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Rebuilding my pond. FINISHED!

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.


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Filling the pond

Filled! yay


Using retaining blocks, its a bit unorthodox but, I like the look and the weight. The sides and back will be regular flagstone/fieldstone. Will probably add another tier on the small waterfall.



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Here is the diy filter. I'll be using bioballs as the filter media. Leaving space at the top of the top bucket for some mechanical filtration media. Small piece of pvc pipe will act as an overflow once the mechanical media becomes clogged so water doesn't spill out of the top. Water is pumped to the top, trickles through the bio-balls and gravity brings it back into the pond. Simple and cheap but works well for small ponds.


Inside the top


Inside the bottom


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It covers the gfi/ outlet


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maybe a groundhog. they are known for putting holes in swimming pools. your diy filter looks really cool.
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maybe a groundhog. they are known for putting holes in swimming pools. your diy filter looks really cool.
Hmmm never heard of groundhogs living on Long island though. But thanks for the input, I'll see if they can be found here.


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A week into the project and 3 pounds lighter and its done. Everything is plumbed and running with no leaks. Made a small viewing area with the extra stones I had. Love the sound of the waterfall. Measures 7.5' long x 5.5' wide x 3' deep = 926 gallons.


READY FOR KOI! WOOOOO Can't wait :P Contemplating putting a red Japanese maple where the bamboo is right now (red pot)


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High Grade Koi from Japan. I think she's a Showa. Cost me $80 and she's only 6" :X. But I had to have her!!!! Love at first sight. -red






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Nice work!!

So... when are you starting on the next pond?





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Thanks! When I move out of my parents house and have no restrictions on size is when I shall build my dream pond. I gotta start saving up haha =D


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Looks good! Are you going to put any plants in there?


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^ no plants, I want to put some around the pond but not inside. Since it is a small pond for koi I wanted as much room as possible.


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You should get a vine to grow on the fence in the background. Lattice trellis would help blend it all too.

Beautiful fish.
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