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Building a pond

Steve Coppell - Saturday, April 21, 2012
Ponds add a real sense of tranquillity to your home environment. They also offer an opportunity to raise fish, turtles and other water loving creatures in a setting completely orchestrated by you.  

It might be something simple. A feature that adds value to your garden setting.

Or something really special, that lifts you each time you visit. 
What ever you have in mind for your pond, here are a few key points to consider before you get started.

Spend some time deciding where best your pond will feature. Mark the area out using your garden hose. Consider how close it is to trees that might drop leaves into it, and where it sits in relation to the days sun. 

When you know where your pond will feature, you can better determine what kind of pond you want. Will it be dug into the ground or raised? Will it be modern or more natural? If you want a raised pond, will you use manufactured materials such as concrete or ceramic tile; Or would you prefer natural stone and earth to hold your waterproof liner? 

Are you planning to have fish in your pond? 
If so, you need to consider how you will add oxygen to your watery habitat. 
You might add a waterfall, fountain, stream, or pump powered aerator to increase the movement of the water, thus adding oxygen to the water. 

Sometimes it's a good idea to call on some help from your friends before you start the dig. Notice the pond in this shot has been dug to achieve a variety of depths. This has been done so that the fish can swim in the warmer shallows and because you can vary the plants you grow in the pond. Some grow well in the shallows and others are more suited in deeper water. 

Once the hole has been dug a layer of sand will cushion the waterproof liner and offer it some protection from stones and gravel.

Next comes the waterproof lining.

Build up the sides with rocks and stones.

Add the pump and any other electrical equipment your pond requires, using rocks and stones to hide the hoses and chords.

Fill the pond with water and leave the pumps and fountains running for at least two weeks before you consider adding any fish. Like an aquarium the water needs to condition before the fish are added.

Plant your new environment as you see fit. But seek advise about suitability when buying plants for your pond. Remember as well your fish will use them both as cover and for food. 

Let us know if we can help

Tails can help you with many products associated with keeping a pond and the creatures inside it.  If your looking for a product and you don't see it listed here on tails website, please don't hesitate to ask. We will gladly make enquiries on your behalf and help where we can.