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Recycling Fun water project

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I've always loved moving water. The sound of it just puts me in a relaxed mood.

Some of my earliest memories are of the Cranberry River, safely perched on my daddy's shoulders as he waded across to get to another favorite fishing spot. Or, sitting on a huge rock with my mother watching it's swift waters rushing downstream. I couldn't have been more than 4 or 5 years old, but I clearly remember her making a comment about throwing all her troubles into the rushing water and watching them float away downstream.

Our first hot tub was a 100 gallon Rubbermaid water trough, which hubby bought 20 years ago to use as the first koi pond. We'd fill it up using a hose from the hot water heater. We spent many evenings soaking in it out front as we watched the star show above. Good times.

Well, now we have a 'real' hot tub on the back porch and a 'real' koi pond in the side yard . . . and the old Rubbermaid trough was stored out behind the garage.

Until a few days ago when I decided to have some fun with it.

The ceramic fish atop the small planter (center) is spitting water being pumped from the tank into the pebbles which perks down through (my first attempt at making) a bio-filter and runs out the bottom of the planter. So far there are some mini-cattails and Creeping Jenny (left), water iris and water cress (right) and a couple other transplants from the big pond that I don't know the names of. Also have about a dozen mosquito fish and a couple water skippers in there.

It's right outside our kitchen and when the window is open, it carries a lovely sound of water splashing. I probably replace this pump with a larger one and make a larger waterfall eventually. We'll see how it evolves.

Anyway, so far I've been using stuff we had on hand. Total outlay of cash so far, $2 for 6 ft of tubing. Fun stuff!
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