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    Post New member in the Derby /Leics/Notts border area

    Let me introduce myself to everyone....
    I have drifted from just having a 500G sunken plastic liner garden pond with 5 Koi to now getting hooked some 4 years later.

    still at the learning stage I currently have a 1000G fibreglass pre-formed 8' diameter by 5' deep 25% below ground on a concrete base and the rest has insulation & a double brick skin. Bottom & middle drains in 4" gravity fed to a large vortex and an 8'x4'x4' chamber with brushes, jap matting alpha grog & K1 moving beds & external pump return. Top skimmer 1.5" pumped into home made sieve, bakki shower and top return.

    I currently have a modest variety & selection of about 30 koi ranging from 20 to 50 cm in this pond then about 40 Tosai in the heated greenhouse & indoor aquariums.

    so this years (and possibly many years to follow) projects will be to complete the Pergola over the brick pond then finally start digging up the old "pretty ponds" and start the excavating, building a "decent sized pond"with window twin bottom drains into RDF system yet to be planned.

    My 25year old son has just completed his pond so some of the Tosai to be donated.

    Always interested in learning more so any local enthusiast contacts always appreciated...Mike



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    Welcome get some pictures on we all love them

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    image.jpgThe current pond

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    image.jpgThe tiny pond

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    welcome mike.

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    Welcome Mike,you have a lot of koi there same as me like to get them small.
    There are a few on here in the Notts area,good luck with the build we are here if you need any help and plenty of photos.
    John

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    Welcome Mike,
    Liking the Roche Abbey look.

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    30 koi in 4,500ltrs is pushing it a bit lol - I think I'm overcrowded with <30 in 28,000ltrs! Good luck with the build - better not leave it too long
    6000g in ground koi pond
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    Blue Eco 240 -> Large MB -> Waterfall -> Planted Anoxic pond (25 baskets)

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    Yes the growth of the fish pushes the urgency of new pond build , luckily only 4 are of the 40 to 50cm size, but the others 20cm and growing are pushing the new build urgency. I think my son will be rubbing his hands together for some of the Tosai presents as will a friend.

    i will complete the Abbey style ruins with a rustic style canopy in keeping with and compliment the mock ruins and leaded windowimage.jpg

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    image.jpgThe other side of the ruin wall sheltering the pond from the elements

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    hello, like your ruined wall, im on the notts/Derbyshire border.

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    Hi Mike

    welcome, I am in Nottingham and will be starting my own pond build in the coming month or so. These guys on here have been amazing in sharing ideas and knowledge. I'll be watching your build come together. Good luck!!

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    Thanks Dom I will look forward to sharing a few ideas and maybe a cuppa in the process

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    keep the pics coming there are a lot of people on here with help and knowledge

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    Hello and welcome.
    5000 Gallon Fibreglassed Pond With 54" x 27" Infinity Window
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    Welcome Mike,

    I'm in Findern so not to far away from you, I was hoping to finish off my pond this year but life threw me a bit of a wobbler so it may not get done as quickly as I would have liked, welcome to the forum, the people on here have helped me out a lot during my build
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    http://www.koiforum.uk/pond-construction-pond-build-diaries/21720-roy-lynns-shiny-pond-day.html

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    Thanks Roy yes you are not far up the A50.

    I am hoping to get the use of the company mini digger & operator on Bank Holiday Easter Monday and I haven't even thought what exact size it should be. I am thinking about 4 feet below ground and maybe 2foot wall above ground with two windows . I would think about 15 foot long and about 6 foot wide. Lined with block work and a butyl liner - 2 bottom drains a skimmer with RDF filter /k1 moving bed /UV /Bakki Shower & maybe reed bed additional filter.

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    [QUOTE=Mike Bass;286014]Thanks Roy yes you are not far up the A50.

    I am hoping to get the use of the company MINI DIGGER & OPERATOR on BANK HOLIDAY EASTER MONDAY
    U avin a larfff, I live next door to you and I i'nt poking up with that on me Easter Weekend...…..Only Joking
    Welcome to the forum and good luck with your build...…

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    It's a bank holiday .....IT WILL BE RAINING LOL

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