A Home for Koi
Once you own a koi fish you are hooked for life. These wonderful creatures become part of the family and will even eat out of your hand. After a visit to our local Hardware store, we transformed an empty part of the garden by installing a koi pond and planting new plants around it. All that was left after that was to get the water quality right and then bring in the fish.
River Rock Georgian preformed
Resun filter system with UV light
(2800 litres), comes with attachments
Waterfall Garden Pumps:
• Flow 2400 Flow Water Pump
• Flow 6000 Flow Water Pump
2 m irrigation pipe (22mm)
15 (M120) blocks
4 bags fine river sand (30kg bags)
2 bags concrete mix (30kg bags)
3 bags building sand (30kg bags)
1 bag cement
River Rock Stainless Steel Water Chute
1 bag Builders’ Pride Tile Adhesive
5 kg jet black grout
Sista black silicone sealer
10 flat sleepers (1.2m in length)
7 bags brown pebbles
2 m2 black slate tiles
4 m Weed-Gard
spade, pick and straight edge
spirit level and wooden float
rubber mallet and trowel
grout applicator, sponge and bucket
cordless drill and 8mm bit
tape measure and angle grinder
Place the pond in position and mark around its edge with sand. Remove the pond and dig the hole, making it 50 mm deeper than the depth of the pond to allow for a layer of sand on the bottom.
Spread a layer of river sand, 50 mm deep, along the base of the hole. Make sure it is level and then compact it. Place the pond in the hole, fill in around it with sand and compact the sand to form a solid structure.
Build a foundation for the wall by digging a trench the length of the back of the pond –150 mm deep x 250 mm wide. Mix the premixed concrete together with water and fill the trench. Allow to dry for 2 to 3 days.
Start the wall by making a mixture of 1 part cement to 4 parts builders’ sand, plus water. Lay 3 courses of blocks, using a spirit level – both horizontally and vertically – to ensure they are lined up correctly. Then place the water chute in the middle, keeping it in place using a little of the cement mix. Lay the last course of blocks, securing the water chute in the wall.
Once the wall is completely dry, it is time to start attaching the tiles. Mix tile adhesive with water and lay the tiles from the base up. Use spacers, and cut the tiles to fit around the water chute. Let the tile adhesive dry before grouting.
Decide where the filter and pump will be placed, then drill through the fibreglass to make a hole for the inlets and outlets of the pump and filter. Connect the tubing for the filter to the 2400 pump and run the electric cord to an outdoor electrical point. Once the pump and filter are installed and checked, seal the hole using the silicone sealer.
Connect the 6000 pump to the connector on the water chute using the irrigation pipe. Run the electrical cord to the electrical point.
A walkway makes it easier to access to the pond. First remove all the grass and plants, and level the area. Lay Weed-Gard over the area and cover it with a layer of sand. Make sure the sand is level then put the sleepers in place, leaving 100 mm gaps between them. Fill these gaps with the brown pebbles. The pond is now ready for water.