Skippy Installation - Lots of Pictures

pcanMarch 13, 2012

I spent last weekend redoing the pools at the top of my falls and installing two new skippies behind it. It turned out swimmingly ;)

The pools at the top of the falls used to be 2 separate small deep pools with the pump hoses running directly into the pools. This year I dug out the pools combing them into one shallow mini bog (about 4' X 3'). I added a 75 gallon stock tank skippy on one side with a new 1500 GPH pump and a 100 gallon stock tank skippy on the other side running off my 5500 GPH pump, but split the 2" into a 1 1/2" to the skippy and a 2" inch directly to the bog. I made sure there were planting spots around the skippies. Last year the falls and pools were mainly just rock, not much growing up there. This year the skippies will be planted, the bog will be planted and around the skippies will be planted. I am hoping it will be very lush and green.

Here are some pics of the project.

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annedickinson

OMG What a fabulous job you did. Everything looks just great and, I'm sure once summer kicks in, you will be enjoying every minute on your deck over-looking the pond. Good job!!!
Anne

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 7:37PM
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casiocarcharger

that looks look it was done by a professional! Very nice job.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2012 at 4:38PM
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Calamity_J(z7bc)

WOW!!! AMAZING! I can't believe it is the same yard that the first picture showed!! Beautiful! Good Job! Enjoy!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 12:49AM
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sheepco(MN z4)

Beautiful! Puts my little skippys to shame, but they sure work!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2012 at 9:27PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Very nice!
Tell me how you made that floating thing in the water.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2012 at 7:19AM
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pcan

I used a sheet of the pink foam from the local HD. It works much better than styrofoam because it can be cut and sanded. The sheet was 4' x 8' I think and cost about 14 bucks. I cut a about 3' x 4' kidney shape with a skill saw. Then I cut three large holes big enough to slide small pots in and a bunch of small holes to put bare root plants in. I sanded the edges smooth. I put moss on top but as everything grows it is covered anyway so no need really. I put a small hole through the center and ran a string tied to a stick on top and a rock on the bottom as an anchor so it doesn't move too much.

Easy peazy and very cheap :)

BTW, the fish love it. It gives them a good hiding spot, plus it has a ll the bare roots hanging down so it is like a floating filter.

Planted

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 10:40PM
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brandy-jo

What a terrific idea for making a floating island

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 3:36PM
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lolauren(7a)

That island is clever. I love your pond...

Do you know the approximate dimensions?

Also, why did you add the skippy containers?

Thanks!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 7:38PM
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pcan

The legnth is 24' and the width is 17' at it's widest points. The deepest part is 40" deep and is about 4'x8' large then it steps up to about 26" deep and then up to about 18" deep then a very shallow 4" deep shelf. I think I am at about 5000 - 6000 gallons. I am not sure but plan on doing some exact measurements this summer.

I added the skippy's because I had no filtration other than plants last year and my plants did not do great so I was concerned. Plus I added koi this year and wanted to have better filtration before adding them.

I chose the skippy design because of the low maintenence with skippy's. I like low maintenence. :)

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 11:23AM
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granyhuskr(5)

WOW what a great pond. How many gallons is it. Why did you choose to install two Skippy filters? What did you use for media? Would love to see more pictures as you continue to complete your set up.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 3:16AM
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brandy-jo

I too am using the skippy filter once I have completed the pond. My question did you put bottom drain in the pond

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 10:12AM
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pcan

Granyhuskr, it is around 5000 - 6000 gallons I think.

I used Two skippies because the size of the pond needed 175 gallons but I couldn't get a stock tank bigger than 100 gallons. So I got a 75 gallon and a 100 gallon. The media is those professional floor scrubber disks cup up into small squares.

I should be taking some more pictures within the next week or so, I'll post some. Plants have really started to grow :)

Brandy, I didn't put bottom drains in. It's not a problem though, there are no rocks and I just net out the bottom a couple times a year.

I wanted to keep things simple :)

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 10:23PM
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pcan

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 7:27PM
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brandy-jo

The new pictures are beautiful. Did you use the 4" closet flange on both your skippys. Your pond is so clean looking too

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 2:56PM
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pcan

I used 2, 2" black outdoor plumbing pipes and a couple fittings. Screwed them together through the holes, put a rubber plumbing washer in between and lots of silicone. I wanted outlets I could put closer to the top so the tanks hole more water.

Thanks about the water clarity, I have been trying to be patient. I had a floating algae outbreak, but it's finally clearing since the plants are growing and the bacteria is growing in the tanks.

Here is a couple pics I took last night. I thought they turned out pretty cool.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 9:22PM
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granyhuskr(5)

Your updated pictures are absolutely beautiful. My Skippy is built and not I have to figure out how to incorporate it into a waterfall for my pond. My filter is 150gal Skippy flowing into a 3500gal pond. How big should I make my waterfall and how high should it be? I don't want the waterfall to overpower the pond but instead accessorize it. How high do you recomment the waterfall outlet be from the top of the pond?

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 10:23AM
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granyhuskr(5)

Did you build or have you installed a skimmer box to remove depri from the top water of your pond?

