Ideas on a bog filtration.

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by STL Ponds and Waterfalls, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm getting ready to put my personal pond in at my house. The pond basin will be around 15x20 maybe a little smaller @ about 2.5ft deep. Will a 5x8 area be enough for a bog filtration system without a skimmer? I'll be adding a skimmer at a later time when more funds are available. I have an idea on what I'll do but I'd like some other thoughts.
     
  2. ANC Stone Creations

    ANC Stone Creations LawnSite Member
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    The bog area should be about a 1/3 the surface area of your pond.
    It should be located higher in elevation then the top of the water in the pond.

    Bogs are not deep but rather shallow places only 4"-6" deep of washed pea gravel. But remember over time the water level in your bog may rise 4"-5" do to plant growth in bog.

    You need water plants for the bog to complete the filter as the rocks only filter so much.

    Some other plants you may use in the bog are Day Lilies, Astilbe and Hostas but remember to remove all the dirt from the roots.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Everything helps. I'm looking for a meeting of the minds. lol! I just like checking out different ideas to certain builds. I'm building mine to test some theories and to see what happens with with certian type plants for the most part.
     
  4. ANC Stone Creations

    ANC Stone Creations LawnSite Member
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    How is the water feature industry near you?
     
  5. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The market here is getting better, but we do more hardscapes than waterfeatures when it's not raining.
     
  6. ANC Stone Creations

    ANC Stone Creations LawnSite Member
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    How about the market for pondless column water features?
    Have you seen many over there?
     
  7. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    To be honest I haven't seen any boulder or column features. I'm ready to install them, but mostly people opt for a pondless waterfall. Our major stone supplier has a listing for core drilling some of the more popular boulders for $75 a pop up to 2ft which is fair in my eyes. You moving to Missouri ANC?
     
  8. ANC Stone Creations

    ANC Stone Creations LawnSite Member
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    No, not moving just wondering how the market was on pondless column features.

    I use faux stone columns that may be installed in one day with no heavy machines needed.

    To give you an idea of the weight and price a 58" column @ apr.18" diameter would only weigh about 110 lbs compare that to natural stone about 1800 lbs.
    I think the faux stone about that size is only around $400 and you don't need a machine to place it.
     
  9. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
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    Bogs are the best filtration. I run 2"-3"perforated pipe at the bottom then I fill the bog with small 1/2" lava rock. It is very porous and provides a good habitat for beneficial bacteria. I like the rock to be about 6"-8" deep and 2"-4" of water on top of the rock.

    Then I plant; here we use Iris, Canna lilies, Umbrella grass, Hornwort, Water Hyacinth, Parrots beak, Tarro.

    The pump moves the water from the lower bowl and into the perforated pipe that is run in serpentine loop at the bottom of the bog. It keeps the water moving throughout the whole bog. After we complete we seed it with beneficial bacteria. Works like a charm.
     
  10. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I do everything AZ does with his bogs. His advice is spot on.
     

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