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How to Make Your Own Backyard Pond

Updated on May 23, 2016
Frog,fish, and lillys in my pond
Frog,fish, and lillys in my pond | Source

History

I have enjoyed my backyard ponds for over twelve years now. Yes, I did say ponds but don't think it's a big deal, they are both small. One is a preformed plastic pond, the other we dug and put a liner in.

Humans have been fascinated with ponds for centuries. There were ponds in Mesopotamia, "water gardens" in Assyria, Egyptian and Persian garden ponds too. Rome had many garden ponds, some elaborate with fountains and curved canals. In the Third Century A.D., the Chinese arranged water gardens as places of tranquility. Ponds continued through the Italian Renaissance where they were used as works of art for their viewer's pleasure but also at times used as entertainment. Let us not forget the Japanese Koi who are said to be 200 years old. As we move on in history private ponds all but disappeared except for the very rich or in public places.

Frogs in my pond

Frogs just seem to find my ponds.
Frogs just seem to find my ponds. | Source

Pond Basics - Location

Ponds are back and in a big way. So many people have ponds and have them everywhere. They don't have to be natural, that is from water naturally springing forth in the ground, but are man made and can be put wherever we choose.

The very first criteria for a pond is location. You want to put it where you can see it and enjoy it. You should consider, however, if you are going to have plants and fish, that it will need six to eight hours of sunlight. Too much sun and you'll be overcome with algae, not enough sun and no plants will bloom. It's a delicate balance. You can get by with less than six hours but if it is less make sure those four or five hours are full afternoon sun.

Be careful of trees too near your pond. In addition to the problem of roots coming through or disturbing the bottom of your pond, the leaves or pine needles that fall into your pond can change the pH of the water and cause your water to become cloudy or discolored. You will find yourself scooping needles and leaves out of the pond on a never ending basis.

Another thing to consider is how near your pond is to a water source and electricity. You need electricity to run your pumps, and there will be times when you will need to add or even change the pond's water so you need water at least a hose length away.

Type of Pond

If you are one of the really lucky ones and have a natural pond on your property, you can stop reading now, but, if you are like the rest of us there are several types of ponds available. One is the pre-formed plastic pond, there is also a fiberglass pond, a concrete pond and pond liners that allows you to customize the pond the way you want it.

I will be focusing on the plastic ponds and pond liners.

Pre-formed Pond

This is my small pre-formed pond
This is my small pre-formed pond | Source

Pre-formed Pond

The black plastic ponds you can buy come in various shapes and depths. They are pre-formed and pretty impervious to rocks. They don't seem to tear or wear out, at least my twelve year old plastic pond is still going strong!

The pre-formed pond is probably best for the first time ponder, or someone with little or no experience. They offer a variety of sizes and shapes though they are generally small. However, they are also inexpensive.

The other advantage is you may not even need a pump if you are not going to add fish. The right plants will keep a small pond clean. It is a matter of building up the ecologic balance. One of the disadvantages of the pre-formed pond, if you live in a colder climate, you can't keep fish in them over the winter. They are not deep enough and will freeze through to the bottom with no place for the fish to winter over.

If you go the pre-formed route, make sure the area you choose for your pond is level. You can dig the area a little bigger and deeper than the pond you chose and then level the area before putting the pond in. As with any pond, or pool for that matter, it is a good idea to put a sand base down before putting the pond in the ground. The sand base helps with any small rocks or stones that would otherwise come in contact with the pool. Of course, you would be removing any large rocks or stones in the area to avoid them poking holes in the pond.

When you place the pond in the leveled area, make sure the pond fits tightly, with no rocking motion. You want your pond to be a good fit and not have to worry about water, from rain or melting snow, undermining your new pond.

Once your pond is fit and leveled you can, and should, place some rocks around the edge to keep the edge down and give the pond a natural look. Now you're ready to fill it up!

Pond liner

This is my pond with pond liner.  Notice the stones piled up, entire landscaping wasn't finished.
This is my pond with pond liner. Notice the stones piled up, entire landscaping wasn't finished. | Source

Recap

  • Select a spot
  • choose pond; pre-formed or liner
  • Dig hole
  • Remove rocks, stones, or any sharp objects
  • Add sand or underlayment
  • Place pre-formed pond in place - then fill OR
  • Place liner in pond and place rocks along outer edge - then fill
  • When pond is full, landscape around outer edges of pond

Pond Liner

If you decide to go the pond liner route, the sky's the limit. You can make your pond as big or as small as you'd like. The main benefit of the pond liner is you can make the pond as deep as you'd like. The other benefit is you can make them any shape you'd like as well. Be sure to choose a quality liner. You wouldn't want to have to re-do the pond in a year or two. Pond liners should be flexible and of a high enough gauge to ensure their durability, oh, and don't forget to check the guarantee. Obviously one with a ten year guarantee is better than one with a five year guarantee.

