5' x 10' with Waterfall, Goldfish, and Plants
I just completed this pond. I started dreaming up ideas of
what I wanted it to look like early last year. I got on your Q &
A mailing list and learned so much more about the various
situations you can run into with different fish and plant life.
As I started planning my layout, I bounced a few questions off
Carolyn who is a wealth of knowledge on ponds, fish and plants.
My back yard is not too big and I didn't want to build
something that would take it over. When I first mentioned to
Carolyn the size I was going to built, 4' x 8' oval, she said
what ever size you are going to build, go a little bigger. I
drew it out on the lawn and then went bigger to 5' x 10' which I'm glad I did. I also went a little bigger on all
the equipment- pump, UV filter and Biofilter.
My plan was to build some type of an "English Garden" of a
sort with an irregular stone patio in front of it so I could put
chairs around to sit on a level surface. My yard sloped
slightly(2' over 20') downward toward two huge Holly trees. I
decided to use the excavation dirt and build the area around it
up. I built a small retaining wall behind it into the Hollies.
The back of the retaining wall houses my electric and
plumbing. I installed a submersible pump in a sock in the
deepest portion of the pond at 3 1/2' which pumps up through the
wall to the UV filter, back through the wall to the biofilter
and over the falls.
Carolyn recommended using the Microbe Lift PL and Ensure to
give the pond the proper balance since I added a dozen different
types of fancy goldfish and plants. The water is now incredibly
clear (visibility at least 3') and all the pond life is doing
spectacular. Here are before and after pictures including a
Call me if you need any further information. Thank you and
Carolyn for providing the excellent advice and access to all
your pond information.
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