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Post Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:19 pm   Outdoor pond is done!

I waited for a nice 3 day weekend before attempting this project. I got it up and running. Took awhile to get the hoses and the filters and the pump working in the correct order. Itchy seems to be happy. I made a nice basking area for him which I saw him try to use. The koi are happy as well. My only problem is the water temp. I have a 300w heater in there and the temps are getting to the upper 60s, may have to add the second 200w heater if they don't get up to 72-74 where I want them.

The filter is rated at 500GPH, it looks like a skippy filter for the most part, it's hidden in the top with a plant on top. I have a 500GPH pump in the tank which pumps into a 5W UV filter to kill off the algae. I did not think it would be this hard, but now like I said the water temps are the most frustrating, along with the shy kois.
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Post Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:29 pm   Re: Outdoor pond is done!

Looks great!
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Post Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:53 pm   Re: Outdoor pond is done!

Looks terrific! Good job.
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Post Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:32 pm   Re: Outdoor pond is done!

Heaters outside are expensive and dangerous due to temp. fluctuation. The Koi don't need a heater, but if you add a turtle, it needs to be warmer. I recommend waiting until spring when Temps are back up to add a turtle.

Also, you may want to cover the pond with a net or cage. Koi love jumping, and racoons love fishing.
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Post Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:34 pm   Re: Outdoor pond is done!

Very nice!
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