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How to build a Fish Pond – Part 1 | Pond Design and Layout

How to build a Fish Pond – Part 1 | Pond Design and Layout

[Music] hey I’m Eric Triplett the pond digger welcome to our demonstration set where we’re gonna teach you how to build a pond step by step in great detail we’re gonna cover fundamentals we’re gonna take you from the design layout process all the way through excavation and skimmer installation you’ll be glad to know that we’re gonna take great time and showing you proper placement of underwater lights so you get that real pop in the pond at night we’re gonna cover waterfall construction we’re going to talk about aquatic plants that can make or break your pond and we’re going to show you some some tips and tricks that the top contractors across the nation use on edge treatment to make their ponds look so amazing in this video series you’re gonna learn how to build a pond right the very first time so whether you’re that weekend warrior that’s tackling the project all by yourself or you’re having it professionally installed by a contractor you’re gonna have a really good idea of how the whole process comes together let’s get started this is an 8 by 11 pond kit it’s an extremely popular size for beginning hobbyists all the way up to advanced hobbyists we have a waterfall filter we have a skimmer we have the piping the pumps underlayment underwater lights the works in here it’s a standard kit now what we’re gonna do is win a place this waterfall behind me typically when you’re getting ready to design your pond I want to make sure that you evaluate where that waterfall is gonna go I want you to see it from a lot of areas inside the home I wanted to have maximum impact on your life I want you to see it from the kitchen if possible maybe the dining room I want the audio to resonate into the home when you’re sleeping in the evening time so imagine that that’s the area we’re gonna place that waterfall behind us and then we’ll put out the parameters of the pond 8 by 11 now we want to be careful not to put any lines we have a straight line across the back so I’m thinking this ponds would have a nice curve coming out like this I want to avoid lines to match fence lines to gives a lot of interest in contour in the yard okay we’re gonna set this waterfall in the prime location we’re gonna angle it towards the house it doesn’t have to be directly towards the window we want to give it an angle maybe at a window here at the sliding glass door there so you can get multiple attractions I want to set it off this fence want to be real careful in the fact that we don’t want to throw dirt on the fence because it’ll start to make the fence deteriorate and break down so we’re probably going to put a small retaining wall black here and we’re gonna set this off just enough waterfall placements real critical once you get the waterfall placed we’re gonna grab a garden hose and we’re gonna lay out an interesting shape and then you can kind of reflect on that a little bit we’ll spray paint it and you can see how it’s gonna look before you start digging okay so I don’t want this line of this side of the pond to be right at the edge of the waterfall I want to have it come past a little bit so this will be one of the the parameters of my shape and what I’ll do is I’ll mark out my 11 foot run there’s 11 feet and then I’ll establish this side of the pond where we’ll probably have this be part of the line and then what I’ll do is I’ll mark this side of the pond as well okay for starters what I’ve done is I’ve put a little bit of paint on the ground and these locations what I have is 8 foot by 11 foot and I can see pretty much the rectangle that’s there and now what I’ll do is I’ll grab a garden hose and we’ll create an interesting shape inside this parameter it’s a nice interesting shape of the big opening for the waterfall to spill into and then we’ll put the skimmer on the opposite side of that our skimmer is going to be located on the opposite side of the waterfall and then we can pull these curves around to get it just the way we want to to make for an interesting shape inside the parameters there now once the hose is set in place I would advise you that you stand back at the destination area evaluate it make sure you’re really going to fall in love with that shape then we’re going to spray paint that line and then we would begin excavation so we’re gonna place the skimmer at the opposite end of the waterfall on this pond and I want you to do that after you’ve really fell in love with the shape once you know you love the shape we set the skimmer in place we’re gonna spray-paint this out and before we do excavation we’re going to plumb that waterfall filter so that way when we take this dirt everyone thinks that they start with the excavation first but it’s really important we’re going to set that waterfall put all the plumbing in it and as we dig we can be burying the plumbing and burying the waterfall filter as we do it it’s gonna save you a lot of time and a lot of money so at one of the big box stores home depot or lowes you can get this markdown paint and you can walk around the edge of the pond and you can mark it down so it’s designed to spray-paint it out you know the Krylon stuff you use for other kind of art is not quite as good as this so you want to mark this out extremely well so we know where to dig and now we can start to plumb that waterfall filter [Music] [Music]

100 comments on “How to build a Fish Pond – Part 1 | Pond Design and Layout

  1. Hey, Acuascape has a patio pond, it is beautiful, but it does not recommend koi in it. I trust you with information about koi so what do you think? Let me know.

