FREE SHIPPING OVER $99 + EARN 2.5% BACK IN FIN POINTS!

***** Play It Koi is rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, based on 3735 reviews!



Customer DIY Pond Builds — Water Returns

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 .

Read more →


Article 41: Water Returns - Beds, by Jeff Richardson

Posted by Jeff Richardson on

Water Returns – Beds (Article 41):

Hopefully, you have gone online, out in nature, or in architectural magazines to gather ideas of the return(s) you want to build.  However, just a “stream” or “waterfall” isn’t going to cut it.  There many types of both!  There are many subtle differences and definitions out there for return types with many being subjective.  These descriptions are a generalization.

Read more →


Article 40: Water Returns - Evaporation, by Jeff Richardson

Posted by Jeff Richardson on

Water Returns – Evaporation (Article 40):

The water returns play a huge role in evaporation on your pond.  While water is in motion, depending on the return, you are greatly increasing water temps, surface area, aeration and surface movement which all contribute to water evaporation .

Read more →


Article 39: Water Returns - Capacity, by Jeff Richardson

Posted by Jeff Richardson on

Water Returns – Capacity (Article 39):

Return Capacity: This can be a bit tricky.  What is the capacity of water in the return while the pumps run (or when off)?  Why is this important?  There are a number of reasons.  The water flowing through your return is the flow coming from your pump’s discharge.  Firstly, will the return be able to accommodate the flow without overwhelming it causing water to overtop the return and leak from your pond system?  Or conversely, is the return too big?  If you have x-flow of gallons suddenly spread out over a 4’ wide stream bed, it might be a shallow trickle instead of a deep creek like you envisioned .

Read more →


Article 38: Water Returns - Designing, by Jeff Richardson

Posted by Jeff Richardson on

Water Returns – Designing (Article 38):

Since your feature needs a pump to remove and pass water through a filter in order to clean it, ultimately it must return to the pond.  The first thing to ask is “What is possible?”  There are countless ways to return water to a water feature from the filter system.  This could be a direct return from the filter to the pond as some housings come with a built-in weir allowing water to spill directly out of the filter housing into the pond.  You could build a structure around the filter or add a berm of dirt, etc.  However, if you want something more expansive, natural, architectural or dramatic, the options are endless .

Read more →