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04-19-2014 10:29 PM
Originally Posted by blehmannwa View Post
I'm sorry but I can't post pics...maybe my son can help me although he tends to get frustrated at my lack of skills.
I'm going to check out the solar fountain link.
We must be sisters, which would make our kids cousins. I need to go to picture posting school.
04-19-2014 08:33 PM
onyx'girl We have a Koi pond. I used the invisible fence system to train the dogs not to go in(Kacie especially)....white flags showed the boundaries and waving the flags to back away. We put an e fence in the front yard as a security backupso the dogs were trained to those flags. It carried over even when they never wore the collars. They'll drink out of the skimmer but they don't go in it hardly if ever.
Not sure you can see this, I took it yesterday(all of our Koi survived the never ending winter)
04-19-2014 08:11 PM
Gwenhwyfair Spooks, nice! (got it shaded too!)

Are those some Koi I see in there?
04-19-2014 06:34 PM
Sp00ks Pic from last year and have completed more since this pic was taken like the waterfall wall. There is a 4' sheer falls, backlit and some other things. Pond is 6.5' deep.

04-19-2014 06:03 PM
blehmannwa I'm sorry but I can't post pics...maybe my son can help me although he tends to get frustrated at my lack of skills.
I'm going to check out the solar fountain link.
04-19-2014 04:35 PM
Gwenhwyfair I think it would be a pain to keep clean though?

You could order a solar powered pump and it would fit beautifully in the corner where you have the mulch, pretty evergreens and bench.

But you would need to cover it to keep birds and seeds and such out.....

(also did you see the solar fountain link that you can order from online? posted just above )

Originally Posted by llombardo View Post
That is so beautiful...peaceful. I wonder if that could work outside like in a bird bath kind of thing with some kind of battery operated pump to create a current so the bells can move?
04-19-2014 04:32 PM
Gwenhwyfair Please post pics if you can!

Originally Posted by blehmannwa View Post
I have a waterfall that falls into a large pond--man made. The pond is about 5 ft deep and has steep sides. Every dog that has ever visited has fallen in--once. I keep a close eye on it especially with new dogs or pups but generally one dip is enough. My current pit has fallen in twice but not for the past year.

A problem right now is the ducks. Mating pairs find their way to the pond and the dogs go crazy chasing them. I love the waterfall and pond when they are clean and working but there are frequent cracks and cleaning to deal with. Although the sound of it is great for blocking out city noise.
04-19-2014 04:30 PM
Gwenhwyfair I posted a link above with some solar powered options? If you have a place where you get enough sun you could try one there?

Also, I really prefer the ones where the solar panel can be placed in a sunny spot and the fountain in more shade. The reason being too much sun on the fountain will cause a lot of algae.

Check out this link with lots of solar powered fountains you can order online, or you can get the pump and panel only and buy your fountain at the store:

Solar Water Fountains from $34.95 at

Originally Posted by Ellimaybel View Post
I would love to have a pond Gunther could play in. Unfortunately that's not feasible where I live so I have to wait until I have a home in the country. I can't do water features because there is no electrical outlet on the outside of the house, only on the detached garage. I guess I could put one by the fence that would reach but I'm afraid it would encourage Gunther to the gate more. It would take too many extension cords to reach out and Gunther would chew the cords
04-19-2014 04:24 PM
Originally Posted by llombardo View Post
When I went to Menards I asked them if they had any solar powered waterfalls, they didn't
Good to know, that would have been my first stop. Thanks for saving me a trip.
04-19-2014 04:23 PM
Originally Posted by middleofnowhere View Post
OK I have a fair sized pond. I'm contemplating a couple of things:
How to discourage dog exploration (thinking fencing but dont like the idea a lot -- maybe some magic would work... fencing thoughts have come down to maybe aluminum conduit which bends fairly easy & is cheaper than copper...)
How much it needs cleaned out of grass... (The house was vacant for a while before I bought it.)
Any ideas?
Maybe put whatever they use on the top of the pond to keep raccoons out of the coi ponds? At least until the dogs understand that they can't go in it, then take it down?
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