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  • #16

    Originally posted by maruzo View Post
    Cheers everyone, first time out and loves this place. A lot of valuable info and interesting koi stories!

    Like to reactivate this old thread. I have a intex 15' X 42" pool that I use as my primary koi pond. Have 3 separate pump each doing filtration work. a 325gph pump with prefilter that pumps water up into a diy 35 gallon filter and drains into 2 pebble bed with water lettuce and sweet patato leaves then back into the pool. A 1000 gph pump that goes into a 55 gallon diy filter with media and drains back into pool via a 2 inch pipe around 18 inches above water level, giving it some aeration. Another 1000 gph pump with prefilter that feeds into a back flush pond pressure filter with 24w uv built in rated for 4000 gallons and then drains back into pool. I also have a petco air pump with 4 outlets that I connect into 4 1 litre bottles filled with k1 media and submerged 2 feet into the pool. The air pump gives decent aeration while the k1 does its work nitrifying contaminants.

    I also fabricated 2 square floater from joined pvc pipes holding water lettuce and duck weeds, they are roughly 2'x2'. This provides some shades and hiding area for the fish, and the duck weeds a little snack for them.

    The pond is filled up to roughly 55% full, so it's got probably close to 2000 gallons of water. It's pretty well stocked. I have 12 small koi around 4~6", 6 koi around 6~8", and 8 larger ones around 10~12".

    It's not an ideal set up, and i think i might be wasting some electricity with multiple pumps. Althogh the three pumps added together doesn't generate as much wattage as a single larger pump. The pond's been set up and filtration running 24/7 since november of last year. I finally got the nitrite level done to .25ppm this month. The prefilters are constantly clogging up with fish gooes. But I clean them once or twice a week and the larger filter seems to endure much less gunk build up. I haven't clean the larger filter yet but it's harder to gauge whether they are dirty or not since the gunk are on the bottom of the drum.

    Anyway, love to hear about your kiddie pool set up. This is my first one!

    I have a separate concrete pool roughly 1000 gallons with water fall, 24w uv and a 100 gallon filter tank filled with japanese mat, it's running strong with nice filtration and clean water. But it has 2 huge granite rock in them that makes them less ideal for koi. So I keep only a few in it.

    Theo
    please post a couple of pic. To see your set up

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    • #17

      Originally posted by An Ly View Post
      please post a couple of pic. To see your set up
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      • #18

        Originally posted by An Ly View Post
        please post a couple of pic. To see your set up
        I posted some pictures yesterday, but i guess it's still waiting for a moderator's approval.

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        • #19

          Maruzo and An Ly

          Please put your location in your profile so folks know roughly where you are located. It can make a big difference in the comments and advice. Things that work in south Texas may not be a great idea in North Dakota.
          Koi keeping is not a belief system; it is applied science with a touch of artistry.

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          • #20

            I use Intex pools for a lot of my koi. They are from 10" to 24". I have about 12 of them and have had them for years. I have to keep the water deep as the herons will jump in and poke holes in the liner. I shade them in the summer. I got all of them for little to nothing. Several were given to me just for taking them down. Craig's list is a good source to find "above ground swimming pools"
            I live in North Florida in 32062
            Last edited by Koiboy98; 07-31-2018, 11:09 PM. Reason: location

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            • #21

              Hello. We are Working on a design for a remodeling lakefront home that slopes toward the lake.



              The best available place to put my koi pond is on a sloped part of the property. I'm envisioning a pond that starts at the ground level uphill and is contained by a wall downhill. I can't figure out how to accomplish this. I've tried using retaining walls, but they just don't reach high enough.



              I'm sure there is a way to do this, but I am not experienced enough with terrains to figure this out. Help would be greatly appreciated!

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              • #22

                Originally posted by PatrickPhimr View Post
                Hello. We are Working on a design for a remodeling lakefront home that slopes toward the lake.



                The best available place to put my koi pond is on a sloped part of the property. I'm envisioning a pond that starts at the ground level uphill and is contained by a wall downhill. I can't figure out how to accomplish this. I've tried using retaining walls, but they just don't reach high enough.



                I'm sure there is a way to do this, but I am not experienced enough with terrains to figure this out. Help would be greatly appreciated!
                Hi Patrick,

                Building a pond on sloping terrain is a major project and not to be taken lightly. You'd be better off first speaking with an excavation professional to see what your options are but you will either have to build some sort of retaining wall or build a rather large berm around the low side of the slope to bring it up to grade with the high side. Keep in mind with rainwater running around it from your house that an earthen berm could weaken and eventually fail so you'd want to redirect any runoff well away from it.

                With that being said, what kind of pond are you planning on building? Liner? Block? Concrete? I'm guessing that it's going to be liner otherwise the slope wouldn't be much of an issue as you'd have solid walls all around.
                Last edited by Brian; 2 weeks ago.
                Brian Sousa
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                • #23

                  Reconsider whatever is the otherwise less desirable spot with a level surface. Besides being more secure and less costly to construct, placement at the upper elevation will make it easier to deal with filtration, drains, etc.

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                  • #24

                    We used quite a few of these types of steel framed swimming pools as koi ponds when we first set up quite some years ago now. We have replaced them all over time with more permanent koi farming infrastructure; but I can give you some stats. The 12feet diameter, 12000 litre circular pools we used were set up with bottom drains and the same type of filtration you'd have on a permanent pond. We're based in the UK and our pools were in polytunnels. We found the poles rusted after 5-6 years. On a couple , if we hadn't replaced them at that point I suspect the pool might have lost one or two of the supports over the following 12 months.
                    The pools were great, and we could look after our koi just as well in those pools as our permanent ponds.

                    If you look back at some of our early blog posts from 2013, you'll find some pictures of us setting them up.

                    here's an example of one blog which shows us fitting the bottom drain to one of the tanks:
                    https://www.byerkoifarm.co.uk/blogs/...he-second-pond

                    And with the tank fully set up:
                    https://www.byerkoifarm.co.uk/blogs/...les-tank-is-go

                    For our more recent blogs about general farm goings on, you can read them here:
                    https://www.byerkoifarm.co.uk/blogs/blog
                    Co-Founder and owner of Adam Byer Koi Farm (https://www.byerkoifarm.co.uk/collections/koi-for-sale)

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