Dream pond - Next pond will have...

Discussion in 'Pond Archive' started by DavidM, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. DavidM

    DavidM Guest

    The pond that I dug in my families garden has been pretty happy all year
    (finger crossed/touch wood etc). That means I've not been too involved,
    and have been pretty quiet in the group.

    That does not stop me dreaming about pond modifications and new designs.
    My next pond will be different. Larger (currently 900 gallons), and more
    formal (currently a hand dug hole with PVC liner).

    Here are my dream pond features. I would be very grateful for comments
    or experienced thoughts. The answerers might be useful to people
    starting out also;

    - Raised brick sides. I would have maybe 2' below ground and 3' above
    ground, contained by a concrete block wall. I like the idea of fish at
    chair height, not foot height.

    - Perfectly round and straight sided. This is the formal aspect. No
    shallow bits for heron wading and no slow moving water patches. Will
    heron stand on the edge of a pond wall, how could you stop that?

    - Aim for 6000 L (1500 G) or more. I like the Skippy design filter that
    we use now, it would need to be much larger though. Perhaps a small
    vortex first and some fine matting last, or just out into the veggie filter?

    - Glass fibre over concrete block surface. Sealed concrete with a good
    thickness of tough glass fibre. Liner leaks are horrific and far too
    easy, I don't want any more of those.

    - No plants in the main pond, just fish. I like veggie filters, so would
    probably have tanks in a crescent around one quarter of the ponds
    circumference. The water would be fast moving from tank to tank, with a
    cascade of reed, iris and watercress. Before or after filters, or
    completely separate?

    - Perhaps a pergola over the top of the pond to keep off the summer sun
    and slow algae growth.

    Please feel free to comment on one or all. Do we have a group FAQ?
    DavidM, Oct 9, 2007
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    Oct 8, 2007
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    nice, if u like who cares what they think
    BamBam, Oct 10, 2007
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    Bill Stock Guest

    "DavidM" wrote in message

    My dream pond would be indoor/outdoor with a large tunnel joining the indoor
    outdoor part. The tunnel would have hatches at both ends and could be closed
    for the winter. The indoor pond would have raised edges/seats as you
    indicated. The outdoor pond would have a waterfall/bottom drain(s) and
    skimmer. Perhaps a water-wall indoors too. The outdoor pond would also have
    a Lilly pond and stream. The filter room for the pond/aquarium would be
    housed under the walls supporting the indoor pond.
    Bill Stock, Oct 10, 2007
  4. DavidM


    On Tue, 9 Oct 2007 21:35:10 CST, "Bill Stock" wrote:
    a lot of humidity unless it is enclosed. Ingrid

    Perhaps a water-wall indoors too.
    , Oct 10, 2007
  5. DavidM


    round? formal? how about a water canon in the middle to move the herons along?
    I am afraid they will have no problem standing on the edge and fishing. OTOH, a
    pergola over the top will most likely keep the fish out of sight of herons.

    are you going to have a waterfall? where?

    I think there is nothing cooler than a single lily in a pond with the leaves fanned
    out and a light underneath to illuminate the leaves and the fish as they swim out
    from under the leaves.

    a veggie filter is the simplest...

    just out into the veggie filter?
    , Oct 10, 2007
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    DavidM Guest

    Forgot about that. Would probably have the last veggie filter stage
    falling back into the pond. Not too keen on long cascading noisy waterfalls.
    DavidM, Oct 10, 2007
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    Gill Passman Guest

    I really wanted to put a waterfall into my new pond. But when I thought
    about it and having to run the filter 24/7 I decided it would be a
    little unkind to our neighbours - let alone me as we sleep at the back
    of the house - I'd be on the loo all the time with all that running
    water - lol.....of course at some point I could add another pump just to
    run a waterfall so it could be turned off part of the time but budget
    kind of dictated that it wouldn't be in the first phase.....

    From my understanding waterfalls are good for aerating the water so
    maybe not a good idea to totally rule one out - like you I'm thinking
    maybe when I get the veggie filter up and running as well as the
    conventional purchased one......

    Gill Passman, Oct 11, 2007
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    Reel McKoi Guest

    "Bill Stock" wrote in message
    Now that's my dream pond too! :) But impossible with the kind of house we
    Frugal ponding since 1995.
    rec.ponder since late 1996.
    Zone 6. Middle TN USA
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    Reel McKoi, Oct 11, 2007
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    ~ jan Guest

    Waterfalls NOISY? I guess if one does high drops and roaring rapids. I so
    enjoy mine I use a baby monitor so I can hear it when I fall asleep at
    night since our bedroom is at the other end of the house. ~ jan
    ~ jan, Oct 11, 2007
  10. DavidM


    good double outlet aerator in the pond works just as well if not better than a
    waterfall. I just find my waterfall soothing. cant hear it in the house, of course.
    , Oct 12, 2007
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