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    I am from south wales and new to anything to do with garden ponds. I have just marked out an area where i want the pond to go, i hope to pick up some tips and look at other peoples ponds. Gary
     
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    Nice to have you with us, Gary! So, you marked out an area. Tell us more. Dimensions, depth, fish, plants, etc. The more details, and pics, the more the great folks on this forum can help.
     
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    welcome
     
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    Welcome :)
     
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    smhibothhands.gif Hi, welcome to GPF!
     
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    It will be 12 foot long 6 feet wide. I have cut a shelf 10 inches down at the edge all around. I was wondering if i should have another shelf or go down to the full depth of about 3 ft. Will be keeping koi and tench
     
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    If you're going to keep koi, I suggest you build only one shelf, and make the rest of the pond roomier!
    My pond started out with shelves and I ended up taking them down to make it larger,.
    if I had known how much room koi really need, and how fast a 4" fish turns into a 20" fish, I would have done it without shelves in the first place!
     
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    Welcome. One thing to consider when building shelves is that they can inadvertently give predators a good place to hunt from.i've seen recommendations that shelves be short, not continuous, and not designed as steps.
     
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    Hi Gary. Welcome! Good luck with your pond. Basically you will see different types of ponders here. Watergardners with mostly goldfish, and people with Koi ponds. Generally the Koi ponds have less shelves, plants etc and the water gardens are the opposite. I have always had just goldfish but just recently added two Butterfly Koi.
     
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    Very interesting replys i think i will keep the one shelf i have around the edge like i said it is 10 inches deep and 10 inches wide just for a few plants
     
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    The small area in the foreground is where the water will be going in
     
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    Now, make sure you post pics as you build. We just love pond build pics here. Oh heck, we love any kind of pond pics here! ;)
     
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    Welcome @Welsh gary ! Looking forward to the pictures of your pond build!
     
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    Gary it looks like it's going to be great. You can use the excess dirt as you dig to create berms or a raised area for a waterfall. I suggest you have the edges of the pond raised up a little so you don't get rainwater from your yard flowing into the pond. This will prevent weedkiller, fertilizer, etc from going into it.
     
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    Welcome Gary. now go get that shovel!
     
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    Another thing I ended up doing to my pond in the last renovation
    Excellent suggestion!
     
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    Ditto
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    I hope this drawing makes a little sense. Make your 10 inch shelf, then a smaller shelf rock high. You could lay rocks on the shallow top shelf which would cover the liner. The water would come half way up the rocks.



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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    And welcome to our group!
     
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