Thanks Lisak1Good luck to you @KeithG - and THANK YOU for actually taking the time to read and respond to comments. You have no idea how often people post a question, get lots of helpful answers, and then... nothing. Maybe they are overwhelmed with information, maybe they read and aren't happy with what they hear, maybe they just drifted off to another project... who knows. I answer questions hoping to help the original poster, but also to help anyone who may come to the forum in the future with similar questions. But honestly it is refreshing when we get a little feedback from the OP!
I won't say "there's no wrong way to build a pond" because there certainly is, and we've seen lots of them here! But once you understand what you're trying to accomplish, it's up to you to decide what elements best fit your budget, your expertise, your layout, your space, etc. Knowing there are options makes this a much more personalized project, but it does require you to think through where you hope to end up!
Take lots of pictures and share with us - we love to see other people working!
I couldn't imagine not replying. You take the time to read my post and give advice from your experience and Everyone should have the decency to at least reply with a thank you.
I'm now thinking to leave the bottom drain out and just go with the skimmer, pump and filter that I already have.
I'm hoping to start the digging in 2 or 3 weeks time and will be sure to post pics.
This forum is fab. I've posted on other forums and get a list of expensive items to use and ignoring that I had informed what I had and simply asked would it work and if not how would/could it work. So, thank you for being so helpful and advising in line with my questions.