About to attempt to rebuild our deck pond myself, with helpers. Intimidated!


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With the lake drain-down date looming near, I finally got all the 1.5" pump lines connect, wiring in place, filter assembled and installed, the waterfall finished (for now, anyway), and was ready to see if everything would work. The pond was full of water too. First I got down in the water and worked for about 2 hours picking out all the leaves and debris. Then I climbed out, and surveyed the situation. The liner edges were all still exposed, dirt not yet shoveled back in on top of the hoses, boards not yet replaced on the deck. But it ought to hold water. And if the waterfall worked as it should, and if the pump were big enough, etc, etc...it ought to work. I plugged in the pump, and stood back and waited. Voila, it WORKED!!!
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I still needed to hide the edges of the liner, and so many other small tasks. But at least now I could go down to the lake, put my poor survivor goldfish into a bag of lake water, and immerse the bag in the pond to allow the water temperatures to adjust gradually. After about 30 minutes I released him. Now, two weeks later, he can be seen each day happily swimming around. I'm sure he is glad to be out of that basket!
 
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I know it is still pretty ugly at this stage, even with most of the excess liner trimmed and tucked away. But I hope it will be greatly improved when I can plant hostas and other interesting plants around the falls, and add some water plants in the pond itself.
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I added that really cool piece of driftwood on the house side of the falls...although it is not really driftwood. I found it in the deserts out west. It is a very old juniper stump, which probably died a hundred or more years ago. The light string worked out nicely, but the photos which I took after the water cleared were on the cell phone that was stolen. I'll try to take some more, first chance I get. However, right now it is sleeting and snowing, and it is always dark by the time I get home from work each day.
 
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Thanks for following my pond project, and for your tips, advice, and words of encouragement. I'll need to rely on your collective wisdom and experience again next spring, I'm sure!
 

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I think that waterfall finally turned out great! Water coming down just perfect! You gonna stick w/goldfish or shubunkins? Those are the ones I have and they do fine. You can add plants and finish your deck now and then you can sit and enjoy all your hard work.
 
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Well done and as you said it will look much better with plants, with chairs on the deck it will be a great place to relax. The drift wood is a nice piece, in the close up photo it looks like a dancing lady sculpture.
 
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Wow, how in the world did I ever miss this build thread?! Just read through the whole thing and was amazed! You've worked very hard and it's going to be beautiful.....I love the waterfall!

I live in the Cincinnati area and it sounds like you're near Dayton ? Did you know there is a Dayton Koi Club? I've attended a few meeting, great folks....but my interest is more casual then most of the members.

Congratulations on finishing up in time for Tuffy :)
 
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That was fun to follow your progress! That is one lucky goldfish. And you will find as most of us have that no pond is ever "done" - there's always something that needs a tweak or an adjustment!

Good job! Now you have the long winter to relax!
 
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I think that waterfall finally turned out great! Water coming down just perfect! You gonna stick w/goldfish or shubunkins? Those are the ones I have and they do fine. You can add plants and finish your deck now and then you can sit and enjoy all your hard work.
Thank you so much, JW. I made several errors, and had to do so many things over and over again. But in the end, I think I can live with it. As for the fish, I just buy whatever the local bait shop has...usually at a buck apiece for the larger ones. The lady there is kind enough to try and find the most colorful fish she has in her tank for me. And it sorta makes me feel like I'm "rescuing" fish from a gruesome death. LOL
 
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Wow, how in the world did I ever miss this build thread?! Just read through the whole thing and was amazed! You've worked very hard and it's going to be beautiful.....I love the waterfall!

I live in the Cincinnati area and it sounds like you're near Dayton ? Did you know there is a Dayton Koi Club? I've attended a few meeting, great folks....but my interest is more casual then most of the members.

Congratulations on finishing up in time for Tuffy :)
I live near the tiny town of Jamestown, just east of Xenia. I did NOT know there is a Dayton Koi club. MIght be interesting, but I am not likely to pay lots of money for fancier fish. Living on the side of a 250 acre lake as I do, we have herons, eagles, raccoons, mink, ospreys, geese, and ducks all over the place. It's amazing when they venture right up against our house to visit our pond, when there is that big lake for their use so very near...but they do! I must face the fact that any fish in my pond are at real risk from predators. Cheap fish means I can afford to replace them when disaster strikes.
 
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Well done and as you said it will look much better with plants, with chairs on the deck it will be a great place to relax. The drift wood is a nice piece, in the close up photo it looks like a dancing lady sculpture.
I didn't notice that shape until I took a photo of the stump in place. Then I thought it looked like a lady swimming up the waterfall. Later I turned it around, trying to make it look more natural.
 

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Great job! Love that waterfall. The foam does get covered up and sort of disappears. Or you can dig out a bit, the shiny smooth edge. I did the same had lumps of foam here and there, never got back to it, can't even find it now.
 
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I didn't notice that shape until I took a photo of the stump in place. Then I thought it looked like a lady swimming up the waterfall. Later I turned it around, trying to make it look more natural.
Personally I liked the way it looks like a lady, you could plant some moss on her head and give her some hair.
 
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Personally I liked the way it looks like a lady, you could plant some moss on her head and give her some hair.
Wow! What a GREAT idea! I just might turn it back around next spring, and do exactly as you suggest. Can't wait to try that.
 
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If you do don't be a stranger and post a picture, the fun you have to look forward to next spring, no more building just planting.
 

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I'm so glad you decided to update us on your pond build. It looks great! Please continue to post pictures.

When building my pond, I also could not get the waterfall to look the way I envisioned so I spent each following year changing the position of the rocks. To this day I will adjust a rock or two...... ;)
 

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