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    Thread: Jacksonville Koi Supply's Cheapest Pond Build

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      Jacksonville Koi Supply's Cheapest Pond Build

      Some of you may remember what the customer started out with. It was the usual pond in a box but on a very small scale. It was kidney shaped and had about 200 gallons of water with about 30 fish.



      I started to round up all the fish and transfer them to the 6' DreamPond Tank. There was so much crap in the bottom of this pond that it was nearly impossible to see the fish. So, I just sucked most of the water out and looked for splashing.

      Luckily a neighborhood kid stopped by and wanted the extra fish. I didn't ask any questions I just bagged up a bunch of fish and gave it to him. Hopefully he asked his mom and dad!

      I removed the old filtration from the pond and transfered it to the temp. tank. To get the Savio Springflo to seed faster I threw it in with the old filter stuff and kept it running for the build.







      Once all the fish were out I could removed all the junk from the bottom of the pond and remove the liner. Here you can see the original hole, and the giant pile of crap that was at the bottom of the pond. That is ridiculous isn't it?





      I then began to excavate the new hole for the pond. It was pretty easy digging, and I only ran into one root.





      The area I had to work with was really small and the customer didn't have the money for me to burrow under the sidewalk and move the filters far away, so the filter pit was dug right behind the pond. It will be backfilled so the pond wall doesn't collapse.





      The drainage field was then dug and perforated pipe was laid out and buried so the yard doesn't get flooded during water changes. The pipe coming from the sump pump had to be tunneled under the sidewalk.







      Sorry I didn't get any pictures of the plumbing work in the filter pit, but I can tell you that it was a pain in the butt. All of the valves are Valterra knife valves and have a 3 or 4" pipe sealing them from the dirt, and an all thread extension on the handle.

      Here the collar has been poured, skimmer installed, two tprs plumbed, 3" bottom drain installed, and the filter pit has been backfilled.







      The owners dogs are out of control in the backyard and a lot of dirt was kicked into the pond. That is why the water is so cloudy, and why there is a micron bag on the SC inlet pipe. I also used two rows of Black Knight brushes rubber banded together as a pre-filter. This should be very easy to clean and works really well. The bio filter is loaded with Savio Springflo and under that is a Pondmaster 2000 gph submersible pump.





      The pump outlet is split up into two lines...One goes through a venturi and returns through the TPR, and the other is piped up to a Jacksonville Koi Supply Sheer Decent Planter w/ 16" weir. The customer didn't know what they wanted to plant in it yet, so that is why it is empty in the photo. I will get a picture of it once it is planted.







      So what do you guys think? This pond ended up costing $2500 and i don't think I can do it again for that price. Just way too much work and stress trying to find the best deals on everything and waiting for the materials to arrive. Either way I think it worked out and the customer is extremely happy, so that does it for me.

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      Very nice pond! How many fish did you give that kid? That could make one angry parent

      How much are the planters?
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      Dang can you come build me one for $2500
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      The one featured above is a 24" planter w/ 16" weir and costs $150

      The kid got a steal...15 fish for $0 I actually have seen him a few time at the neighborhood pond trying to net pond fish. He must have a little pond in the backyard or something.

      Thanks for the kind words,
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      Quote Originally Posted by Moneypit View Post
      Dang can you come build me one for $2500
      Sure...You just have to fly me and my girlfriend out, feed and house us for a week, and buy some of my fish

      Sounds reasonable!

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      Quote Originally Posted by ZP Construction LLC View Post
      ...and the customer is extremely happy, ...
      And that's what it's all about!!

      You did an awesome job with very little! Great job Zac!
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      Good job! The planter is really cool


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      That was a lot of work to dig out and rework. Working in tight spaces is the pits!! It's like doing a wallpaper job. I'd rather hang 20 rolls in a wide open space than do a tiny three roll bathroom job.

      Looks great and a big improvement.
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      Thanks guys...I appreciate the kind words, and I completely agree with Joeys...It is a lot easier to work on a larger pond in open area than a small one in tight spaces.
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      Ya looks awesome. I'm building a pond similiar to that by myself right now and have spent well over $3,500 so far. Only $300 of that was spent on labor to get the dirt out. I don't see how you can make any money doing it for that cheap. I guess you saved a chunk of change doing a custom filtration system, but I'm still amazed you did all that for $2,500.

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      Quote Originally Posted by BrentC View Post
      Ya looks awesome. I'm building a pond similiar to that by myself right now and have spent well over $3,500 so far. Only $300 of that was spent on labor to get the dirt out. I don't see how you can make any money doing it for that cheap. I guess you saved a chunk of change doing a custom filtration system, but I'm still amazed you did all that for $2,500.
      It may have a little to do with me being in Fl and you in Ca, but like I said earlier I will not do it that cheap again. I made enough, but not enough to justify it again. I am also a young guy so I can manage to do all of the labor myself. DIY filtration save A LOT OF MONEY!

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      one expense you saved on was rock. Looks like that was already in place around the old pond.

      I've thought about doing simple installs like this around town for a similar price. (don't worry, I live 2,000 miles away from you so I am not competition!).

      Neat to see.

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      nice job! so you can do the collar after the pond is dug? thats good to know. How do you do the forms that way?

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      It was really simple with such a small pond. I just dug out most of the area leaving about 4" around the perimeter. Then I just made a 6' x 10' rectangle out of 2 x 4's and leveled it with shims. I then poured the concrete after the skimmer was placed and pulled out the frame.
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