New Pond build-Finally Got Some Fish In!

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Re: New Pond build

Postby emmaandaj » Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:20 pm

Hi Gazza,

Getting there slowly-infact very slowly!

Been out today and siliconed round the edge of the window to tidy it up and make sure there were no ridges for muck to collect on.

I thought id cleaned the bottom drain yesterday but i stuck a drain rod up there today and the most smelly black stuff i have ever seen came out! After a very wet few hours it is now squeaky clean and the air diffuser has now been fitted :D

The glass will just need a quick wipe down and any excess silicone removed and its ready to fill :D

Still havent got filters finished but wont be filling till saturday so will have all day to get them done-i doubt the filters will get filed til late on Sunday as our water pressure isnt great!

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Pond with coping stones and glass fitted

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Filter air uplift pipes (filter grid will slide down into channel to isolate k1)

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Re: New Pond build

Postby vippymini » Sun Dec 13, 2009 6:36 pm

WOW :shock: :shock:
i love to see a pond nearing completion. looks fab
so how many Watts of power are you looking at using to power this pond.....? (i bet its under 400watts)
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are you going to make any provisions for adding a pergola later on.?
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Re: New Pond build

Postby emmaandaj » Sun Dec 13, 2009 6:48 pm

Hi Jane,

Will be turning the pond over at 32,000lph through main filters using uplifts at 80 watts. There will obviously be other things running:
2 x secoh 40 on uplifts (80 watts)
2 x secoh 40 on fluidised chambers (80 watts)
1 x secoh 50 on bottom drain (50 watts)
1 x 60 watt uv (60 watts)
So 270 watts in all turning pond over more than once an hour and 210litres of air an hour-not to bad! I will be adding a shower later which will need a large pump which will probably just be run in summer months. I will be changing to just two larger air pumps to run everything which will bring watts down quite alot. By using the uplifts i can cancel out the running costs of the large pump needed to run a shower making the whole set up fairly ecconomical.

Not sure on the pergola as yet-would love to add one but my garden is tiny and i think it would really look to much and also would block out all the light in my neighbours garden. Maybe in the future, will have to see.

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Re: New Pond build

Postby B.Scott » Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:41 pm

Looking very good Andy. It's been a long trip but well worth it if you ask me!
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Re: New Pond build

Postby Capt Nemo » Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:44 am

Hello Andy,

well chuffed for you for you guys, pond is looking lovely mate.

some great ideas gone into this build, and lots of time and planning

Hope the pond gives you lots of pleasure - I look foward to the open day :wink:


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Re: New Pond build

Postby emmaandaj » Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:06 pm

Hi,

Cheers Scott-its certainly been a long time coming!

Im sure we can arrange a questers BBQ for you Tony!

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Re: New Pond build

Postby Bob Hart » Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:05 pm

Looking great Andy, wont be long now and you'll have fish in there!

You still want that one off of me?
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Re: New Pond build

Postby Gazza » Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:16 pm

Come on Andy were are the pictures with the water in :D
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Re: New Pond build

Postby emmaandaj » Tue Dec 15, 2009 5:48 pm

Hi Bob,

Getting there slowly-its been long enough. Its ready to fill now via a little bit of work in filter which can be done while im filling it up this weekend. Would love to have that one off you still if thats ok? What temp are you running at this year?

Hi Gazza,

No water just yet-will fill up on Saturday/Sunday-how long does it take to fill around 6000 gallons? What temp are you at in your pond?

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Re: New Pond build

Postby Bob Hart » Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:41 pm

Andy,

I'm controlling the temperature at 8-degrees, so a little cold!
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Re: New Pond build

Postby Gazza » Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:56 pm

Hi Andy,

If your filling through your purifier it will take a good few days mate thats for sure :D

I take it you already have a water meter to make sure how much water goes in :?:

I am currently sitting at 16c.
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Re: New Pond build

Postby emmaandaj » Fri Dec 18, 2009 4:32 pm

Hi,

Bob-bet that still takes a lot of heating on a pond your size even at 8 degrees. Have you noticed any benefits from the roof? Bet its slightly more comfortable when cleaning filters!

Gazza-16 degrees! you certainly know how to treat your fish! :wink:

Have just connected up the water meter and started filling her up! :D

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Re: New Pond build

Postby herbie » Fri Dec 18, 2009 10:55 pm

Andy & Emma
Those windows look good. Will be great once you finish adding water
Those air uplifts look like they will work pretty well. When will you be
turning the air on. Any idea of the gallonage?. Or are you waiting
for the meter reading once full.

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Re: New Pond build

Postby emmaandaj » Sat Dec 19, 2009 9:48 am

Hi Herbie,

Cheers Herbie :D Guessing gallonage to be around 6000 gallons with filters but havent really worked it out properly-will go by the water meter. Was planning to rig up the uplifts this afternoon but the hose pipe has frozen in the night and has not filled pond up!

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Re: New Pond build

Postby Gazza » Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:51 am

Just leave it running Andy and then it should be OK :wink:
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