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#6271660 - 04/22/16 03:43 PM Blaze, Dash, Yard Art, Turtle Garden, and baby birds.
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Registered: 08/31/05
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Loc: North Texas
A peak into my back yard today.











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#6271661 - 04/22/16 03:44 PM Re: Blaze, Dash, Yard Art, Turtle Garden, and baby birds. [Re: Sniper John]
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#6271731 - 04/22/16 04:25 PM Re: Blaze, Dash, Yard Art, Turtle Garden, and baby birds. [Re: Sniper John]
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Registered: 09/15/07
Posts: 719
Loc: McKinney, TX
Cool photos of beautiful backyard and pretty pups!

cheers

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#6271752 - 04/22/16 04:41 PM Re: Blaze, Dash, Yard Art, Turtle Garden, and baby birds. [Re: Sniper John]
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Registered: 07/17/06
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Loc: Abilene or on the road...
Great pics, I especially like the hydrant and pump water falls. up
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#6271782 - 04/22/16 05:08 PM Re: Blaze, Dash, Yard Art, Turtle Garden, and baby birds. [Re: Sniper John]
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Registered: 08/27/09
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Loc: Forney, Tx
Awesome back yard. I want to see more pics of the hydrant and what it's pouring into. The turtles are freaking cool
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#6271796 - 04/22/16 05:20 PM Re: Blaze, Dash, Yard Art, Turtle Garden, and baby birds. [Re: Sniper John]
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Registered: 11/10/11
Posts: 6150
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Great looking dogs! Beautiful backyard! Thanks for sharing up
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#6271832 - 04/22/16 05:52 PM Re: Blaze, Dash, Yard Art, Turtle Garden, and baby birds. [Re: BigPig]
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Loc: North Texas
Originally Posted By: BigPig
Awesome back yard. I want to see more pics of the hydrant and what it's pouring into. The turtles are freaking cool


Lots of hydrants on craigslist and ebay. This one had multiple layers of various paint over rust. Stripping, wire wheel brushing, and painting was the most work on this project. Replaced some hardware with brass so it would not rust. Not pictured is the pond liner. Hole cut to drain into barrel with pump. Metal grating over barrel under rocks. Pump is on top of upside down milk crate so I have a sump. Pump sensor that turns off pump if water gets low. I rarely have to add water considering it is a 55 gallon barrel. Pump is also on a timer that turns off during late night. Aluminum plate cut to seal to bottom of hydrant with silicone gasket and a fitting for hose. Added wiring through plate for pond light with orange filter inside hydrant for a neat nightime effect. New vegetation is Watercress to keep the amount of water that splatters outside of the rocks to a minimum. Dogs love it.












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#6271848 - 04/22/16 06:00 PM Re: Blaze, Dash, Yard Art, Turtle Garden, and baby birds. [Re: Sniper John]
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Registered: 08/31/05
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Loc: North Texas
The turtle garden pond and stream drains into an underground cistern made from a large sportsmans cooler with two return pumps to the spitting frog and old hand pump. Without a picture would never guess what I used for biological filter media in the cistern.



Gravel, small fossils, and small shells cover the grated drain/pvc pipe in the middle of the pool at the end of the stream to the underground cooler. One end is only covered by dirt and has a door so I can easily remove the dirt off the door to access the pumps if I need to. Wiring for everything from a breaker box is underground as well. The pond has Butterfly Koi that take care of any mosquitoes.


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#6271886 - 04/22/16 06:24 PM Re: Blaze, Dash, Yard Art, Turtle Garden, and baby birds. [Re: Sniper John]
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Registered: 11/22/10
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Loc: Central Texas / Comal County
Love your back . Nice job on it.
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#6271915 - 04/22/16 06:49 PM Re: Blaze, Dash, Yard Art, Turtle Garden, and baby birds. [Re: Sniper John]
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Registered: 11/07/15
Posts: 722
Nice looking dogs. Love your turtles, too!
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#6271942 - 04/22/16 07:23 PM Re: Blaze, Dash, Yard Art, Turtle Garden, and baby birds. [Re: Sniper John]
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Registered: 10/16/07
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Loc: Arlington, Tx/Coke Cnty
Awesome!!
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#6272021 - 04/22/16 08:21 PM Re: Blaze, Dash, Yard Art, Turtle Garden, and baby birds. [Re: Sniper John]
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Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 16031
Loc: Denton/Argyle
Very nice John up
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#6272089 - 04/22/16 09:17 PM Re: Blaze, Dash, Yard Art, Turtle Garden, and baby birds. [Re: Sniper John]
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Registered: 02/06/07
Posts: 22959
Loc: M.I.A.
Great pics! Love the Turtle Garden. May have to do something like that for old times sake. When I was a kid I collected turtles.....didn't matter what kind. If I could catch them they came home with me. My record was bringing home 5 Box Turtles in one day. roflmao
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#6272094 - 04/22/16 09:21 PM Re: Blaze, Dash, Yard Art, Turtle Garden, and baby birds. [Re: My stand is pink camo]
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Originally Posted By: My stand is pink camo
Great looking dogs! Beautiful backyard! Thanks for sharing up


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#6272238 - 04/23/16 01:24 AM Re: Blaze, Dash, Yard Art, Turtle Garden, and baby birds. [Re: BigPig]
Tres Offline
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Registered: 10/12/07
Posts: 8463
Loc: Houston
Wow, great space!
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