Formal Finished

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by XStream Aquatics, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. XStream Aquatics

    XStream Aquatics LawnSite Member
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    finally finished formal pond. I don't like these as well as natural looking ponds but they do pay good.

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  2. Venturewest

    Venturewest LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looks really good. I like natural better too, but I would still like to give some formal pools a try. Did you do the rock work or sub it?

    Did you use swimming pool weirs?
     
  3. XStream Aquatics

    XStream Aquatics LawnSite Member
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    Subbed out the rock work. After watching them I was like wow that's easy. After laying dry stack walls, laying boulders with machines and retainer walls I can do this for sure. The owner of the company gave me some tips on a few things so I'll be doing some practice walls real soon. Don't get me wrong I don't think I can do some big house job or something, but doing a pond yeah I can do it. It's to hard being there all the time to make sure they're doing everything right like the liner lapping extra underlay and such. Used Savio weirs and a formal skimmer and 3" bottom drain. The skimmer is actually made specifically for this application.
     
  4. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Looks very nice. Some lighting inside the weirs and under the cap would have set it off nicely.
     
  5. EOL

    EOL LawnSite Member
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    I do agree about that one. Lighting is what will definately make that feature pop at night.
     
  6. Dripit good

    Dripit good LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I like formals, and agree they should be lit to a degree. Here's one I recently completed incorporating 4 deck jets with a 36" sheer descent feature. I also took 2 granite spheres and drilled 1" holes through them for a little bubbler action. I put fiber optics just under the top hole opening of the spheres. During darkness the water appears to be glowing as it bubbles out of my spheres.......it's a cool effect.


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  7. Edgewater

    Edgewater LawnSite Senior Member
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    That formal water feature is great. I saw your other post showing the filtration system.

    I am about to do one that is all concrete. Could you give me as much detail as possible on the pump (GPH/GPM) and how the circulation is set up.

    any help would be great, I want to get this right the first time

    Adam
     
  8. Oasis-Outdoor

    Oasis-Outdoor LawnSite Member
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    XStream,
    That is an excellent looking install. It is simplistic, yet very effective! It really lends its self to that space. I'll bet the customer was very pleased with it as well.
    Is that real stone in the wall or cultured? That is something I wish I had apprenticed in a long time ago....masonry.
    Congrats on a job well done!
     
  9. XStream Aquatics

    XStream Aquatics LawnSite Member
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    the pump is an Artesian 1/2 75 low rpm. There is a 3" Tetra bottom drain running 3" flex and also a formal skimmer running 3" flex. Bottom drain feeds directly into pump while the skimmer feeds into an Aqua Sieve first, then into the pump. Comes out of pump into a "t" with a ball valve to let certain amount of flow to pass thru Alpha I bead filter and 20 watt Zap 20 U.V. while the other just bypasses them and they tie back together in a 3" flex which then t's into each spillway with a ball vavle on each.
     
  10. XStream Aquatics

    XStream Aquatics LawnSite Member
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    they are true 6" veneer.
     

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