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The Koi Pond

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New landscaping. I stole some plants from other parts of the yard for an instantly mature rock planter.

The intent was to hide the top of the rubber liner.

A view from the outside of the rock wall.

The skimmer filter. A very cool device that sucks surface debris through a leaf basket. No need to scoop leaves off the surface. It's kind of mesmerizing to watch too.

The leaf basket (actually contained in the solid plastic cover) removed.

Our temporary "waterfall".

A view of the intake, waterfall and waterfall drain pipes.

A close up of the threaded cap on a "T" fitting that allows the intake pipe to be primed before turning on the pump.

A view down the length of the drain pipe that will be located at the lowest point of the lowest waterfall pool. Since we don't have a bottom drain on the pond, this will allow us to drain the pond by opening the valve on this drain line while running the pump. The drain line empties into the curtain drain that runs along the bottom of the pond.

The screen on the drain line in relation to the grading around it.

A close up of the screen on the drain line.

I had intended to use these basalt rocks for the waterfall, but realized flatter rocks would work much better for the fall spillways. They'll be used around the spillways and edges of the falls.

600 pounds of Iron Mountain flagstone, bought from Northwest rock near Kingston, WA. I picked out a few big pieces (note shovel for scale) for the spillways, and some smaller pieces too.

A close up of the flagstone.

I swaped out the normal exterior outlet used to power the pump with a GFCI outlet, and put a cover on it that's meant for continuous use in wet areas. The extension cord is outdoor rated and routed underneath scraps of plastic deck wood about 6" under the soil.

The weather proof outlet cover in the closed position.

The plastic tub that'll be used to make the biofilter.

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