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    Show me your Windows!

    i'm still in two minds...

    but due to my new pond having to be made 200mm longer i'm having to cut a lot of sleepers with large off cuts left.

    so i either need 6 more sleepers @ £154, or if i get a 1500 x 650 window no extra sleepers as i can use the off cuts for the sides...
    so if i get a window the cost would be off set by at least £154...

    desicions, desicions...



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    Here's mine

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    Thing is Dave either you like windows or not !!!!!

    That is your decision as you have to look at it in your lovely garden.
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big nige View Post
    Here's mine

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    cheers mate,
    the end the window would be fitted is where we have a bench.
    and seated it would make watching the fish easier...

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    Quote Originally Posted by john1 View Post
    Thing is Dave either you like windows or not !!!!!

    That is your decision as you have to look at it in your lovely garden.
    i'm not for or against...

    if the end nearest the house was lower i wouldn't bother.
    but in order to have the cabin/shed as the filter room i had to raise the water height as the garden is on a upwards slope...
    but i'm getting horrendous splinters in my arse sitting on the fence about it lol!

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    So your saying the window would be facing your cabin so away from your house ?

    If so I wouldn't bother but that is me , weird.
    John

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    Am all for Windows I can understand why some don't like them but personally if funds allowed or house move I would definitely be putting one in. More so I could see them from the house. Washing the pots in the kitchen I can only see about half the pond surface so rarely see them unless out in the garden which I see as a waste I love them and wanna see them so much more than I do. But that's only me as John says its your garden your pond your fish your desision

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajm View Post
    Am all for Windows I can understand why some don't like them but personally if funds allowed or house move I would definitely be putting one in. More so I could see them from the house. Washing the pots in the kitchen I can only see about half the pond surface so rarely see them unless out in the garden which I see as a waste I love them and wanna see them so much more than I do. But that's only me as John says its your garden your pond your fish your desision

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    Exactly why my window is there, I can watch the fish from kitchen, on the decking and dining room through french doors ( draw curtain if having fish and chips lol) seating area other side of pond.
    For me it was perfect but personal choice and design.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Big nige View Post
    Exactly why my window is there, I can watch the fish from kitchen, on the decking and dining room through french doors ( draw curtain if having fish and chips lol) seating area other side of pond.
    For me it was perfect but personal choice and design.


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    Hahah do feel bad for Fish and chips infront of them lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by john1 View Post
    So your saying the window would be facing your cabin so away from your house ?

    If so I wouldn't bother but that is me , weird.
    No its the opposite, at the house end 900mm high.
    The cabin end is 500mm high will be a nice height to perch my splintered arse on

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    For me the choice was to either have a ground level pond to watch the fish from above in the handful of days a year it is warm enough to sit outside. Or have a window and watch them all year round from inside the house or out, even when there are covers on. Having a raised pond and no window would mean I would see even less of them. Of course, they do look better from above, But watching their cute little chompy faces from below is just squeeee.

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    Dave you have seen my window in the flesh, but itís something I am so glad I did. We can see the fish all the time from the conservatory/ play room. Kids also love watching them regardless of rain or shine.
    Itís become essentially a fish tank in the garden.




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    i think it's going to have to be a window now...
    the missus has latched on to the idea, and thinks it will look swanky...
    Last edited by davethefish1; 09-06-2021 at 01:19 PM.

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    i think it's going to have a window now...
    the missus has latched on to the idea, and thinks it will look swanky...
    You wonít regret putting one in. You would only regret not doing it and subsequently doing it next year haha


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    next question... size, thickness and any pitfalls...?

    the pond is 2.2mtrs wide internally and will be around 700mm high up from the concrete collar.
    so i was thinking of having one sleeper (100mm) high at the bottom with a 50mm overlap.

    so 650mm deep.
    and width wise, 1400mm plus 50mm overlap = 1500mm

    i was thinking 25.5mm not 33mm due mainly to weight issues...
    12mm glass is about 30kg per m2
    so a 25.5mm x 1500mm x 680mm should be 1.02m2 a bit over 60kg...
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    window

    Hi Dave,

    we love our window, sitting down on the patio set watching the fish till late having a cold one in the summer is just great, everyone who comes round comments on it, our grandkids love it too..... it looks great at night with a decent RGB light shining down from above mine is triple glazed 33m thick, 180cm long and 90cm deep from Tuffxglass Liverpool.
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    2200 gallons, infinity window, BD
    Evolve 4000 combi amalgam UV
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    Skimmer trickle.

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    Forgot to add it took 4 of us to lift and carry around 60 yds, bugger it was heavy and awkward, we used pallet straps .... being 33mm i don't worry about it breaking!
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    2200 gallons, infinity window, BD
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    Quote Originally Posted by smartin View Post
    Hi Dave,

    we love our window, sitting down on the patio set watching the fish till late having a cold one in the summer is just great, everyone who comes round comments on it, our grandkids love it too..... it looks great at night with a decent RGB light shining down from above
    yours looks stunning mate
    thats one big piece of glass! how heavy was it?

    i'm trying to keep the weight to a reasonable level, as i don't want to start getting into squeeky arse territory when lifting it
    like i was with my last reef tank at 1.8mtr x 1mtr x .75mtr with a double thickness base...around 200kg

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    If you are not going for a natural in ground look I would recommend a window every time. It does add cost but well worth the effort. Ideally located so you can enjoy it from inside the house as well. I would also add that imho koi look good through a window as well as from above! Some even look better side on, some not so much but both is the best of all worlds.

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    You will be fine with 25.5mm- my window is 2m wide visible area x 70cm high and is 25.5mm. It weighed 109 kg.

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