BUILDING YOUR FISH POND IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD A pond may offer a number of benefits. It can be cool and relaxing, visually appealing and it can provide the local wildlife a watering point. For Starters It is imperative to know the reason why you are building this pond before the actual construction. Some individuals just wanted to put up these kinds of projects without considering the comfort and safety of the inhabitants of that pond. Evaluate first these things before assembling your pond. You can ask for advice from your pond professional or read books that are concerned on pond kits and the techniques of construction of ponds. Consult your local pond contractors who have experience regarding this field. Now you can build your own fish pond following these planning stages: Consider the location. Choose a site where your pond is not near existing large trees. These vantage points will prevent root problems as well as minimizing the problem of falling leaves in your pond that may cause decaying and poor water quality. Pond plants such as water lilies need sunlight to grow. It is best to place your pond where it can be exposed to sun but not too much as it can over heat during mid afternoon or on hot days. A semi shaded place with a good amount of light coming through is sufficient enough. Temperature extremes should be minimized on the pond. If you intend on raising and keeping fish, it is important to make the pond as deep and as large as practical. However, deeper ponds may need to be fenced to prevent accidents. Design with purpose. Consider electricity supply for pumps, filters, and lights when designing your pond. It is also important to look into the water supply and drainage. Ponds must have an overflow area (a place located below the rest of the pond height) to control where the excess water should go. Overflowing may be caused by overfilling the pond with water or from heavy rain. Screen your overflow paths to prevent any escape of small plants, fishes (and its eggs), and snails during water additions and heavy rainfall. This may also protect the local waterways from any possible escape. This is especially important if there are non local fish in the pond. Complete preparation requirements. It is essential to clean and rinse ponds before using it since fish and other water plants are sensitive to contaminants. "Curing" concrete ponds combined with water changes, scrubbing, filling, and painting with vinegar is also important. Allow chloramines and chlorine to dissipate especially if you used tap water to fill the pond. One can also utilize a commercial chlorine neutralizer from pet shops to solve this problem. Ensure that all equipment such as fountains, waterfalls, filters, and lights are working satisfactorily before adding the fish and plants. It is also better if you allow at least one week for the plants to settle in the pond before adding the fish. Clean up the pond regularly for dead leaves as this will add unwanted excess nutrients to the water and decay it as well. Observe proper maintenance. A said, keep the pond clean of fallen vegetation and dead leaves. The frequency of cleaning will depend on the amount of vegetation falling into the water and on the tome of the year. Do the cleaning at the beginning of spring before the temperature of the water starts to rise. Feed your fish and clean up the filters periodically. Add water in the pond periodically. A normal garden hose will do. However, no more than 10-20% should be added at any time because of the chlorine levels in tap water.
BUILDING A FISH POND FOR YOUR OWN BACKYARD GARDEN DIYs Building the perfect pond for your backyard garden can be a do-it yourself activity or you can hire a professional to do it for you. It's really not that hard but does require some research and certain knowledge about landscaping in order to get it right. You need to get a good book and read up on it or ask some friends and professionals about the idea of building a pond in your garden. For now, here is a brief discussion on how to build that pond that you’ve always wanted in your garden. Situate the Pond Basically the first step to building a pond is to find a suitable spot to dig a hole in your garden. The size and depth of the pond should be proportional to size of your garden. A liner will also be needed for the pond. You can buy and place a prefabricated fiberglass piece or have the choice free forming your pond with rubber roofing material or similar to it. In any case, a liner is a must for ponds to keep the water from draining. If you are planning to breed fishes in the pond, you need to consider the depth. You have to make sure that the pond is deep enough for the fishes. In colder climates, the pond should be deeper than the frost line and making sure that the fishes have still enough room to go to. Ponds should not be placed near trees, shaded, or low areas. Plant life, especially lilies, and fishes need the warmth of the sun. Falling leaves can also accumulate fast and cause a cleaning nightmare. Low areas cause large volume of rainwater runoff to enter the pond. Rainwater runoff may contain chemicals coming from pesticides and fertilizers which can be harmful to pond plants and fishes. Filtration Building a pond also requires the owners to put some thought on how to filter off the waste that accumulates in it. A good thing to remember is that the bigger the water area the better it can handle the waste coming from the fishes. Keep in mind that you will need to put some kind of substrate or gravel so that a bacteria bed can build up and help maintain the water in good quality. You can buy good filters and gravel in your local pet stores. If you are building a pond to keep a school of gold fish or other kinds of fishes, wait until you have covered the bottom with gravel and placed a good filtering machine. Like an aquarium or a fish tank, you should introduce a fish to the pond one at a time. Allow some time for the environment of the pond to adjust with the population. If you dump all of the fish you intend to place in the pond, they probably would not survive the environment because the natural filtering of the bacteria will not be able to handle the waste of the fishes and their food. Filters can also help to ensure that your pond doesn’t become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes lay their eggs on still waters, so anything that agitates the eggs will help prevent the pond to become a breeding ground. Filters help maintain the waters clean but regular cleaning is still needed to maintain the quality of the pond.
