NANFA-L-- Pond construction

Irate Mormon (archimedes at
Sun, 18 Sep 2005 14:42:49 -0400

Hi all,

I have been sitting on this nice piece of pond liner for a while, and have
finalized (somewhat) my plans for its use. The liner is 29' x 12'. I plan to
build an above-ground pond using landscape timbers. The dimensions of the pond
will be 20'L x 4'W x 3'H, and I have a nice location picked out, which recieves
about 1/2 day of sunlight, mostly in the afternoon. At one end of the pond I
plan to build a 4' x 4' x 2'H refugium, which will sit atop the pond at one end,
and have a glass front. Kind of like an aquarium on top, except this will
overflow into the pond proper, so as to form a waterfall. Along the back side I
want to build a raceway which will butt up against the refugium, and run 16'
along the back top rail of the pond, and empty into the far end. The raceway
will be fed by water spilling from the refugium, and will in turn spill into the
pond at the other end. The raceway itself be rather small, maybe 8" wide and as
deep, again with glass viewing panels all along the front (I have a good bit of
glass at my disposal).

Anyway, that is the plan. I will use a pump for circulation (to power the
waterfall and raceway), maybe about 1000 GPH, but no filtration. Any
suggestions or drawbacks that you folks see? The way I figure it, this setup
would accomodate fishes from a number of habitats. The total capacity of the
system will be about 1500 gallons.


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