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COVID Koi Pond Project - Rick and Sherry Koske Redefine Vacationing

Posted by Kelly Cooke on

While 2020 was a year many want to forget, we decided to turn lemons into lemonade and tackle a major home project. ”How about a koi pond?” we asked. Since we’re both retired and like to be home, we thought a koi pond was a great way to bring “vacations” home, instead of relying on pictures to remember what we did on vacation. Our koi will bring us enjoyment every day.   In sum, it went like this: Step 1: Contact Play It Koi.  Step 2: Build it. Step 3: Contact Play It Koi for help and expert advice throughout the build. Step...

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Custom Raised Koi Pond with Viewing Windows

Posted by Ben Cooke on

Brent Payne, from Mathews VA, shares his experience of his equisite raised koi pond build with Play It Koi.    Specs:  Pond Size: 25,000 Gallons Max Depth: 76" Area: 877 sq. ft. Koi: 12 full size initially and potentially up to 30 long term. Primary goals: Energy Efficiency & Doing it right the first time When I started on this Brent didn't anticipate the need for so much flow, so he carefully laid out his design for influent and effluent plumbing, including 6 bottom drains, 4 No Niche Skimmers, 2 24" waterfalls, and 6 TPRs. He reviewed his plumbing Design...

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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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