person with a shovel. I'm not going to get into a whole build plan here, you can read the full plan at the build page, I just want to add some things that I have discovered over the years.


  First of all give some real though for pipes you'll run your in and out lines to you ponds. Even if you don't use them right from the start there will come a time that you'll be glad you have them available. It's hardly no extra work to run 2 or 3 2” plastic pipes from the bottom of the pond to ground level on the outside of the pond. You can just cap these if you have no use for them at the start. More on this at the build page.


  Now on to something that always is a big question on concrete builds. How do I color and water proof the pond. In my opinion there is no other color to use but black in a pond. This is not a pool with massive amounts of chlorine to keep the algae under control. Actually a well balanced pond will have a coating of algae on all the surfaces. Concrete on its own is not water proof. You can do a final coating with thin spread mixed with sand mix and achieve a water tight concrete, but there is still the question of lime in the water. I think a pond coating is a must. You can buy all kinds of expensive coatings. Use colored concrete dye and coat it with polyester to seal it. But I discovered a really inexpensive way that has proven to last for years. This small pond is now well over 10 years old and is as water tight now as the day it was built.


  I didn't want to spend a small fortune on the coating for this little pond and I wanted it to be easy. After some thought I decided on using a rubber auto undercoating, and as incredible as it sound, I just used the spray can type to seal this pond. No prep work but this was new concrete. There will be some work in cleaning up an older pond that has previous coatings. The size of this pond was about 600 gallons, it took 12 cans of the spray, back then they were under $4 a can, $48 buck total to seal the pond, plus no clean up at all other than tossing the empty cans in the trash. After putting this on I let it dry for 3 days before filling with water and added fish after just 2 weeks with the filter running to season it in.


  I'm not telling you that it is better than catalyzed two part coatings, all I am saying is that it is very inexpensive tried and true method to seal your new small pond. I don't know why but no one ever lives close to a pond coating supply store and shipping is a killer. There are auto supply stores on every corner where the rubber under coating is available for pick up. It also come in qt cans but you will need to buy an undercoating spray gun, cheap but you'll also need a compressor. I was a car painter for over 40 years and had access to equipment but went this way for easy cheap final coating. This is all just something to think about, you of coarse may well choose another way to go. I have no doubts that I'll get a ton of feed back on using rubber coatings, but that is just what I did. Actually I knew it was used in agriculture before I though of using it for the pond. Sealing open wounds on trees have been sealed with this stuff for years.


  Here is another real slick trick. If your concrete pond does develop a small leak that's impossible to find, just get some clumping kitten litter, toss a cup full in and believe it or not within 2 days the leak will be sealed. This of coarse doesn't work if you have a huge leak, but they are easy to spot and fix, this plays hell with the filters so be prepared to clean them in a couple days. This method will even seal small leak in a water fall or water run.


 An easy way to find a flow leak is first turn off the pumps and any air you have going then pour milk around the edge and you can actually see the white cloud heading towards the leak and pin point the exact spot. These are old time pond builders secrets that have been used for years. Not used much any more with the high pressure gun-nite ponds that are being built now, but still work great for us home builders.


  This spring as you start your pond take a lot of pictures, send some to me as you work on it and the finished pond if they ever really do get finished. I would really like to see you ideas and progress. If you have any question, or comments be sure to send them, I know this article will bring some feedback on the coating. Take care and happy ponding, Tom at Tadege.


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Time To Start Lotus Seeds If You're In The South.
I broke some more pods this last weekend and have some more orders of lotus seeds ready. Save a couple dollars off my eBay price. Just $9.99 for 10 fresh lotus seeds with free shipping. These sell extremely fast at eBay so don't wait to long if you want them. Don't forget to ask me to nick them if that is what you want. If you have some extra seeds list them at craigs and eBay and make some extra money, be forewarned, most buyers want them nicked but you don't have to offer that, but it might a good excuse to buy that Dremel you've been wanting.

