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The following drawings and text are copied directly from DEB Design Pond Plan I

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Table Of Contents

Cover Page
Table Of Contents
Materials List
Filter Housing Construction
Layout The Pond
Skimmer Installation
Pump Installation
Liner Sizing
Liner Installation
Rock Installation
Filter Installation
Pebble Installation
Plant and Fish Insertion
Biological Filter Installation

Over the past few years, garden pond building has become quite a popular do-it-yourself activity. Designs for these ponds can vary from small tub types to large multi-tiered-waterfall, versions. Available space and economics are the main control characteristics that affect most of these pond designs. When my wife and I first became interested in building a pond, I went to the local library and checked out a few good books on the subject. They were very detailed and gave us some good instruction on the basics of pond building; however, I still was not quite sure how to proceed. I think that was because pond building is not an exact science, leaving much to the builder’s creativity. I also felt that some of the materials used in pond building such as the liners, pumps, filters, etc. were a bit pricey. We defined the goals of this project as follows:
1) We only wanted to spend a couple hundred dollars, not a couple thousand.
2) We wanted the pond to be as natural as possible, with a small stream and falls that could be timed, to run only during the day light hours.
3) We wanted the pond to be as maintenance free, as possible.
This plan documents the construction of our pond built with methods and materials, that minimized the cost of the project. As with most ponds, rock was the primary building material. Each rock in this project was loaded and hauled by trailer, from a local farm, to the building site. This took a few weeks, hauling a single load every evening. This minimized the risk of physical injury and spread out the worst part of the project. When collecting or ordering rocks, try to get random size stones. Large stones will be used to line the perimeter of the pond, while smaller ones, as well as pebbles, can be used to line the pond bottom and streambed. When you think you have hauled enough rock, haul a little extra. You can always use the stones, somewhere. If you plan to construct a waterfall as in this plan, be sure to account for the added stones used in the falls stack.

Materials List
Random size rocks
Pebbles or concrete aggregate
30-gallon plastic garbage can
1-1/2" galvanized pipe flange
Stainless steel bolts, nuts, and washers
3" PVC toilet flange
Stainless steel bolts, nuts, and fender washers
4" thick foam padding
Used 1/2 horse pump
1-1/2" check valve
Swimming pool skimmer
160 PSI poly pipe
Poly pipe fittings
Hose clamps
Pond liner
Lawn edging
Water plants



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