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Posted: May 20 2011, 02:36 PM
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I have finally decided that I will have a pond in the garden. I have been gathering most of the kit I will need over the last couple of months and just started the build itself.

The pond will be 18ft long, 8½ft wide, and 4½ deep at its deepest point. Some parts will only be 2½ deep. It will be raised 2½ feet, the remainder will be sunken. The two side facing the garden will be made from reclaimed railway sleepers, the other two walls will be concrete block.

I shall keep adding to this topic as I go along.

Hope you enjoy smile.gif

The stuff I have so far gathered together, 4" bottom drain and 4" piping..

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Posted: May 20 2011, 02:38 PM
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For the filter, a Vortex chamber and 3 compartment box. All with slide valves for easy draining/cleaning.

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Posted: May 20 2011, 02:39 PM
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Biological media and brushes for the filter box. There are three bags of the media, not sure how many litres, but a lot. There are about 25 brushes or so.

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Posted: May 20 2011, 02:40 PM
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An 8000 litres an hour pump, and a 10,000 litres an hour pump. I probably wont use the 8000 one, the 10,000 is more efficient and is also an external pump, so suits what I want to do better.

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Posted: May 20 2011, 02:41 PM
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Two powerful airpumps. The largest will run 8 x 6" airstones in the bio media, the other will run a 5" disc stone in the pond itself.

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Posted: May 20 2011, 02:42 PM
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A UV Sterilizer as my aim is to have a clear water pond.

I've also got a 3kw pond heater, but I'm not sure I will use this. You can see the pond line and underlay under the heater.

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Posted: May 20 2011, 02:44 PM
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Concrete blocks delivered.........

......... followed by the railway sleepers

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Posted: May 20 2011, 02:45 PM
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The first step of construction. Footings for the walls. Not much progress so far, but hopefully things will speed up before long. Just digging the footings in first, they will then be bedded into concrete for final levelling.

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Posted: May 20 2011, 10:44 PM
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That looks so awesome!!! I cant wait to see how this turns out!! will definietly stay tuned!!
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Posted: May 20 2011, 11:39 PM
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Ok I am now following you Rick....had to translate a few things....

Railroad Sleepers = Railroad ties...lol and I'll wage they are heavy, so is Craig lending a hand to you with this project, or have you convinced the Sad Scot to travel down and lend a hand with all his skill?

Now my only other question is...because I live in a climate slightly colder then yours, are you planning on leaving the fish in the pond all winter? Or will you be tanking them for the winter, because here 4.5 ft deep might be deep enough but I would be unsure of that, I have seen the lakes freeze with at least a 5 ft depth of ice on them in a really cold winter, a 6 ft auger just makes it through. I'll be working along with you.....I would lend you a wee hand if I lived closer.... thumbsup.gif
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Posted: May 21 2011, 09:15 AM
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The Sad Scot is going down Ratty, but hopefully the pond build will be completed by then lmao.gif

Looks like you're all set to go Clarky, look forward to seeing it completed!
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Posted: May 21 2011, 09:18 AM
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Wow! ohmy.gif


That looks like quite a project, Rick! . . . thumbsup.gif


And you've already made a great start! clapping.gif clapping.gif clapping.gif



Definitely will be following your progress!

Good luck and all best,
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Posted: May 21 2011, 05:00 PM
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OMG rick, thats a massive pond!!

my next door neighbour has a pond with just carp in it. the pond is not very deep and the survive through the winter. he has one carp that i would say is 1.5ft long and very chunky, they call it jaws cos it eats all the frog spawn when it drops down from the top pond.

what fish you planning? i love sterlets....you gonna go for any of them?

one of the garden centre near me sells massive mussles too.

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Posted: May 22 2011, 08:28 PM
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Good luck with your build, looks like you have all the right kit so far qcool.gif
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Posted: Jun 2 2011, 10:14 PM
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Thanks all.

Ratty, Yeah, 4-4.5 ft should be plenty to over winter here in the UK. If all else fails, I'll hook up the pond heater.

Kerry, Not planning on sterlets. My plan is to go the european native route. Not really into koi, but having said that, I bet i'll see a stunner somewhere and be unable to resist laugh.gif

The list I'm planning so far is:
  • Mirror Carp
  • Common Carp
  • Green Tench
  • Gold Tench
  • Bream
  • Rudd
  • Roach
  • Barbel
  • Chub
  • May give trout a go if I see any little ones feeding on pellets.
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