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Old 10-26-2010, 06:51 PM
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WOW! I don't know much about pond construction- but the quality looks excellent and aesthetically, I can't imagine a nicer setup. That should sell a few more jobs! Is this the largest you've done?

Great work. ....would not want to get that invoice in the mail!
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:17 PM
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Yes, external gas heater and it doesn't have any problems keeping up with our coldest days. As you know it isn't necessary, but the customer wanted it.

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Is this the largest you've done?
It is the only one I've done. It was a doozie for my first pond. I think it was a job of a lifetime.

Thank you for all of your comments.

Daniel
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:31 PM
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That was your first job!!!!!!!!!!??????????? Your f'n nuts to try something like that to get your feet wet on. But it turned out gorgeous and I'm impressed. Great job!
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:03 PM
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Yeah, it was an adventure for sure. It was a blessing it all worked out. I did tons of research to prepare for this job. Many late nights.

It is a long story, but I was maintaining this property and the customer and his assistant stood with me at the end of the old nasty pond and said they wanted to renovate it. I knew it would be their fourth renovation from what I heard and I knew if I didn't do it, it wouldn't be right.(and right or wrong I was going to have to maintain it!) Out of the blue they looked at me and said, "Well, Daniel... you want to do it?" I said sure. No questions about if I knew anything about koi, ponds or water features. Nothing! They didn't even want plans, they just wanted me to get started. I did!

I hope to do several more ponds. They are a lot of fun.
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:48 PM
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Concerning the gas heater. I have researched them but have not been able to find any first hand reports as to their operational range (I take what the manufacturers and distributors say with a grain of salt). What I am asking is--What is it's effective heating range from the ambient temperature? For instance, if the water temp is 40F, what is the max temp that the water can be heated to. I have been toying with the idea of a Salt water Pond to house Tropical Fish. The water temp could not be allowed to fall below 75F-80F. How has this heater performed during the Two (2) winters that Koi were present in this Pond?
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:02 PM
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This heater is made for swimming pools and I believe it can go up to 85 degrees F, BUT let me double check that tomorrow.

We keep the water at 65 F and the heater does a great job with it. The pipes inside the heater are also coated with nickle(i think) so there is no copper that touches the water.

I will also get the manufacturer and model # for you.

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Old 10-26-2010, 10:27 PM
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The ones that I have checked out are made for the large indoor aquariums and supposedly only have a heating range of 20 degrees F above ambient, which is not worth a crap for outdoors. Hadn't thought about swimming pool heaters. DUH!
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:27 PM
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you heat this??????????????? there is so much surface area that the heat loss must be crazy
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:30 PM
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i did pools.... this is a really big really big loss of heat..... but if so crazy.. love it would love to have this person as a costumer
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:41 PM
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On second thought, a swimming pool heater would not work in a salt water system. it must be Titanium otherwise it will corrode.

I ain't thinking straight.....tired.
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