Thread: Beginning to plan a pond
05-07-2013, 12:23 AM #1
Beginning to plan a pond
05-07-2013, 03:11 PM #2Member Swordtails
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I dont have alot of advice because I have never done a pond before. I would think that a large UV Sterilizer would be in order to help control algea if your pond will get alot of direct sun.
Good luck and I cant wait to see some pictures as you make more progress.
05-07-2013, 05:32 PM #3
If I remember correctly, Crispy has set up a pond before
Hopefully he can offer you some advice hereIf you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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05-07-2013, 06:49 PM #4
North Carolina... do you get frost there? If so you want at least one bit 75cm deep to allow fish to winter.
There's basically two ways to do a pond. A nature pond with tons of plants and a low stocking level of fish. Or a more high tecth approach using filters and pumps. In any case, do consider a shallow area to allow births to drink and bath.
Liner.. I've used pond liner. Important with that is some kind of base for it. Special matting or a sand bed.
05-07-2013, 10:45 PM #5
A really easy and great way to build a large basic pond pump is building a simple bucket filter, but scale up and use a plastic garbage pail.aeonflame has a great DIY bucket filter here on the site. The filter can easily be hidden behind your waterfall.
As for liner, get the thickest you can find and go as deep as you can. I have a shallow rim around my wide end to allow for plants and stuff.
As stated above, algae is usually a big nuisance. Shade, UV, and floating plants can all help.
Here's an idea of what I mean...
Last edited by Crispy; 05-07-2013 at 10:52 PM.Thar she blows!!!
05-10-2013, 09:50 PM #6
Oh wow Crispy that pond looks like it belongs in the Wizard of Oz. Thanks for all the advice it will come to be very helpful I'm sure. I have a few questions:
In regards to the statement about the deeper area for the fish to winter, yes that will be necessary. About how wide will the deeper area need to be?
About the algae, I also have large birds so I had already planned to build an awning of sorts.
And lastly about the filtration; I know I will need a pump that puts out around 700-1000 GPH, maybe a tad bigger. But as far as the actual filtration goes I had found a relatively premade waterfall filtration system made by tetra that seemed like a good option. Which would you guys recommend? I would like to save money but would also like to have a pond comparable to the one shown by Crispy.Coastie-to-be... hopefully.