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    Wonderful photos. I just love the Spitz breed and yours is truly beautiful. That's made my evening. Thank you 2000 gal pond extension project

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    Todayís progress on the pond - I canít take any credit for this part as it was all done while I was working at home. Almost wish I had gone with a small window now but the original plan was only having it 6Ē above ground, but you know what they say about the best laid plans...




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    For the sake of a few weeks, you could always get a window 2000 gal pond extension project2000 gal pond extension project I know I would 2000 gal pond extension project

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    If my budget would stretch to it and it could be done before the cold weather I would, but I donít think either of those are possible right now sadly.


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    The filling has started!

    I forgot to take pictures so here are some stills from the cctv







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    Few more hours yet I reckon 2000 gal pond extension project

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    Are you planning on going swimming in it, with those steps down?

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    What capacity have you got it too now ?

    What filter system are you using or going to use ?

    lol and the steps haha . . . ? planting or access for swim haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayjt29 View Post
    Few more hours yet I reckon 2000 gal pond extension project

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    The flow on my tap is 8lpm so itíll be a lot longer than that! The guy who is helping me isnít free till Wed so there has been a bit of a pause in the filling till then.

    The steps are for a couple of reasons, main one being that access is limited around the pond and Iím sure Iíll fall in at some point - I live alone so no-one to help fish me out if I do 2000 gal pond extension project

    Also I might get a lily and use the steps to slowly drop it down as it grows, maybe pop a couple of other plants in, will have to wait and see what happens.

    Pond volume has been estimated at 3000 gal now but will see what the water meter says when itís filled for a more accurate figure.


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    Filter system is 2 all pond solutions pressure filters in series, I have a PFC-8000 and a PFC-20000 as I used to have 2 ponds, with a 10,000 LPH pump so Iím thinking about putting coarse filter foam and bio balls in the bigger filter and fine foam and ceramic filter media in the smaller filter.


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    Those blocks cope with the water pressure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBKOI View Post
    Those blocks cope with the water pressure?

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    I was thinking that as well - can you back fill with concrete behind or add another coarse of blocks behind?

    I would definitely upgrade your filters anything will be better then pressure filters - there a few 2nd hand bargains to be had on eBay gumtree etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBKOI View Post
    Those blocks cope with the water pressure?

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    One of my neighbours has a 3000g pond that has 3 single skin blocks above ground and rendered inside. He tells me its 25 years old and holds solid.

    I think a lot of people build hugely over engineered bombproof ponds and thatís their choice but I donít think personally itís necessary.

    I have also seen threads of these ponds then being demolished just a few years later 2000 gal pond extension project

    Most pressure is going to be at the base. If the blocks have been laid well I canít see it being a problem


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    I agree with Mike in that some pond builds have resembled more of a nuclear bunker than a pond, however always better safe than sorry IMHO.

    Clearly the ‘frailer’ the structure the more susceptible it may be to ground movement. Any leak in the pond will also enable a lot of water to escape overtime which can also cause substructure issues with soil being washed / eroded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazkoi View Post
    Build it once, build it right, sleep at night (copywrite gazkoi )
    I like it 2000 gal pond extension project


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazkoi View Post
    I agree with Mike in that some pond builds have resembled more of a nuclear bunker than a pond, however always better safe than sorry IMHO.

    Clearly the ‘frailer’ the structure the more susceptible it may be to ground movement. Any leak in the pond will also enable a lot of water to escape overtime which can also cause substructure issues with soil being washed / eroded.

    Build it once, build it right, sleep at night (copywrite gazkoi )

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    I am with Gaz on this. Better to be safe than sorry.

    Whenever I see someone poo-poo-ing overengineering of ponds I think of Adam on here. He quit the hobby when his pond failed less than 4 years after being built. Check out the pictures on this thread https://www.koiforum.uk/koi-carp-cha...ing-hobby.html
    Most people would have thought that pond was built like a nuclear bomb shelter at the time.

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    The blocks are sunk about 1/3 with a good concrete collar and backfilled with concrete also so I think they should be good but I understand what youíre saying.

    Regarding the filters I will be keeping a good watch on water parameters and if there is any sign of the filters struggling to cope I will upgrade - the pond will be massively under stocked initially anyway as there are only 14 small (5-6Ē) fish going in. The filters have coped well with that fish load in 450 gallons since April running separately.


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