BACKYARD POND INSTALLATION Aesthetic Appeal A backyard fish pond offers a aesthetic addition to your landscapes. Installing projects such as these will offer tranquility and relaxation to the whole family as well. However, building, constructing, and taking care of ponds are not as easy as you think. Much effort, planning, and money must go into these. It is important that you think things through before deciding on installing your very own back yard fish pond. Building fish ponds are not as simple as installing it and letting it go afterwards. It is a consistent and constant endeavor, much like a hobby. Maintenance should be done periodically. Following some of these guidelines may aid you in installing a do it yourself backyard fish pond. First Tip: Utilize a plastic fish pond liner for your pond. In separating the fish pond from the surrounding soil, it is better to use a plastic liner (PVC liners work best). It prevents the escape of the aquatic plants, fishes, and other pond contents from the fish pond. In accordance to this, it also prevents the entry of nutrients from the soil or other non pond materials. This will make maintenance and cleaning easier since you will only have to deal with the mess and dirt of the pond itself and the fish that live there. In building the pond of your preferred size, pond liners are the option to choose. Usually, they are utilized for large ponds that do not have pre-formed sizes available. However, it is imperative that you choose the right size of the pond liner. Pond lines or liners are used for any size of pond. The sizes available for this kind of pond is 10’ x 15’ to 20’ x 25’ or larger. This can allow you to build a pond to your preferred size either by using them individually or by connecting together two or more pond liners with an adhesive especially made for this material. A cement pond liner will also do, however, this option is more expensive and may require extra labor in constructing. Second Tip: Avoid low lying areas. Installing you fish pond in an area where runoff water from your lawn flows is one big no-no. This runoff water will only accumulate in your fish pond, causing it to overflow and become dirty as well. This is one of the common mistakes of do-it-yourself pond projects. Maintaining a fish pond is difficult enough without excess dirty water coming from your lawn. On the contrary, installing the pond in an area a little above the ground or in high parts of the lawn will prove to be easier to maintain. Third Tip: Provide sufficient sunlight. This means that placing the pond in shady areas will not enhance the growth of the aquatic life. On the other hand, placing it in an area where too much sun shines will just cause them to die. Place your pond where there is enough sunlight to seep through. Most aquatic plants need sunlight to grow, but some do not. Research on what plants suit your weather best. Fourth Tip: Water your plants. Adding a variety of aquatic plants may decrease the excess nutrients in the pond. They will also hamper algae growth that makes the pond murky and dirty. Consulting your local pond professional is also an option. Not only will they provide advices to make your project work, they may also make your work easier to do.
