May 23, 2002, 5:46 AM
Post #37 of 105
Re: [sichang] Building new pond
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I am not offended by the contractor's statement that my pond is too small for kois. He hasn't seen the space I have available so I consider his comments to be irrelevant. Tell him we must cut our clothes acording to the cloth!
My pond size is 10' x 6' x 5' and I have about 25 kois living happily in there with sizes ranging from 15-45cm. I do not intend to add anymore kois for now and when they grow bigger and the filter cannot cope, I will transfer some to another pond which I will be building soon in my parent's house. They have a piece of land about 8000 sq ft in size so you can imagine what I have in mind when planning for this new pond!!
The rest have also given their opinions about the current situation about contractors and at the end of the day it is you who will be paying the money, so plan your pond design wisely, choose your contractor wisely and all will be well. Do not be too bitter but take a deep breath and take it easy. Koi-keeping is meant to be a stress reliever not stress giver!!
As suggested, I believe Kevkois's designs have all the necessary ingredients of a good pond so why not use that as your starting point? You might not want to have the vege filter. so dispense with that and so on. Modify, to suit your needs. By the way, what pond size do you have in mind anyway?
Just to give you a hint, since joining the forum, I have learnt a lot about pond building as well. So using all the available knowledge and info, I will design a pond to suit my budget and the space available. I will even go to the extent of buying all the materials myself. The cement, the sand, water proofing sealant etc. etc. from the hardware store and I am getting a contractor who isn't a pond builder by profession to help me build. I do not need his opinion and suggestions, I get them from the forum! His job is to build, I supervise and then I pay for his workmanship. Very importantly, is to have sketches and illustrations to show him as a guide. I do not want to end up arguing with him about wrong design, dimension etc.
Be patient, take a step back, inhale deeply and slowly and you will have a clearer perspective of what you want! I wish you all the best in your pond building endeavours!