Placement of your pond follows the same requirements as the pre-formed pond. Digging the hole too, but, be especially careful to remove rocks and stone from the area you'll be placing your pond. You don't want anything sharp cutting through your liner.

When choosing the size of your liner it should be bigger than your pond area. Unlike the pre-formed ponds, you will need an overlay of liner around the entire pond. Some say to estimate two times the size of your pond, others enough to hold the pond in place. For example, a nine by fourteen foot pond should have a fifteen by twenty foot liner. The excess liner will overlap the edges of your pond and need to be weighted down to keep the liner in place when you fill the pond with water. Depending on the depth of your pond, you may need more or less liner.

When you place the liner in the hole, put rocks along the outside edges to hold it in place as you smooth out the liner and get it lined up the way you want it. Then start filling your pond. Once the pond is full, place additional rocks, flat or round to your taste, around the edge of the pond and cover exposed liner with dirt. If the liner is too big around the outside you can trim some of it off.

Pre-formed Liner a/k/a Rigid Liner

Pond Pictures

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Spring cleaning - pond with liner ("flower pot" to right is actually a pond filter).A closer lookThe "liner" pond after installation and landscaping were just finished.A look into the "liner" pond...you can see the liner wasn't perfectly smoothed but unless you're looking really close its not noticeable.  What is noticeable is the ecological balance and good algae.Pre-formed pond with stones and landscaping added.A closer look at the edge of the pre-formed pond...the rocks on top of the edge help the pond blend and look more like a real pond.Both ponds, liner pond in the foreground, pre-formed in the background (with small waterfall).Just to the left of my two ponds (you can see the edge of the pond filter on the lower right of the picture.)Frog sitting on a lily pad in the pond...water lettuce in the background.
Spring cleaning - pond with liner ("flower pot" to right is actually a pond filter).
Spring cleaning - pond with liner ("flower pot" to right is actually a pond filter). | Source
A closer look
A closer look | Source
The "liner" pond after installation and landscaping were just finished.
The "liner" pond after installation and landscaping were just finished. | Source
A look into the "liner" pond...you can see the liner wasn't perfectly smoothed but unless you're looking really close its not noticeable.  What is noticeable is the ecological balance and good algae.
A look into the "liner" pond...you can see the liner wasn't perfectly smoothed but unless you're looking really close its not noticeable. What is noticeable is the ecological balance and good algae. | Source
Pre-formed pond with stones and landscaping added.
Pre-formed pond with stones and landscaping added. | Source
A closer look at the edge of the pre-formed pond...the rocks on top of the edge help the pond blend and look more like a real pond.
A closer look at the edge of the pre-formed pond...the rocks on top of the edge help the pond blend and look more like a real pond. | Source
Both ponds, liner pond in the foreground, pre-formed in the background (with small waterfall).
Both ponds, liner pond in the foreground, pre-formed in the background (with small waterfall). | Source
Just to the left of my two ponds (you can see the edge of the pond filter on the lower right of the picture.)
Just to the left of my two ponds (you can see the edge of the pond filter on the lower right of the picture.) | Source
Frog sitting on a lily pad in the pond...water lettuce in the background.
Frog sitting on a lily pad in the pond...water lettuce in the background. | Source

Conclusion

Probably the best part of adding your own backyard pond is making it look the way you want it to. Once it is properly installed you can landscape anyway you'd like. Add plants inside the pond; water lilies, anacharis (for your fish), water lettuce, pond iris, cattails, pickerel rush, canna, and many, many more.

You can add grasses and plants around your pond, or leave it bare. Your imagination is your guide. You can add waterfalls to your ponds, both natural and man-made. You can make your backyard pond the focal point of your backyard or a separate hideaway to relax and unwind. Small or large pond, fish or no fish, the choice is yours!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Glad you liked my hub Joe. I can't tell you how much enjoyment my family and I have had with my ponds.

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      Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

      What an awesome idea, it would be really cool to have a pond in the backyard. Really great idea and wonderful hub.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Thanks Au fait. I have been absent here for some months due to family issues but am trying little by little to return. I appreciate your noticing as well as your enjoying my pond article. It was fun to build but more fun to enjoy! Thank you for all the votes and shares, truly appreciated.

      Thank you Carter. I love my frogs too. They just pop by. Thanks for sharing. Hope all is well.

