How to Make a Backyard Fish Pond

Having a backyard fish pond has always been very popular. The sound and site of water is very tranquil.

If you are thinking of building a backyard pond, here are a few tips.

Picking a Spot

Although most people think of having a pond in the exact center of their yards, this doesn’t have to be the case. A lot of people locate them in corners, especially if they don’t have big backyards.

The Kinds of Fish in it

The most common type of fish in a backyard pond is usually the koi. But don’t rule out the ordinary goldfish.

The most important things to think about when choosing fish are lifespan and living space. The koi are big fish and need lots of space. If the pond is too little, they may not live long. And since they are expensive fish, you won’t get a very good return on your investment.

The ordinary goldfish is often a good choice because they need a lot less space than the koi. They are also much cheaper. Although it’s true that they probably won’t live as long as the koi.

Climate

Be sure to consider the climate when you decide whether or not to install a pond. Depending on what fish and plants you put in, they may need to be transferred to an indoor tank over the winter to keep them alive. But if you live in a warmer climate, this may not be necessary.

The Surrounding Landscape

Many people don’t consider the rest of their backyard when they are designing a fish pond. But keep in mind that when your pond is all finished, it will be a part of your yard, not on its own. So chose plants and flowers that surround it which will complement it.

Maintaining it

There shouldn’t be a lot of maintenance required, but here are two things to watch for: 1. Water Level. You may have to add more water over time, depending on how much evaporates in your climate. 2. Leaves and Debris. Try to keep it clear of falllen leaves and twigs. These will eventually decay and cause the water to become murky.

If done correctly, the backyard pond can be a desirable and serene location to relax in, even if you have a small yard.

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