It’s summer time and you’re head is spinning with dreams of sitting bankside along a lake with an ice cold glass of lemonade. One small problem – you don’t have a lake in your backyard. Rather than petition your local homeowner’s society to trench out a lake, how about building out a pond of your own this summer. Check out one of our many fish pond building how-tos:
- How to Build a Koi Pond
- How to build a Water Garden Pond
- How to Build a Hybrid Pond
- How To Build A Bubble-Less Koi Pond
- How To Build A Pondless Waterfall
- How To Build A Pondless Rock Column
Today we’re going to talk about how to build a fish pond on a smaller scale; something that can fit on a patio. This fish pond should only take a day or weekend at most to complete so you can be enjoying your new lake, uh we mean pond, by Monday morning.
Choose A Pond Basin
First things first, find a basin for your pond. Think outside the pond box and use something unique such as an old barrel or a sealed lighting fixture. It can be as big or small as your want your fish pond to be. Just keep in mind that you will have to adjust the amount of fish you get, filter size and other factors for the size of your container. For inspiration, check out these creative ponds from Homethethics. We personally like the canoe!
Select Your Fish Pond’s Location
Place your fish pond in a safe location where you can enjoy it! While noise from the pump is a concern for most first-time pond builders, the fact of the matter is that small pumps are actually pretty quiet. Be sure to place it in a location where it’s easy for you to clean the pump and remove debris.
Add Water & A Pump
Just add water. Whether you fill your pond with tap water or from a hose, it’s best to wait two full days before adding life to the pond to off-gas chlorine or other chemicals that may be in the water. After the water has sat, add a small Submersible Pump to keep water oxygenated and healthy. One of our favorites for small ponds is the HM-2000 Magnetic Hybrid Pump.
Design Your Fish Pond
This is the fun part! Select which Water Plants and design elements will enhance your pond. Waterfalls, lily pads, rock columns and more are all easily installed to give your pond a personal touch. Make sure to do your research before adding water plants, as some plants are toxic to fish or aren’t conducive to the local environment. If you’re unsure about which plants to add, talk to your local fish or landscaping retailer.
Choose Your Pond Fish
There are countless options when deciding which fish to choose for your fish pond. Different fish require different pond sizes, climates and environments. Recommended sizes differ but a good rule of thumb is the more room the better since fish are able to grow into their pond, but not the other way around. Goldfish are always a good place to start for first-timers.
If you have any questions on making your small fish pond and water garden, check with your local retailer who will know what you need for your local environment. If you’re in the Washington area, stop by Russell Watergardens in Redmond for the best in water garden and pond supplies!