Things to Know About Building a Backyard Pond
If you are a nature lover and you are thinking to build a pond in your backyard with koi fish, plants and other animals then you need to know the basics first because it is not an easy task to build a fish pond on your own. There are a lot of things that you need to think about and you have to be prepared to do a lot of hard work. People who go about it without getting proper information always end up having problems because a lot of things can go wrong when you don’t have the right estimation about everything that needs to be done. This article will help you out in getting started with your plan to build a pond.
Where to Start to Build a Pond?
First thing that you should do before you build a pond is make a list of all the things you need to plan about and the things that you have to buy for it. You will need to think about the location, the design, the size and the depth of the pond. You will need pumps and filters and liners. You will need fish and plants of course and you need to think about getting all these things staying within your budget. It can become really expensive to maintain and build a pond so you need to get good quality parts that are not too expensive and still work best for your backyard pond or water garden.
Location, Depth and Size
Now coming to talk about the location,it is best to find a shady place for your pond because if you want to enjoy yourself sitting by the pond watching the fish whenever you want then you should find a location that casts shadows on your fish pond in the afternoon so that the sun does not hit you full in the face with all its intensity.
You should also think about the design of the pond because there are many shapes that you can go for. If you want a more natural looking pond or water garden then you can shape it with curves and give it a pool or beach look with stones and plants at the edge. You can also try a formal design to match the outlook of your house and shape it into a rectangle or a square with proper edges.
When you build a pond pay attention to the depth and size because you may not realize it but a pond mostly turns out to be smaller than the original layout once you are finished with it. So don’t make the original layout too small because the depth also depends on the plants and the type of fish that are going to inhabit the pond.
Filters and Pumps
Filtration is another important thing to consider when you build a pond. There are many types and forms of filters and you need to choose one depending on the size of your pond. If your pond is large and has a waterfall as well then you are going to need better filtration process for it. The pumps are also as important as the filters and you can choose a pump which is either submerged or above ground. If you have a large pond then it is better to avoid the submerged types because of maintenance issues.
Other Things to Consider
Besides the above mentioned major factors, some other things to consider are the types of fish you are going to put in your pond and types of plants you are going to use. Keep in mind the cost of construction and all the materials that you are going to require for it along with the pumps and filters but do take into account the quality because durability is also important.