Backyard pond

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    Tombstone

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    Hi all
    I'm into native fish and wildlife ponds. I have a earthen 3000 gallon pond that fills up in the rainy season. My new pond is cement lined and is around 25,000 gallons. It is 60 feet across and 6 feet deep.
    It is still under construction but will be finished in the next couple weeks. I live by Tombstone.
     
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    Troutredds You can call me Red

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    Welcome to our friendly group of international ponders, Tombstone.
     
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    Thanks Red IMG_20170202_165417.jpg
     
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    Welcome!
    How thick did you pour the concrete? And why choose concrete over an earthen-bottom pond?
     
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    I have a plastic liner underneath then stucco wire then about one inch of stucco. Will paint with pool paint.
     
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    Want to keep water level up, earth ponds don't work very well unless it rains a lot. Plan on Bass and Bluegill year around.
     
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    Troutredds You can call me Red

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    Wow! That is big. Our system is also concrete (shotcrete). It's approx. 6000 gallons and was blown in on the first of April, 2013: IMG_0388.JPG
     
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    That is going to be some pond, Tombstone. Hope you'll create a showcase so we can follow you progress to completion.
     
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    Welcome to our group! That is one nice big pond.
     
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    Welcome aboard! :)
     
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    Welcome!
     
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    Welcome, that is a biggie.
     
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    pond ahh me thinks lake ;):)
     
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    peter hillman Let me think for minute....

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    Are you planning on eating the fish?
     
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    no just watch and enjoy
     
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    So just 1" thick, that is cool. I imagine there would be a bit of seepage, but you are painting it so there ya go, perfect system lol. I am trying to figure out how thick I will need to make the ferro-cement on my 10'x10'x10' and be able to leave it raw with minimal seepage. Maybe If I started with Portland cement and went coarser on the inner layer.
     
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    No concrete will not leak. My first pond I found a sealer that I spread on, same color as cement. Even my new pond with plastic liner. You can get pool paint in any color.
     
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    Is the "plastic" liner one continuous sheet?
     
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    peter hillman Let me think for minute....

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    I've had a lot of people ask me if I was going to eat my fish, c'mon those are my guys! But if I had a pond big as yours I might make it a goal to raise a meal, just don't put names on them;).
     
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