BUILDING YOUR OWN BACKYARD POND A Landscape Masterpiece A backyard pond is the kind of structure that can turn your average backyard into a landscape masterpiece. The pond is sometimes considered to be the centerpiece of a yard. As the variety of inexpensive kits increases in the gardening market, backyard ponds have become popular to the public. Backyard ponds were a luxury for only those who could afford it in the past. However, with the current facilities available and some effort from the home owners, building that perfect backyard pond has become a luxury for all. Unfortunately, in the rush of home owners to integrate ponds into their home landscaping, several do-it yourselfers have made mistakes. Building a pond is not as easy as the market has made it to be. There are several important factors to take into account before and during the construction of the pond. The following are some guidelines on how to build that perfect the smart way. Remembering these key points will help in reducing those mistakes that do-it yourselfers usually make. Tips and Tricks First, let your backyard decide. The first question that comes to mind is where to make the pond? In most cases, home owners just find an open spot in their yard and immediately start working. The result? Still your own plain backyard with a pond. Home owners have to integrate the pond into their existing landscape. The pond will fail to compliment the overall design and feel of the property. In situations like these, the presence of a pond can actually diminish the beauty of a home landscape When considering in constructing a pond, take the time to pick out a design and suitable spot that will flatter the over all design of the yard. Don’t just simply grab that shovel and dig on the first spot you can find. Do a little research and if you still feel that your own judgment and unique design is not enough, ask some friends or your family members to help you out. Remember two heads are better than one. Second, consider the elements of your backyard. If you are considering on breeding fishes, you may want to rethink about placing that pond in a shaded area. Warmth is an important element in maintaining fish population. If the pond is placed near a tree, you may find yourself in a position where you are constantly cleaning leaves off the pond. The environment surrounding your backyard will have a great impact on the appearance and maintenance of the pond. Lastly, size does matter. You need to make sure that the size of the pond will meet your goals. Some may build a small pond and place a variety of aquatic plants and animals only to find out that the pond cannot satisfy the necessities of the plants and fishes. Another thing to consider carefully is the depth of the pond. This is especially true for landscapes in colder climates and ponds containing fish. If the pond is built too shallow, it could freeze completely. Proper depth should also be considered when talking about size. Building a backyard pond in you home can definitely make it more attractive. It is a great way of making out door living more colorful and enjoyable. If built correctly, it can add a certain luster to the beauty of a property and can raise the property’s value. However, if done poorly, your backyard pond can be incredibly stressful.
FISH POND - IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD Location Decide first what part of the backyard you want to your fish pond to be situated before going out and buying anything. Select an area where it is far from the trees since many aquatic plants, like lilies, need a sufficient amount of sunlight to grow. Choose an area where there are no falling leaves that can make cleaning a nightmare. Do not place your pond on low areas since large volumes of rainwater might run off and accumulate in the pond during rainy seasons. Not to mention, these runoff water might contain fertilizers, pesticides, and other harmful materials. Place your pond in an area where it can be best appreciated and seen. The sense of building a pond is for you to enjoy it. Select a location where it can be best viewed (i. e. the sitting area or a patio in the garden). Types of Pond After choosing where you want your pond to be located, it is now time to select what type of pond you want. The two types of pond are the following: ABS plastic preformed ponds are usually used for small ponds that can contain up to 250 gallons of water. This type of pond comes in a variety of sizes and shapes such as hourglass, rock gardens, and kidney. Waterfalls and formed spillways are also available. Pond lines or liners are used for any size of pond. The sizes available for this kind of pond is 10’ x 15’ to 20’ x 25’ or larger. This can allow you to build a pond to your preferred size either by using them individually or by connecting together two or more pod liners with a special adhesive. These pond liners are very heavy especially the large ones. They are usually made of rubber. Using pond liners can be quite a fun and creative experience since this type may allow you to decide on the shape of your pond. However, you need to be aware that a 19’ x 26’ liner will not create a pond of the same size. In choosing the proper size liner, it is imperative to know the width (W), length (L), as well as the maximum depth (MD) at their widest points. After which, use the formula L+(MD*2) by W+(MD*2). This means that a 10 foot long by 5 foot wide by 2 foot deep pond may require a 14’ x 9’ pond liner so as to make an edge above the water level. It is important to let a professional pond developer help in determining the pond size liner you need. Dig It Now that you’ve decided on the location and the type of your fish pond, it is time to dig it. The average size of the pond is at least 18" deep at its deepest point. However, 24" is better. With this depth, the fishes may be allowed to stay in the pond during winter time without freezing. Inclusion of planting shelves in the design will make it easier to place emergent lilies and plants. Filtering After accomplishing the above tasks, it is high time for you to think about filtration. It may be better to ask your pond professional about this topic. Just keep in mind that whichever filter you choose, ensure that it is cleaned at a regular basis so that the water will remain clear. Utilizing a filter may also hinder the mosquitoes from making the pond their breeding ground. All Set And now, all you have to do is add your fish and you are good to go!
