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Indoor/Outdoor Koi Pond - One of a Kind - By Phuoc Tran

Posted by Ben Cooke on

They say a pictures is worth a thousand words. I wonder what this one-of-a kind koi pond, built by DIYr Phouc (Kevin) Tran is worth? Priceless in our opinion!  Phouc (Kevin) Tran is not only one of the nicest guys you will ever meet, but he is also an amazing and inspiring koi collector and DIY pond builder. After 10 years of base-level koi keeping, Kevin decided to "take the plunge" and build the pond of his dreams with Play It Koi! We were super excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with him on the design and build of his pond. The...

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Considerations When Constructing Your Waterfall Face

Posted by Jeff Richardson on

Return Construction – Waterfall Face (Article 45):

Whether placing rocks up a steep slope, building a sheer wall, or creating a man-made wall to pour water over, there are a number of things to consider in the building of a waterfall face - safety, waterproofing, if the wall is also serving as a retaining wall, and even possible construction codes.  Of course, the water needs to be aesthetically pleasing as well.

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Pond Return Construction - Bed Fabrication

Posted by Jeff Richardson on

Return Construction – Bed Fabrication (Article 44):

Surveying: As discussed in earlier articles, you need to keep in mind all of the tools and safety measures for excavating trenches, troughs or pools.  Fountain, spitter or bypass returns are basically plumbing (also discussed in length, this section will concentrate specifically on streambeds and waterfall beds.  Just like pools, you are manually digging a trough (but of course shallower and typically longer).  The important part of this is the slope .

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Article 43: Return Construction - Preparation, by Jeff Richardson

Posted by Jeff Richardson on

Return Construction – Preparation (Article 43):

Design: First, decide on the types or multiple types of returns you are hoping to achieve then layout a scale drawing on graph paper.  Remember, returns should be opposite your skimmer.  Noting the distance from the pumps to the filters along with the head height, add up all the capacities of the all the returns and how much flow you wish to have in them.  This will help you gauge pump sizing; or if you already have the pump(s), what size and capacity the return(s) needs to be to match your discharge volume and capacity .

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Design Your Favorite, Stunning Waterfall

Posted by Jeff Richardson on

Water Returns – Falls (Article 42):

Basically, falls are streams running down a steep or sheer slope (OR when the water leaves one feature and falls free into another – this will be dealt with in the next section).  Like streams, falls vary in depth, width and slope.  They may be filled with rocks or devoid of them.  Like streams, there are many terms to describe the anatomy of a waterfall (all with nuanced terms).  The transition from a stream to a falls is very subjective and is in the eye of the beholder .

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