Dolphin Series 14'x16'x3' Large Hybrid Pond™ Kit
Hybrid Pond™ Kits are Part Water Garden Pond - Part Koi Pond
What is a Hybrid Pond™? A Hybrid Pond™ is safer for koi than a water garden pond, but is more natural looking than a koi Pond in the landscape. A "hybrid" of the two, only made possible by the Patented Hydro Vortex™ backwashable Waterfall Filter. If you don't have a backwashable waterfall filter, a remote installation capable pond skimmer, a bottom drain, and a bottom drain pre-filter, a UV, or external aeration - you don't have a Hybrid Pond™.
Dolphin Series Hybrid Pond™ Kit Includes:
- Dolphin Hydro Vortex™ easy to clean backwashable waterfall filter with 25″ wide waterfalls, filter cleanout kit with 10′ of heavy duty black 1½” flexible PVC pipe, and 1½” stainless steel lever shut-off valve, 7.32 cubic feet of Hydro FilterSilk™ easy to clean filtration media with 2,708 SSA
- HydroFlush™ backwash system with 1½” flex PVC pipe, 3-way diverter valve and 10" round valve box
- Piper HydroClean™ Pond Skimmer with stainless steel and nylon leaf net, Black Knight Filter Brush Rack, 6″ inlet pipe, three 2” dual female threaded outlet ports, and one ½” auto water fill valve port. Remote installation capable and fish safe.
- 4" Bottom Drain
- HydroSieve™-PF compact pond sieve filter for bottom drain
- 3-way control valve between pond skimmer and pond sieve filter with 10" round valve box
- PA-4000 pond aeration kit
- Two 36 watt UV clarifiers with fittings and 2” ball valve
- Standard valve box for UV's and air pump
- 35' of heavy duty black 2” flexible PVC pipe
- Choice of self priming external pumps with integrated leaf trap: C-5700-2B, C-6300-2B
- 2” Cam-lock check valve assembly with intake strainer
- 2” Union Spring Check Valve for HydroSieve™
- 20' x 25' 45 ml EPDM fish-safe rubber pond liner for pond
- 5' x 5' 45 ml EPDM fish-safe rubber pond liner for waterfalls
- 525² ft. 15 ml geotextile underlayment
- Additional pipe, liner, and underlay included for optional Stream Kits
- PVC glue and primer
- Tube of 100% silicone sealant
- 16 oz. can of HydroFoam™ waterfall foam sealant
- All required PVC fittings
- Stainless steel hardware
- Choice of Auto Water Fill Kits
- 6″ skimmer remote installation pipe NOT included
- Choice of Pumps:
Our Exclusive Dolphin Series Hybrid Pond™ Kits make Beautiful ponds
That are Part Water Garden Pond and Part Koi Pond
We got into the pond industry back in the mid 90's and there was only been two types of ponds - a koi pond, or a water garden pond. Many online retailers falsely claim their water garden pond kits are "also known as" koi pond kits. This is a classic case of "misinformation". The two types of ponds couldn't be more different. A koi pond has a smooth liner bottom with no gravel. A water garden pond bottom is covered with gravel. A koi pond always has a bottom drain, a water garden pond does not. We have both water garden pond kits, and koi pond kits. We also have a hybrid of the two with our exclusive Hybrid Pond™ Kits. You will see that we combined filtration equipment from a koi pond kit and a water garden pond kit into our Hybrid Pond™ Kits. No other pond kit manufacturer has a Hybrid Pond™ Kit - because they do not have backwashable waterfall filters, or bottom drain pre-filters like we do.
When doing your research online and you want actual truthful information about pond kits, we suggest you contact a prominent koi club member in your area - and they will tell you that a water garden pond is in no way the same, or even similar to a koi pond. Find a local koi club in your community by clicking this link: www.akca.org and ask them yourself: "Is a water garden pond the same as a koi pond?" We are confident that they will tell you the same thing we are telling you: A koi pond is in no way the same as a water garden pond. Yes, you can have koi in a water garden pond - but that doesn't make it a koi pond. The fundamentals are simply different.