A BACKYARD FISH POND Water gardens and backyard ponds are for butterflies, frogs, birds, fish, you, and the whole family. These ponds may be small, may even be no larger than 3 to 4 feet in diameter. These may be built in patio containers and barrels. Drawing wildlife in your backyard may be done by adding water gardens and ponds. These will not only provide enjoyment and interest but also a natural and relaxing environment as well. A fish pond in your backyard may become the focal point of your backyard conversation. So spice it up with this tips and techniques. Where to Put Up a Backyard Pond Place your fish pond in a place where you can best view it from, whether from a deck or the patio. Make it coincide with the natural surroundings. Do not place the pond where the sun can overheat it. Nestle it in a shaded place but not under the trees. Landscaping It is best to slightly elevate the soil surrounding the pond so that excess water will not enter into it. Plan the drainage system of the pond, making sure that it draws the water away from your house. Landscaping the surroundings around your pond will provide a natural dwelling place for birds and frogs that need water and land. Make sure that electricity is available if you plan to use lights, filters, or a water re-circulating device. Do not place the pond under the trees to avoid fallen leaves into the pond. This technique will also provide less maintenance to the pond. Expose the pond to sufficient sunlight only since some aquatic plats grow well in full sun and others do not. Using Pond Liners Pond liners are used to keep water from leaking into the soil. It is almost always necessary for ponds even if it they are situated in clay soils. Pond liners come in different shapes and sizes. They even include built in waterfalls or any design based on your preferences. They are durable and convenient. Consider a polyvinyl chloride liner (PVC liner) in building larger ponds. In determining the size of the PVC, you have to know the maximum length, width, and depth of the pond. After which, multiply the maximum depth by 3. Add the answer to the width and the length. Now you have enough PVC to securely hold down the pond edges. Pond liners come in different thickness as well. The thicker the pond liner, the more resistant it is to punctures. Cement may be considered an optional pool liner. However, it requires more expertise to install and it may cost more than the regular plastic pond liner. However, considering that many ponds are quite small, other plastics may be used. It may be cheaper but many may break down easily once prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light happens. Some plastics also may prove to be toxic to fish. Pond Installation Time your pond building when the ground is not overly wet or frozen. Dig the hole according to the right depth and place (and secure) the pond liner. Then landscape the pond surroundings. Remove any rocks from the surrounding area. Add water, plants, and a pump. Let the pond sit for a few days before adding plants and fish. Let the plants settle for at least one week before placing the fish. Then sit back and enjoy your backyard fish pond!
BACKYARD POND BUILDING Backyard Masterpiece Backyard ponds are once thought to be owned by only the wealthy and filthy rich individuals. That was then. Now, backyard ponds can be built by even the simplest homeowners. These can liven things up and can be a good conversation starter for guests and visitors. It will not only provide a beautiful and visually appealing backyard but a relaxing one as well. From cozy and small to rich and lush, back yard water gardens can range from almost any design you want. Just a little background about building a back yard pond and the right materials is enough to create your own private oasis. Step one. Decide where your pond will be situated. Look for an area in your yard where there are little trees. Falling leaves are a big no-no to your pond since it can make maintenance an everyday job. Place your pond in an area reached by the warmth of the sun. Aquatic plants need the sun to grow. However, stay away from too much heat since this can cause some plants such as lilies to die. Another advice is to place your pond in a high area. This can prevent runoff water to accumulate and overflow your pond causing murkiness and further maintenance. Step two. Lay out the area of your pond. If you want to design your pond to the size you want it to, trace the perimeter of the pond using a bendable material like a garden hose. If you are satisfied by the size and shape of your pond, mark the area using a spray paint or any marker. Step three. Use a pond liner. Pond liners are used to prevent water from the pond, fishes, aquatic plants, and other pond contents to escape the pond. In the same way, it also prevents non-pond materials to enter and cause dirt or excess nutrients to the pond. Pond liners range from pre-formed liners to PVC liners. If you are willing to spend the extra cash, using cement will also be applicable. Pre-formed liners are usually utilized by small ponds. These can be bought at pond supply outlets and can be easily installed after digging the pond. However, if you want to create the design and size you want, PVC liners would work best. These are usually used for large and complex ponds. Other types of liners are available. It is best to ask for advice from your local pond contractor about this stuff. Step four. Dig your pond. Dig your pond according to the width and depth that your prefer. Place rocks on the edges of the pond liner and fill in spaces with gravel. Do this part diligently and carefully. Camouflage the area with stones, pebbles, or plants. Step five. Assemble the equipment. Place the filters, lighting, and water supply. Make sure that these will all function well. Connect them to the electrical supply and place them in locations that will suit them best. Do not forget to make a drainage system for the pond. Step six. Just add water. Now is the time to fill the pond with water. Observe if there is any leaking. Clean out the area first and then add clean water for your pond. Place the plants in their rightful places in order to create a beautiful appearance. Let the plants settle for at least a week and then it is appropriate to add the fishes. Add fish one at a time. Fill the pond with just the right amount of fish. Consider the size of the pond and your fish. Make sure they are compatible. And now, sit back and relax. Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done!
