Our first outdoor pond build.

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Ruth
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Our first outdoor pond build.

Post by Ruth » Mon May 02, 2011 9:38 pm

Last year, we made the decision to build our long talked about pond, we didn't have any terrapins and weren't in a hurry to get any, but we thought that if making a pond, why not make it able to home turtles should we ever find ourselves presented with the opportunity of offering a forever home to any animals in need.
I have been reluctant to post this build up to now as it has been seen before on another forum, but I have realised that many people won't have seen it, and may find the construction process of some interest. We have just finished a second outdoor build, but used a slightly different approach, so I am happy to make another thread of the second pond build also, should anyone be interested.

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This is the unsightly area that we aimed to transform. A lot of the mess was due to the demolishment of an old shed that was falling to bits.

We had talked of putting up decking next to our large tortoise/art/craft shed, so this had to be done before considering the erection of a pond.
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You will notice that Skippy the rabbit likes to "help" where ever possible!

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....and it is obviously very tiring for both!
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Ruth, Mother of 15 tortoises and turtles plus many other furred and feathered pets. Partner Brian, fab pond builder both indoors and out, same for tortoise enclosures and now a fab new aviary.

Ruth
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Re: Our first outdoor pond build.

Post by Ruth » Mon May 02, 2011 9:49 pm

Please bear with me here as I need to narrate in order ( if however you are finding this really boring, you could skip to the end ~wink-smile ).

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Decking in place and fence erected.

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Now to plan the pond........

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After much discussion we opted for a preformed one. It measures in the region of 6ft X 4ft and holds 500 litres, but then as an after thought...we added another! The little one holds a little over 100 litres.
Ruth, Mother of 15 tortoises and turtles plus many other furred and feathered pets. Partner Brian, fab pond builder both indoors and out, same for tortoise enclosures and now a fab new aviary.

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Re: Our first outdoor pond build.

Post by Ruth » Mon May 02, 2011 10:04 pm

So here we now have two ponds insitu, and so to make the edging, bearing in mind that it has to be made to keep children, rabbit and G.pigs out and turtles in!
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Skippy hasn't quite understood what rabbit out means ~lgh-smil .

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The next thing that we wanted was a waterfall.
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So after deciding where we wanted it, we had to work out how to attach it.
At this stage the little structure at the far end is a g.pig hide and we were trying to retain this.

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So a strong wooden platform was made, topped by a cow mat.
The waterfall was then screwed to the timber frame and the gap between the fall and the pond edge was filled with expanding foam.
Ruth, Mother of 15 tortoises and turtles plus many other furred and feathered pets. Partner Brian, fab pond builder both indoors and out, same for tortoise enclosures and now a fab new aviary.

Ruth
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Re: Our first outdoor pond build.

Post by Ruth » Mon May 02, 2011 10:18 pm

Below are photos showing the waterfall from both sides.
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The G.pigs used to enter from an opening which is now located under the fall, but as this area is to be blocked off, it has been boarded up and covered with a liner and a side entrance has been cut out.

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...and this is the view from the decking.

Our next aim was to build up the sides.
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Starting to look a little better.
Ruth, Mother of 15 tortoises and turtles plus many other furred and feathered pets. Partner Brian, fab pond builder both indoors and out, same for tortoise enclosures and now a fab new aviary.

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Re: Our first outdoor pond build.

Post by Ruth » Mon May 02, 2011 10:34 pm

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Our next problem was where to house the filter so that it did not look unsightly.
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As the unit is gravity fed it had to be higher than the fall. We went a bit mad and bought an Oase Biosmart 8000.

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The unit is discreetly hidden by the housing that Brian made for it, which includes a hinged door to the left for ease of access for maintenance and also doubles as storage for trowels etc. He then made a gate in the decking fence on the right as a means of access under the waterfall.

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Brian then made this polycarbonate house to go at the top of the waterfall, a bit of a mad idea, but we thought we may be able to use as a little greenhouse or if we got really brave little creatures they may even venture inside? Our other thought was that it may serve as a bit of frost protection during the winter if placed over the pond.
Ruth, Mother of 15 tortoises and turtles plus many other furred and feathered pets. Partner Brian, fab pond builder both indoors and out, same for tortoise enclosures and now a fab new aviary.

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Re: Our first outdoor pond build.

Post by Ruth » Mon May 02, 2011 10:44 pm

Getting to the end now........
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Turf laid to the right of the waterfall and in the end astro turf was used on the left. This left hand side had presented a bit of a problem as we wanted to construct a completely removable side so that we could retain access below.

...and for some shots of the completed area.
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It may not be to everyones taste, but we were very pleased with the finished result. ~dance
...if you look carefully at the wooden poles surrounding the area, you will see that we used a polycarbonate edging all around to prevent any future resident turtles from escaping.
Please note that at this point no ramps etc had been designed due to no reptilian inhabitants at that point.
Ruth, Mother of 15 tortoises and turtles plus many other furred and feathered pets. Partner Brian, fab pond builder both indoors and out, same for tortoise enclosures and now a fab new aviary.

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Re: Our first outdoor pond build.

Post by V1C1OUSFLOWER » Mon May 02, 2011 11:49 pm

WOW your pond/decking area looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing, I for one would defo be interested in seeing the second pond construction ~fn-hdbng I am in love with Skippy too, what a cutie ~aw-wub
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Re: Our first outdoor pond build.

Post by Eversfield » Tue May 03, 2011 7:39 am

Looking very good indeed. Pleased to see the secure perimeter fencing around the enclosure which no doubt helps keep the Terrapins in and the Grand children out!
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Re: Our first outdoor pond build.

Post by Julie » Tue May 03, 2011 8:07 am

Wow - that is an excellent job, well done ~trttle
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Re: Our first outdoor pond build.

Post by sdmtate » Tue May 03, 2011 8:08 am

WOW!!!...what a fantastic looking setup,you must be very proud...well done....steve
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