Awesome Koi Pond

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Introduction: Awesome Koi Pond

About: We are a hardworking family from sunny Florida. Our amazing son, Evan has many special needs and we do our best to create a wonderland at home for him. Our children are everything to us. Thank you for takin…

Hello Friends! We live in sunny Florida were we have beautiful weather most of the year. We started this project in April 2020 and finished in Mid May. We have about 11 koi ranging in sizes between 8 and 24 inches. They were in a fairly small pond (500 gallons) and we have been dreaming of upgrading for a while. They deserved a larger space. Now they are swimming in a 4,500 gallon pond! We created an amazing space for them and they seem very happy.

Step 1: Digging the Hole.

We wanted the fish to have depth so it is quite deep.

Step 2: Placing the Form.

Next, wooden form and rebar was used as reinforcement before the concrete was poured. Drains, plumbing, and lighting were installed just prior to this step. The bottom drains are called "The Koi Toilet".

Step 3: Peg Board

We used peg board to create a form to keep the concrete from spilling over and to hold its shape. Two viewing windows are being installed so room is being left in the rebar for these.

Step 4: Concrete!

Seventeen yards of concrete was used to create this pond!! It took several hours to push the concrete into place.

Step 5: Shaping

As the concrete started to take its shape, we sculpted it into rock formations and smoothed out the interior.

Step 6: Sealing and Filling

After the concrete dried, it was cured with acid and rinsed thoroughly. It was allowed to rest. Pond Armour paint was used to seal and coat the interior of the pond. The paint gave the interior a rubberized texture. The paint was allowed to cure and dry. Then we filled it with treated city water which takes out the chlorine and impurities.

Step 7: Exterior Paint

The exterior of the pond was airbrushed to look more like natural rock with "fish safe" paint.

Step 8: Window

We enjoy our windows and so do our pets!!

Step 9: Interior Lighting

We installed interior lights and we are glad we did. It brings a beautiful touch for nighttime viewing.

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    8 Comments

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    lukehayes05
    lukehayes05

    6 months ago

    WOW!!!
    or for those who dont want to keep koi, use it as an above ground pool!!:)

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    TjH26
    TjH26

    Question 10 months ago on Step 2

    Why are a lot of the pics upside down? I'd expect better.

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    Answer 10 months ago

    This is not the author's fault - it was a bug with the site! I've fixed the images.

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    seamster
    seamster

    1 year ago

    This is impressive! I've never seen a dedicated above-ground koi pond before, let alone with a viewing window. Awesome, I really like the results!

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    Beenyweeny
    Beenyweeny

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you!!

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    Jobar007
    Jobar007

    Tip 1 year ago

    You missed out. You could have called the drain the Koilet. Perhaps it isn't too late to do so.... ;)

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    1 year ago

    That is really fancy! The window is just great :D