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    Quote Originally Posted by schildkoi View Post
    So true....and I remember.

    Jonathan,
    Remember that you can com,e up with the pond above grade as well. With a proper structure, 4' down and 2' up works really well for a depth of 6'.

    Just throwing out ideas fo4 you.

    Steve
    Steve -

    Yes, exactly, that's what I'm going to have to do as the pond itself is gunite ... so it's going to take some creativity ...

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    Hello bk . . .

    I'm sure you'll wish you'd seen this post before you did your pond -- but it's never too late to understand the why behind the what:

    Why koi ponds should be deeper than garden ponds- - JR 10/12/2008

    Our pond is gunite, too, and I was told it can be easily added on to -- unlike a traditional concrete pour. So, lucky you!

    Best wishes,

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoiCop View Post
    Hello bk . . .

    I'm sure you'll wish you'd seen this post before you did your pond -- but it's never too late to understand the why behind the what:

    Why koi ponds should be deeper than garden ponds- - JR 10/12/2008

    Our pond is gunite, too, and I was told it can be easily added on to -- unlike a traditional concrete pour. So, lucky you!

    Best wishes,
    Hey that's a good article, thanks for pointing that out ... I hadn't yet seen the 2.5x depth multiplier against size of average fully grown koi ... that's a very rational way of looking at it.

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    hence....the 8' depth

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    The shallow depth will be a serious problem in the summer.

    Fer the reasons mentioned, I much prefer a pond about 1.5' above ground level. In your area, the atmospheric and upper ground level heat will raise the water temperature higher in the summer. Best to insulate the pond wall from the top to a point about 2' down. The soil temperature at that depth will be low enough not to contribute to the problem.

    The soil temperature will remain moderate throuought the year. That's one of the reasons it stays above 50 deg. If you decide to drop the bottom, go directly to 6'. The pond temperature will stabalize and the soil will help lower the temperature a little.

    Some folks down there have to resort to chillers to keep the pond level reasonable.

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