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    The build diary.

    So here is my build thread. I started digging the pond by hand in April 2019. The first pic was mid drought last summer.



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    A little way in I found a pre historic skeleton (a dog!)
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    Just need to enclose the filter bay with a wall and decide how to finish the outside of the pond, and then the rest of the garden can follow

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    Quote Originally Posted by samp09 View Post
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    Just need to enclose the filter bay with a wall and decide how to finish the outside of the pond, and then the rest of the garden can follow
    Ahhhh looks puka mate!


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    Very nice pond
    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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    Looks great, impressive! Did you do all the work yourself?

    What is the capacity?


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    Looks the dogs nads mate. Very nice.
    You should be proud of yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeh83 View Post
    Looks great, impressive! Did you do all the work yourself?

    What is the capacity?


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    Thank you, itís 3000 gallons. I done all the digging myself by hand which is what took the most time!filling a barrow then taking it round the front of the house and repeating is very time consuming as I couldnít get a mini digger in and even so still had to move the soil. I had friends help with the concrete and blocks then I put all the finishing touches in to get it ready for fibreglassing etc. I started out with the aim of having a nice pond for a reasonable amount and ended up going all in haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddyboy View Post
    Looks the dogs nads mate. Very nice.
    You should be proud of yourself.

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    Thanks mate, itís a great feeling now itís running especially after the little leaks and what not! I still expect to come home from work and the whole thing has collapsed or something ridiculous though lol

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    Very nice build mate, Looks the nuts,

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    Quote Originally Posted by samp09 View Post
    Thanks mate, itís a great feeling now itís running especially after the little leaks and what not! I still expect to come home from work and the whole thing has collapsed or something ridiculous though lol
    I was the same then as time goes on. And you realise it's there to stay. And then matures.
    You then start trusting the setup lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by samp09 View Post
    Thank you, itís 3000 gallons. I done all the digging myself by hand which is what took the most time!filling a barrow then taking it round the front of the house and repeating is very time consuming as I couldnít get a mini digger in and even so still had to move the soil. I had friends help with the concrete and blocks then I put all the finishing touches in to get it ready for fibreglassing etc. I started out with the aim of having a nice pond for a reasonable amount and ended up going all in haha
    Well it seems you have got it right first time The build diary.
    I have a lot of regrets with mine now.. not even a year in and already planning a new pond.

    I did all of mine myself but is not blocked and glassed. I have sleepers above ground and a liner.

    Is it a simple job to do the fibreglass as a diy?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeh83 View Post
    Well it seems you have got it right first time The build diary.
    I have a lot of regrets with mine now.. not even a year in and already planning a new pond.

    I did all of mine myself but is not blocked and glassed. I have sleepers above ground and a liner.

    Is it a simple job to do the fibreglass as a diy?


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    Where abouts are you based? I didn't fibreglass it myself although I did toy with the idea. I paid £700 for the fibreglassing which was £300 less than other quotes and they done a good job despite the slight leak around the inlet. I put that down to the fact that it was done in 7 degrees which is not ideal conditions when 5 degrees is too low for the fibreglass to set properly.

    I spent a lot of time looking into builds and speaking to people to get the end result, air bottom drain was one change I made, then the insulation inside (also have a company local that does seconds for a fraction of the price, I think I paid £6 a sheet of 12mm celotex, its not perfect but its more than good enough to never be seen!)

    From the beginning it changed drastically, so did the cost!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeh83 View Post
    Well it seems you have got it right first time The build diary.
    I have a lot of regrets with mine now.. not even a year in and already planning a new pond.

    I did all of mine myself but is not blocked and glassed. I have sleepers above ground and a liner.

    Is it a simple job to do the fibreglass as a diy?


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    Same here mate never even finished mine and wanted to rip it apart. Silly boy running in and rushing not thinking.

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    Looks great. I don't envy you moving all that spoil yourself by hand!

    It's very similar to how I doing [trying to do] mine. May I ask what make/model your skimmer is please?

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    well done mate looks very nice, what are your dimensions? looks quite deep, what's your plan regarding maturing the filters?..... cheers Steve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kris View Post
    Looks great. I don't envy you moving all that spoil yourself by hand!

    It's very similar to how I doing [trying to do] mine. May I ask what make/model your skimmer is please?

    its just a wide mouth skimmer, I don't know the brand as I got it second hand off someone but identical to all the skimmers I have seen in shops etc.
    The soil is still in my front garden I need to get a grab lorry in to move it all! It wasn't only the soil though, the day before we done the block work all the materials arrived, so upon arriving at home at 18:30, I had to move 435 18kg blocks, 20 25kg bags of cement and 2 tonne bags of sand to the back garden ready for the morning With just a wheelbarrow and myself it was rather punishing

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    Quote Originally Posted by smartin View Post
    well done mate looks very nice, what are your dimensions? looks quite deep, what's your plan regarding maturing the filters?..... cheers Steve.

    Internal dimensions are 3.20 x 2.30 x 1.95m. The glass was 1800mm x 670mm with about 10cm overlap all round.

    In regards to maturing the filters I will be getting some small mirror Carp around the 1-2lb mark over the next few weeks and use them to mature the filter then think about stocking koi come spring time. As a fisherman I love my carp and originally didn't actually plan to keep many koi but then the bug bit me.....

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    ...can't belive no one mentioned the pic of the body that was exhumed!

    would she not let you have the pond.....?


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    You don't have to be a pipefitter to keep koi...
    but it helps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by davethefish1 View Post
    ...can't belive no one mentioned the pic of the body that was exhumed!

    would she not let you have the pond.....?


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    Hahah mint. Now why didn't I think of that my pond would have been 3ttimes the size haha

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    Nice pond though samp09

    it's what i would like myself...
    ...if i didn't have to cart every ounce of soil right through the house to the skip....
    You don't have to be a pipefitter to keep koi...
    but it helps...

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