Finally time to rebuild the pond


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So far into the build for 2 days. First I had to move my small bog filter but it was too heavy for the tractor. Removed the plants and most of the pea gravel.
Moved the filter and rebuilt it. Was surprised at the amount of dirt in it but it sure keeps the small pond clean
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I hope the plants survive, Just added some last month.
Now onto the digging of the first pond.


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And just about to level it and the wife suggested to move it 4 feet further from the House
So more digging
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Finally in place and level, starting to move the rocks into place.
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Tomorrow install the liner,2" pipes under the gravel and hopefully add the pea gravel after I pick it up.
This is the first of 3 sections to the build.
 

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This top pond will be for water lillys. I will feed water into the pea gravel and plant the lillys diretly in the gravel close to the pipes to work as 1 of the 2 filters. This pond will be 34" deep less the gravel i put into it. Not to concerned if it filters well just hope it feeds the lillys well.
 
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Leave at least a foot if not more water above the gravel for the lilies, They do great from 1 foot to 2 feet of water depth.
 
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I was planning on 2' of water above the gravel. Abby How far apart do you recoment the pipes be for a bog filter? Think I remember you mentioned 2' apart.
Plan to get the pea gravel today. Not sure if I will get any building done , with the rain last night I now have 2" of water in the pond base.
 

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The bottom of my big was 4 feet wide. I just made it so I had one pipe running down the one side and down the other. I would say the two pipes were about 2 feet apart with about a foot from the wall...............about

I would just divide the space. Place your pipes so they cover a nice amount of the bottom.
 
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Well did not get much done this weekend as my son and grand kids came to visit for the weekend But I did find a little time to build and move the fish. Placed some rocks to hold down the pipes and then could not find them back when I added 11" of gravel. Figured they could stay in the bottom under the gravel.
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Moved the Lilliys and 50 goldfish to the larger pod. Did not think there where that many in the small pond.
The sides will get built up a little yet so the surround of rocks will be in the water to hide the liner.

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Next step is to remove the old pond and install the next one at the bottom. It will be like the top one but 4 1/2 ft deep with a bottom drain and a skimmer.
 
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Thanks Abby. Decided on the bog system for filter after reading you long posts about them. Thanks for the interesting thread.
The gravel I got was slightly larger than I wanted but the one I have in the current bog was smaller than peas. When I dug it up to move I was surprised to find the small pea gravel was formed into solid lumps. I think the slightly larger gravel will work better with less chance of clogging up.
Went up to the local pond/lake and rescued some lillys for the pond to help fill the void.
 

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It is I have done in all of my ponds, the first few were not well done, tiny ponds, but still sort of worked. This one is my biggest and best working. Love never needing to clean a filter or even worry about the pond if busy.
 
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The top pond cleared well. At first I could not see an inch into the water and was thinking of draining and refilling it.

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Now the digging of the lower pond, dig and mesure. was only 6 ft across, dig some more....still 6'across, finally 7+ ft across and time to drop in the ring.

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And then dig some more.
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Finally get to place a few rocks around the lower pond and retire for the day
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I know that feeling - "that must be deep enough. No? Dig some more. Surely now! Still no... more digging..." The pictures are great - much easier to see what your plan is now!
 

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You're making great progress!
 
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Now I will have to deal with the mud and pump out the water from the lower pond as it rained hard all night. Surprised there was not more water in the hole as the gutter drain is exposed beside it. I plan to have a low point drain in the plumbing to drain the water for the winter. Not in favour of the drain as it could drain the pond down if the valve fails but I need to be able to drain the water from the pipes for the winter.
 

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Looking good! One shovel at a time and it gets done, eventually!
 
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Ordered a 3" gate valve and then purchased pipe and fittings only to find the 3" gate valve does not fit 3" pipe. Back to the store tomorrow to change all the pipe and fittings to 4 " because that fits the pipe.
 
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Well finally got a day of no rain. Placed more rocks, hard work but at least I have lots of them to chose from here at home. Did not show much for the day. Could not have managed without the tractor.



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The back wheels of my tractor sometimes lift off moving them.
Looks like another day of rain. I have never seen so much rain here in Merritt, feels like Vancouver area with all the rain.
 
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Welcome to the world of wet weather from one who knows :smuggrin:
Nice rocks and things are coming together!
 

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