We have three bodies of water on our 13 acre parcel of land.
Pond #1 is our 9000 gallon koi pond/water garden. It is made
from gunnite which was commercially installed by Leisure Craft
pools. The pond incorporates a single bottom drain with a skimmer.
It is approximately 19 feet by 18 feet by 4 feet in depth with
a 1 foot deep plant shelf. The falls with its stream, along the
bog garden, are all liner based. This pond is home to seven Japanese
koi and a number of marginal plants located on the shelves in
the pond as well as in the bog itself.
We have two separate circulation systems. One uses a skimmer
housed ½ HP Tsurumi pump which feeds an Aquadyne 4.4 bead
filter, passing through a Zapp Pure ZP-20 UV light which in turn
feeds the "biofalls" The bottom drain feeds a 1/3 Hp
Dragon pump, which feeds a long stream designed to function as
a trickle filter system. The stream drains into an adjacent 8
foot by 11 foot bog garden, which then flows back into the pond.
A small electric fence surrounds the pond to protect the koi
from the return of a mink that previously cleaned the pond of
all its inhabitants in October of 2002.
Pond #2 is a half acre natural earth pond, installed in 1984.
The maximum depth is 12 feet, with a volume of over one million
gallons of water. It was designed with a beach area that does
not exceed three feet in depth. A waterslide is mounted to a
scratch built dock. There is a floating dock in the center of
the pond to serve as an "island" of rest. The pond
has twin aerators and a floating scratch fountain which uses
a 1 Hp Tsurumi submersible pump, a wooden frame for buoyancy,
a PVC nozzle, and three 120 volt underwater lights for night
The pond is home to loads of waterlilies, irises (including
Louisianas), minnows, perch, large mouth bass, crawfish, frogs,
and pond snails. This pond has no springs feeding it, relying
instead on ground water runoff. To prevent the water level from
dropping in the hot dry months, it is fed by a gravity flow system
that uses about 400 feet of 1.25 diameter PVC, which has its
origins in a third pond, a one-third acre natural earth reservoir
pond located in the back of the woods.