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    DTF's New Pond

    So the current intention is a 3.4m x 2.2m x 1.5m sleeper pond made from flat layed 200 x 100 sleepers
    set on a 230mm wide x 100mm deep concrete collar, and one course of hollow concrete blocks to lift it up out of the ground and back filled with concrete.

    16mm re-bar pinned through the sleepers, 1 in each corner, and 4 more on each long side, with 3 more through each short side.
    and 200mm timberlocks for added strength to lock each sleeper in place.

    undecided on where to site the filters, next to the pond would be best for cost, but not easy to get at stuff.
    in the log cabin/shed is ideal for maintenance and power but gravity water height is low at 400mm-500mm.
    plus longer runs both ways for pipework two x 4" in bottom drain and skimmer, and two x 4" out bottom drain purge waste and shower gravity return.

    after lots of umming and ahhhing over deciding what type of pipe and valves to use..pressure or waste...
    i decided to not get slide valves and pony up for ball lever valves.... three 4" and three 2"
    the cost of these made any attempt at saving money using 110mm soil and 50mm waste pointless so it will be pressure pipe all the way....

    equipment so far:
    1 x QK 25 drum
    1 x QK maxi shower with two x 110mm spigot outlets (on order)
    JBR bio
    EPDM flexseal boots
    and an order with coastal koi for the pressure plastic fittings and valves...
    i'll get the E class pressure pipe from a local pressure plastic merchant as i can get 3mtr lengths un-cut.

    i ordered a 3mtr x 2mtr x 750mm intex pool to use as a temporary home and will re-site the current filters outside to keep it all ticking over.
    the pool came via amazon from germany, after a little month long delay in german customs....


    All the pictures of the build in one video



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    some pics of gear...

    the flexseal EPDM couplings with an estimated 50 year life.


    DTF's New Pond-20210412_102531-jpg

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    Nice one Dave.

    Give Gaz Koi a shout about pressure pipe. He was the cheapest for me, and does 3m lengths uncut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by youmustcomply View Post
    Nice one Dave.

    Give Gaz Koi a shout about pressure pipe. He was the cheapest for me, and does 3m lengths uncut.
    cheers, i forgot about that...
    i've already ordered the valves and most of the fittings from coastal as they are always mentioned at the cheapest in the pond build threads....

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    Quote Originally Posted by davethefish1 View Post
    cheers, i forgot about that...
    i've already ordered the valves and most of the fittings from coastal as they are always mentioned at the cheapest in the pond build threads....
    Coastal Koi for Valves, fittings and pipe from Gaz,

    You cant go wrong with that combo.

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    You’ve definitely got the right brand of rubber boots. I will now only buy the genuine Fernco Flexseal ones as all the rest seem to be rubbish. Looking forward to following your build

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feline View Post
    You’ve definitely got the right brand of rubber boots. I will now only buy the genuine Fernco Flexseal ones as all the rest seem to be rubbish. Looking forward to following your build
    i found that the DC115 straight couplers are the same price, if not cheaper than some other PVC boots,@ 7.24 each
    but adaptors, and bends are more expensive...@ 17.90 for a 4" x 2" reducer and 27.34 for a 4" bend...

    but then even, that doesn't work out so expensive when you don't have to replace them very few years....

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    That all looks like great kit

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    just had some PVC pressure fittings delivered today....
    reminds me of when i had my last PVC fittings delivered for my reef tank...
    ...not quite on the same scale though with 40mm ball valves verses 4" ball valves......


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    Already looking good and you haven't broken ground yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by samp09 View Post
    Already looking good and you haven't broken ground yet!
    Broke the bank tho lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajm View Post
    Broke the bank tho lol
    Or did he rob it

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    Quote Originally Posted by samp09 View Post
    Already looking good and you haven't broken ground yet!
    Just the shiney gadgets and gear to look at, before the real hard work starts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajm View Post
    Broke the bank tho lol

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    Didn't break the bank...bided my time and got it on my side first...

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    Quote Originally Posted by samp09 View Post
    Or did he rob it
    You'd think i did... this gear ain't cheap!

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    The next step...
    set up the 300cm x 200cm x 75cm intex pool today,
    which went smoother than i thought it would, it only took a few minutes to put together... really easy....

    DTF's New Pond-20210420_152847-jpg
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    Where the fish lol. Is this the big start now then

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajm View Post
    Where the fish lol. Is this the big start now then

    Sent from my F5121 using Tapatalk
    i'm aiming for the 'day of mayhem' this week...
    ...the day the all fish, all the water, and all the filters get transferred across to the intex pool and set back up again...needs to be done in a day maximum.

    just getting all the adaptors and connectors, pumps, thermalite blocks to temporarily rise the filters up to the right height.
    and everything ready to go... 'D Day' should be thursday/friday if i get everything i need.

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    Looking forward to the updates Dave.

    is your avatar a previous pond build?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GadgetBazza View Post
    Looking forward to the updates Dave.

    is your avatar a previous pond build?
    Current pond mate,
    Soon to be decimated....

    last shot this evening before the destruction starts...

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