Dig Another Trench

 

Boy, I hope this is the last of the digging. Time to run an airline and the permanent electrical. This will be about an 80 ft trench. No more extention cord. There is a dedicated 20 amp circuit for the main pump and a seperate 20 amp circuit for accessories (tpr pump, fountain pump [...]

Next Pond Project

Finally getting around to the drainage system. Doing a water change and cleaning the bio-filter, dumps a couple hundred gallons of fish water (flooding the back of the yard). More digging, a pitch of 1/8 inch per foot. I installed a hundred feet of weeping pipe through the the garden area. This should keep [...]

Fish At Home

After the pond was full (980 gallons, per water meter), I added 16oz of dechlore and let the pond run for 24 hours. After checking for chlorine content (it was zero), I added some benificial bacteria. after running a couple days, we moved the fish. As you will see in the video, they seem to [...]

Pond Start-up

Enjoy

 

 

The Real Pond Liner

First an underlayment was set in place, don’t skimp on this cause it is important. Don’t use carpet, I won’t go into this here, the internet is full of horror stories about this. Now it’s time for the liner. Tack your time with this step. We set the liner, sealed it to the bottom drain [...]

Bio-Filter

Today, Kevin made stands to support the air manifold and rocks about 8″ off the bottom.

 

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Ebay Deliveries

Today some stuff showed up that I had ordered on eBay. First off, from Graystone Industries I got a 15′ x 20′ Firestone Pondgard 45mil liner. Also from them I bought a Tital Wave 2400 gph Hybrid Mag Drive Pump. Their store name on eBay is “american pond wholesalers”. They are very helpful and knowledgeable [...]

Time To Line The Pond

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The bottom drain was cemented in place, this will keep it from moving.

 

 The foam is glued in place and temporarily held with duct tape.

Moving Along Now

Finishing off the structure, the waterfall area is done and the intake to the bio-filter is framed in with 2 x 4″s, as well as the top of the filter area. Great stuff expanding foam to fill gaps. Hardee board is glued and screwed into place. [...]

More Plumbing

The waterfall height is set at approximately 7″ above the projected waterline. Set the bio-filter height so a 3″ pipe will fit at the top and the bottom of the pipe will be approximately 3 1/2″ above the waterfall height (the height of 1 4×4).

 

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Driving Nine Inch Nails

 

Here is something a little different, a short video driving nine inch nails. Enjoy

Anothere Trip To Lowes

 

Made another trip to Lowe’s and Home Depot. Picked up more 4 x 4′s and Rubbermaid 32 gallon Brute trash cans from Lowe’s. They have much nicer lumber. Then a trip to Home Depot for pipe and fittings. #gallery-7 { margin: auto; } #gallery-7 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; [...]

Taking Shape

 

The fish pond is finally taking shape. The main pond is defined and the filter area has been started. The entire structure is 8′ x 8′ outside. Next you must determine how much room you need for the settlement tank, the bio- filter and then upper pond. Deduct this from the overall size. Using [...]

Tear It Up

Ok, we have a rough plan and the sarassa comets are in thier temporary home, it’s time to tear it up. Removing the old preformed pond was easy. Pump out the water and lift it out. Put an ad on craigslist. Mark the hole with some stakes. Now the fun starts. Lets start digging, then [...]

Temporary Home

 

Now it’s time to move the fish. I found a 6′ round kiddie pool at Walmart for $10. I made a filter and fountain with a homer bucket, 6oo gph pump and some pvc. First drill a lot of holes in the bottom half of the sides. Then put a stand pipe on the [...]

Lets Get Started

First of all, we need a plan. Draw some ideas on paper, use a cad program, photo shop or any thing else you can come up with. I prefer the “pencil to paper” method. Get an idea of how you want it to look and function. I found it best to sit where I [...]