In this, my pond building album one, you can see pictures of how we built the pond, starting with an idea from my talented gardener sister, some notions about manmade ecosystems in my head and a hole in the ground, and with the help of some friends with a powerful skill sets, we build on the raw materials and inspiration for the project and create the concrete shell of the pond, and are one step closer to a beautiful dream.
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We ordered 1 cube each of sand and stone.
Then with a little help from our friend Marc Niehaus, who is also a master builder at anything he tries, and loves to build aqua systems, the bottom drain was installed.
Every good fish pond must have a bottom drain. It removes the fish feces and the toxic products of anaerobic decomposition.
Marc Niehaus connects the bottom drain
and sets its position with cast concrete
The next day we hired a concrete mixer, and with some major help from Marc, and from our other friend, his son Ethan....we cast the bottom
Marc sponges away the concrete splatter from the pond building
Screws in the dome shaped lid of the drain and checks his beautiful work
Then the concrete was left to dry out for over a month, and after that with more help from Marc...we inserted the liner... see pond building album two
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