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      Funsize Pond Build

      I have been meaning to put together a pond build thread here on Koiphen for some time so I figured winter is as good a time as any...

      I moved to North Carolina in mid-May and closed my Utah pond down (the buyers filled it in). Two weeks later, we had Russ Peters come down and assess the best location for the pond:

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      Russ typically does not include digging the hole as part of his building services so we did it ourselves with the help of a few guys we know. We started digging on August 3rd:

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      We finished removing dirt in one day. I had assumed we could simply use a level to plumb the walls and flatten the bottom but Russ told me we would need a "real" tool for the job so I quickly ran to Lowe's the next day and then we spent several tedious days doing our best to make things as true as possible.

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      We wanted the inside dimensions of the pond to be 30' x 15' x 6' so the hole had to be big enough to account for the walls, the floor, and enough room for Russ to build the forms. Removing the dirt was easy, getting the inside of the cavity ready for Russ was a huge pain in the ... but we knew it would pay off in the long run.

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      Even before we started digging, we ordered the supplies so that they would (hopefully) arrive in time so as to not delay the build. We ended up waiting on a couple of things but for the most part things worked out really well.

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      The pond design called for six aerated bottom drains, 4" plumbing, two large RDFs, eight 6000 gph pumps, three 80 lpm air pumps, four 4-tier ss showers, and 64 cubit feet of media.

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      Russ pre-ordered the lumber to make the frames and arrived right as we finished prepping the cavity. He worked tirelessly in the crazy heat and humidity and by mid August the forms were taking shape.

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      Russ stayed with us in our house during construction and that was really fun. It was great seeing progress made day by day.

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      Despite oppressive August heat and heavy intermittent rains, we were finally ready on August 20th for the cement to be poured. It was a bit tricky getting a crew to commit to our job amid the rain and other construction in our area so I was really excited when the trucks and crew showed up that morning!!

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      Russ had a hard time convincing the crew to listen to his instructions and follow his directions but everything worked out in the end.

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      After everything came together so well and so quickly, I found waiting for the cement to be awful! Russ had to keeping hearing me ask "is it ready yet??" until finally it was dry enough to remove the forms and do some smoothing. That was a TOUGH job.

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      Russ coated the inside of the pond and then assembled the showers while we chopped and cut the media to fit.

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      It took a LONG time to unbox, cut, and place 64 cubic feet of media and I wore out a set of new gloves:

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      Everything was assembled by the end of the 1st week of September.

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      Here's a walk-around video showing how everything came together:


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      It's amazing to think that we started digging on 03 August and the pond was full and running by 07 September. Russ does not mess around! Our good friend Margy the Koi Queen came to visit that day and we had a great time together.


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      Quote Originally Posted by audioenvy View Post
      It's amazing to think that we started digging on 03 August and the pond was full and running by 07 September. Russ does not mess around! Our good friend Margy the Koi Queen came to visit that day and we had a great time together.
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      It took several weeks for all of the foam to subside (not sure if it was residue on the media or what it was but as Russ predicted it went completely away) and we let things season a bit before adding fish.


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      Over the next several weeks we continued to move fish over from our 5500 gallon temporary tank and finally were able to increase the feeding sufficient to install auto-feeders.


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      After a trip to Japan, the weather began to turn cold in early November and it was time to install a propane tank/heater and put on a winter cover. We will improve the cover for next year but so far this one has worked just fine. We will also have plenty of beautification and landscaping for next spring/summer.

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      Fortunately, even with the cover on we can still climb under the plastic and watch the fish. They are not getting fed for growth these days but with the water at a constant 63 degrees we feed a little bit each day.


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