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I think I’ve already said it, but as we are staying in this house and whilst at uni I plan on living at home still we have decided to extend our pond and deepen it as the fish are growing at a fast pace and need more room! I have acquired a lot of rockery stones and bricks etc so I have used some to mark out the proposed area of the extension! I have ordered both the liner and the gravel covered edging liner and we already have plenty of underlay! New project should begin this week! I’ve also done a messy outline of where the pond will go to!

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Once you dig out the extension, both the extension and the pond will have to be laid in with one liner or you will have continual water leakage. Glueing the new liner to the old one will not work. I just cannot visualize how you are going to enlarge a pond without emptying it out, breaking down the margins and placing in one liner to cover the whole thing. I faced the same problem with increasing fish population and size. I considered your option but found it with too many problems including going back to ground zero in a few years with fish needing more room and taking more room via reproduction and growth. My solution was to build a completely new pond close to the old one, so that both could be serviced by the same electrical junction box. Once done I took half the fish population from the old pond and placed it into the new one. More room for the fish but in three years I'm back to the same situation, so I have bubblizers in both ponds to keep the oxygen level up as well as the pumps. I will be interested in seeing how you accomplish this extension. In any case good luck on your project and I hope it turns out great!

27 Jun, 2015

 

I'm having one liner. I won't be joining two together, I'm going to dig out the new section, drain the pond and then break the wall down between them and then put in the new liner!! I'll keep you updated as it goes on! The only way I'd use to separate liners is to connect them via a stream rather than one bigger pond, however I'm having one new big liner and knocking the margin down from the front and extending that way!

27 Jun, 2015

 

Good luck with it Dan.

28 Jun, 2015

 

Great! In my photo section, page 4, photo HNI 0084 including description of photo, you will see how I made a pond above one of my ponds to be a biofilter for it connected to it by terraced pools and stream.The other pond also has three pools terraced above it as a bio filter. In the top pool I placed a statue of a fairy with a butterfly in each hand. You can see a photo of that also on page 4 in my photo section.

28 Jun, 2015

 

Thankyou!

28 Jun, 2015

 

I really would make the extension bigger while you are about it Dan, extending it by moving the stones nearest the camera into a more gentle curve. It will only take the same amount of liner and would give you a lot more capacity. It didn't take long after all for the original one to become a bit on the small side.

28 Jun, 2015

 

That's a very good recommendation Steragram.

28 Jun, 2015

 

Good luck with your project.
We have just had to replace the liner in our pond,first we had to remove the fish then
came the mammoth task of draining away the water from the pond which is 6m x 3m at the widest point. I now have a garden covered in sludge from the bottom of the pond,luckily was able to put it at the bottom of garden where we have shrubs hope it will not harm them.

28 Jun, 2015

 

I'm considering changing the snaps all together and going past the area mArked out!!

28 Jun, 2015

 

Very good idea.

29 Jun, 2015

 

Thank you! I'd like it to be some sort of figure of 8 shape!

30 Jun, 2015

 

A kidney shape looks good.

30 Jun, 2015

 

Yes! I've now moved the plants that were in the way of the pond and it now looks to be a sizeable pond when all is done!

1 Jul, 2015

 

Are you planning to go down about 25 to 30 inches?

1 Jul, 2015

 

About 2.5 feet in total hopefully, three at three at the most

1 Jul, 2015

 

Useful to have one end deeper than the other - no need for it all to be that depth. The ratio of surface area to depth is important.

1 Jul, 2015

 

It is! I've got a marginal shelf around the edge and the centre will be two and a half to three feet

2 Jul, 2015

 

Great .Our shelf isn't quite deep enough and the top of the baskets stick up out of the water which is a constant slight annoyance but its too late to do anything about it now without huge disruption - not worth it.

2 Jul, 2015

 

My current shelves are like that so I'm happier this ones a little deeper!

3 Jul, 2015

 

Forgot to ask, what kind of soil conditions do you have as you go down. As for me, I have a heavy clay top and then came into hard compacted shale. Most of the digging consisted of breaking the shale up with a pickaxe and then shoveling the rubble out. To keep me going I convinced myself that with the next strike of the pickaxe or push of the shovel, I would hit a box full of money that the old owner of the house had buried for safekeeping. I did eventually find something but it wasn't that.

3 Jul, 2015

 

We have about a foot of topsoil, then the rest is clay and bricks from the garage that was previously here

3 Jul, 2015

 

Thanks D.

3 Jul, 2015

 

It's fine haha! I'm still in the process of getting out the bricks and rocks out of the hole

3 Jul, 2015

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