Having a fish pond in your backyard could really turn your backyard into an exciting garden. It would not only be entertaining and healthy but it would also increase the value of your house.
You could build a really beautiful garden with a pond in your backyard if you are willing to put some work into it. How much time and money you invest in it would really depend upon your budget, available time and imagination. However, you can rest assured that you will be pleased with the results.
To build a natural fish pond in your backyard you don’t have to be a builder or have building experience, and it’s really low cost and low maintenance. So, let’s get started.
Step 1: Select a suitable place for your pond
Select a spot that does not collect runoff water after rain. It should also be a sunny spot because some of the plants you want to have in your pond will need sunlight. The downside of a sunny spot is when you want to sit by your pond; it might get too hot, so plan for some large trees and shade as well. Make sure you are clear from all utility lines and you are free from any legal obligations.
Step 2: Choose the size and shape of your pond
The size and shape of your pond will depend largely on your available space, landscaping, and what type of fish you wish to raise. If you are planning to raise fish like koi or tilapia, your pond should be at least 4 feet deep. A shallow pond may freeze entirely during the winter. Choose round shapes with no corners.
Step 3: Begin digging
Mark the area where you want your pond to be. You could use a hose or chalk to mark the area. Your pond should be on relatively even ground and sides of the hole should be level all the way around. You could use hand tools like shovels and pick mattock for small ponds, or rent Lawn & Garden Rental Equipment at The Home Depot if you have a bigger project.
Step 4: Bottom drain and water return
Place a pipe for water drainage at the deepest point of your pond. It should have a cover with netting, or your fish will get sucked in.
Step 5: Pond liner
You will need EPDM pond liner to line the pond so it will hold water. Place the underlay in the pond and waterfall making sure to tuck it into every nook.
Step 6: Install a Pump and waterfall
You will need a 300 gph pump, 1 and half-inch PVC pipe. Place your pump and pipes before putting your liner and underlay. Your pump should be placed near the center at the bottom. Set the waterfall filter into place with a rock.
Step 7: Install Eduction Jets and a Skimmer
The eduction jets create underwater currents to avoid areas of stagnation. The skimmer is a fish safe bucket that allows the system to automatically rake fallen leaves and debris off the surface of the water.
Once you are done, you can add rocks, fish and some aquatic plants to make your pond more attractive, along with some attractive garden lights. Hope you will enjoy building your pond.
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Source: WorldWide Aquaculture.
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I think the worst part about installing a pond is digging the hole. Make sure you know how big you want your pond to be and how much you want to dig on your own. It might be worth it to have an excavation expert come and spend an hour digging it for you instead of spending a week digging it on your own. Again, it probably all depends on the size of the pond you want.
Great tips, thanks for sharing
Can one make a fish pond without digging but with bricks and cement?
It is always possible to go up instead of down, you will need to reinforce your Bricks with rebar, and using sand or round rocks can help smooth your corners before you place your tarp. But the answer is of course yes.
Thanks for the information
How big should an ideal fishpond be and how many fish does it hold?
This is so good
Thank you for bringing up pond size for koi or other fish! The most important decision you can make is what type of pond you want – before you even start designing and digging. Fish need a little depth to hide and hibernate in the off season. Deciding up front will help you design and build exactly what you need. I’m bookmarking this article for my DIY friends and Laughing Waters clients. Thanks for sharing this!