DIY Kiddie Pool Pond 'Stand' + Cabinet
Calling all DIY standbuilders, pond experts, and handymen! I am in need of some guidance regarding building things, modifying things and etc. Read: I have literally no idea what I'm doing but I have an idea and I want to make it happen!
In my garage I have a ~100G 48" x 48" kiddie pool supported by two canister filters. (To be exact, they are Penn Plax Cascade Canister Aquarium Filters, size '1,000' rated at 265GPH each.) Said 'pond', as I call it, is... well, it's on the ground. This wouldn't be an issue if I had a magical Python or some sort of water pump but I do not. As the only compatible faucet for the Python is outside of the house (and is currently buried under about 3' of snow) a Python is not something that will be within my ability to use.
My goal: Raise the pond about 6" off the ground and add a flow-adjustable drain (if that makes sense) to the already installed plastic drain part. Not only will this ease the strain on my back for water changes (and encourage me to do them more frequently), it will also make the area look nicer overall. Along with this I would like to build a cabinet approx. 24" in height to hide the canister filters and other wires, like heating and lighting (which I still have to buy, suggestions welcome... thank the lord for a heated garage).
EDIT: Basic outline is scaled at 2" per side of the square however the drain/heater/spraybar aren't to scale.
I've included a basic outline of what I'd like to do. My issue is that I have no idea where to start! What would be the best way to go about buying materials to construct this stand? What materials would be best? How much support is required under the pond itself? I've planned for an extra 2" around the edges of the pond... any changes you'd recommend? How would you arrange all of the mechanics - filter intakes/outtakes, heater position, lighting, drain? Also, approximate cost?
Thank you in advance!!!!
5.5G QT | 10G Planted Shrimp | 10G Nonplanted Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish
15G Rimless Mess of an Aquarium | 20G Long Divided Betta | 20G Long Guppy Growout
100G Kiddie Pool Goldfish Pond
Betta | Rainbowfish | Goldfish | Guppies | Corydoras | Shrimp
(Also mass populations of Pond Snails and Planaria...)
Last edited by xUma; 02-27-2019 at 01:46 AM.
Reason: added info