Mr.Wizards Pond

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    Mr.Wizard

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    I am building a 5'x9', 18" deep pond. The pond will house marginal flowers, water lilies and goldfish. I am also considering native fish like bluegills and red-eared sunfish but it will probably be goldfish. At the moment I am about halfway through with the excavation. I will keep posting my progress.

    Equipment:
    10’x15’ 45mil EPDM liner
    5’x5’ 45mil EPDM liner for waterfall
    Danner 950gph pump
    Pondbuilder Serenity waterfall spillway
    Tetrapond skimmer


    Initial layout

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    Forms for concrete collar
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    Concrete poured
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    1st layer of excavation
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    Goldfish...OK. Bluegills and Sunfish.....Nay, entirely too shallow at 18".
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    You might have heat issues, not sure of your temperatures there. My pond in AZ was 5 feet deep, it averaged 85 degrees in the summer. I had a huge waterfall to help cool the water and shade.
     
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    Why not lay bricks a couple more levels? it'll help rise the pond a bit. And a rised pond where you can just sit comfortably at the edge is totally nice...
     
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    I thought about doing a raised pond. I am partial the look of having flagstone pavers and grass around the edge. I want to put some plants, maybe ferns, in the back to hang over the edge and tie everything together.
     
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    As for temperature I may just see how it goes once I have some established plants. My main concern is diurnal temperature swing and its effect on the fish.
     
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    My advise... take your time... dig more... get to 36 inches deep.. You'll be happier and the fish will thank you.

    Oh and install a bottom drain!
     
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    I finished excavation and put some sand on the bottom. Added the underlayment and pond liner. I filled the pond about 3/4 full. (170gallons) I had to let the silicon around the overflow to dry before I fill it all the way. Maybe I can call the county vector control and get some free mosquito fish to start cycling. Next on the list is the waterfall and edging. WP_20170316_16_06_26_Pro.jpg WP_20170316_16_53_58_Pro.jpg WP_20170316_18_48_27_Pro.jpg
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Nice
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Nice looking build
     
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    I think a lot of people would advice against adding gambusia (I assume that's what you mean by "mosquito fish"). Once they are in your pond, they breed like crazy and it's near unto impossible to get rid of them completely.

    Your pond looks lovely, by the way! It's going to be very nice!
     
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    verry nice
     
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    amazing
     
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    I put a dozen feeder goldfish in my pond, thinking I would switch over to koi when it established, they are now a couple hundred; so don't put anything in you don't want to keep forever.
     
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    I envy your level ground... :oops:
     
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    Thanks everyone! :)
    I didn't get anything done this weekend. I am going to go get some flagstone after work and get started on the edging. While I am there I will get a few large rocks to get the waterfall structure installed. I plan on using cinderblocks to build up around the waterfall and then dress it up with stone.
    I should have some more pictures later this week.
     
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    In regards to fish breeding, I have no idea how to control that other than adding some fingerlings from a predatory fish.
     
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    add male guppies since you can tell which is male easily.
     
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    Waterfall structure is built, it just needs to be covered with rock. Flagstone is dry fit around the pond, still have a few cuts to make. Unfortunately the instructions I found online to cut flagstone with a chisel and hammer didn't work so well. I am debating on renting a demolition saw or putting a diamond blade on my skill-saw... decisions decisions!
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