Over the years, we have known several contractors that have been sued by their customers because their customer wanted a koi pond, and the contractor installed a water garden pond instead to the customer's dissatisfaction. Koi ponds have smooth liner bottoms with a bottom drain and no gravel on the bottom. Water garden pond bottoms are covered with gravel and do not have a bottom drain. A koi pond's physical structure is behind the liner. A water garden's structure is rock retaining the earth inside the liner.
This is what led John Russell, the CEO, Company Founder, and product design engineer of Russell Watergardens to invent the Hybrid Pond™ concept. With the Patented Hydro Vortex™ backwashable waterfall filter, also invented by John Russell, the Hybrid Pond™ concept became a reality. Koi ponds all had similar items in common, such as a backwashable pond bio-filter, a bottom drain, skimmer, UV, external aeration, and no rocks or gravel in the pond. So it dawned on John to combine the two and the Hybrid Pond™ was created. Simple as that. A koi pond is the safest form of pond for raising and growing koi. A water garden pond is intended to look more natural than a koi pond in the landscape, but is not the best choice for raising and growing koi. The Hybrid™ Pond is the best of both worlds together in one pond. See How to Build a Hybrid Pond™ by clicking this link.
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What is a Hybrid Pond™?
To understand what a Hybrid Pond™ is, first we must look at what makes it a "hybrid" in the first place. A hybrid car is both an electric car and a gas burning car. It is both. For ponds, the most popular type of pond in landscaping is a water garden pond. In koi clubs, where people raise koi for competition in koi shows, the most popular type of pond is a koi pond. A hybrid car is part electric and part gas, a hybrid pond™ is part water garden pond and part koi pond.
Koi are beautiful fish - that is why they are so popular in koi clubs and water garden ponds around the world. The truth of the matter with koi, is that they tend to be very temperamental. They have been crossbred for so many years that their immune systems aren't as strong as other types of pond fish. This is why koi ponds are constructed the way they are - to be the safest and healthiest form of pond for raising koi. Koi are susceptible to parasites and bacterial infections that tend to proliferate in gravel at the bottom of a water garden pond. So koi ponds never have gravel on the bottom of the pond. (The exception is undergravel filters - click here for information on why undergravel filters fail)
Koi ponds are designed with smooth, bare liner pond bottoms with a bottom drain to remove fish waste and debris from the bottom of the pond. When digging a hole for a pond, the earth needs to be retained. A koi pond's retaining structure is outside the pond liner. Many building materials can be used to maintain the koi pond structure.
Koi are big eaters. Big eaters are also big poopers. If not removed from the pond, the koi poop with become a food source for bacteria and parasites that will eventually attack the koi. Koi also grow very rapidly and become too large for the relatively shallow depth of a water garden pond.
Koi ponds are typically much deeper than water garden ponds. Koi get big pretty quickly. A deeper pond not only helps protect them from predators, the deeper water also helps in their physical development. Deep water helps make stronger fish. Koi ponds are a minimum of three feet deep, but most often much deeper. We built our Bubble-less™ Koi Pond to eight feet deep, and our above ground/below ground koi pond to five feet deep. The deeper the water, the bigger the koi can become.
A koi pond is an item within the landscape. Whereas a water garden pond is part of the landscape. Formal vs. natural appearances.
A koi pond gets routine maintenance throughout the year. The koi pond never has to be drained for cleaning. The koi don't have to be removed from the pond during maintenance. Koi pond filters get backwashed and do not require dismantling for cleaning. Water garden ponds get "annual pond cleanings" which means catching all the koi fish and placing them in fish holding tanks while the pond gets drained and pressure washed. The waterfall filter is dismantled and cleaned by hand. Then everything gets put back together, the pond filled back up, and the fish re-introduced. Now the water garden pond's ecosystem is dead and must be re-started like a new pond. In the meantime, algae starts growing like crazy!
