BIGGER POND

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BIGGER POND

Postby cobden28 » Thu May 05, 2011 7:07 am

Well, we've decided we need a bigger fishpond in the garden. Would a pre-formed pond liner be best or do you recommend digging a hole and lining it with a sheet of pond liner? My own personal preference is for the pre-formed option - we will be keeping goldfish only, not koi.

We will be getting a firm in to install said bigger pond for us, and assuming we go for the pre-form option do forum members have any advice on how this should be correctly installed?
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Postby SuperPlec » Thu May 05, 2011 4:08 pm

In my experience a pre formed in a large size will cost alot more than using a liner.....

however this may not be the case if someone else is doing the work as they will of course charge for time.... :?

I have always done my own using liner as it was cheaper:

dig hole,
line with soft sand (not builders sharp sand) I got trailer loads from a quarry cheap...
further lined with some old carpet from the tip,
liner on top and fill slowly pulling out the creases and shaping as it fills.
finally make the edges neat with stones etc...

I find a liner can give a much more natural shape compared to preformed plastics too. :wink:
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Postby Carylnz » Fri May 06, 2011 4:02 am

I don't know what sort of temperatures you have where you are but I do not use preformed ponds as they are too shallow (we have a bylaw that states they must be under 18", or need to be fenced) so get too hot in summer. Yours may also get too cold in winter.
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Postby Switch01252 » Fri May 06, 2011 9:35 am

now thats a really good rule carlynz
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Postby SuperPlec » Fri May 06, 2011 3:38 pm

my dogs like to swim in mine 6' deep. I think you have a good point over the depth...

It would certainly freeze solid here in winter.... :mrgreen:
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