The Dailys were eco- and budget-savvy, using carpet from Habitat for Humanity's ReStore for underlayment as well as an old screen door that Anna turned into a mosaic focal point. The door is flanked with old columns from Stray Dog Antiques.
They found recycled glass for the mosaic projects ("bring your own empty bucket," Anna said) at the Kanawha County Solid Waste and Recycling Center. Many of the rocks came from the side of the AA Highway in Kentucky. The water and fish waste from the pond is recycled to water and to feed the nearby flowerbed.
A marble bench and "bottles of wine to take to other pond owners as we planned the pond" came from Drug Emporium, according to Anna.
Plants around the pond include a butterfly Japanese maple, black mondo grass, bergenias, buckthorn fineline, stonecrop, sedge, hens and chicks, creeping jenny, sweet flag, water lily, pickerel weed and Irish moss.
Black Japanese trapdoor snails eat the fish waste and algae in the pond, and they are not egg layers that overwhelm the pond. They survive harsh winter climates, as well.
One friend helped them immensely in the planning and research for the pond. As a gift, the Dailys took a couple of pond plants to the friend.
"Overnight, all of his fish -- 70 of them -- died," Pete said in horror. "It turns out, he was having pump problems, and there wasn't enough oxygen in the pond to begin with, and adding those plants depleted whatever oxygen was left. We knew it wasn't our fault, but we felt terrible!"
Before building their pond, they called the city to learn if there were any restrictions. A building permit wasn't necessary, but a fence was needed.
"Any body of water needs to be fenced, and the fence can't go over 6 feet in height," Pete said. They made theirs from bamboo.
"Bamboo makes noise when the temperature changes ... it pops!" Anna said. At first, she couldn't figure out where the sound was coming from, and then if it was an unusual occurrence. "I looked on the Internet, and found out it's not unusual at all."
The fence, however, didn't protect their pet dachshund, Kojo, from falling into the pond.
"He kept going after the fish. This past March, I kept hearing him bark. I thought Pete was out there with him," Anna said. "The bark was getting softer. I went out to find him, shivering, in the water. He doesn't go there anymore!"
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