Recommendation for designing a pond

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by R and T, Jul 6, 2015.

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    R and T

    Jul 5, 2015
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    I stumbled over this forum looking for information of how to design a new filtration, pump, skimmer, UV light, etc... Looks like a lot of good information! I have an existing pond 8 feet by 13.5 feet (free form) and 3 feet deep with a step along the inside about 1.5 feet down on the side. We are in bad need of a better pump and filtration, having a hard time with algae growth. We have gone through a couple of cheaper pumps. I am thinking of building my own filter, perhaps skimmer. I would like to get an external pump and add a waterfall. Currently only goldfish? in the pond.

    Before asking a lot of questions, is there a good source, other than this forum, perhaps a book for planning a layout and perhaps making some of these items myself?


    R and T, Jul 6, 2015
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    Big Lou

    Sep 18, 2012
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    Desoto, Texas (Dallas County) North Texas, Zone 8a
    Howdy Randy.
    Big Lou, Jul 6, 2015
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    tbendl T

    Jul 14, 2014
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    Gulf Coast-Mississippi 8b
    Hi Randy, do you have pictures of your existing pond? It might help steer you in the direction you're looking for. Welcome to the forum!
    tbendl, Jul 6, 2015
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    Mmathis TurtleMommy

    Apr 28, 2011
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    NW Louisiana -- zone 8b
    Hello and welcome, Randy! When I first came here/started my ponding journey, I, too was searching for "the book" that would answer all my questions. And believe it or not, all I wanted to do was provide a clean "watering hole" for my [non-aquatic] box turtles! Well, at least for me, there isn't one. Sorry! But do all kinds of searches on here and on other sites -- lots of information -- lot of varied opinions. Ask questions, and question the answers -- the best way to learn. And LOTS of DIY stuff!!

    So, for your CURRENT situation: is your pond around 1500 - 2000 gallons? What size pump are you using now, and what about your filter set-up? Do you have fish? Do you have plants? Is the pond in direct sunlight? And where do you live -- what USDA zone? Do you test your water?
    Mmathis, Jul 6, 2015
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