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It doesn't have to be complicated! We just built a second pond about 5,400 gls, other than the digging and the retaining wall cause we wanted it half above ground, the rest is pretty simple. No bottom drain, just a skimmer and bio fall system. and like the other pond (3800gls) we have a separate yet connected tub for lots of plants
what bio filter system do you have for your 5400 gal pond?
 
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what bio filter system do you have for your 5400 gal pond?
large waterfall and skimmer box and of course the plants.
You can see it here from start to finish...well it's not finished yet but it's running and has 4 fish in it...I will fill the upper pool with plants for the first time this Spring...can't wait
 
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5000 + gallons ans just over 4 feet deep .I use 2 laguna energy saving pumps and sump pump hose to connect them and a laguna aerator with 12 air stones and I put 1 air stone in each filter .Total watts used in my pond is is around 130 watts .I used a watt tester to make sure they are working efficiently .Pumps that are cheap and use lots of energy to run them does not help if your electric bill sky rockets .I have an extra pump I keep on hand just in case .I have had my laguna pumps since 2014 with no problems and before that I had the harbor freight pump for 5 years and my neighbor is still using it .I always look at energy savings .It helps a lot .My pond is half above and half below ground and is near my septic tank so it helps heat the pond in the winter
 

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Between all my ponds I have over 10000 gallons being filtered just by a pea gravel bog full of plants. My pond has one pump, one skimmer, and water falls. The most complicated part of it was digging the hole on our hill. ie. making the pond level. One liner for the bog and pond.

No bottom drain.

You can make it as simple as you want or very complicated.
 
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It is best to go smaller and use top of the line than to overbuild and skimp on pond material, life support equipment and landscaping. It would be well worth the time and small expense having a couple of different water garden installation companies come out for a consultation.
 

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