A water garden pond, made popular by landscape companies, is a comparatively shallow pond at just two feet deep or less. This requires less digging, and is much quicker to install. Many company's big selling point is that a water garden pond can be built in just one day. Not so with a koi pond. Koi ponds are not only deeper, they have many more items as part of the filtration system all of which takes more time to build than a water garden pond. The bottom drain has a pre-filter that gets routinely cleaned, the bio filter gets backwashed routinely. The UV system gets new bulbs every year. All maintenance on a koi pond is quick and easy throughout the year instead of one huge "annual" cleaning.
While virtually every brand of water garden pond kit found online advertises it only needs "annual cleaning", our water garden pond kits are designed to be easily and routinely maintained throughout the year so that no annual cleaning is required. If you're like us, you'll want your pond nice and clean ALL year long, not just the few days after an annual cleaning.
Our water garden pond kits are designed for quick, easy routine maintenance to keep your pond clean all year long, while all other brands of water garden pond kits are designed for "annual pond cleanings" that are messy, time consuming, and very expensive to have it done for you. Why look at a dirty pond 51 weeks out of the year with "annually cleaned" cheap pond kits when you can have a clean pond all year long with our easy to clean pond kits?
Water garden pond filtration systems are basically just two items - typically a non-backwashable waterfall filter box, and a pond skimmer. Pump, pipe, pond liner, and underlayment complete a water garden pond kit. There is not much to the common water garden pond kit found online. Our water garden pond kits are different and feature a backwashable Hydro Vortex™ waterfall filter and a HydroClean™ pond skimmer that can be remotely installed away from the pond's edge. Our water garden pond kits are designed for routine maintenance instead of harmful "annual cleanings".
The water garden pond has a maximum depth of two feet, with water plant shelves at shallower depths of 6", 12" or 18" depending on the plant's depth requirements. The pond excavation is done in "stair steps" down to the maximum 2' depth. Each stair step vertical riser is retained with boulders set onto the liner to make mini rock retaining walls. All horizontal surfaces within the water garden pond are covered with gravel or river rock.
The problem with river rock or gravel on the bottom of the pond is that it traps all sunken debris. Fish waste, dead insects, dead worms, and leaves all settle down into the gravel at the bottom of the pond where it is the hardest to remove. This decaying organic debris feeds algae like crazy, and algae sucks oxygen out of the pond at the expense of your fish. That is why a water garden pond gets drained every year - to remove a year's worth of decaying organics. There is no other way to clean the gravel at the bottom of the pond. The bad news for koi is that gravel provides a home for parasites and harmful bacteria that then attack koi and causes all sorts of health issues and even death.
A Hybrid Pond™ uses boulders within the pond to retain the earth like a water garden pond. But unlike a water garden pond, the Hybrid Pond™ has no river rock or gravel covering the pond liner. A Hybrid Pond™ has one perimeter marginal water plant shelf. But unlike a water garden pond, the Hybrid Pond™ does not have river rock or gravel to plant the aquatic plants in - so they are planted in aquatic plant baskets and placed on the marginal plant shelf. The pond bottom is bare and sloped towards the bottom drain. Sunken debris works its way into the bottom drain and is then captured in the Hydro Sieve™ compact bottom drain pre-filter where it can be regularly and easily removed.
We make all three types of pond kits: Water Garden Pond Kits, Koi Pond Kits, and Hybrid Pond™ Kits. They each have their own identities. We don't market water garden pond kits as koi pond kits the way so many dishonest online retailers do. They do that simply because they have neither koi pond kits nor Hybrid Pond™ Kits to offer. We do. That makes us different. That is the Russell difference! We tell the truth and provide you proof of what we are telling you. Our products and kits are designed with common sense in mind. To make ponds and equipment the absolute easiest to clean. A clean pond is less expensive to own and much prettier all year long.
Before you shop for any pond kit online, first decide what style of pond do you want? From there, we have a pond kit for you no matter which pond style you choose. We don't sell one type of pond kit and tell you it is something it is not. Be a smart shopper and ask lots of questions about what you may be purchasing. Value and low cost of ownership surpasses a cheap price in the long run. Its your pond, you'll be the one cleaning it, or paying someone to do it for you.
An easy to clean pond is much less expensive over time. When price is long forgotten, value and piece of mind are not.