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01 August, 2008

Ponds & Fish

 

Pond Tips 

Pond Installation:

  Pictured to the left is my goldfish pond in the back yard.  Putting in a pond is A LOT OF WORK!!!  It is not for the fainthearted, believe me. I put the first two in myself and threw my back out in the process. It is very difficult for a small sized woman to do herself! I had absolutely no help and it was an awful ordeal. When I wanted the 1200 gallon pond put in I hired people to do it but they were not very good and I ended up having to redo the entire edge myself and install all of the blocks around the edge. At least I didn't have to dig the hole but still it was a lot for little old me to do by myself. There are a lot of websites with instructions on how to install a pond so I'm not going to cover all of that because quite frankly, I'm really not very good at it! The problem is that in south Florida we don't have dirt or clay - we have sandy soil with a TON of rocks!!! Once you dig the hole and put the liner in the edge sinks into the sandy soil and there goes your pond! I actually put pavers underneath the liner on the edge when installing the new front pond and I ended up digging the edge up on the back pond and put pavers underneath the liner as well.  So far so good but not exactly perfect! You definitely do better with edging on top of the edge of the liner. The weight compacts the sand underneath which helps prevent caving in. It also looks nice! I could never afford the really nice stone edging you see so I settled for blocks in the front and pavers in the back. My other problem is making the edge level. I'll never get that part right as long as I live. I don't know how the professional pond installers do it!

  You need to locate your pond in a proper setting. Never put a pond near a large tree or plant that sheds a lot and/or has a wide root system. If a plant has a deep root system and its several feet away that would be OK but trees that spread their roots thirty feet out will puncture your pond liner or pre-made form pond. You also need at least a half a day of sun on your pond for the fish and the plants if you have them. The ideal location will have part shade and part sun.

Pond Plants:

  You can go as crazy as you want with the "water gardening" aspect of having a pond. The truth is that when you have fish and turtles in the pond they are going to eat your plants. You can buy lilies in containers that "help" keep the fish from eating them. You can try other things as well like putting your plants in one spot in the pond and then putting up some type of fence to keep the fish away. Bottom line:  fish are naturally going to eat your plants because they don't know you didn't want them to! It comes natural to them to eat aquatic plants, thats why they live in the water!  You may have spent $4 on a plant but the fish will eat it anyway! Lilies can be a very expensive treat for goldfish so plan carefully if you want them and goldfish.

Gravel:

  I used to put gravel on the bottom of the pond because I read you were supposed to but I don't believe that anymore. I actually think the gravel traps more gunk and accumulates more ammonia and waste than you realize. When I would clean the pond and the gravel got churned up it would create a mess in the water column and you could smell the ammonia. No thanks! Over time algae will cover the liner and vegetation debris will accumulate on the bottom which is the most natural for the fish. This is sufficient for my ponds now. 

  I hope that my pond tips were helpful to you!

 

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