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 10:29AM
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pcan

No skimmer, I just net it out when needed which isn't very often. It hasn't been an issue.
Here is a pic I took today, I can't even see the skippies anymore.

grandyhuskr, I don't know how to answer your question. I just kind of built mine till it looked right. The farther the drop off the falls the louder the sound though. I added about 4" of water this year and the falls aren't nearly as loud. Something to consider. Plus, I have heard the longer the stream the better filtration. I don't have a long stream but also something to consider.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 9:29PM
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diggery(z8)

A skippy is a wonderful thing, to be sure. The proof is in the pudding and this pudding looks delicious! *chuckle* Just.Wow. Drooling here. TFS, pcan. I always enjoy your posts but this one is a real treat. (ha, and to think, I was proud of my itty bitty skippy on my lil puddle)

We planned on installing a 'real' pond this year but life intervened *sigh* so now looking to begin late winter so it's ready for next ponding season. Your pond description is making me rethink our orginal plan. Do you by chance have drawings and/or construction pics posted here somewhere?

In any event, thanks for the REFRESHING eye candy.

blessings,
~digger

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 11:21PM
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pcan

Thanks Digger! They are addictive aren't they! I have been seeing all different beautiful ponds on this forum and others which has me wantING to add another LOL. Maybe something that is odd shapeD and winds through the patio area rather than a big round or oval pond. No matter how big your pond is, it is never enough LOL.

I do have a photo album of sorts on another forum that shows start to now. I continually update it.

I hope it is not against the rules to link out to another forum. But it would take a very LONG time to re-post all these pictures.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pecan Pond Evolution

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 11:15AM
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delaney276(6)

Dude....Looks good....I like....tiki's...burn pit..koi pond...only thing missing is beer LOL!! Great Job!! Dave in WV :-)

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 4:08PM
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diggery(z8)

pcan...apologies for my [seeming] bad manners. Been here almost every day yet STILL somehow managed to miss your reply. Wouldn't have seen it now if our MIA Dave hadn't bumped it up.

THANK YOU for taking the time to link to your album. Zipped thru it quickly cuz I've got yardwork to attend to before dark-thirty but bookmarked it for later. Lots of inspiration there! Already a new idea forming in my mind (dangerous, lol, dh will be thrilled) Anyhoo, thanks again &
color me embarassed,
~digger

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 6:46PM
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pcan

No problem digger, have fun in the yard. :)

delaney, "only thing missing is beer"

That's because I drank it all :( LOL

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 11:27AM
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mckool(7a)

Greatest floating island idea I've heard to date! by adusting the size of the pot hole, you can have the pot higher or lower depending on the amount of water level the plant will tolerate. May consider replacing my island next season based on this design.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2012 at 9:41PM
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brandy-jo

How deep is your mini bog? Since my pump went out I decided I wanted a waterfall and bog with the skippys so I am doing part of pond over. I like the idea of a mini bog before the waterfall and I keep coming back to yours. I have never seen one that is so beautiful and not many use skippys.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2012 at 3:01PM
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pcan

Brandy-Jo It is about 12" deep I think. With about 8" of pea gravel.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2012 at 11:41AM
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brandy-jo

Thank you very much

    Bookmark   June 13, 2012 at 2:11PM
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granyhuskr(5)

You pictures were a great help to me in getting my Skippy installed. Now I am in the process of landscaping around it.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 2:13PM
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Lori_Carlos(5B)

That is SO beautiful!! Such a great backyard oasis. One of these days....... lol

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 2:55PM
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gardeninhabitant

WOW! Such big stock tanks! No wonder the water is so clear!

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 5:38PM
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pcan

granyhuskr the pond falls look great! Great job!

Here are some recent photo's (taken in August) I am amazed at how much everything grew. It's almost unbelievable that most of the plants were in the ground when I installed the skippies. They were just hiding LOL

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 7:42PM
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ChrissieC(5a)

Absolutely fabulous!! And I love the willow tree as a back drop which I've been thinking about doing and am now convinced will work to perfection.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 6:53PM
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NCgardenmouse(7)

Pcan- OMG!! No words can truly describe how beautiful your pond & surrounding gardens look to me. I have been following the "ponds & aquatic plants" forum for about a month now, (sure wish I had found this web site a year ago when I started to build my pond!) & have learned sooooo much from all the posters. Most of all, I have been introduced to the concept of 'pond envy'; Thanx alot! LOL
Seriously though, your work is great & I hope your pond is still giving you pleasure over a year later. I have found that the only thing more addicting than pond keeping is looking at all the ponds on this web site!
Again, Thanx for the eye candy; I'm not a bit jealous-I'm not, I'm not, I'm not.......
Sami

    Bookmark   May 31, 2013 at 3:42PM
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pcan

Hello everyone! It has been a while so I thought I would post updated pictures. Here is my pond as of today. :)

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 1:45PM
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duddlydoright

Nice, very nice, expansive pond. Been toying around with a island for a while now.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 8:07PM
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diggery(z8)

Lovely as always!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2013 at 9:11PM
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