Pond questions

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06 Jan 2016 00:26 - 06 Jan 2016 00:26 #1 by Q_Comets (Declan Chambers)
So it has been hanging around the back of my mind for a while and there has been recent posts about ponds so I thought I would ask.

Are there design options that would prevent my cats from having a fishy snack?

How deep should it be? I think I saw somewhere that it should be more than 1m to prevent herons from eating your fish?

Is getting electricity to the pump/filter troublesome?

What is the rough cost of building a pond of about 1000L?

Do you think there is type of container that could be used for a raised pond that could be used without the fish becoming cat/bird food?

Or lastly any links to good pond building websites?

Thx
Dec
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06 Jan 2016 18:57 #2 by robert (robert carter)
hi Dec ,just to reply to your post , my first pond 1997 was built by knocking down my side wall jcb in to dig out pond two truck loads of soil removed. I then shuttered the pond up and backfilled with 16 ton readymix concrete and put in liner and presto pond built capacity 5000 gals 5 feet deep . that pond had to go with the arrival of grandchildren . new build present pond approx. 1000 gals raised mostly above ground 3ft deep, using 4 inch solid blocks and linned with liner ,filteration is a 3 bay filter with 35 watt uv pump is 8000 ltre per hour ,also run a pump for a fountain just to help oxegenate the water . COST . present build appox 1000 euro all labour my own . CAT , I don't have any shelves just straight down to full depth so very hard for a cat to get any thing out of the pond , I also have made covers for the pond these are just frames covered with a plastic netting ,made three so its makes it easy to remove each section . These are primaliy as heron defence a lot of herons around now . ELECTRICS . this is the only job that I used a professional ,who ran a cable right back to the fuse board serparate rcb used . in the garden I have a waterproof switch box that controls pumps uv heater and lights . trust this is a help to you ,any more question just ask and I will try to help ,while I have installed 4 ponds in my 30 years of koi keeping I don't confess to know it all bert . ro

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06 Jan 2016 22:21 #3 by Q_Comets (Declan Chambers)
Thx Robert, I think I have decided where I would like to put the pond. My DIY skills are not up to much but I can use a shovel :laugh:

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06 Jan 2016 22:31 #4 by robert (robert carter)
Good luck with it ,keep us posted on the progress , one thing with all this rain you won't have a problem filling it . If I can be of any further help just shout

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06 Jan 2016 22:46 #5 by Q_Comets (Declan Chambers)
I'll keep you posted but don't hold your breath gonna be a slow burner

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06 Jan 2016 23:00 #6 by LemonJelly (Johnny Cowley)
I'm no pond builder, but I'm pretty sure burning it isn't a great help :whistle:

"The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of you that won't let go of your life; your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away. But they're not punishing you.They're freeing your soul."

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07 Jan 2016 09:06 #7 by Q_Comets (Declan Chambers)
Ha Ha Ha :silly:

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