600 Gallon, Three Tiered Pond
Here is my three-tiered, 15 X 15 X 2.5, 600 gallon pond in
Florida, with plants for shade during the hot summer. When the
palms around the pond grow high enough to provide adequate
shade, I will reduce the pond plants, but for now, the fish can
swim the entire perimeter as well as the open areas.
I have it outfitted with a three-quarter horsepower pool pump, a
large UV light for plankton, and a bubble-bead filter that
filters a portion of the water every cycle. There is ample
aeration, and the birdfeeders are far enough away from the edge
to avoid fouling the pond. In late afternoon, they visit the
shallow waterfall areas.
Although plants aren't normally recommended in koi ponds, the
fish don’t harm them due to rapid growth, and it helps keep the
fish comfortable with the summer sun. I have had extremely good
luck with the health of the pond, which is a little over a year
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