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    My first and last koi pond....

    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to my first and last koi pond build.

    Over the last 3 years I have been working on renovating our forever home, landscaping it and generally making it nice for the wife and family. In return i get to build myself a pond, as long as its not too big!

    Anyhow this pond was supposed to start a few years back but my wife decided on a career change so another another house renovation was on the cards to turn it into a children's nursery. Now I've finished all that, for the moment anyway, I have been working on the patio at home leaving a nice size area for the pond.

    The plan is to build it as large as possible so I'm not having to upgrade in a few years time. Its going to be approx 5.5m x 4m x 1.8m which works out around 8700 gallons plus whats in the filters. Two bottom drains, one skimmer and I'm thinking of three returns. I have already brought a secondhand Nexus 320 and plan to get another.

    So its all marked out.... next step a digger!

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    Mark



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    That’s a ☺️ view! Needs to be big in that setting, sounds about right with gallonage. Old school with 2 nexus, sounds like a good plan. Are you doing all the work?
    9000 litre, fibreglass, BD/skimmer, Nexus 220, Draco, Remora i9 ASHP, Econbead 50 bead filter.

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    Yes it needs to all look right, this is why I left this area of paving out to get a feel for it. If money was no object I would be going for a drum but heard good things about the nexus systems.

    Yes will be doing it all myself apart from the fibreglass which I will get someone in to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roonstar View Post
    Yes it needs to all look right, this is why I left this area of paving out to get a feel for it. If money was no object I would be going for a drum but heard good things about the nexus systems.

    Yes will be doing it all myself apart from the fibreglass which I will get someone in to do.
    @kenalexander@blueyonder.c is your man for fiberglass

    Have you looked at draco drop in drums for the nexus will make a big difference aswell.. Fantastic looking place and lovely size pond

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    That’s going to look superb finished in that location. My only comment would be set up for gravity fed with a drum before you start even if you add the drum at a later date. The feedback on draco drip ins is excellent but it’s still pump fed and I’d rather be gravity any day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djstiles999 View Post
    Thatís going to look superb finished in that location. My only comment would be set up for gravity fed with a drum before you start even if you add the drum at a later date. The feedback on draco drip ins is excellent but itís still pump fed and Iíd rather be gravity any day
    Op is going bottom drain mate.. Your right tho there shouldn't be a question of to gravity or not to. A pond needs to be bottom drain Gravity

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajm View Post
    @kenalexander@blueyonder.c is your man for fiberglass

    Have you looked at draco drop in drums for the nexus will make a big difference aswell.. Fantastic looking place and lovely size pond

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    Thanks will drop him a email and see if he covers my area.

    Just looked at them, thatís definitely an option and have a dealer 10 miles down the road, thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djstiles999 View Post
    That’s going to look superb finished in that location. My only comment would be set up for gravity fed with a drum before you start even if you add the drum at a later date. The feedback on draco drip ins is excellent but it’s still pump fed and I’d rather be gravity any day
    Yes itís going to be gravity fed by two bottom drains. To start with I may just run a single Nexus 320 and then add another down the line once the fish stocks have built up.

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    As mentioned I will be having one Nexus to start and then adding possibly another Nexus or a drum later on. For now, how many returns should I be adding into the build and where in height and what sides would you recommend?

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    Now that is a great setting and a splendid sized pond you are thinking of

    I would recommend a couple more returns and spread them around a bit, different heights and angles so you can switch them around a bit so as to stir up the water on occasion, I have 5 on mine, 2 low, 2 mid and 1 high to push surface water over to the skimmer if needed, I think this can also aid the levelling out of water temperature at different times of year... maybe

    A drum is a must in my opinion, I would add one if I were you as you will regret it otherwise if not added to your plans now

    Look forward to seeing this one done, good luck

 

 

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