New Pond Construction has begun

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Well the weather has finally warmed and the pond construction which started last October with the draining of the old pond can now resume. The old pond was dug out and enlarged last Oct, the new 60 mil liner installed and the retaining wall was built before the weather forced us to stop. This week the large rocks have been collected from the old quarry on the farm, and the contractor has started shaping the waterfall and stream.

Picture 1 - Rocks from farm. Some of these are huge!

The pond will be about 7000 gallons when complete. It will feature a waterfall filter and skimmer intake. I will have 2 pumps, the waterfall pump will move about 5500 GPH.

Picture 2 - Pond as of 4/1/2010

I have some photos in my member gallery and will attempt to link them here. I will keep you updated as the pond progresses.

Picture 3 - Temporary fish pond, it works and I may use it for special breeding projects this summer.
 

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It's going to be beautiful LDBrown!
Thanks for sharing the photos! Please keep us updated
Ken
 

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Good like progress is being made. What are the dimensions of the new pond?
 
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More construction photos are attached. We got quite a bit done on Friday morning. I stayed with the contractors until lunch time to make sure that the rocks were being placed according to plan. The vertical rock placed on Thursday was a little taller than originally planned.

We had rain Saturday morning so everything is now covered up. The weather for the coming week is a mixed bag. Hopefully there will be some more progress. The fish in the temporary pool are now picketing for a new home!
 

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Those temp ponds are excellent to raise baby KoI and stuff in!!! I did it for 2 years....problem I had was with the culling and then getting rid of the best keepers. Actually the culling didn't bother me that much but I had to regularly get rid of the Walmart looking Koi. Lot of work.

There are always some wild looking ugly ones but I want to keep the ones with top colors etc...mine are imported and were too expensive to let them revert!.

Every fall and spring I end with with a few nice extras....anyone want to pick them up you can have them...lol
 
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To answer Tana's question about pond size it is roughly 20 X 18 with a max depth of 40 inches and a plant shelf depth of 18 inches. It will hold roughly 7000 gallons. The waterfall filter is about 4 foot above the surface of the pond and will cascade over 3 falls.

We will have a patio built around one side and end of the pond and will be updating the back porch which overlooks the pond.

I wish Maryland was closer, I'd go get a few nice koi.
 

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I love the stone you have for the coping and waterfall. Hopefully the weather will cooperate for you.
 
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The stone is just common limestone. It is well weathered and aged. It came from an old rock quarry on our farm. The quarry has not been operating for at least 60 years as none of the locals remember it in operation.

No work this week, the contractor is at Disney World. It's spring break week here in Western KY but I have been assured that I am first on the list come Monday morning. It is really frustrating, the back yard has been torn up all winter, the weather is perfect for planting etc...

I ordered a new, larger skimmer today. It will handle up to 8000 GPH and can house 2 pumps. I was going to try utilizing my existing skimmers but they can't handle the water flow. My new pump sucks them dry. I'll either sell the small skimmers or keep them for a future, smaller pond project. Maybe a stream............

I found a local koI farmer, he has lots of color, sizes, etc. The prices are very good as well and his stock looks very healthy.

That's my update for now, hopefully more pics next week.
 

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Be sure you get them with the best color designs on the top and upper sides!!! That's all you ever see in a pond. My neighbor bought some beautiful KoI from a tank display...needless to say they weren't all that attractive. The patterns were all on the sides of the fish!!....amazingly he was able to take them back and exchange!!!...of course none of that matters if you prefer single color KoI like platinum whites, etc.
 

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I agree with Red, the temp pond is great! I can't wait to see your new pond finished. It looks like its going to be amazing!
 
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whisper said:
Hurry, hurry I can't wait to see it done.
I can't wait either but we'll all have to be patient a little while longer. I've been to the garden center 2 times this week looking at plants for landscaping.

Work started again today and the remaining boulders have been set. We had to reset a few b/c they didn't get the liner in the right place. This is the builders second pond so his crew is new at this. I stayed with them for 3 hours today and we accomplished much. I'll post pictures later. I've got to get my kids from school and off to soccer practice, etc.. Tuesdays are busy.

