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Old 08-13-2009, 09:26 PM   #1
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Default AzFishKid's 2,500 Gallon Koi Pond [PIC HEAVY]

A while back, another forum member suggested that i start a journal for my two ponds, so here's one of the two i have in my backyard..

[ You Can View My 500 Gallon Turtle Pond Here ]

SIZE: 2,500 Gallons
PLANTS: Water Lillies, Umbrella Palms, Water Hyacinth
FISH: 10 Koi (butterfly/standard fin, ranging size from 2"-6"+), Several Comet Goldfish
FILTRATION: AQUA Ultima II
OTHER EQUIPMENT: Surface Skimmer

We had this pond built when we moved into this house, which was about 5 years ago. We had a builder who "thought" he knew what he was doing, but he didn't. The plumbing was all messed up, which eventually led to a broken pump and filter. Thankfully we found someone else who really knew a lot about ponds, so he fixed it all up and it's been running well for the past few years.





















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Old 08-13-2009, 09:30 PM   #2
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You wait until NOW to show us?! jk Its nice!
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Old 08-13-2009, 09:34 PM   #3
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You wait until NOW to show us?! jk Its nice!
Lol thanks! I'm starting a thread for my turtle pond now.

EDIT: Turtle pond thread created.
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Awesome! I like both your turtle and koi pond. How often do you tap off your ponds considering the weather there?
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Awesome! I like both your turtle and koi pond. How often do you tap off your ponds considering the weather there?
Thank you!

The ponds are both connected to a water source, so when the water level gets too low, the plastic floater goes down and opens the valve.
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Thank you!

The ponds are both connected to a water source, so when the water level gets too low, the plastic floater goes down and opens the valve.
COOOOL!!!!!!!!!! I dream to bulid one myself in the future. have a nice day!
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COOOOL!!!!!!!!!! I dream to bulid one myself in the future. have a nice day!
If you do, don't forget to show us!
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nice pond, Ive been trying to get my parents to fund one of these projects for years
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nice pond, Ive been trying to get my parents to fund one of these projects for years
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Nice pond! I can't imagine your water bill in Arizona. Top offs on that thing must be frequent with the air being so hot and dry.
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Nice pond! I can't imagine your water bill in Arizona. Top offs on that thing must be frequent with the air being so hot and dry.
Yeah we have two ponds and a pool so i bet it's a lot.. i don't know though since my parents handle it.

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i guess i need to speak up,few things bothering me.
first let me say my wife is the one on here asking some questions(not getting much for answers) as i have turned a 150 gallon tank over to her(i said sell it or salt water)

anyway,I am big into koi,decided i should speak up.
first welcome to koi ponding but
rocks have no place in a true koi pond(boy will this create heated debates).
plants are kind of iffy also for true koi(they will more then likely destroy them)
should have a skimmer(maybe missed in picture)

BUT what REALLY bothers me with your pics.the pump looks like an energy hog pool pump.good pumps cost more but will save in long run.
BUT WORSE THAT BOTHERS ME IS THE FILTER
the ultima filter well the size of it is a model 2,000 but the valve on top is one that should be on a 20,000 size filter.will not effect performance with pipe size and such but is very misleading on the max. 125 gpm.a 2,000 size filter should be only max. 34 gallons a minute.
so your pump and filter do not match at all plus pond size looks a lot less then 5,000 gallons.
People need to know exact gallonage of a pond and that LxWxD does not work at all.if you ever need to medicate the pond say your pond is only 3,000 gallons and you dose for 5,000 depending on medication you could kill all the fish.
so decided i did not want to be the one that sits back and says nothing.now hopefully a few others will help my wife.
Thank you for the suggestions, but we are not in the high-end koi hobby. My family simply had this pond built because we enjoy koi. Our pond may be the "pirate ship, blue gravel, plastic plant aquarium" of ponds (to some people), but we enjoy it and the fish are happy and healthy. The plants are growing very well, and the koi haven't seemed to "destroy" them during the past 5 years that we've had it set up. We have a professional pond-keeper who comes once a week to inspect, dose and backwash the filter. My family was told that it was 5,000 gallons, but it is actually close to 2,500 gallons according to the pond-keeper (i just called him - not sure why we thought it was 5000!). And about the rocks - i'm not really sure what else you would build a pond out if in arizona? We were planning on using a plastic liner, but once the construction crew started digging, it was impossible to dig down deep enough even with machines. The soil here is very dry and hard. I appreciate your comments and concerns, but we like our pond the way it is.

And yes, there is a skimmer.
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but we like our pond the way it is.

