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There is nothing left to migrate at this time. Not so funny but does an Egret taste anything like a turkey when cooked?" Tom Gegenheimer == Funny Pond Story #6 "We have only had a pond for a short time ... details can be seen at http:/ hailand4life.net/smithgarden/ The funny story must include workmen (in Thailand) who took zero safety precautions when constructing pond. Watching guys shovelling concrete from a lorry and spreading it across bottom of pond ... when footwear they had was just 'flip-flops' resulted in great entertainment .... especially when. several times, flip flops came off and were lost in cement somewhere (eventually found while they walked around bare footed) .... pictures at http:/ hailand4life.net/smithgarden/images/large/DSC03062.jpg http:/ hailand4life.net/smithgarden/images/large/DSC03070.jpg http:/ hailand4life.net/smithgarden/images/large/DSC03060.jpg Strangely it was only guys .... women laborers all wore Wellington boots .... maybe this reflects on which of sexes is really most sensible?" Regards, Chris == Funny Pond Story #7 "I am building a pond at this time and I was in process of building a waterfall in corner of a fence. The waterfall is about 3 feet high and 7 feet wide. I thought I was finishing up waterfall with some flat rock on very top. So I straddeled waterfall with my knees on second ledge and set flat rock on top. When I did this whole waterfall fell down because I build it on blocks and not a pile of dirt. When it fell one big rock caught my foot and I slide down fall and fell backwards into pond going all way under and had a couple of big rocks come down on me. Meanwhile my wife is laughing her butt of at me and I asked her to help me out she slipped on flat wet rock that surounded ponds edge and half way fell in with me. Now my two boys were playing in yard they are 5 and 3 and saw this happen to us and they thought it was time to got swimming so guess who jumped into pond with us, boys. Nothing like having whole family in on pond. We laughed for awhile but then I had to rebuild whole waterfall again and this time I put top rocks on from side."
Robert H Coppa Jr. == Funny Pond Story #8
I decided 300 gallons would be perfect. I did all math and spent a great deal of time working with more experienced ponders. Somehow when it was all said and done my little 300 gallon pond ended up being 810 gallons and come to find out it was yet another one of my mathematical errors. Guess I should have paid more attention in that college level math class required for my Associates, right.
We got pond all up and running but because of miscalculation we now needed a bigger pump to feed waterfall so I went to our local water garden supplier and asked which one to get. Budget was a concern so it was recommended that we got a ¾ HP submersible pump that cycles 44 gallons a minuet. It was only $70 in comparison to $170 one that was its comparative alternative so… we went that route. $70 dollars later we had a working pond with a beautiful waterfall! I was so excited I could hardly wait to get fish. Again budget was a concern so we went to local pet store and picked up $50 dollars worth of fish, about 8 fish. 4 large gold Koi, some yellow and a blue Koi. The color excited me so much I never considered what would happen when fish became comfortable in their new home. The swam around investigating for a day or two then started to come up missing. I had it figured that they were hiding or that a cat was getting fed to well but I never figured it was something I could have done. It was pump… intake valve on pump was to large and fish were getting to close and being sucked into pump though motor pushed down hose into my waterfall.
While this is not a funny story, I must have cried for 3 days, I wanted to share it because this is one thing I never read anything about in all 6 weeks of reading I did on web. I can chuckle about it now with a ‘I can’t believe I didn’t think of that’ thought.
Had I known this was possible I would have done something to prevent it by caging in my pump or spending extra $100 to get right kind of pump.
Hope someone else can save a Koi by my blending experience.
New to ponds and already thinking of making it fish free!" Sheri Furr == Well that's it for this year's 'Funniest Pond Stories'...
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