Construct a pond using polyethylene,PVC,or butyl liner
Have you ever thought what it would be like to have your own Koi pond in your own garden? I did about 5 years ago.Now, especially during the summer months I can often be found relaxing by my pond,drinking a nice cold beer watching the fish as they cruise around and listening to the water as it gently flows down the waterfall back into the pond.
Once you have decided to build your pond,take time and think, how big you would like it to be, and where in the garden would be the best position. Also,the overall cost involved to purchase various pieces of equipment in order to build and maintain your pond to the highest quality.
A special thought should be given regarding young children, if you feel they are to young to understand the dangers of going near water, then put off building your pond until they are old enough to understand. Please remember children can drown in the shallowest of water.
Having satisfied yourself with the above,you are now ready to begin your pond.
A good idea is to lay a hose pipe on the ground
outlining the shape you have decided on, then remove the top
layer of turf. If you are happy with shape remove soil to a depth
of at least 3ft 3ins,deeper the better. Also, a good idea is
to dig shelves about 9ins in depth and 9ins wide from the top
of the pond. This is where any plants may be situated later on.
Be sure the liner you purchase is the correct size for the pond you are about to construct
Please use example below.
Before liner is inserted
Inserting the Liner and filling with water
Once the pond has been excavated and layered with
sand, lay the liner over the pond and place heavy smooth objects
around the rim of the liner. Insert hose pipe and fill with water,
gradually adjust tension by releasing objects, thus allowing
liner to take shape.
When filling your pond with water, you should ask
your local aquatic centre if they would loan you a water meter
(A small fee may be charged).This will indicate the exact amount
of water your pond contains.
Example= 10ft x 6ft x 3ft x 6.25 = 1125 gallons
It is very important to know how many gallons your pond contains, as this is vital information when you are required to treat your pond, in order to keep your pond and fish in tip top condition.
Edging stones/paving or other types of material
may be used to furnish the the edges of your pond.
The first stage successfully completed, you are now feeling good.
For stage 2 please see waterfall construction
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