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Garden Pond Kit PKF120 , OK for fish?
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ripperx
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PostPosted: 2004.04.11(Sun)12:59    Post subject: Garden Pond Kit PKF120 , OK for fish? Reply with quote

HI all,

A local Costco has this garden pond kit by General Foam Plastics. It has includes a Waterfall and filter as well. Here's the dimensions.

Waterfall area: 50"x30"x18"

Pond area: 70"x"50"x18"

Some specs:
-200 mil think foam plastic
-600 gph filter (57sqfoot area)
-120gallons

It's called the General Foam Plastics "Garden Pond Kit PKF120".


Now, can I keep fish in this pond? If so what kind of fish? Koi maybe? Being that is only 18" deep I think, is that adequate? I'm in socal, so it never gets super cold or like super hot over 90F. If all this is fine and dandy, what other care do I have to take in taking care for this pond?
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Matt Shandorf
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PostPosted: 2004.04.12(Mon)19:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

No Koi. It's much too small. You could have a few goldfish, though. I wouldn't have more than 5-6.
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PostPosted: 2004.04.12(Mon)19:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. So I can do any kind of goldfish besides koi. Maybe 1? Anyway, are the dimensions bad for keeping fish in? Most ponds I think are like up to 4ft, think 18" too shallow?
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PostPosted: 2004.04.14(Wed)12:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

4 ft. deep is pretty deep, and only necessary if you are keeping koi. I think 18 inches is fine, as long as you provide some cover in the form of water lilies or clay pots for the fish to shelter in. Goldfish are social creatures and seem to enjoy each other's company. I would get no less than three and no more than six. Also, make sure you have adequate filtration. Get a filter made for ponds, not an aquarium fliter.
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PostPosted: 2004.04.15(Thu)2:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Matt. I'm just trying to see what my options are before I buy the kit. Also, instead of digging up the area needed to install the pond, can I build on top of the ground? I'm thiking about making a surround wall with bricks then filling in the spaces iwth bark.
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