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Old 03-24-2015, 08:32 PM   #1
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Hey guys. I'm going to build an in ground pond in my front yard this spring/summer in the nature of 1,300 gallons. I'll be using EDPM liner and probably a DIY filter in a 55 gallon drum. I've attached the only evidence of this project thus so far, but more to come- I promise.

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Old 03-24-2015, 08:54 PM   #2
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Cool! Keep us updated!
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Look forward to updates! Dig straight down except for perhaps a shelf for marginals. This will keep out the four-legged predators anyway!


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There will be one shelf at 24 inches for maintenance access, the rest will be straight down with a depth of 3 feet. The dimensions are approximately 7x10. I'm trying to nail down my liner size, and hoping I can do it with a 20x20 piece for the lower price.

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What are you planning to stock it with?
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What are you planning to stock it with?
Originally just goldfish, but (since I'll have capacity) I'll probably have a couple of koi in there as well since they have so much personality. Plus I love those butterfly koi. That's later though, premium koi are $$

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There will be one shelf at 24 inches for maintenance access, the rest will be straight down with a depth of 3 feet. The dimensions are approximately 7x10. I'm trying to nail down my liner size, and hoping I can do it with a 20x20 piece for the lower price.

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Go bigger with the liner as you are really cutting it too close. You want a minimum of a 2ft overlay on the ground around the pond after the pond is filled. Minimum. I honestly wish I had made my overlay 3-4ft as water and rain does strange things over the years....

Second thing I would offer is do not purchase your liner until you are 100% finished digging and you remeasure. You may discover when digging that you may not be able to dig in a certain direction (rock, roots, cables, pipes, etc) or that 7x10 suddenly looks rather small. Best advice- go bigger than you plan to! Number one regret of pond builders (esp DIY)- they should have made it bigger. Speaking from the the been there, done that club.


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I've actually already gone bigger than I had planned. I originally intended to build something in the 800 gallon range in a different area of my yard where I wouldn't see it every day. I though out made little sense for my neighbors to enjoy something built for me, so I relocated my planned construction and expanded my capacity a bit. I think I'm not going to disappoint myself as this isn't the last pond I'll build, but hopefully the only one I build at this house.

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When you are digging lay in 3' tiers. This makes it more friendly for different type of edge water plants that require different depths.

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