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    Hi everybody, I just joined been cruising your post for couple days and decided to put up my project. I decided to build a pond in my backyard that would support fish. I plan on doing a pond aprox 12x20 down to 4 feet for fish in the winter. Not sure if that depth is needed in central Texas, but I read thatís a good depth for winter. I plan on staggering to a depth of 4 feet similar to a upside-down pyramid. Iíve called to have my lines marks so I donít blow myself up, and Iím off to get a building permit today. I would love any recommendations on the whole process only experience I have is a 70 gal fish tank.
    Iíve been doing a picture journal of my progress believe me digging in Texas is worth showing. Iíve hit bedrock at 12Ē deep pulling rocks that weigh as much as I do.

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    Hey there!Welcome to the site.Im glad to have yet another pondy among us.It looks like your serious about your hole in the ground,thats awesome.Last year I built a bigger pond myself and had a thread about it start to finish.Here it is ,maybe there will be some useful info for you.The 4tf depth you are shooting for is very good but in Tx wont be needed as insurance against cold but will be more useful to keep the pond cooler.
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    Welcome to the Fabulous AC!
    Its looking good.I agree that the cold in Winter should not be an issue in Texas but it did snow there last winter.If it does freeze then 4ft should be safe.
    It really doesn't matter where you dig.lol There is always something in that hole that doesn't want to come out!lol
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    Thanks, I will check out that post looks great for what I'm doing.

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    Doesn't this make ya just love people that bury cement slabs! What a pain to dig that out. TX can get mightly hot, as well, and that 4 FT depth should help with the cold weather and hot weather.

    You need to buy a few cases of beer and invite some husky friends over with shovels!

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    Just built one myself... best of luck with your build!

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    This weekend I went to the local pond shop, and checked out their ponds got some qoutes. After seeing their ponds and the cost of equipment I decided to shrink my pond down abit. The pond I originally set out to make was 8000gal, and they didnt carry anything for that size in stock everything would be special order. So I decided to bring the pond down to 9x15x3. Which brings the pond down to 3000 gallons. I believe the pumps in the store were rather over priced. Does anyone have good recommendations on quality pumps in filters?

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    for a real good pump 3000gph+ it's going to seem expensive. but these pumps are made to run constantly and are good workhorses at low amps. Cheaper pumps seem to use more energy and will cost you much more in the longrun. keep an eye on how many amps it draws. I just built a pond about the same size as yours and got a 3650gph pump for $150. Look for "mag-drive" motors, they are considered top notch.

    to save some $$ on a filter, you might wanna look into a DIY 'bucket-filter' or bog filter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crispy
    for a real good pump 3000gph+ it's going to seem expensive. but these pumps are made to run constantly and are good workhorses at low amps. Cheaper pumps seem to use more energy and will cost you much more in the longrun. keep an eye on how many amps it draws. I just built a pond about the same size as yours and got a 3650gph pump for $150. Look for "mag-drive" motors, they are considered top notch.

    to save some $$ on a filter, you might wanna look into a DIY 'bucket-filter' or bog filter.
    The pond shop was asking 350-400 for a pump. I look online and found mag-drive for 200.

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    The trouble with ponds,especially big ones,is the size pump needed to do it right.A 3000 gal ponds should have a 6000 gph pump.That being said,my 2500 gal is being done with a 3500 gph hydrive.The biggest issue with filtering a pond ishnot mechanical but bio filtering.A 3000 gal pond needs at least 25 gal worth of good bio media to sustain a med fish load of koi.I use a skimmer and bio fall combo that are bboth packed full ofh coarce pad media.Canister filters get dirty very quickly unless they are very large.
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