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trying to start a koi pond at the bottom of an outside fountain. Fountain is 8ft wide about 10" deep and 7ft tall with 3 ters. is this a good idea for a koi pond. South Carolina weather right now is 60-65 highs and 55-50 lows. Fountain is in sun. thinking about maybe 4 koi. Right now we only have the one pump that we bought with the fountain. Help!!!!!

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Dear Latonya,

Thank you for your question.
Before starting the pond the best way to go is to take in to the drawing board.
If I can make a suggestion, make the drawing and also plan on where to put a filter.
Think about the filter and if you choose to make a plantfilter only or also (advised) a mechanical and biological filter combined with a plant filter.
Depth for the pond is best minimal 1.5 meters and a koipond should best contain at least 10000 liters or more.
For approximate each 1000 to 2000 liters you can add 1 koi.
A fountain is a nice addition but dos not do more then aerate the pond a little.
So good luck in drawing and creating a pond, if you like you can sent a drawing.

Happy pond keeping!
Kind regards,
Raf  

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All questions related to pond, filtering, waterquality, Japanese koi, koi health. Also I can provide help with gardendesign and flowering.

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Chief editor (hobbyist) and founder of a Dutch free Pond&Koi e-magazine. www.koimaster.be (my website)

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Onderox magazine

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Former student of a gardening school and specialised in Flowerdesign. Former student of Artschool, specialised in publicity art.

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