  2. My neighbor's cat often attacks morning doves and other birds at my bird feeder, yet I really want a koi pond.. does that sound too unsafe for fish? Is there some way to counter predators such as a (jerk of a) cat, like fencing or something?
    Or should I just give up on the idea of this project?

  3. I'm a total newb, not even a handy man but I may be buying a piece of property with alot of possibilities. I love your videos! I have a very basic question. If the man made pond is relatively far from your home, your wires/cords are run under ground? in PVC? or some flexible tubing? Do you simply plug it all in to an outside outlet or is something more needed where it connects to the house? Again, real newbie here, excuse my lack of knowledge. Thx again!

  4. I was looking into Bentonite Clay and the company told me for a pond I should use blue bottom clay. Do you agree? and if i went that route instead of a liner, how much should i spread around? Im considering a good sized pond say 25 x 35 or something around there. Thx again for your help!

  5. Can I use carpet instead of underlayment? Whats a good brand of skimmer? My pond is going to be 12 feet by16 feet and 54" deep. Is there a video on how to put in a bottom drain?

  6. I just watched the series from episode 1 through to episode 23 in one sitting. I was dead set keen to see the end result, BUT, it was a bit like a good murder mystery series, and I didn't want to wreck the final revelation by jumping ahead. I was actually a bit disappointed that I didn't witness the pond being filled with the water – but I can be overly romantic at times. (LOL)

    You have a good team working for you – terrific to see a boss being so respectful to his boys and working as hard as they do.

    Congratulations on doing such a great job, not only of the video, but of the pond itself. I'm sure the homeowners were very happy with the outcome and that you and your team would have been mighty proud. I'm from Australia, so just out of interest, how much would you charge ball park figure for a similar contract.

    And a last few of questions – Is the goat the homeowner's or yours? And for my little girl's information, what's it's name? And for my wife's information, how long did the flowers last with the goat around?

    Thanks again – excellent!!

  7. Soon enough I'm going to have a house built in a 500sqm property. My dad and I are contemplating whether to use all that space for the house itself, or if some of it could be allocated for a garden of some sorts. I really like the idea of ponds and I'm thinking of implementing something similar to your video (amazing series by the way).

    I want the house to be interesting and I realize that that needs effort (which is why a lot of other people's homes in my town are bland, not a lot of effort is put into making them stand out), and I think I'm up for it.

  8. can I add fish tank decoration inside because I want to add a broken ship for the fish to hide instead of a water tunnel

  9. Hello there!, one question for this pond that is 11' x 11' what is the liner size that you use?. Many thanks for the video again.

  10. I normally don't post comments but I have to say,  Eric, I can NOT thank you and your crew enough!   I watched all of your 23 videos and my 9 yo daughter (Laura) and I rebuilt my father in laws POND GONE BAD!  I followed your videos and your tips and tricks were perfect!   The waterfall came out great. Only thing I forgot was to wear gloves when initially using the waterfall foam. Wow, that stuff does not come off, just as you said!  You are a master at what you do!  If you lived in New Hampshire I would have hired your team!  Thank you so much!

  11. love this project, saw the full tutorial, I could say what it will cost about building a similar project.

  12. I need to order supplies to redo my pond but I'm having a hard time finding a reputable website. Can you recommend a few ?

  13. Ive watched just about all your videos and used your advice to build my new raised pond…. its nothing compared to the size of ponds you build but im still pleased with it. If you get a chance to watch my video ive posted and leave feedback it would be greatly appreciated. Cheers and keep up the great work 🙂

  14. Hey there! I am nearly ready to do my little retaining wall and mark for excavation! Leslie (via email) said part 2 — plumbing – was removed for updating. I know each waterfall / skimmer set up might be a little different, but I was wondering if any of your videos (or anywhere on your website) might address how to properly lay out the pipe between the two, at least. Can you suggest any resources for me? Thanks!!!!!!

