I'm starting a new thread just for my new pond build. We are moving in less than 10 days and I have to dig a new pond at our new property and move all my fish! It's not my first choice but we got a great offer on our house and couldn't turn it down. Also we are very busy moving after 18 years in one place so life is going to be very interesting for the next few weeks. I'll start it out with a couple pictures of my existing pond and fish and then a sketch I made tonight about where it might be placed. First the existing pond with all the crazy overgrown plants this year. It did keep my water and fish cool despite the high heat we had. Next some pictures of my goldfish. All but 3 were born in the pond. I've had 10-15 babies every year for the last 4 or 5 years! Now my new backyard. It doesn't look great quite yet because the property is under construction. Okay. I did a little sketch of how a pond might look. I'm going to build it close to the garage. The garage is 26 ft across. The distance between our back porch and the garage is 24 ft and we need a place to install pavers for sitting areas and a barbecue. I made a sketch and the distance across would be 16 feet. One of the widths of the sections would be 8 ft across and the other section would be 7 ft. I'm leaving some space in the far corner for a waterfall. Here is the sketch. I'm guessing it will be close to 2500 gallons with a maximum depth of 4.5 ft and I'll have a 1 ft wide shelf on the front part about 1 ft down. The average depth will be about 3.5 ft. I'm thinking to berm the ground on the left side and do some nice plantings there and have the waterfall on the right in the back corner. I already bought a Laguna 2000 pump and 3000 filter and I think this will be sufficient since I am not adding any more fish. I started it running the other day in my existing pond so my filter media starts to develop beneficial bacteria. I don't think I'll get a skimmer because I actually like doing that myself with a net and feel sometimes skimmers catch too many fry. I don't have the final say as both my wife will be very involved as well as our oldest daughter who does design. Also I have a client who is a landscape architect and she offered to help. I know my wife will be concerned that the pond is not too big as to overshadow our yard but I'm going to draw a line of at least 2000 gallons. Any advice or suggestions are more than welcome!