cas's pond

1000 gallon garden pond

Overview

In 2004 a big hole was created in the back yard when a maple tree was removed so I kept digging and created my pond. The pond is about 10 feet in diameter and 2 ½ feet deep.
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Updated picture of the pond July 2022, after flowers were cut back or removed from along the sides so that the rocks could be removed and the leak fixed.
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Planning and Construction

Construction
  • The pond is 10 feet in diameter, with a 3 foot falls that drops into a small pool before it drops into the pond.
  • The pond is approximately 2 1/2 feet deep and 1,000 gallons.
  • Underlayment and 45mil EPDM pond liner were used to line the pond.
  • There is a Laguna Max-flow 4200 GPH pump housed in a skimmer.
  • The pump is connected to 2" PVC flex pipe which is buried a few inches below the ground, around the perimeter of the pond, going up 3 feet to a Bio falls box.
  • The pond took about a month to build due to rain delays.
  • Originally there was a stream, but it was too wide and a lot of water movement and sound was lost. More dirt was added to the hill so the rocks could be moved to create a waterfall instead.
  • No foam was used to set the rocks in the waterfall.
  • Currently, there is no rock or gravel on the bottom of the pond.
  • The rocks around the perimeter of the pond were placed on a shelf about 8-12 inches below the water line.
  • Shelves were also made so that one is able to climb out of the pond. (24", 20" and 15" deep) Pots of water lilies are placed on these shelves.

Fish / Plant Stock

Fish:
  • As of 2022 the pond is home to 3 Koi and 9 goldfish.
  • One goldfish is 17 years old, the rest were born in the pond and range from 3 - 15 years old.
  • The koi are 13 and 16 years old. They are on the smaller side, with the largest being only 14"-16" long.
  • To prevent an overstocked pond, I try to keep only male fish. However, there has always been one female that I haven't been able to catch that spawns and has babies. So some years I rehome as many babies that I can.

Pond Plants:
  • Blue flag iris
  • Yellow flag iris (removed in 2017 and replaced with lower growing iris)
  • Variegated Japanese iris
  • water lilies
  • curly mint
  • aquatic forget-me-not
  • blue rush (removed in 2020 because of excessive roots and the center of the plant died out)
  • dwarf horsetail rush (removed in 2020 because excessive roots and plant foliage not impressive)

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