Lil background, Built this 7' long x3.5 wide x2.5' deep pond 5-6 years ago as a naive college student.
During a winter 2 years ago, something burrowed down and put a softball sized hole on the side of the liner. Unlucky for me the pump was set high and burned out with the lack of water. Everything died as I usually don't check up on my pond during the winter.
I still don't know what it was, anybody have a guess? I live on Long Island, NY.
Well it's spring and I got bit by the the koi bug again! So here we go.
How the pond looked with stones removed.
There was about a foot of dirt and muck I had to shovel out after draining the water. It must of gotten in through the hole in the liner.
After taking out the liner, I enlarged the pond to 7.5' long x 5.5' wide x3' deep in an oval shape and smoothed everything out. It was the maximum size my mom would let me do. >.>* I'm building a HUGEEEE koi pond when I have my own house.