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May 14, 2010
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curious64- Your dog sounds like a really special dog. My son is still asking for a kitten. Now I need to ask him if he plans on accepting all of the responsibility for its care. So far every time a pet shows up at my door I wind up being the caretaker.

May 14, 2010
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TBT- Do you have any pets now. I had some little turtles when i was younger. Loved playing with them. Then the pet stores had to quit carrying them. I think they are adorable.

May 14, 2010
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curious, your dog sounds like a real sweetie! If only our relationships with people could be as pure and uncluttered as our relationships with our dogs. They love us unconditionally and their only agenda is maybe to have their belly rubbed instead of their ears scratched.......

Destinystar, I used to ride quite a bit, up until 3 years ago when we sold our house in an equestrian community and moved. Our intent had been to buy another property where I could keep my horse, but that didn't pan out. So now I'm getting ready to buy another horse, which I'll be keeping at my brother's house. He lives close by, there are riding trails in his community and he has the room for horses. I feel like a little kid every time I get to ride and I enjoy the grooming, the picking up after and pretty much anything else that has to do with horses.

May 14, 2010
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Destinystar, you mentioned ponies, do you have horses?

May 14, 2010
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I ordered a biofilter, comes with a bottle of bacteria! Thank you so much! There are oobers of pond supply stores, and this I'm pretty sure at this point, it what I need.

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May 14, 2010
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andii, there are a couple of sites that have some very good advice; pondlady.com and thepondlady.com. Good luck on your fountain, wishing you lots of little frogs, fish and cool plants!

May 14, 2010
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Depening on rain wind and temp it will all have an effect on water of your pond ! As well as over feeding!
-Mase

May 14, 2010
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haythere - my ex was actually jealous of my little dog. He said I treated the dog better than I treated him. So I asked him once, "why do you think that is....duh? lol

May 14, 2010
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Haythere- I own a small farm in a wilderness area. A few months ago I leased it out. My son started college and we needed to move to a bigger city. I had to send my pony to my friend from high schools farm. She lives pretty far from me. Her daughter rides her, and they have given me some money for her and want to keep her.

Like you I want to get another horse and will have to keep it elsewhere. My specialty is training and breaking young horses. I love the ground work.

And you?

May 14, 2010
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curiouse- My X and I treated our animals like they were our children. We would accuse each other of favoring one dog over the other, trying to turn the pony against the other. He even walked off one day and took my baby goat with him. He would buy all the animals special treats and made sure he was the one who fed it to them. Silly, now that I think about it.

May 14, 2010
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andii-I hope you get the situation under control. My latest project is growing marigolds. I planted some seeds from the dollar store in a large pot. Like 3 packages. I think Now there are 10 green stems growing with some leaves. I cannot wait until they bloom.

May 14, 2010
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curious, if only people where more like dogs, maybe we could all be alot happier! (I know, I know, way to simple.)

Destinystar, my parents bought me a pony when I was in the 4th grade, by the 6th grade i was too tall to ride her and had to sell her. They wouldn't buy into a horse, afraid I would get hurt so, while I still had the desire for a horse, I didn't have the means for one. My h & I bought a home in an equestrian community with the thought I would get a horse, took me 10 years before I could afford it, money and time wise. And then 13 years later we sold the place and moved. Left my horse with friends who had a horse and had wanted a second horse and they have loved her ever since. 3 years go by with no horse :(. My brother has the property, but was not interested in having horses, but certain things happen and he decides having horses would be a good thing. I can keep a horse at his house, with little expense and nice trails to ride on. No way I can ask for my horse back. They love her and take such good care of her. So I'm horse shopping!

I wish I had the skills and the time to do all of the ground work with a young horse, but I have a full time job along with other responsibilities.
My interest is in doing trail riding for pleasure, thats it. A horse that won't kill me (I'm 52 and haven't fallen off a horse for a very long time, I'm pretty sure that would hurt) and I'l be happy. My last horse had excellent manners, whoever did her ground work did a great job, I'll be lucky to find another horse like that.