And yes, there is a skimmer.
You go Kid! That is all that matters. Peope are sometime TOO opinionated <-- trying to be nice here.

If it works and you enjoy it what more can one ask for????

SWEET pond BTW! Now I'm off to check out your turtle pond!
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Old 12-31-2009, 10:00 AM   #13
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You go Kid! That is all that matters. Peope are sometime TOO opinionated <-- trying to be nice here.

If it works and you enjoy it what more can one ask for????

SWEET pond BTW! Now I'm off to check out your turtle pond!
Yeah, i don't care if people share their opinions, but i just want everyone to know that i am well aware that it is not a traditional koi pond. Again, my family and I enjoy our pond the way it is, and have no plans on changing it in the future. And that is all that matters.

Thanks for the compliments! Glad others are enjoying it.

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VERY cool pond! I've been to arizona and that's about the most greenery I've seen!

So I was looking at your turtle pond thread and I have what is maybe a dumb question....why not bring the walls of the turtle pond back down and let the turtles wander between the two if they want? Or would they injure the koi or the ecosystem? I don't know much about turtles or koi OR ponds so please pardon my ignorance if there is a really simple answer to this question. I was just curious

Either way, both bonds are very cool, I LOVE the waterfall and the water lilies in this one too! well done!
You know, i had thought about doing that when we first built the ponds, but our yard backs in to a wash, which is home to snakes and coyotes. The wall is just to protect them. They always try to escape to go to the Koi Pond, but it's just not safe for them. When we first had the pond built, i had an African Sideneck Turtle and an Eastern Painted Turtle, which both mysteriously disappeared. When the wall was still short, one of my turtles would escape and "hide" in between some rocks in the koi pond, thinking that i didn't see her. So i'd get her out, put her back in the turtle pond, and find her back in the koi pond a few hours later.

Thanks for the compliments too! The water lilies are my favorite part i think. The flowers that bloom from them are really pretty.

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Its okay, no one ever truly has a koi pond.
There are just simple practices that make keeping koi much much easier and better.
Another piece of advice is remove the rocks from the bottom of the pond.
They are a harbor for bacteria and crap to accumulate.
It will make your filter work a whole lot more. Another thing would be to put a valve to restrict the flow so that you can run it at half power during normal usage and then full power during backwash.
If the rocks at the bottom become a problem, we'll drain the pond and remove them. But for now, they don't seem to cause any harm, and the little fish like hiding between them. We live near a golf course where a bunch of huge birds hang out, and they occasionally fly on over and snatch some of our fish. The rocks help protect them.

Can you explain what you mean by the valve?
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yard backs in to a wash, which is home to snakes and coyotes. The wall is just to protect them. They always try to escape to go to the Koi Pond, but it's just not safe for them. When we first had the pond built, i had an African Sideneck Turtle and an Eastern Painted Turtle, which both mysteriously disappeared.
A very good answer! I wouldn't want the little gals to go disappearing on you! So then if it's for protection from large wild critters, I totally understand!

And yeah, from the pictures you took of those waterlily flowers, they looks simply gorgeous! I love it! And I'm sure they provide some good protection for the baby fish along with the rocks
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Yeah, i don't care if people share their opinions, but i just want everyone to know that i am well aware that it is not a traditional koi pond. Again, my family and I enjoy our pond the way it is, and have no plans on changing it in the future. And that is all that matters.

Thanks for the compliments! Glad others are enjoying it.



You know, i had thought about doing that when we first built the ponds, but our yard backs in to a wash, which is home to snakes and coyotes. The wall is just to protect them. They always try to escape to go to the Koi Pond, but it's just not safe for them. When we first had the pond built, i had an African Sideneck Turtle and an Eastern Painted Turtle, which both mysteriously disappeared. When the wall was still short, one of my turtles would escape and "hide" in between some rocks in the koi pond, thinking that i didn't see her. So i'd get her out, put her back in the turtle pond, and find her back in the koi pond a few hours later.

Thanks for the compliments too! The water lilies are my favorite part i think. The flowers that bloom from them are really pretty.



If the rocks at the bottom become a problem, we'll drain the pond and remove them. But for now, they don't seem to cause any harm, and the little fish like hiding between them. We live near a golf course where a bunch of huge birds hang out, and they occasionally fly on over and snatch some of our fish. The rocks help protect them.

Can you explain what you mean by the valve?
A simple twist valve to control the flow. you can find these at many water garden shops. That way you can slow down the filter so it can be more effective. and speed it up during backwash.
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