My Deck Pond From the Start

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    Nick83 Jack of all trades, Master of none.

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    Hello, a couple of months ago I decided to embark on a project for my wife which she has been wanting for years now and I have been putting it off. Well, one day I grabbed my measuring tools and a circular saw. The first cut into my raised front porch deck was the hardest because I knew that there was no turning back. I continued to cut a 3.5ft by 7ft opening and that was the easy part.

    Now, I had a big rectangle cut out from my deck the began shoveling out dirt to get the the depth I was aiming for which is about 35inches to the top of the deck. Once I have shoveled out the dirt/sand I was ready to create an insulation and support wall on all four sides and prepare for the lining. Its not a professionally made structure but dang near close.

    After I had the construction out of the way I planned how I needed to lay down the liner(which was probably the most frustrating part). Then it was onto securing it to a border trim. Once I was happy with that, let the water filling commence. I'm on a well so I get my water directly from the freshwater water springs that run under my property so I knew I was getting clean water not heavily chlorinated water.

    Getting filtration going took longer than I had hoped so I added an air stone to get the water moving and breathing. I transplanted some hornwort plants from the pond in my yard because there was an over abundance anyway. After a few weeks I began adding some goldfish snails and tadpoles.

    So that's my story of the start of my pond. Please feel free to chime in as I will use this thread for updates and picture/videos to come!
     

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    Great project, @Nick83. I like it! Can you detail how you created the support walls. Are they sunk into the ground? What size lumber, etc? Thanks.
     
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    @MoonShadows For the support braces I screwed underneath the deck a 2x4 laid flat trim to screw in treated pine vertical so they were flush with the cut out deck. I used 4 vertical 2x4s at each end and did the same with the sides but used 6 planks. Since I dug out about a 12-16" I used most of that sand for support at the bottom. Once the framing was in place I tacked up some weather proofing. Then after that I used treated 1/2" plywood to box it in with more decking screws(countersunk). I left the bottom bare with sand so I was able to build up the bottom edges.
    In hindsight I wish I would have dug out a place for a prefilter and pump rather than having the prefilter above the pond floor. Somewhere down the road I plan on adding a trap door on the deck and box in a place for my canister filter, aerator and such to keep them safe under the deck from the element's while keeping the deck aesthetically pleasing without all the visible plumbing.
     
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    Thanks for that info @Nick83. Please keep posting pics and info as you progress. I am thinking of doing something similar.
     
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    You're welcome @MoonShadows . I certainly will post updates and more pictures as the pond evolves. I went to my local water garden supplier and picked out some plants that I'm going to pick up tomorrow. They have a a really big selection so it took some time to pick something out.
     
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    Can't wait to see more, it's gonna be awesome! smileysmile.gif
     
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    Nick83 Jack of all trades, Master of none.

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    Thank you @Gemma. I picked up my Lillie's this morning I ended up getting a Cororado and a Rhonda keys. The Rhonda has little extra sprouts so I was very happy to get a little extra from that plant.

    Pictures soon to come!
     
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    I had to put the plants on some baskets to get them closer to the surface or the flower buds would be below the surface and I wouldnt be able to enjoy them. Bottom picture is the Rhonda and top show shows the cororado on the left. IMAG1855.jpg IMAG1856.jpg
     
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    You will have many hours of enjoyment from your new pond. Pretty bloom on that new lily w/many more to come :)
     
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    Nick83 Jack of all trades, Master of none.

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    Indeed! Its becoming a very tranquil atmosphere.
     
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    I love that color!!:)
     
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    Beautiful lily! Love the tropical colors. Great looking deck pond
     
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    Nick83 Jack of all trades, Master of none.

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    Thank you @addy1. I really appreciate that! My wife wants to stain the boarder with a natural paint/stain called Unicorn Spit. I think that will definitely give it a nice tropical look rather than bare wood.
     
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    Very nice looking deck!

     
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    This evening I pulled up my prefilter and it was full of gunk so I rinsed it off then opened my canister and the first 3 layers were also full of gunk. I rinsed those off with well water so I didnt kill off any beneficial bacteria.
     
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    Took some pictures over the past couple of days. The plants and fish are looking healthy and thriving and the water... well its on its way. I havent seen my pleco in a few weeks but I know he's/she's down at the bottom feasting. IMAG1875.jpg IMAG1873.jpg IMAG1866.jpg
     
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    What is that middle picture? I would hope it would be a window on the side of my house looking outside :smuggrin:
     
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    Funny!
     
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    Looking great!
     
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    Nick83 Jack of all trades, Master of none.

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    Haha cheap beach side property. Its way better than my neighbors house as a backdrop.
    You might be a redneck if...
     
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