Oh, and marigolds, easy to grow, but snails love them. Good luck, hope you don't have snails.

May 14, 2010
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Haythere. It was relatively inexpensive having my pony on my farm. She stayed right in front of the front door. I left my window open all night so I could hear her. Horse boarding is going to be a lot more expensive. Like you I ride for pleasure and put safety above all.

I am not very tall. Ponies are good for me cause I can get on and off without a mounting block or a leg up.

I am looking for one. And taking my time. Since many have lost their homes, and the price of hay and boarding have gone up, many cannot afford horses any more.

I adopted a wild mustang once from the BLM for a hundred dollars. That was an experience.

May 17, 2010
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Hi, Destiny. I've been checking out pondlady.com as suggested above and I think I'm just going to let it run until I get that biofilter. It seems so simple I feel so silly if this does the trick once and for all.

Mase, it's really just a fountain- it has two winebarrel halves, one sits upon a log and pours into the other. It's not really a pond but I guess I'm trying to make it one in a sense. Can you tell me, what does the rain and wind and temp do to a pond, and what is the difference between nitrites and nitrates in a pond and where do they come from? I know I could probably research it, but I'm short on time, puting in some long hours at work. I'd love to pick your brain! I really want to get fish going in this fountain.

Destiny, I too enjoy gardening. So far I put in zuchinni, cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions, watermelon, yellow squash, broccoli, cauliflower, and cantaloupe( though I've never had much luck with cantaloupe). I've still to put in a lettuce patch and carrots. They're starting to take off with the warmth. Herbs I have in pots on the windowsill- basil, cilantro, and parsley. Those go year round as they are indoors.

Nothing like fresh vegetables without all the chemicals and pesticides! Mid summer through fall they come in quite an abundance. I've been thinking about building a greenhouse (or maybe just buying one) to grow them year round.

Do you do veggies?

andii

May 17, 2010
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Nitrate vs Nitrite:

Chemically speaking nitrate has 3 oxygen molecules and a nitrogen molecule and is usually derived from Nitric acid into its salt form, nitrate. While Nitrite has 2 oxygen molecules and a nitrogen and is usually derived from nitrous acid into its salt/esther form of nitrite. Both can be attached to other moledules (for example sodium nitrate or nitrite- which is a sodium molecule tacked onto the nitrogen molecule with the 2-3 oxygen moledules also hanging off the nitrogen). But the molecular chemistry probably isn't helping with the practicle application.

They are both part of the nitrogen cycle, which is where I think you will find the answers you are looking for. Animals eat food and excrete ammonia compounds, bacteria break down the ammonia compounds into nitrates, more bacteria convert the nitrites to nitrates, the nitrates then help plants grow, which then feeds the plant eating fish (who feed the fish eating fish) and then we are back to the fish eating and excreting ammonia compounds. I've got to go to a meeting this morning, so this simple version will have to do for now, but will come back sometime in the next few days and go over the N cycle in more details if you are interested.

Here are a few links that apply to the N cycle in a pond environment that should help too.

http://www.pondhobbyist.com/ar.....Cycle.html

http://www.pondsolutions.com/w.....uality.htm

May 17, 2010
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andii- I love veggies. In the desert sage bushes grow huge and smell great. I always grab some and rub it between my fingers. My marigold seeds are growing well in a pot that sits outside. I do grow heirloom tomatoes. I think they taste the best.

Actually my marigold pot started out to be herbs. Didnt quite work out so I planted the marigolds. When I transplant the marigolds then I will try the herbs again.

May 17, 2010
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chelonia- That was a good explanation. I recall when I had my aquarium I had to test the water and use different things to balance the pH. I was not very good at it.

Since I am into horses. Now I can understand the way their manure works to help the plants. Instead of disposing mine, I just spread it. The ground that my home sits on is very hard with large river rocks, lava rocks, through and through. I noticed that inside of the horse corral the ground was nice and soft.

This is a really stupid question. If someone wants horse manure to fertilize a garden does it make a difference if it is fresh or dried. Cause sometimes people ask me to bring them some.

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