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    Building a pond in socal

    I am thinking to build a pond like this. Any suggestion before I start this project?

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    James


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    Quote Originally Posted by x-tank View Post
    I am thinking to build a pond like this. Any suggestion before I start this project?
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    James
    Make it bigger!

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    That looks like 8x8x4....OK for a QT or hospital tank...not for long term koi environment. If you build it larger, you may have serious problems with wooden walls giving way from the water pressure. I would suggest something like 8x16x4 with block walls on top of concrete footer with block holes having rebar and filled with concrete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricshaw View Post
    Make it bigger!

    I am thinking to use 8'x4"x4" pressure treated lumbers and make it square looking same length all sides. Pond will be built 4 feet deep, 2 above gourd and 2 below ground. Water will be filled up to 3' deep. Any suggestion for this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCA View Post
    That looks like 8x8x4....OK for a QT or hospital tank...not for long term koi environment. If you build it larger, you may have serious problems with wooden walls giving way from the water pressure. I would suggest something like 8x16x4 with block walls on top of concrete footer with block holes having rebar and filled with concrete.
    What will be approximate cost for something like this?
    Can someone local in socal help me to build this? Thanks.

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    I would suggest you join one or more koi clubs near you and get their local advice and help. Members tend to come over and help each other for only cold adult beverages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x-tank View Post
    I am thinking to use 8'x4"x4" pressure treated lumbers and make it square looking same length all sides. Pond will be built 4 feet deep, 2 above gourd and 2 below ground. Water will be filled up to 3' deep. Any suggestion for this?
    P.T. lumber still rots. Go with the CC blocks & rebar.

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    Ok. Thanks guys.

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    Hi there X-tank, I am the OC. Can't help you though, because I don't think that's a good idea. I second what everybody else said. My father-in law did a pond like that and it rotted and caved in on him after about 5 years, especially the portion above ground. If you want to use a pond liner, then a thin rim of concrete blocks above ground would be stronger and more durable. With a concrete edging, you can dress it up with rocks or boulders and plants. A concrete edging on top would be a lot cheaper than 4 walls of lumber too.

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    What kind of pond require permit in California?

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