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    Dry stone wall is a failure

    I thought separating the pond from my planted areas with a good solid bank of clay and dry stone wall as in left of photo 2 would be fish proof, but this bugger always finds a way in and stirs up the clay.


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    Can we see more pics of your pond please!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CobraKoi View Post
    Can we see more pics of your pond please!!!
    I don't think I should put any additional photos on on this thread as I already have some on these threads, one I started when I started the build.

    My large DIY skimmer build.
    Pond build has started properly now.

    I will put a few more pics now up on the 2nd link 23310 as it needs updating.

    I think I am a bit of an odd ball on this forum. I love koi and have kept them before many many years ago, and early last year when I decided on building a pond, for fish, I really wanted a natural pond, not a modern concrete box with a glass window even though that is by far the best way to appreciate koi. So I have to accept that I will never see the true beauty of this creature. But also my house/area didn't suit modern. And I think it is going to be a challenge to get the right balance of a self supporting natural pond and still have a water quality good for koi to not just survive but thrive. I have already noticed a huge reduction in pond insects since I introduced the fish. Within 2 weeks of filling the pond it was alive with water creatures, now I only see the odd boatman or beetle in the planted areas.
    But I have far too many fish right now, 101 to be exact, however, I am only growing them on from 1" fry I bought end of last year to a size where I can choose no more than about a dozen of the best. They are now between 4" and 8" so I might be able to go through them toward the end of this season.

    Right Ill put some photos on the other thread now.
    Thanks Steve.

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    I'm the same.
    I'm more of a pond keeper than a fish keeper!
    The fish are just a very very nice bonus of having a beautiful pond.
    I just had a conversation with the missus about this.
    I'm planning a new pond that will look mostly natural but will have a modern filtration too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CobraKoi View Post
    I'm the same.
    I'm more of a pond keeper than a fish keeper!
    The fish are just a very very nice bonus of having a beautiful pond.
    I just had a conversation with the missus about this.
    I'm planning a new pond that will look mostly natural but will have a modern filtration too.
    I will private message you.

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    Hey Steve you are not an odd ball on here as regards pond designs.

    I for one love a natural pond and my last pond was that but with g/kids I had to do a raised pond,ok it has its benefits being able to see the koi close up.
    Dont like to see koi side on so dont like windows but,everyone to their own.
    Keep at it Steve,you have the land and the digger so gold luck mate.
    John

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