May 19, 2002, 8:05 AM
Post #8 of 35
Dear Mr Tan,
Re: [KevKoi] New Pond Design - Thanks to Kevkoi
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Please do not blame your son (Kev). After getting crazy on koi, who can resist the temptation of building a nice pond especially the dad is paying for it?
I'm actually a lot older than Kev, and not as fortunate to get my dad to sponsor.
To answer DTTK's question, I took another measurement and managed to squeeze another 1 more ft and have a total of 6ft width to build the pond and the filter. If the filter takes up 2ft, my pond is only 4ft wide. Based on the design, if I have the vege filter sit on top of the 4ft width main pond, assuming that the vege filter water way is 1.5ft wide, then my main tank will look like it is only 2.5ft wide (4ft-1.5ft)
So, I'm thinking of increasing the filter chambers to 2 ft wide, and at the same time move part of the vege filter waterway back to be on top and cover slightly on the filter (have it a little higher than the filter chamber) so that the main tank will look bigger. I know this will obstruct the access to the filter chamber and is probably not very convenient in the long run. However, I guess I have to leave with the limitation. And as to how this can be done, I guess I will have to consult the fellow koi hobbyist and perhaps the architect who did the original design .
Also, I've found out that to build a pond in Singapore is not cheap. It is definitely more than S$1k per ton like what I read on the post. It is more like S$2k per ton.
I have checked with 3 contractors. 2 are experience pond builder and 1 is my main contractor without any pond experience. The first 2 contractors quoted $22k and $13k. The last contractor quoted $6k. The first 2 are complete with filter materials and pump. I believe the 2nd one actually use coral chip which is very cheap material (and I have read enough about the effect of coral chip in the long run). The 3rd one is without materials and accessories.
What do you think? Should I go for the cheapest one now that I already got the design in hand? All of them are quoting reinforced concret.