Here are photos taken yesterday and this morning.
Photo 1 shows the retaining wall that supports the waterfall, this was done earlier but I hadn't taken a picture yet.

Photo 2 shows the backhoe moving a boulder. Most of the stones were moved in this manner. The small ones were moved by hand.

Photo 3 is looking at the left side of the waterfall.

Photo 4 is an overview of the whole waterfall area. There will be 3 cascades.

Photo 5 is the watercourse on the right side of the fall. Sorry about the orientation.
 
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Does anyone know if construction adhesive is pond safe when cured?

Photo 1 This is the final cascade into the pond. I hope the moss lives.

Photo 2 This is a good view of the waterfall filter. I need to do some more work under the lip of the fall, too much black plastic showing. I also need a couple more stones to the left.

Photo 3 The cascading watercourse does a switchback here. The water is coming from the upper left. It will pool here and then continue fall to right.

Photo 4 Overview of fall, upper and lower cascades


I can't wait to start adding plants!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Wow looks great. Can't wait til it's done. Also you might want to keep water on that moss so it doesn't dry out but I'm sure you already thought of that. LOL
 

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ldbrown3138 said:
Does anyone know if construction adhesive is pond safe when cured?
Call the manufacturer if the label has no information if it's safe for aquatic life.

A lot of pond builders use Great Stuff to seal gaps and adhere stone in and around the waterfall/stream bed so that the water doesn't go behind or under any of the liner.
 
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Concrete grout work is complete. There was a great debate about finishing the pond edge this morning. I gave the guys 2 or 3 possible ways to do it. They have now quit for the day, no edge work done, no skimmer installed yet. This is taking too long. I'm ready to put water in pond! My fish are protesting and have formed a picket line. I hope they don't walkout on me. LOL

Concrete grout work is complete in cascading water course, maybe I'll have time to do a test flow this weekend.

I took the pond for a test drive this weekend. I filled up the low basin, hooked up the small sump pump (2500 GPH) with a 1 1/4" pipe and let the water flow. It was good to hear water splashing in the backyard again.

The permanent pump will be inside the skimmer (not yet installed) and will pump 5000 GPH thru a 2 inch pvc pipe. I use electrical pvc conduit sweep fittings for all bends (less resistance than a hard 90) so my flow should be approx twice what is seen in photos.

I have attached some photos. There are more in my gallery.

Photo 1 Lower cascade pool with water - looks good, holds about 30 G

Photo 2 Retaining wall with stone cap.

Photo 3 Overview of the project, yard area will be a gravel patio.

Photo 4 Cascade

Photo 5 Whole pond w/ temp pump
 
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Photo shows the pond with temporary pump running cascade and gravel patio in the foreground. There are more pix in my gallery.

The skimmer has been installed and the flagstone pond edge is complete, I can now finish the plumbing. the gravel patio should be complete today. Rain is in the forecast so maybe Mother Nature will wash the rock and construction dirt off things for me. Sure would save me some time and water. We haven't had rain for 2 weeks (odd for April in KY). Things left to do include clean-up, final plumbing, filling pond, planting (YAY! I love planting) and stocking with fish.
 
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Photo 1 and 2 - panoramic view of pond and gravel patio
Photo 3 - backside of retaining wall
Photo 4 - temporary pond, plants are coming back to life.
I got the final plumbing connections made over the weekend, 3 trips to Lowes and one to local pond shop for all necessary fittings. It seems I never have all the right pieces. I started scooping all the leaves and dirt out of pond but the rainy weather we had kept my progress limited. The weather is supposed to improve tomorrow but I'll be in Chicago with my daughter on her 5th grade trip. The coming weekend is supposed to be stormy again. My grass is getting really tall, the pond needs cleaning and I have several plants to set out.
 

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Congrats on having such a sick set up! Have enjoyed watchin the progress!..so..hurry up!
 
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Got laid off from work today, guess I'll have plenty of time to enjoy my new pond.
 

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Tough break man...Hope you are able to get back in the saddle again soon!
 

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That really sucks. I hope there is an opportunity out there for you soon.
 

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