New Pond Builder. Im building from the ground up.

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    GreatDanesDad Electro-Mechanical Engineer

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    My Name is Peter. I am a single father with big ambition and small pockets. I have a large yard but there isnt much to it. Grass and rocks right now. I use to live in Asia and have a love for Koi and ponds, but dont think I'm ready for that. So I am going to try to build a small water garden that will eventually have gold fish in it.

    My first project to dig a 1500 gallon fish pond. I want to build the pond and then build a gazebo over it.

    Pictures Below. Any and all advice very welcome.
     

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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    [​IMG] to our group! Glad you joined.

    Love those great Danes they look like they are enjoying your new pond.

    Make it deep, to help keep the water cooler. My pond there was around 5 feet deep, during the summer it would climb to around 85 degrees.

    The gazebo will help adding some shade.
     
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    sissy sissy

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    don't need a lot of money to build a pond as long as you think outside the box
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    Someone else out in this heat. I've been doing a bunch of landscaping lately too.

    I plan a gazebo type deal over my future pond. I think I'll build the gazebo first and then dig the pond. Shade is a wonderful thing.
     
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    Welcome!
     
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    GreatDanesDad Electro-Mechanical Engineer

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    You guys are great. That is a beautiful dane. Can you guys help me with the proper temperature for my pond. It is three feet deep now. Im going to try to dig out another foot and build the walls up a foot with my flower box.

    I am guessing that the temperature of the water will stay around 80 even with the shade over the pond. Do goldfish like warmer water or cooler water?
     
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    sissy sissy

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    They are not picky as long as you don't cook them or you don't make them into fish cicles .I have never had a problem with my gold fish yet ,now koi that is a different story .My pond is just over 4 feet but mostly to keep it cool in the hot summers and I made a shade sail for over mine using electrical conduit and shade cloth and eye hooks
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    [sub]Welcome! :wave:[/sub]

    [sub]yeah Koi like cooler temps. If you can go deeper do, youll be glad you did. [/sub]
     
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    oh and a water feature will help to cool the water too.
     
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    hi love your build just started mine its halfway done got a veg filter to build next mines 4ft deep and we dont have the heat problems you do over here more like the opposite ! and you had a bigger helper then me but little jake did do his best keep the pics comming and koi are not that hard to look after make sure you have plenty of air in the pond that will help a lot .
     
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    Just noticed the title of your thread, Peter, and HAD to comment. MOST people build their pond from the ground DOWN! :cheerful:
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    Lol :rolleyes:
     
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    Ok it is time for new pictures. Tell me what you guys think.
     

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    GreatDanesDad Electro-Mechanical Engineer

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    It is not finished but it is getting close.
     
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    Ruben Miranda I am so confused

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    Hello
    It is looking real nice.

    Great job

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    Love the irregular shape.
     
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    Wow! I like the way it is coming along.
     
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    Like how you used the landscape timbers but you will need to watch them for rot .I had a few that in wet conditions rot and also get slippery when wet .I changed them out for salt treated wood ,more expensive but there is only plastic wood besides and not sure how that would stand up either .We get a lot of termites here from all the logging they do so things just never hold up .
     
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    sissy sissy

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    You don't need tons of money to build a pond .I was on a budget also and stayed with it .
     
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    Very nice job on building your first pond! Neat idea building the gazebo over it for shade too. Imagine it can get quite hot down there in Az. Too bad some of it doesn't float up our way :razz:
     
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