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    texmaster

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    Been a great undertaking since February. Built this one myself but having an experienced crew do the liner and seal everything properly.

    Tomorrow if the weather holds we will have the waterfalls in and all will be right with the world!!! :bdaybiggrin: :bdaybiggrin: :banana: :banana: :banana: :bdaybiggrin: :bdaybiggrin:

    The pic is deceiving. Its a 10x12 3 feet deep, 4 inch drain. The skimmer is covered in the top right. (helix skimmer)

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    I appreciate everyone who has put up with me over the last year as I planned this beast! :D
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    WOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO yippee! Looking good
     
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    Looking good have you thought about using a spindrifter bubbler atop your 4 inch bottom drain , they fit and do just the same as a normal bottom drain cover but have the bubbler atop of it our koi love darting through it lol, its sort of an air shower for them .
    its better than adding airstones to the pond willy nilly I think it looks ugly having bits of tubing all over the place and you can by use of a tap control the amount of air going to it, it will take however a whole airpump to power it see photo :-

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    Of course! I listened to you guys! :D

    In the lower pic the air pump is in the back. (yellow) Its an AL-40 Alita Linear Air pump
     
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    Oh, how exciting! It is looking really awesome. Did you end up renting a jackhammer? :beerchug:

    Which pump did you decide on and is it lower than your pond?
     
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    KOI TOILET I AERATED 4” BOTTOM DRAIN                                           
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    Jackhammer check!

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    I listed the materials and the 2 pumps since you guys insisted on redundancy. One for the skimmer going to one waterfall and one external going from the filter to the other waterfall.

    And I over sized EVERYTHING as ordered! *salutes* :D
     
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    A person after our own hearts cant go wrong that way, giving plenty of leeway you room to grow lol


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    Here's a vid of it filling up. Waiting for it to be high enough to engage the second pump and waterfall in the skimmer :)

     
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    Video part deux. Rain assisted filling! :D

     
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    Got a bit of a problem I need to run by you guys.

    One point of concern is the skimmer is sitting high enough to need the pond to be pretty full which is fine by me but the waterfalls are sitting a little low and the guys decided not to use the large rocks I bought for the waterfall support and put them in the middle for filler. Instead they pieced together some smaller rocks and the issue I’m seeing is having the pond full enough to clear the rock front of the skimmer (and the skimmer itself) the water is pooling behind each waterfall and in some cases spilling over into the lawn. Right now I can’t go high enough to clear that rock in front of the skimmer and give the skimmer a little more clearance without overflowing around the waterfalls in the back.

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    I guess I'm concerned because the rock in front of the skimmer is very shallow so fish could easily get stuck and the waterfalls dip too far back. Shouldn't the water going into the skimmer be a few inches higher as well?
     
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    I have a different skimmer, my water is about 1/2 way up the skimmer body. Mine has a weir, (pool skimmer) if the water gets to low it sucks air.

    So far the fish stay away from the skimmer, frogs go into it off and on. I think the weir keeps the fish out, they would need to swim into it and push it down with their body.
     
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    Tex, glad to see you weathered the storm OK. Your pond looks nice -- lots of "action" there. One thing I noticed is that it looks like you are going to have a problem with run-off from your yard -- it's nice to be able to see what effects the rain will have.... Is there any way you can raise the sides [berms]?
     
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