  15. I purchased a prefabricated black pond. I have dug a hole and put it into the ground. I want to build a raised bog filter. I am looking for directions. I am on a tight budget. I am a school teacher and I am no longer allowed to keep my red earred sliders at school. I am frantic to make a safe home for them. There are 6 of them. Help

  16. Hi Eric, can you give me any tips on my pond? I have 2 ducks that took over my small koi pond and I have string algae and just generally really unclean water. I love my fish and ducks and hope to allow them to exist together 😀

  17. hello sir I have a question not really about this particular video but I was wondering is the pond filtration system them same as a pool set up? would you be able to use a pool pump and filter the same as a pond?

  18. Eric… You "Rock" the pond world! Hey buddy, I am using "feng shui" principals to locate my waterfall and pond. I am therefor, in a situation where my pond should be located in the north, and my waterfall feature in the northeast. I am on a small lot with a septic tank also in the north/north-east location. I don't have enough space for a decent sized koi pond and waterfall. So here is my plan… A six tier waterfall over a 12 foot span, landing in a 3 x 5 pond with a three foot depth. This leads to a 25 foot x 2 foot wide channel which is 3 feet deep and sloping down to 4 feet, where it enters the other 5' x 8' pond with 5 foot depth. I will have drains, and skimmers on each pond, and three jets in the channel aimed toward the larger pond. I am running the channel between my house and septic with two feet on either side.
    Do you see many problem, using a 25 foot channel to connect the ponds? Or how about proximity to the septic?
    Thanks for the awesome video series! and here is a plug for "Helix"
    Thanks, Paul

  19. dear friend, how are you doing.

    i need your help in one issue. I'm planing to do a raised koi pond but I'm stuck in fixing window frame.

    my question is:

    how to fix the frame into concrete block? and is steel affecting water chemistry, i mean should i leave steel as it is or should i coat it with something for waterproof so not to affect water chemistry?


  20. Iv'e seen videos where you have strongly advocated for bottom drains however, I see in this series one was not utilized.
    What is the determinant factor in deciding whether to use one or not?

  21. first it was the mouse trap guy. then the ant farm guy. and now this pond guy. ive been subbing to all this stuff that is irrelevant to me just cause guys like this make these things interesting

  22. Great pond! I have put a video of my pond on my channel just made from decking ! Amd my hand tame sturgeon. Feel free to take a peek:)

  23. Sir, you are an advertisement for doing what you love. Your love of these ponds makes me want to build one, and I am not someone who builds.

  24. Great videos! I am still a bit confused. I bought a pond kit that has a 10 X 15 liner. How wide and long should I make the first initial Shelf? I want it somewhat deep, so it does not freeze in winter how deep can I go with the liner as well?

  25. Wow ! I binge watched all the videos in this collection and then some .
    Thank you so very much , I learned so much from you !
    I am so excited to create my water garden soon . I asked for most of my supplies for this past christmas , now I'm just waiting for it to stop snowing here . But …if you want to come to Indiana and do a show in my backyard I would be even more excited !! 😉

    Thanks again for the wonderful information !

  26. This has nothing to do with fish ponds, but i'm curious. Why do most Americans tend to wear pants that seems a couple of sizes too big for them..?

  27. What size (deep and wide) does the pond have to be until I have to use a life systems for bubbles and air filter. @ponddigger

  28. Hi Eric: Thanks a lot for showing step by step. I watched all. It is awesome. I am going to fix my pond. It is a bit bigger (8' x 15). I have several questions: 1. what is horse power of the the Submersible Pump? I saw you cut the PVC (that is connected to water fall filter), then you connected the PVC with the "Yellow thing". 2. What is that for? Can I connect that end to the external MECHANICAL filter and UV light system? 3. Is that necessary to add the external MECHANICAL filter that is constructed in the container with sand, grain, and other material? 4. Could you please make a video of how to build the external MECHANICAL filter tank/container (I have a 50 gallon container with 24 in diameter, about 4 foot height)? Thank you very much.

  29. Playlist of koi fish lake construction

  30. Just get professionals passionate about their job to do it, everyone wins: you get a great pond and they get paid for doing what they love.

  31. Questions: How do I connect piping three waterfalls (different positions) on the layout to the pond? I am going to assume it is the same as you would connect one waterfall. Thanks

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