Buried Koi pond restoration, or?

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Incredibly, I unearthed a fully buried koi pond, not realizing how large it would be as I kept excavating. How best to "restore it"? I've removed the soil, sides are all slate rock. Approx 10L x 5W x 3D. Can a new liner over existing walls -and proceed from there work or, does it require starting over, removing mortar/cemented side slabs, making it a much harder project? Eeek...THANK YOU!
 
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Can't really advise on possible restoration. I'm sure others will soon chime in. However, I will say that the size of the pond may be too small for koi. If you end up keeping the same dimensions, you might want to consider going with goldfish like shubunkins and sarassas. They're still very colorful but will get nowhere as big as koi.
 

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I would say that the pond is only big enough for some nice shubunkin goldfish (look like small koi kinda) or other varieties but not koi. Koi need like 1000 gals per fish unless you have super filtration. Easier to just have the goldfish IMO.
 
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A concern about putting a liner in there would be any sharp edges to the slate rock. You could be asking for punctures or tears in the liner. There are questions also about how you would be doing the plumbing and filtering. Understand trying to keep the work to the minimum but you are still going to have a project on your hands.
 
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Yes you can PLACE hd fabric over the existing pond. then your new liner Problem will be if the slate will want to pop off
 
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Thanks to each and all! I have continued to unearth the area, and is HUGE...now, it's 15x12x4 min as I keep excavating the perimeter, unbeknownst to me as I started. I think the "plan" has to be: remove ALL rock/boulders (as well as the soil!), then reshape, and basically start with "fresh" layout. Then, new under and main liner, place rocks, boulders and decide on what kind of fish is warranted. Whewww....It's become quite a project! Can anyone advise on best source for rubber liner/pump/skimmer - and what NOT to do? THANK YOU!!
 
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