TWEAKING YOUR BACYARD POND Live Like Royalty Backyard ponds are not only for the filthy rich individuals. Nowadays, even the simplest homeowner can make their own backyard pond as luxurious as the wealthy estates. Once you get your back yard pond set up, it would provide both fun and enjoyment. It also provides a dwelling place for the fish, wildlife, aquatic plants and flowers. It is a relaxing hobby that not only provides relaxation but appreciation to Mother Nature as well. Plan Ahead Building your own backyard pond may not be extremely hard to built but thorough planning should be placed in constructing one. The hardest part in building one is digging the pond. It all depends on what type of soil your region has. This determines how easy or how strenuous the digging part would be. The size and shape of the pond depends on your preferences. It can be a small, preformed pond or one that needs a pond liner that can hold up to seven thousand gallons of water. Location Consider the location of your pond. Where would it be best seen? Picture yourself sitting outside. What location grabs your eye the most? Consider these important elements. Is the water source situated just nearby? Is your pond’s location a flat area? Is electrical supply available? Keep in mind that these are just some questions you need to be answered. Equipment Building a pond of any size requires a complete set of tools. Now, take hold of these important equipment. In building and constructing a pond, one must need a water pump, a UV filter, a pond filter, and some pond plants among many. Other must haves are the following: a pond liner of appropriate size, an air diffuser, pond lightings, a skimmer, the aquatic animals, and fish food. Cost Another thing to consider in pond building is the cost. Initially, constructing and maintaining the pond could be quite expensive, that is with no doubt. But there are now cheaper do it yourself kits available in the market. Once it is finished, the enjoyment it brings is worth it. Another plus for the backyard pond is that it turns an oh-so-boring piece of land into a thing of beauty. It works best if you have the proper landscape to go with your pond. Make your pond the centerpiece of your back yard. However, because of too many do-it-yourself homeowners, they usually make mistakes. Following these guidelines may help you avoid the pitfalls of do it yourself backyard pond disasters. Initially, it is important to incorporate your pond to the current landscape of your backyard. This works best for amateur landscapers who just wanted to get right down to work. Do not let your pond detract the beauty of your yard. Make it fit and not out of place. To Sum It Up Integrate your pond’s design to your landscape. Do not make it lavish if you have a very simple backyard. Take time to choose the design that may flatter the overall landscaping. Secondly, think of the essential requirements of a pond. Do not place your pond in complete shade since this will hamper the amount of sunlight to your pond. Aquatic animals and plants need ample amount of the warmth of the sun. Finally, size does matter. Plant the size of your pond. Do not place too much fish on a small pond. Experiment on a variety of aquatic plants. Provide luster and relaxation to your yard as well as increase your property’s value. Make your backyard more attractive and enjoyable by adding a backyard pond.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN BACKYARD FISH POND Backyard Centerpiece Homes with waterfront views and accents are admired by many. This is because being around water offers a feeling of beauty, allure, and serenity. Putting up your own water accent in your backyard, such as a fish pond, will also add that visual appeal. Make your yard alive with the soothing sounds of water in motion. Make your fish pond the focal point of your backyard. However, there are some considerations before constructing one: Climate Consider the climate of your area. If your weather experiences winter times, then it is best if you make you fish pond deeper since the fish tend to hibernate at the bottom of the pond and naturally stop eating when the water temperature goes below 45 degrees. If you live in a location where the pond will completely freeze over, it is imperative that a hole be created in the ice to help the fish remain alive. In this case, aquatic plants should be removed and placed indoors since they may not survive the cold temperature. Filter Consider the filtration system of your pond. There is what you call natural filtration where it is provided by the action of the moving water. If this is the case, considering the design of your system and the climate of your area, then you do not need a filter for the pond. However, to know what is best for your pond, consult a pond professional concerning filtration. There are cartridge filters and biological filters available from shops that provide pond supplies. Now, to get your backyard pond started: First step. Make intelligent decisions by educating yourself. Do not push through