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30'x40' pond questions.

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by alexschultz1, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have a client who wants a very large pond installed and im hesitant to take it on. How long does it take to build a pond of this size with nice stonework/boulder placement/waterfall. What type of building restrictions do I face? (Building codes, fences, extn). Does it have to be engineered? This is new territory for me so any help would be greatly appreciated.
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  2. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,552

    OK...!! i just read a little deeper into this forum and quickly realized that i am going to be subbing out the construction. that being said, how do i know what company to sub out the work to.
     
  3. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,216

    For an installation of this size, the customer is not going to settle for anything less than near perfection. That is the caliber of pond contractor that you will be seeking.
    Some basic guidelines are
    Years in business (experience)....no less than 10 years installing and maintaining aquatic habitats.
    Knowledge.....very familiar with the biological requirements of a pond this size.
    Insured (or can get it).

    There are probably a great many "Pond Installers" in the Greater Atlanta Metro area, but what you are looking for is a Specialist.
    Feel free to PM me if you like.
     
  4. XStream Aquatics

    XStream Aquatics LawnSite Member
    Posts: 239

    Def check out their references. Check them out thru BBB and i would personally look at some of their work. Don't fall for any joe that says yeah i can build ponds. I have certified friends in Woodstock GA that I can refer to you or even travel with my own business.
     
  5. XStream Aquatics

    XStream Aquatics LawnSite Member
    Posts: 239

    Tad i myself have only been installing for 9 years now and will in my case disagree with you 100%. I install some of the most elaborate ponds with the top of the line filtration systems ranging from bogs, external, bottom drains or bottom suction grids, settling chambers, etc......now in my case i have worked with some of the top installers in the country and learned more in the past few years than some installers in 30 yrs. Yes i do agree insurance is a def plus. Now with that said i have notice that you have extensive knowledge of the pond industry yourself and would not hesitate to inquire your services....i have watched your post and such on here for a few years now.
     
  6. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,216

    Of course, there are always exceptions, but I stand by the criteria that I suggested..... mainly years of experience coupled with a considerable knowledge of fresh water biology.
    I seriously doubt that this 30' x 40' pond will be a dedicated Koi pond, but it is a remote possibility. More than likely this will be either an eco-system pond or a fishery pond. In the latter case it may be lined or earthen bottom or both. Whatever the type it must be designed and installed to accommodate the species of fish and/or other wildlife it may support. The typical pond installer would be severely tested by a project of this size, even many that are "certified".
     
  7. XStream Aquatics

    XStream Aquatics LawnSite Member
    Posts: 239

    i agree, there are certified installers that probably can't hang their certificate on their wall without messing it up...lol. Alex you really do need to find out what application this pond will be used for before moving forward. There are plenty of guys on here that are willing to lead you in the right direction.
     

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