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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve1984 View Post
    I'm at the stage where I'm buying pipework, valves and fittings so far this month I've spent over 300 on them, I have previously bought some of the fittings and pipework so these are the last bits I need to finish off. to give you an idea I've bought 2 4 inch ball valves, 2 4 inch slide valves all second hand, about 8 2 inch elbows some adapters a length of pipe and some parts for the air lines. if you can find someone selling parts 2nd hand it'll work out much cheaper, but I had no idea how expensive these parts were until I needed to buy lots this month
    it s an exspensive hobby steve. But worth it in the end. welcome to the world of koi keeping. and koi tax. when you budget for the pond build most go over budget quite a bit. take getting rid of all the rubbish and old bricks and soil
    I did nt calculate that for an example. that was 1200 pounds on my build. and all I had was a hole in the ground. plus as you go along you add other thing. and alter things. I also bought 2x pond pumps Speck BADU 12000lts and a 14000lts.massive things 400 pounds each, I gave them away in the end, no one wanted to buy them as there electric build would have gone through the roof.

    what I am getting at is you can learn of people on here mate, before you buy it ask the question on here. and don t make the mistake I made. as it will hit your pockets hard.
    unfortunately I was nt on here when I got all my gear for the pond. the pond build is on here. but I bought all my gear before I joined
    good luck with the build mate

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    Good advice Fred
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    I've talent slowly but I'm use to the expensive hobbies I've got 2 marine tanks too but I find watching the fish relaxing

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    Quote Originally Posted by hippo View Post
    Hi Steve .

    Just a couple of points . Firstly , do what your doing now , and get as much advice as possible from people who`ve done it ,before you start . A lot of it will be conflicting - especially around filtration - but eventually you`ll build up a picture for what suits your needs .
    Check out the pond construction threads on here - some great help and advice to be had . And visit other peoples ponds , if possible - you can see how things work properly , which will help .

    One question which springs to mind is why your pond needs to be fully above ground level ? It will give you more options , if you can have part of it below ground .

    Some things I would definitely include in your plan would be an aerated bottom drain - on a gravity fed system . A skimmer is a good option , and also a trickle feed with an overflow - to keep your pond level constant .

    Also , if your a reasonable DIYer , doing most of the work yourself will save you loads . Just get the experts in for things like fibre-glassing ect .

    Good luck

    Thanks Hippo, i appreciate your comments as it does feel like that...... everyone's input is very helpful and i really appreciate what i have learnt so far, now that i will be using a crane due to the weight i will have the pond made deeper and longer hopefully to 3.2m x 2.4m x 1.5m, this maxs out our available space, i have spoken to my builder who is doing my porch as we speak and he will do me a concrete pad, the slab will be below ground level so the pond ends up being around 40cm underground with remainder all above ground, i know i have heavy clay soil as builders are experiencing this at the moment digging out the foundations, i am having an infinity window so do not want too much below ground else i am losing a lot of what i am paying for....... definitely will be a bottom drain with aerator, it will be gravity filtration potentially to an evolve 4000 drum, I have been speaking with Allan at EZPond and i believe he is offering me a very good deal...
    thanks again to you all, Steve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve1984 View Post
    I'm at the stage where I'm buying pipework, valves and fittings so far this month I've spent over 300 on them, I have previously bought some of the fittings and pipework so these are the last bits I need to finish off. to give you an idea I've bought 2 4 inch ball valves, 2 4 inch slide valves all second hand, about 8 2 inch elbows some adapters a length of pipe and some parts for the air lines. if you can find someone selling parts 2nd hand it'll work out much cheaper, but I had no idea how expensive these parts were until I needed to buy lots this month
    thanks Steve, appreciated, yes it certainly seems that after all the initial outlay all the small things you have left to buy still end up costing a lot more than you would think, i will be probably buy a deal where all equipment and fittings are included to avoid another shock, cheers Steve.

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