First attempt at a large pond

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    Hello everyone. We are in the process of building a pond on the side of our house. It will be quite the project for us but we are very excited. The project seems to get bigger and more evolved every month. It is about 15'x20' and 5' deep (originally suppose to be 14' diameter and 5' deep. It sits next to a hillside so we intend to create a natural looking waterfall that will flow into it. I had also been reading up bog filtration and think I would like to incorporate that into the pond in addition to a home made skimmer and possibly a little mechanical filtration. I do plan to also have a bottom drain that i can drain into the garden area. But I really want the bog to do the bulk of the work. After a lot of research we decided to go with a 45mil epdm liner.

    I wanted to join to share experiences and gain inspiration from those with a shared passion. Thank you in advance for your assistance and shared experiences.
     
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    Welcome! Make sure you take lots of photos of your pond build in progress, and while you're at it share them with us! We love pictures!
     
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    A few progress pics from where we laid out the outline to getting the hole to depth just as fall hit.
     

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    Thank you I absolutely will. Posted a fee the securityfeature on my phone seems to want to block me uploading them so I will need to time a faster way.
     
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    Welcome!
    Looks like a great project in a beautiful spot!
     
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    Welcome to our group! Go over to the construction thread and start your construction project there. We will all love to follow along.

    Looks like it will be a beautiful spot for a pond and a waterway.
     
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    Welcome to the forum! I can't wait to follow your progress!
     
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    Welcome to the forum! You're off to a great start, that's a lovely place for a pond (y)
     
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    Welcome @Telion ! That does indeed look like the perfect spot for a pond and I'm sure it's going to look amazing when you're done. Keep posting pictures!
     
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    Welcome to the Forum @Telion I too look forward to following your project!
     
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    Thank you the land layout was the biggest factor in why we bought where we did. I will try to find a pic of this but the pond sits between the house and the pergola that over looks the valley and the goal is to put in a french door off the bedroom that exits to where the pond is.
     
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    That sounds like it's going to be an amazing backyard retreat!
     
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    I certainly hope so I would love to have a relaxing send retreat in the yard.
     
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    A couple more pics not of the pond but related one is a shot of the pergolas base being built before the hole was dug in the snow. And the other is the corner of the pergola opposite the pond looking into the valley. 20170302_112514.jpg IMG_20170721_142835.jpg
     
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    Looks real nice; quite a view you have! Good luck and good digging!

    Oh, and @Lisak1 was supposed to throw in support for your bog idea, but she's been slackin' lately. Good idea! But don't make the bog the sole filter (or even main one, imo); I did that and it was fine for a couple of years but it eventually clogged and I had to dig it up and clean it. Now, I have a mechanical drum filter pre-bog and shouldn't expect to ever do that again. addy has had good luck so far with only a bog, but hers is like the size of Montana, so go that route if you are only thinking bog!

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    I CAN'T BE EVERYWHERE @brokensword ! Thanks for stepping up!

    And yes - if you're going to build a bog (and you know you WANT TO!) make it as big as possible AND make sure your not sending solid debris through the bog. Mine gets only "clear" water - the gravel down flow bog catches all the small, medium and large organic material.
     
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    brokensword Not all those who wander are lost

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    there ya go! See? Got the first line Cheerleaders on this; now you HAVE to have a bog...seriously, really, don't even think twice.


    Now, g'wan, start digging...
     
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    Thank you both of you for the suggestions. I do want the main filtration to be a bog. Mainly because of now large the pond is and how I don't want to hide a large mechanical filtration system. With a bog my goal is to make it look like a monitors wetland where a pump forces water up through about 3 to 4 inches of small gravel via a PVC T of sorts with the slits in it with a top layer of dirt that will house a wide variety of bog plants (preaching to the choir I am sure).

    I need to wait till spring to wrap my head around the mechanical filtration. The skimmer will play a mechanical filter role for sure. But beyond that I debate running some type of barrel style filter with various types of media. I will also run a UV filter but that is more so to help keep unwanted algae at bay. Though it will be in a well shaded area which should also help. I have also started reading the bog thread on here to further my knowledge :)
     
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    There are differing opinions on using a UV - some people claim that the dead algae it creates adds to the organic load in the water, leading to - you guessed it - more algae growth. And it only kills floating algae. Just food for thought! Your best bet for algae control is a balanced pond - plants+fish+water=harmony!
     
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    brokensword Not all those who wander are lost

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    ...don't forget to add water movement to the balanced list...
     
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