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Planning A Pond

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Planning A Pond

           Wait!  Before you do any digging, or before you go out and purchase the preformed pond (or liner), do the math.  When I go out to buy new clothes, I always try them on before I buy them.  If I buy an end table for the house, I measure before I buy.  When I shop for a new car, I want to see how it drives, how it handles, and how much it is going to cost after they add all the little extras.  Thatís what Iím suggesting you do when you decide to install a pond.  Figure out what kind of fish/turtles/frogs/lilies, or whatever else you might like to have in your yard.  Look at the predators that will be visiting your pond, too.  You need to know what it will take to power the filter, what size filter (and never scrimp on the filter), what style you need to protect the fish or other inhabitants, how deep it needs to be, whether youíll need a permit from the town, the cost of the rocks or boulders to make it really jump out at you, and the plants to finish it off.  MacArthur Water Gardens has filtration experts to help you choose the right filter, once youíve figured out exactly what you want your pond to be.

            I like to look at the pond inhabitants first.  If I want koi, I need to plan a larger, deeper pond, with more filtration.  If I want a water garden with lots of colorful lilies, I donít need anything that deep, most likely do not need any town permits, and very little filtration.  If I want goldfish, I need to figure if I want to stock the large-bodied fancies or the pond carp and shubunkin.  (The large-bodied fancies will come indoors in winter.)  If itís turtles I really want, I will have to have a barrier wall to prevent them from wandering away and into the road.  I also need much more filtration.

            The next consideration is how much of my yard I wish to dedicate to the pond.  If I have a large yard, I have no problem; just have to figure where to locate the pond.  But if I have a postage stamp property, Iíll have to plan accordingly and most likely forget about koi.  And then, if there are water or electric lines beneath the ground, I donít want to dig them up.

            In the end, all the prep work will be very worthwhile.  You will have exactly what you want and be pleased with it for many years!

 


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