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BubblesGold
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How to start up a pond?
« on: July 05, 2010, 04:32:23 AM »

My children reared some tadpoles in their paddling pool and now we see a frog hopping around our garden everyday.
So this got me thinking, can we turn the kids pool into a pond?
The paddling pool has ridget plastic sides and bottom and is a good depth.
I can take a pic and measure it if need be.
I was thinking of building the earth up at one side of the pond and planting spikey plants there to prevent little children accidently falling in, I saw this at a nature reserve park we go too. It's great!

I have no idea what work is involved and what I will need to buy.

If we added fish to the pond, is there an automatic feeder we can buy or can they feed themselves if we were away for 2 days. I'm hoping I can find some-one who will feed and check on them if we were away, as we are planning on getting chickens too. Just wondering out of interest.

Really hope you can point me in the right direction.
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Nossie
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Re: How to start up a pond?
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2010, 08:35:09 AM »

So... the basics, you need to make sure that the pool is big enough for fish, as you don't want an overcrowded pond. You also need to get a filter for the pond, and possibly an air pump and some air stones for hot days c:
But I am not sure about how long the pool would last, since you need to have real sturdy and strong bottom on your pond to avoid leakage. If you'd seriously want a pond, I'd suggest starting from zero, and getting yourself a good base. You could buy either some specially designed cloth for this purpose, or a glassfiber bottom Smiley They sell them in many shapes and colors so you'd get the desired pond-look ;P But you could try out the pool first and see how it goes Wink
You may also want to get some protective net or grid to put over the pond so no birds or cats will get your fish! I guess some thick, big plants around the sides would be nice too Smiley
Even if it's a pond, you'll need to do water changes and the like just like normal, but if you'll have a good filter there, you won't have to worry too much about that either. The water quality and temperature is harder to control in a pond, so you'd need to get hardy fish, like common goldfish, comets and shubunkins. I think fantails would be fine too, but no sensitive fancy varieties!

But about the feeding, you wouldn't need to feed any fish if you're just away for 2 days, especially NOT if they live in a pond d: There are always lots of bugs and the like that are out swimming for the fish to eat Smiley

Hope that helped a bit! Cheesy I'm not a pro on ponds but... at least I shared what I know Smiley
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BubblesGold
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Re: How to start up a pond?
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2010, 10:45:16 AM »

Thanks for this info. I was thinking that because there is a plug in the bottom it would be handy to drain some water when necessary. The bottom of the pool is sturdy too, it still looks in good condition after lying out in all weathers for about 4 years, as it's too big to fit in the shed and it doesn't fold down.

It has two seat areas which I could put some plants on and it has a tiny pool which flows over into the main pool, I think it will look great!

It'll be a working progress though and may not be set-up for fish until next year but I'll see how it goes.
I'll measure the size of it and try and work out how many litres it will hold. It would be great to move Lily into a pond when she grows bigger, if my son would allow that, as she is his fish.

I have read the pond section and found it interesting.
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Re: How to start up a pond?
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2010, 11:22:58 AM »

You can build a pond out of almost any container.  Just make sure it is in partial shade.
My sister came to visit and she liked my barrel ponds so much she decided to make a pond herself.
She just went and bought a resin planter, added aquatic plants, waterlilies, and bog plants on a brick inside the pond.  They have fountain kits at any hardware type store that you can purchase quite cheaply and they are fine for turning any container into a fountain pond.  The kits come with a internal pump and a fountain head and hose that you will need.  I put 3 feeder goldfish into my barrel pond about a month ago and they were only 1/2 inch big or less.  They now are a whopping 2 inches!  I hardly feed them.  They eat algae that grows on the sides of the pond and mosquito larvae, bugs,  etc.  Ponds are fun!  It would be great fun to have a pond and your children would enjoy the learning experience.
There are some great pond books/watergarden/container pond books out there.
I do test my water in my ponds but if you add enough plants you won't really have to have a filter.
The plants will do that naturally.  I hardly ever have to do a water change.  I just add new clean water to the pond as it evaporates. Smiley
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BubblesGold
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Re: How to start up a pond?
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2010, 01:40:54 PM »

Thanks for the info.
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Re: How to start up a pond?
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2010, 06:30:20 AM »

To make a homemade pond without a waterfall.

Dig a hole

Put a trash bag over it

Add any sinking accessories

And fill it with water
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Re: How to start up a pond?
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2010, 10:17:45 AM »

I wouldn't reccommend using a trash bag because it will deteriorate considerably over a short time and leak .
You really should use pond liner, that is made specifically for ponds.  They are strong and nontoxic to the fish. Smiley
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Nossie
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Re: How to start up a pond?
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2010, 11:00:11 AM »

Trash bags may even break from the slightest pressure or because of sharp rocks. In other words, definitely not suitable for a pond in the long run.
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