Nice pond!

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  1. foxfish

    foxfish Member

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    Hi guys I was kinder surprised to see a pond section on here but wondered if anyone would like to see this one being built?
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  2. chrisfraser05

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    Gutted I can't see the pics off work computers :(

    I likes a good pond!
     
  3. Lisa_Perry75

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    Woah, that's a big pond. Yep - let's hear some more about it!
     
  4. foxfish

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    OK then we can start at the beginning....
    A picture paints a thousand words...dig a hole!
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  5. foxfish

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    then we strike rock - Granite too!
    So the hammer attachment gets to work
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    Very hard rock
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  6. foxfish

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    However before long we have the hole excavated & the steel reinforced base down, rein fibers & a self leveler are added to the concrete mix. You can see the single 150mm (6'') bottom drain pipe in situ
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  7. foxfish

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    Now the block work can begin, 150mm blocks are place flat to give a 250mm (10'') thick wall.
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  8. zig

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    Great stuff foxfish, I have a strange fascination with pond builds, I know I will probably never have one in my garden but love watching them getting built. Watching with interest :D
     
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    Now we come out the ground.....
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  11. Ed Seeley

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    So what did you do for this pond filter wise? And what kind of stocking are we talking?

    I hope my blockwork is as neat as that when I do my pond; it's a few years since I laid many blocks!
     
  12. foxfish

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    Ed this pond has a pretty basic filter system - single 6'' bottom drain with air dome, feeding a sieve & bead filter via 165w uv - single skimmer with dedicated pump & sieve & returned to a 7 ton gravel filter bed with full back flush facility.
    2 x additional circulating pumps.
    Total gallonage approx 8500 gal - flow rate approx 12000 gals an hours with all pumps running.
    The bottom drain also has a direct flushing with auto daily water change, via a high flow chlorine exchange filter.
    stocking is low with only 6 koi.
     
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    here you can see how we build the imitation stone copings, you can see where the base is being laid out for the slopping bottom & the gravel bed area being formed in the top pond.
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    Next we build the large coping stones that will double up as a walk way across the pond - the bigger stone used 1 ton of concrete to fill.
    We paint the stones with 2 coats of clear polyurethane then two coats of black.
    The pond has now been plastered, first coat contains fibres mixed 2-1 then a top coat of 4-1 cement plaster.
    We use fibres in a strong cement mix to stop water ingress though the blocks & into the polyester.

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    Now the pond gets a top finish coat of glass fibre - this is not an easy job especially in hot weather but this time it all went well :)
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    Moving onto the filter chamber & the grand steps that will lead over the stone walkway...
    NB filter chambers are never big enough!
    We have plastered the inside of the chamber again to stop water ingress from outside & painted the walls with 3 x weather shield.
    you can also see the water fall return under construction.

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    just the landscaping to do (yes, we work in the rain) & the wooden pergola & the decking & the planting but unfortunately that is the last pic I have.

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  19. Lisa_Perry75

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    Thanks for all the pics Foxfish :)
     
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    Looks like its going to be a very nice pond, have you got any updated photos?
     

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