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ElijahTurtle said:
Wow! That looks great! very nice craftsmanship on the woodwork.
It's kind of funny to hear someonetalking about getting into SW aquariums on a pond forum. I gave up the idea of having a SW tank for the idea of having a pond. I'm into freshwater planted aquariums, so I figure it's a more natural progression to move to a pond than to SW.

For me I started out with fresh water and tried to master that including a koi pond. I now have 11 aquariums (2 salt) and the koi pond. Pretty much my wife and I are just fish crazy. I will probably cut back on the fresh water tanks and go with just a koi pond and a large salty aquarium.
 
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I think it all ties into the love of creating small functional biotopes. Here is our saltwater reef tank. 30 gallons and lots of corals. Only two little clownfish. We had freshwater before but never attempted the planted aquarium. I would probably be more apt to do a freshwater planted aquarium now that I have had a pond with plants.


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I think it all ties into the love of creating small functional biotopes. Here is our saltwater reef tank. 30 gallons and lots of corals. Only two little clownfish. We had freshwater before but never attempted the planted aquarium. I would probably be more apt to do a freshwater planted aquarium now that I have had a pond with plants.


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Good looking tank you got there. I aggree with you on the planted tank. My pond has done so good with plants this year. I was amazed at how much the plants help out with water quality and in return the plants did very well too. Here's a vid of our 28g nano reef. I hope it works.
 
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Nice video. I would like to see some full tank shots. We have two nanos. The picture is of the 30 gallon oceanic and the other is a biocube 29 with a metal halide retrofit along with the power compacts. We are trying to sell it and get a canoe for my husband and son. I already have a kayak and needed someone to paddle with. All the livestock went into the oceanic and we sold the hawkfish out of the biocube to a fellow reefer.
 
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Lumber:
10-2x4x8 wall framinig
4-2x4x14 wall framing
5-sheets of 5/8 sheer panel for the inside
4-sheets of 3/4 plywood for the outside
6-3x6x14 outside for long wall
6-3x6x12 outside for short walls
1-2x10x14 wall cap
1-2x10x12 wall cap
4-1x6x12 shiplap for waterfall wall
Hardware:
Redheads for bolting down walls
2 36"x3/4" all thread for corner interlocking
5" lag bolts and washers for bolting 3x6 beams to framing
1 gallon of superdeck stain

Also used a weather membrain for exterior- black paper
15'x20' 45 mil pond liner
Laguna 3200 pond filter
Laguna 2000 pond pump
Misc 1 1/2" flexable hose for connections
schedule 80 PVC pipe and fittings.
14" waterfall tank.

Thats roughly it.............

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I forgot to mention if your pond is out in the weather and your bolting it to concrete, you should use pressure treated 2x4s for your bottom plate. Also used an L flash and rainbuster silcon around the outside. I sanded the interior sheer panel to get rid of any splinters. I chaulked and duct taped all seems in sheer panel on the inside including the corners before I installed the liner.

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Thanks rick Iam plaanning on building a similar pond that will be movable by having wheels hidden under it, once enough money and time is put together.That way the pond is permanent to the property.:)
 

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You better have a welded steel subframe with casters rated for the load or it will be a waste of your time and money. The surface that you plan on rolling it over must be fairly smooth and level as well.
 
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Yeah I agree with DrDave.............In fact I really don't see how wheels are a possibilty. My pond would have a weight of roughly 4 ton's. To be able to put that on wheels you would need a steel subframe as well as a lot of wheels that would be in accessable after the fact, not to mention pushing ton's of water around would be incredibly difficult..............Just my 2 cents.

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Casters for 4 tons are over $200.00 each for cheap ones. Oh! and your slab better be over 4" thick to support the 1 square inch of wheel in contact with it carrying over 2000 lbs.
 

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Well Ill just have to forget about a rolling pond and instead find a different way to move the pond, but a pond I figure is meant to be a permanent feature of any property.;)
 

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How is making it mobile going to cause it to being permanent? Permanent is a hole in the ground with concrete or block. A liner could be considered mobile since it can be re-used.

If you want a rolling pond, buy a commercially made HD plastic tub with wheels made to transport dense materials. You might be able to find one that will hold a few hundred gallons.
 
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Great job on the craftmanship of the pond. LOOKS are important!!!!
I too started with aquariums and now the pond bug has got me.
My wife called me obsessed the other day.
 
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