Jan 16, 2003, 6:59 AM
Post #18 of 26
Sorry guys, I just found out about this posting!
Re: [stevenwong] Construction Of Koi Pond: Professional Buider vs Ordinary Contractor
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Steven , I must say you have so far received many many good inputs from the regular kakis. The thing about pond/filter design is that there is no single correct way to get crystal clear water. Different builders have different preferences and concepts and so design their ponds and filters differently. The builders with good results swear by their methods and always sceptical about other builders methods! It is therefore best for you to see for yourself the different designs and then make your choice. So far, you've seen Kev's and my pond which are built by Zen. Visit ponds with other design systems too. I can tell that you'll probably engage a contractor to do the job after reading all the previous posts. This will give you more pressure to make the right choice.
The ultimate results you'd want after the pond is constructed are, 1) water clarity, 2) ease of maintenance. These two criteria applies to both the heavy and light feeders.
The difference in designs and materials used can be quite marked. For examples, 1) Uniring - required or not? 2) Conical chamber floors vs slightly sloped (almost flat) chamber floors. 3) arrangement of mats - which is better? 4) bottom drain opening directly into dry sump and water inlet into filter is via mid-water feeds, or bottom drain opening into settlement chamber and then into dry sump, with no need of mid-water feeds. 5) design of surface skimmers - built into wall or jutting out?
While it may be argued that any of the above designs will still provide crystal clear water, the difference lies in the cost of construction and the ease of maintenance.
Therefore, look around more and compare the systems and decide for yourself what you want. Listen to all parties but use logic to decide. Do not go for those who say this works but gives you a totally illogical explanation or worst still, no explanation!
Always friendly :)