water gardening or pond building without knowing the essentials about it. Know what equipment are needed to be used. Find out if your yard is appropriate to hold such an accent. Is the climate compatible with your pond? Are you up for the regular maintenance it needs? Take into consideration the availability of supplies such as electricity, filtration, and water. Decide what type of pond are you willing to make, is it a small one? Or a large one? Second step. Decide on the location of your pond. Locate your pond in an area where the sun will be able to shine on it. Do not place it under the trees since it will cause a cleaning nightmare due to the falling leaves. Do not place your pond where runoff water tends to overflow. These will accumulate in your pond making it dirty and murky. Determine the depth of your pond. The average depth of a back yard pond is between 18" to 24" usually. Make the outline of your pond and start digging it. Make steps in order to provide easy access to the pond during cleaning. These steps will also be perfect for holding potted plants just above the water. Make sure that the bottom is leveled as you dig. Third step. Get hold of an appropriate sized pond liner. In order to get the right pond liner size, take the width of your pond and add twice the depth of the pond, and then add 24 more inches. Measuring the length will be done using the similar formula. Now, drape the liner over the pond. Arrange it and place stones around the edges. Fourth step. Fill it up with water. Start filling the pond with water. Fold large creases neatly and remove wrinkles as you fill the pond with water to make it les noticeable. Fifth step. Install the needed equipment. After filling it up with water, place filters, pumps, and lightings to the pond. Connect it to the electrical supply. Then add your fish and plants, and you are ready to go! Enjoy!
BACKYARD FISH PONDS: A HOW TO Aesthetics Recently, one of the most popular backyard designs is adding a water pond or a fish pond to the yard. These projects, however, can only be achieved in sprawling and huge yards that has walkways and large areas. But if you are really certain to have your own fish pond and yet you do not have a large back yard, there are design ideas that can be incorporated to hopefully place your pond in it without having to take up too much space and dominate your yard. Let your pond serve as the focal point of your back yard. Place it in the middle or in one corner of the yard if you have a small space. Make it appealing to the people walking around the house. Location If you wish to place it in the corner part of the yard, raise the pond a little higher so that the fish will seem as a surprise to the visitors. But if you want to place it in the center, it is best if you place the pond at ground level or a little above it. Fish Types Make sure that the fish you put inside are colorful and lively to attract attention. Watching the fishes swim around everyday can also serve to be therapeutic. But if you want to maintain a small pond, do not place large fishes such as the Japanese Koi. They may not live long in this kind of environment and they are also extremely expensive. Goldfish are compatible with the size of your pond, however, their longevity might not be a guaranteed in an outdoor pond. Maintenance Think how much you really want an outdoor pond and how you can maintain and build it depending on your preferences. You might find that maintaining an indoor aquarium is difficult enough, how much more an outdoor pond. Consider the climate of your place. Water ponds and fish ponds are most applicable in tropical weather because of the advantage of the sun all year round. Some aquatic plants need to be exposed to the sun to grow. The plants and fishes may die if you let them stay in the pond during winter time. it is best to transfer them to an indoor tank if the weather is not applicable. A fish pond in your own backyard only tells an individual how much energy, time, and money you are willing to devote to the beautification of your backyard. It does not matter how large or how small it is, it just goes to show that you appreciate beautiful things. You will not only impress a lot of people but yourself as well. A back yard fish pond brings a luxurious and relaxing feeling to the place. In order to make your fish pond more appealing, decorate its surroundings. Landscaping the place will attract frogs and birds which can add to the overall natural feeling. If you cannot afford landscaping projects, hanging plants and flowering bushes will do. This will produce a great ambiance to your visitors and guests. Having a fish pond is not a go-get-it-and-have-it project. You have to maintain and preserve its beauty time and again. Make sure to add water to it periodically. It is also important that you get rid of fallen leaves as this will cause decay and unpleasant appearance. Lastly, consult your local pond professionals before building a pond yourself. Do not hesitate to ask questions as this will benefit the inhabitants of the pond.