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    Hello from not so sunny Bristol

    Hi guys thought i would join the party as I have been lurking for a while, whilst researching ready for my new pond build in spring fingers crossed in all that, I have kept marines and various type of tank for many years and always wanted a pond but having small kids not such a good idea, as they are older now and can swim all is good, I have a nice space in the garden which will give me a pond 10ft x 8ft x 4ft and around 2000 gallons.



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    Hi and welcome.

    It would be worth your while looking through the Pond Construction and Pond Build Diaries, if you've not already done so.

    The first question I'd ask, is why only 4ft deep? If you could make it 5ft deep you'd increase the capacity to nearly 2,500 gallons. 5ft is really a minimum depth many would consider advisable in a pool with such a surface area as you're intending..
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    Cool thanks for the advise i'll have a look through, I guess it wouldn't take much to go down to 5ft so it is a feasible option

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    Hi and welcome, Doghouse is right, the extra foot will give you additional fish capacity which is always a plus !!

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    hi and welcome. agree look in the construction and pond build diaries. you will pick up on lots of ideas in there. what setup you going in for
    bottom drains a must. and if you can afford it. get a drum. all the best with your planning and new build.

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    Hello and welcome, Have fun on this forum.
    Being in Bristol your very near Yumi Koi which supplies some of the best koi around
    5000 Gallon Fibreglassed Pond With 54" x 27" Infinity Window
    BD300 Drum Filter
    Artesian 0.5hp - Aquadyne 4.4c Beadfilter - PS4 Protein Shower
    Badu Eco Touch - EP20 UV Sterilizer - ASHP - Venturi
    Hi Blo 60 - Medo 45 - Spindrifter Bottom Drain
    Wide Mouthed Skimmer

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    Thanks guys as for set up I was looking towards an aerated bottom drain and a walls skimmer with a multi bay filter with k1 in one of the bays found a reasonable one on KC fibreglass for ponds between 2500-3000 gals which should be enough as hoping to stick with 9 koi, one question would be is it better running 1.5 or 2 inch return pipes?

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    Looking at their website Andy they are looking well out of my price range being a noob n all lol


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    2" returns would be better, You'll get a higher potential flow rate and less back pressure on your pump.
    9 koi ????? i bet you'll put more in there. It's called 'The just one more syndrome'
    5000 Gallon Fibreglassed Pond With 54" x 27" Infinity Window
    BD300 Drum Filter
    Artesian 0.5hp - Aquadyne 4.4c Beadfilter - PS4 Protein Shower
    Badu Eco Touch - EP20 UV Sterilizer - ASHP - Venturi
    Hi Blo 60 - Medo 45 - Spindrifter Bottom Drain
    Wide Mouthed Skimmer

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewyash View Post
    Looking at their website Andy they are looking well out of my price range being a noob n all lol


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    There out of my price range too but their koi are top quality
    5000 Gallon Fibreglassed Pond With 54" x 27" Infinity Window
    BD300 Drum Filter
    Artesian 0.5hp - Aquadyne 4.4c Beadfilter - PS4 Protein Shower
    Badu Eco Touch - EP20 UV Sterilizer - ASHP - Venturi
    Hi Blo 60 - Medo 45 - Spindrifter Bottom Drain
    Wide Mouthed Skimmer

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    Well I was trying to be a bit conservative with numbers lol but I know what you mean I originally wanted 13 Hello from not so sunny Bristol


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    When you get the bug you'll be building a bigger pond...
    The best bit of advice i was given which i say to every new koi keeper is....
    Build your pond bigger than you want as you'll only want to build it bigger later anyway
    I went from a 1000 litre pond to a 5000 gallon pond in one go.
    I also have 2 x 300 gallon on tanks and soon to be having a 2500 gallon growing tank
    5000 Gallon Fibreglassed Pond With 54" x 27" Infinity Window
    BD300 Drum Filter
    Artesian 0.5hp - Aquadyne 4.4c Beadfilter - PS4 Protein Shower
    Badu Eco Touch - EP20 UV Sterilizer - ASHP - Venturi
    Hi Blo 60 - Medo 45 - Spindrifter Bottom Drain
    Wide Mouthed Skimmer

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    All good advice, koi keeping is for "the long term." So your pool will be there long after your kids have left home.
    A koi pool can enhance your garden. So decide what sort of overall aspect you want to achieve, even if you can't afford to do it all at once, You don't want your pool to end up either in the wrong place or eventually, too small.
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    You only have to let it in." (Jesse Stone)

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