Build your own backyard fish pond
One special feature of landscape and gardening is adding a fish pond to brighten up and bring life to that garden area. A Few years ago I worked as a foreman taking care of a two-acre property and one of my delights in working on this property was the fish pond.
At times both my co-workers and I would visit this pond and watch as these beautiful fish along with turtles swim gracefully back and forth, seeming to enjoy those long cool summer days. We were also given the responsibility to make sure that they were well fed.
The fish and turtles seemed to be trained. When feeding time came they would all come to the surface of the water with mouths wide open in anticipation. The turtles would not only come to the surface but they would stick their heads up out of the water as if to say ‘what are you waiting on? Throw the food down, feed us’. Their diet consisted of bread and fruits. The fruits we fed them with were called ‘star fruit’.
Relax and enjoy
Having a fish pond can be both relaxing and enjoyable to watch. It is said that persons who are under the care of doctors where they need to relax and relieve stress are advised to purchase a fish aquarium and watch as the fish swim gracefully back and forth as a form of therapy. It is amazing how this relaxes the mind and brings healing.
So we see that having a fish pond serves many benefits. It can be for beauty, for health reasons and a fish pond can be lots of fun for kids.
Next, in this article, we will be looking at how to build a backyard fish pond.
Tools you will need
- Wheelbarrow, 2. Garden hose or a piece of rope that could be anywhere from 8-10 feet (it can be longer or shorter depending on the size pond you desire) 3. Level, 4. Rake, 5. Square, 6. Spade, 7. Round mouth shovel, 8. Measuring tape, 9. Spray paint or chalk, 10. A plank of wood, 11. scissors
The location is so important. Choose a location that gets partial sun. Installing a fish pond in any type area, let’s say under a tree that drops a lot of leaves can cause your pond to become dirty and soggy.
Are you ready? Here are the steps to follow
1. After you have chosen the location, use the rope or garden hose and shape how you desire your pond to look. Whether triangular, square, rectangular, round or whatever your desire is, make that shape with the hose or rope.
2. Using chalk or spray paint, mark around the edge of the hose or rope.
3. Remove the hose or rope, the mark that you traced out should be the same size and shape of the hose or rope.
4. With the spade shovel begin to dig that same area that you marked, making sure to follow the pattern or design as you remove the soil.
5. Dig the hole to the desired depth, for example, the hole can either be 3-4 feet deep or larger. Use a measuring tape to measure the depth of the hole. You will need to use a level to make sure that the pond is level on all sides. A plank of wood with a straight edge can also help you to determine this.
6. Place skimmer in the corner of the pond. The top of the skimmer should be at ground level. Use a level to ensure this is done correctly. The purpose of a pond skimmer is to remove debris that falls into the pond. It also helps keep the pond clean.
7. Next, place underlayment in the hole, and with scissors cut layment to cover the entire bottom of the pond. Place rubber liner in the hole, leaving sufficient liner on the outer edge of the hole. This extra liner that you leave at the edges of the pond will ensure that the liner in the pond stays in place.
8. Use silicone and go around skimmer. Before attaching the rubber liner to the skimmer, make sure that liner is firm. If there is any wrinkle or extra play in liner expect to have a leak which spells trouble. Now attach rubber liner to the skimmer. Then attach your faceplate and bolt it down. Next, remove the liner from face plate by cutting liner away.
9. Use a few rocks, placing them strategically around the edges of the pond to help keep the liner in place and also to hide skimmer. Remember to leave faceplate open. This area should not be blocked by rocks. According to the size of your pond place rocks edge to edge going around the entire pond. These rocks will not only hold the liner in place but will give the pond a natural look.
10. Next is the installation of the pump. The job of a pond pump is to circulate water throughout the entire pond. Make sure that you choose the right size pump because pumps have a huge demand ensuring that water flows correctly, so choose the right pump. If you are not sure you can always talk it over with your salesperson during purchase.
Allow water to run in the pond until bottom is covered, then place pump at bottom of the pond. In order to send water to filter attach hoses to the pump.
11. Place filter box in a container, the container can be hidden with plants, rocks or using small logs to give the pond area a more natural look. The container is to be placed to the side of the pond. Give good space or distance between the filter and the pump.
The wire is connected to the power source by running wires through a PVC pipe underground from the filter to the power source. Followed by connecting both the inlet and the outlet hoses. Make sure to use hose clamps as you make the connection. These hoses can be hidden out of site by using plants or rocks.
The fun part
Now add plants and fish to your pond and enjoy. Above is a photo of water lilies. To learn how to install water lilies in your fish pond follow this link, installing water lilies. With that said, let’s get started on that fish pond.