Dana's Ecosystem Pond is Big Enough to Swim In!


When Dana saw a picture of Greg Wittstock, 'The Pond Guy' swimming in his pond, surrounded by his big beautiful Koi, she wanted the same experience. We started by building the constructed wetlands filter to keep the water clean, clear, and healthy. Then we used soil excavated from the pond to create the berm around our giant filter. The pond is 20'x30' and 5' deep, and features a natural stone staircase
Matt tries out the pond before giving the owner the keys!
Matt tries out the pond before giving the owner the keys!
Juan inspects the liner.  It was massive, and weighed over 500 lbs, but we managed to spread it with only four of us.
Juan inspects the liner. It was massive, and weighed over 500 lbs, but we managed to spread it with only four of us.
The rocks have been hand-placed along the vertical shelves of the pond for structural stability.  Gravel covers the horzontal shelves of the pond to protect the liner from UV rays and to give beneficial bacteria lots of surface area.
The rocks have been hand-placed along the vertical shelves of the pond for structural stability. Gravel covers the horzontal shelves of the pond to protect the liner from UV rays and to give beneficial bacteria lots of surface area.
The pond has been rocked and is filling with rainwater.  Now the fun part--building the waterfall.  We only had a machine with a bucket, so we had to be careful.  If we set a heavy boulder in the wrong place, we couldn't move it later!
The pond has been rocked and is filling with rainwater. Now the fun part--building the waterfall. We only had a machine with a bucket, so we had to be careful. If we set a heavy boulder in the wrong place, we couldn't move it later!
After she had sidewalks installed, we came back to fix the leaks caused by the concrete guys and to add plants to the constructed wetlands filter.  You can see the stone staircase leading into the clear water.  Next spring--big fish!
After she had sidewalks installed, we came back to fix the leaks caused by the concrete guys and to add plants to the constructed wetlands filter. You can see the stone staircase leading into the clear water. Next spring--big fish!

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