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BallsEleven
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Anyone here have a small backyard pond?
I have been looking into biofiltration and bog filters and came across an article about a guy using both at the same time.

Just wondering if anyone has had experience with either. Also curious if it is feasible with ducks. Seems to be a good option with fish.


Jones
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re: Anyone here have a small backyard pond?
I've got one that's around 10'x 8'. I use a pump that is in the pond and it pumps to a filter like the one below. The pump is rated for 3000 gallons and handles the pond just fine. I've also got water hyacinth to help.

I only have goldfish and koi though.




BallsEleven
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re: Anyone here have a small backyard pond?
How deep is your pond?


Jones
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re: Anyone here have a small backyard pond?
2 feet is the deepest. The ridge around that 2 foot section is around 12 to 18 inches. That's to hold pots and plants


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BR Tiger
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re: Anyone here have a small backyard pond?
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I've got one that's around 10'x 8'. I use a pump that is in the pond and it pumps to a filter like the one below. The pump is rated for 3000 gallons and handles the pond just fine. I've also got water hyacinth to help. I only have goldfish and koi though.


This is my situation as well. I have a similar filter with built in UV sterilization. Also has bio-balls in addition to the regular filter media. Fish do well with it. We only have goldfish- no koi, along with some minnows. Ours is 3 ft at its deepest. If I recall correctly it’s right at 1000 gallons. Also has about a 2ft waterfall where he water returns to the pond and gets oxygenated


BallsEleven
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re: Anyone here have a small backyard pond?
How often do y’all clean them out?
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Jones
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Member since Oct 2005
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re: Anyone here have a small backyard pond?
I'll rinse the filter out once every month or so. I'll do a large water change every 2 to 3 months.

I pull hyacinth out every 2 weeks in the summer because it grows like weeds.

Skim debris as needed

Mine only gets about 2 to 3 hours of sun in the summer so it's not getting pounded with sun


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LSUDUKE
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Lafayette
Member since Oct 2007
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re: Anyone here have a small backyard pond?
This is my pond that I built a few years ago. I have a few koi in it right now but you'll need a good pump, filter, waterfall and a couple of aeration lines going into it. You'll need to clean it about once a month and you NEED shade. A pond with no shade will be an algae breeding ground that is a headache.
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Jones
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re: Anyone here have a small backyard pond?
Very nice. Home build or you get someone to do it?

Trying to find pics of mine but I just got a new phone


LSUDUKE
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Lafayette
Member since Oct 2007
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re: Anyone here have a small backyard pond?
I built the pond myself first. After trying numerous different things to control the algae I decided to build the pergola.


BallsEleven
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Member since Mar 2019
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re: Anyone here have a small backyard pond?
That will be my problem too, whatever I build will get full sun all day unless I put it by some new fruit trees. It will still take a year or 2 for them to grow to get any decent amount of shade.


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Jones
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re: Anyone here have a small backyard pond?
Awesome. I dug mine myself also. I have natural shade built around it luckily.

This is a pic from a few years ago that I found in an old thread. No underwater filter anymore with the fountain. A few things different on the outside but this is the just of it

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