Have you ever fantasized about sitting in your living room or on your deck and looking over a clear, peaceful body of water? You may be dreaming of a backyard pond. A pond can reward your family with all sorts of benefits, from providing a peaceful place to meditate to attracting birds and other backyard visitors.
Building a pond does not have to be an impossible dream, nor does it require a pond-building specialist. Careful planning before installation lessens the work as well as the cost. The bigger a pond is, the easier it is to maintain, so plan the largest pond your budget and landscaping will allow.
We built a pond specifically for you to see what is involved in this process. Keep in mind several things when planning your pond:
|Helpful accessoriesWe also found we needed some accessories that would make maintaining our pond simple. For general maintenance:|
|Heavy-Duty Aqua Gloves|
|Pond Netting, to make fall leaf clean-up easier.|
|Mosquito Dunks, for summer mosquito control.|
|PondCare Pond Master Liquid Test Kit, to keep the pond and its inhabitants healthy and to keep the water crystal clear.|
|API POND ALGAEFIX®|
|API POND POND SALT|
|Refractometer, to test the salinity of the pond water. A little salt is good for the fish while too much will kill the plants.|
With some initial decisions made, we needed to consider:
Step 1 - Marking Contours:
We marked 2 levels since we wanted bog plants as well as lilies. In northern Wisconsin, we need at least a 48" depth for fish to survive winter.
Step 2 - The Digging:
With the help of friends we dug the pond in a weekend. Excess dirt was used to build falls, elevated areas, and to level the pond's edges.
Step 3 - Installing Equipment:
Our 2,400 gallon pond is low-maintenance because of the top quality Skimmer/Falls system we used.
Step 4 - The Liner:
After the liner was placed over the pond, one side was secured as the rest was gently formed and folded to fit pond curves.
|Following are the components that went into this pond and where you can find them online:|
|Koi: We have seven Assorted Butterfly Koi and one Black Koi. They quickly learn to eat from your hand, making them quite a joy to feed.||Azoo Growth Plus Koi Food: We chose the best food we could find to keep our fish healthy.|
|Bog Plants: (Yellow Iris, Pickerel Rush, Variegated Sweet Flag), Floating Plants: (Water Hyacinth), Water Lilies: (Albert Greenberg, Rembrandt, Chromatella).||Plant Baskets: For easy placement, maintenance, and removal of plants.|
|Microbe-Lift Concentrated Aquatic Planting Media: Easy to work with and specially formulated for aquatic plants.||BioBalls: This biological filtration media was chosen for the Savio LivingPonds Filter. It was placed in mesh bag included with the filter.|
|Savio Skimmerfilter: Easy to remove skimmer basket makes maintenance a breeze. The skimmer also houses our pump and UV unit.||Savio 26W UV Unit: Efficient and effective for keeping our water clear.|
|Drs. Foster & Smith Premium Activated Carbon: This filtration media cleared discoloration in our well water, which has high iron content. 3.5L fits perfectly in the 11" x 11" media bag.||Handi-Foam Black Straw: An absolute necessity to keep waterfall rocks in place.|
|Pond Liners: One 19' x 21' piece and one 10' x 10'. This liner is particularly rugged and long-lasting.||Liner Underlayment: Three 10' x 15' pieces of underlayment help prevent roots and rocks from puncturing the liner.|
|Flexible PVC Tubing: 50 ft. of this heavy-duty tubing runs underground from the skimmer to the waterfall.|