  If you want a jump start on Lotus this year it's time to start your seed if you are in the southern states. Lotus are not tropical but are slow in cold weather so wait til you are in the 60's to start seeds. I only have a few of these this year to offer so don't wait to long. 10 fresh for just $10.99 with free shipping. Fresh and from mixed plants, which really doesn't matter since Lotus do not grow true from seeds, part of the mystic of the lotus is not knowing what the flowers will look like at bloom time. The tubers do grow true so if you get a flower you really like just divide the tubers in the fall and they will all produce the same flower as the parent plant. Still with me? I also offer to nick these seeds for free if you are going start them as soon as they arrive. If you are going to wait to plant them do not ask to have them nicked. I ship USPS First Class and nicked seeds are wrapped in wet paper towel to keep them from drying out. If you are going to start them later you don't want them nicked. I may have to read this again, it even is confusing me. Just let me know when you order if you want them nicked, it's not hard to do but will save you the step and I have a Dremal tool ready to go to work on these. Actually it's a good excuse to buy that Dremel tool you've been wanting, you'll find a thousand uses for it. I ship no later than the next business day. It would also be nice if you send some pictures of the progress of the plants. Take care and enjoy, Tom at Tadege.  PS read the "Lotus From Seeds" if you are interested in this. I don't have enough seeds to warrant putting them in the store, email me for an order [email protected] and I'll send an invoice for your approval. I may have more later when I break open the pods. Thanks for looking.
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  I have been listing a lot at Aquabid, Mostly Spirulina Algae powder, from 1 Oz To 1 Kilo, so take a look at my auctions if you have an interest ; http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/auction/auction.cgi?disp&viewseller&Tadege. Special Deal this week for visitors at this site, 1 kilo, 2.2 lbs, 1000 grams for just $35 with free USPS Priority shipping. If you don't intend to sell this, don't buy it, it will take forever to use it up. You only use it for the first couple weeks with new fry. Get a smaller amount.

  If you don't see what you're looking for it has been moved to the Web Store. I'm really trying to get the web store straightened out here but there is so much other stuff that I have little time for it, but I'll get it done, someday, lol. As the new Web Store take shape I'll be removing the online store and the shrimp store, they will all be combined. I don't plan on having a ton of items, only those that are important to fish and ponds, but mostly what I use and have found to be worthwhile. This web site builder, (Webs) does not support their own shopping cart anymore so I had to get one from PayPal, takes a little longer but I'll get it done. Do not build your website at WEBS if you want a full service website builder, everything people joined for have been removed by the new management. As always, corporate take over usually ruins the intent of the original designer.
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  Take a look at my #1 aquarium item selling on ebay, it may surprise you. I have 6 different ads for the same product. Click Here. Do something nice and necessary for your snails and shrimp. This is really a must have for shrimp and snails.

   I need some more input for the joke page, people really kept me rolling on the floor a couple years back. Lets get it going again, email me your best, keep in mind this is a family site. email to [email protected]t Some days I need something to cheer me up. Share your best with everyone. 


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Just visit once in a while if you prefer not to sigh up. No more than 1 update a week, probably less. You can remove your name from any email sent for the updates. It's all about the ponding hobby, of coarse you can buy something if you want or visit an advertiser, lol.  Enjoy, Tom at Tadege.
 
  If your interest is for ponds and water gardens you have come to the right place. As an auto painter I spent my free time and money in my back yard. Everything at this website was built in a residential neighborhood. When I retired I made this website and turned my hobby into a full time business, it flourished and became a very rewarding small business. The yard is infested with  ponds, tanks and water gardens. Not to mention all the stray cats that called it home, I lost count of how many kittens found homes with walk in customers. It was all a joy for me, making an income was secondary.

  By the way, the fish picture at the top of the page on the header is the real Tadege. Long since departed, he was named TDG - T(The) D(Damn) G(Goldfish). When I needed a name for this website TDG was already taken  so I just added letters till I found ones that would work, Tadege. After I got into koi, he hatched from a Hyacinth I put in the new pond and lived with the koi for about 15 years. There is still a mule in the pond that a female koi spawned from him. A mule is a cross from a goldfish and a koi, they are always sterile and smaller, about 18 inches max, a  beautiful black and orange, in the summer heat and sun the orange turns yellow. After looking I can't  believe it is not in any of these back ground pictures. Those really are my pond fish, smaller about 10 years ago, monsters now. Koi are for the long term, please keep that in mind when you think of keeping fish.

  This is more than just my home page, I list everything that is new here, with the newest at the top on this page so you don't have to look through last weeks junk.

  Unfortunately things took a turn for the worse, my health declined to a point I could no longer keep up the yard, the work that at one time was a pleasure to me had become a burden, the business slid down as did the ponds and garden. Till this day I have no clue what was wrong with me, at least I know as much as the doctors. I was never much on doctors and now I know why. I do have a whole line up of pill bottles to deal with every morning. Medicare is a expensive total disaster. Have you called a doctor lately? You get a recording saying if you're really sick to hang up and dial 911. If you ever do get to talk to a person, it won't be a doctor and you can make an appointment for 3 or 4 weeks later. I get better service from my lawn care guy and he drives an old pickup not a new Mercedes.

  After 2 years I am ready to try and get things going again. It will never be the same but it will work out. If you are local I'll try to reopen the weekend business if I can. I'm not the same either, I now carry an oxygen bottle and walk with a cane, but I get around and will enjoy seeing all of you again. Sorry, no more kittens, all the cats were fixed. A special thanks to everyone that helped find homes for the kittens. There are plenty of kittens at pet shops and the Human Society that need homes, puppies too. Save a stray, adopt today.


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