5,000 Gallon Koi Pond with Rocks and
My pond is the result of a swimming pool project! When we
built the pool we had tons of rock to get rid of so the idea
emerged to use the rocks for a koi pond and waterfall. The
photos show the double - drop waterfall and two main lobes. The
deep side is about 40 inches and the shallow 18 - 20 inches. The
pond holds about 5,000 gallons.
The 8 koi (3-5 inch), one comet, and a sunfish (population
and mosquito control) were added early last summer and all
survived the first New England winter in fine shape - they have
doubled and tripled in size. The two main pools are lit and
there is another light inside and behind the lower falls for a
dramatic effect at night. Each day starts with a visit to the
pond to enjoy the changing seasons and maturing of fish and
plants. The plantings are designed to have something in bloom
from early spring through fall. There are seven different water
lily varieties and numerous other flowering pond plants as well.
The liner is rubber, covered with 1 - 2 inch river stone. The
skimmer is savio with two uv lights, a basket and a filter, and
the waterfall is also Savio with three filter pads and
additional Springflow media added for extra biological
filtration. I also add a few water hyacinth to the waterfall
which grow fairly fast to add more filtration. With Barley and
occasional partial water changes the water stays pretty clear
and always tests on the money.
I've learned more about ponds from your regular emails than
any other source, keep up the good work.
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