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I have a small area at the front of the house that I'm going to make into pond that will be used to breed and grow out small fish in preparation for a larger (10,000 litres) aquaponics setup that I'll be building later in the year.

In between both builds I also plan to set up two IBCs for aquaponics.

I was initially going to just put the small plastic pond in then thought it would be better to use the entire space for the pond.

It's 2000mm long and 800mm wide and I plan to go about 600mm deep. That should give me around 1000 litres.

My first decision will be to decide on what to line the pond with. Three options I'm looking at are:

1 - Pond Liner - cheap and easy

2 - Blue Waterproof Paint - more expensive and the entire pond will need to concreted.

3 - Fibreglass - most expensive but will give a better long term result with virtually no chance of it leaking if done right.

 

I'd like some opinions from people with experience in using these methods as well as pro and cons of each.

I'm leaning towards using pond liner at the moment as it is quick and easy to complete the job.

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Wow, I thougjt I'd get at least one response after a week.

I haven't been on the forum for a couple of years but has it really changed so much?

Surely someone has an opinion and or experience in pond building...

 

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I used pond liner on last one I built and it's not to bad after 12 months evaporation so the biggest killer in it. My old man had a pond about 8mx4m and about .75 m deep in deep spot with goldfish breeding in it for 5or6 yr in his garden near trees that I would of thought would go through the liner quickly and they took yrs to get into it.

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Thanks Cam, the spot never gets fill sun and there are no trees nearby to ha e to worry about anyway.

I'll get some pond liner tomorrow, if it lasts five years that's good enough.

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Great to see you back. Are you still doing retro arcade machines?

The pond sounds like a great project. Probably check council regulations though considering you are planning 60cm deep at the front of the house. Last I remember your front yard was not fenced/secured. 

I recently set up an outdoor tub about 50cm deep. Apparently I cannot have it out at the front but I am in Redlands council so Brisbane council may be different. I have moved it inside the pool area now. 

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Yeah still doing the arcade stuff, I'm in the process of moving into what was the 'fish room' downstairs and will rent out the rooms upstairs. I quit my 9-5 job and am going to see how I go living off arcade repairs etc.

Good point re depth, I did some research when I first started thinking about it, the way I understood it was that if it's not for swimming purposes then it doesn't need to be fenced off but I'll call BCC tomorrow and get confirmation. 

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You may want some sort of barrier or cover over it as well to keep out toads & other wildlife. If your yard isn't fenced you may get local dogs going for a swim in it as well.

 

 

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Hello Kaizen,

We're in Sunny Coast and the regulations were similar, no fence needed if it was not for swimming, up to 60cm depth I think.  Our pond is more for aesthetics than production, we used liner and river pebbles to cover it so bacteria can live.  Most important thing is water circulation and plants to maintain water quality.  We're quite happy with it so far (it's only been two years).  

Our pond receives full sun for a couple of hours a day.  I've read many people having problems with water quality but that hasn't happened to us.  I think it might be we got lucky with balance.

Before this one, we also kept smaller fish ponds (those plastic kiddies sandpits they sell in Bunnings) and had no water circulation.  No algae in those ones either, but surface was fully covered with salvinia and duckweed. 

That video Shaun posted is from 2 years ago...  This is another video from last month (only underwater)... 

 

 

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