Article 2 - Fish Pond Facts
Creating a fish pond can be one of the most rewarding home projects
you will ever complete. . A successful fish pond requires a well-balanced
habitat. The type of habitat that you create determines the kind of
fish that it can support.
Keep the following pointers in mind when you are creating your fish
No two fish pond owners are exactly alike so that means no two fish
ponds are exactly alike. The perfect pond for one person wanting to
keep aquatic plants in full sun is not going to be the perfect pond
for someone that wants to raise Koi. Even so, there are some elements,
considerations, and concerns that are common to all ponds.
All fish ponds, or any water pond, should have clear water without green-water
By using the proper fish pond filter, combined with proper pond management
techniques, good results can be obtained with minimal effort and no
algaecides. Skimp on the filtration, or neglect your fish pond management
duties, and you'll soon have an very large bowl of split-pea soup with
planktonic and free-floating algae for vegetables. Yuck!.
A good pond should require little maintenance and have little, if any,
A well-designed fish pond need not be much work. In fact, you should
work harder at cutting your lawn than you do maintaining your pond.
Your pond should be affordable and stay within your budget. Not just
your construction budget, but your maintenance and upkeep budget as
well. No matter how little you INTEND to spend, you may find yourself
"hooked" on the beauty and spend money on waterfalls, submerged
pond lights, and all of those delightful Koi.
You can build a fish pond for anywhere from less than
$100 for a simple goldfish pond to $5,000 and up for a professionally
installed pond complete with pumps, waterfalls, rocks, plants, fish and
Algae is not your friend, well almost not. Of course, some string algae
will grow but you should not allow it to dominate or reach the pond's
surface. Algae is controlled with good biological filtration that includes
plants, rocks, bacteria, and high oxygen levels and Your goal is not
to totally eliminate algae. After all, it cushions the stones on the
bottom and is excellent fish food. It also helps filter the water.
Make your water move if you can afford to. Let your water recirculate
from waterfalls, water fountains or statuary. Moving water is very relaxing
to watch and to listen to. In addition, it helps to keep your pond's
oxygen levels high. Moving water requires a pump. Be sure to match the
pump to your budget and water flow needs. 1000 gph is needed for every
12-inches of waterfall width.