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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      I like Au fait somehow missed this excellent hub & wanted to drop by & say my congrats for a well deserved effort..great writing till..glad I found it oh & btw love your, ah, frog you got there:) will share & pin..Cheers

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      HOD, and how have I missed this? Congratulations belated! I'm thinking you have won this award before. If not, you certainly should have. So glad to see you again, it's been a long time . .

      This is a great article especially for this time of year when people are getting their yards ship-shape for summer and adding a little something new in some cases.

      Voted up, BAUI, pinned to my 'Green' board, and sharing.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      So glad you enjoyed Tim. There is just something about running water that relaxes the soul! Glad you enjoyed my journey and hope you canget your "barrel" up and running!

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      Tim Mitchell 3 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Amazing I say Mary. I learned plenty and am inspired to continue with my pond idea. I gained many in's and out's for this project with your sharing thank you. The pond I can do as not enough space in the yard and regulatory stuff too is to use a 1/2 wine barrel and liner. I think I shall revitalize that idea very soon. Nice Hub!

      tim

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Not really Pavlo. Once you get the eco balance right it takes care of itself! The filter needs to be cleaned as it gets gummed up from all the algae it removes but other than that, nothing. We feed the fish because we like to, you really don't even have to as they will eat things in the pond.

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Great experience! Do you spend much time doing routine job to maintain the pond clear and tide?

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks for the tip Jason but I had no luck with Koi, they just made my pond murky.

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      Jason 4 years ago

      Beautiful work, and a nice article to boot! If you need supplies, check out http://www.thepondhub.com they've got great prices and overnight delivery on koi. They also have Pondineer pond components and natural water treatments.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Glad you found this interestngand helpful. Thank you for the vote!

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      Tom Schumacher 4 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

      Informative and useful hub on backyard ponds! The videos were helpful to gain a better understanding of how to approach this interest as well. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      My grandchildren are the same way GoodLady, they love to feed the fish. The fish get used to being fed and will come up and eat out of your hand. Its the center of our backyard for sure. Thank you.

      Natashalh, your parents are right about the ducks, but a pond without them wouldn't be a mess ;)

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      When I was a teens kept trying to convince my parents to let me have a pond and ducks. They kept telling me no and that ducks would make a mess in the yard! I'd still like a pond, though.

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      What a wonderful Hub! Love it. My sister always makes her pond and fills it with flowers and fish and we love these ponds so much. My son gave her his six goldfish when he left London and now she has hundreds of their grandchildren goldfish.

      Over Christmas, when I was visiting her with my baby grandchildren, I took them to the pond to feed the sleeping goldfish every morning, even when the pond was iced over- The pond is the hub of our outside shinanigins.

      Wonderful suggestions how to make one!

      Well done on your award.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I hope your plan goes well and you enjoy your pond very much Prasetio! I'm glad you enjoyed and appreciate your vote.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub. I really enjoy reading this hub and your tips are useful for us as fish lovers. I have a plan to make a little pond on my backyard. Thanks for share with us. I love the picture as well. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Water fountains are great Goingonline, but in a pond they are fantastic :). Hope the information here helps you.

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      GoingOnline 4 years ago

      Awesome hub, I'm researching a lot on water fountains lately and this hub makes me want to find one that can be combined with a pond :) Thanks for the tips on pond locations too :D

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      No mess Neinahpets, just fun.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      Aww, they make a big mess? I've not had the opportunity to see them up close and person unfortunately.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Jenn-Anne, my smaller pond doesn't have any fish but it does have a filter, so far I only noticed a few mosquitoes when it gets really hot and muggy, otherwise no. Thanks for the vote.

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      Jenn-Anne 4 years ago

      Informative and useful hub! I love the idea of a water feature in the back yard. What is the best method you've found for making sure that you don't develop a mosquito problem? Do pumps/filters keep mosquitoes away if you choose not to have fish? Voted up!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I know what you mean about cats, but we have so many dogs around they don't dare come in my backyard! Good look with the plants.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Yes, I'm sure you are right about the algae in my pond. I tried fish, but my neighborhood cat comes over and helps himself to a meal. I might try some plants, though. Thanks for your response!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Maria you make me blush~there is just so much to write about and I want to write it all :) Hugs are going right back to you GF.

      acaetnna you are most welcome. thank you for stopping by.

      Thank you JS Matthews. A pond is truly a living thing. Mine started out with smaller surroundings but you seem to keep adding plants and flowers both in the pond and around it.

      Ausemade how wonderful. I bet you appreciate the pond in your dry spot! My first year with the pond we bought like 13 fish...by the end of summer we had 120!

      Thanks HBN, I have so many pictures of my ponds it was hard to choose ;) They really are a relaxing place to go in a small backyard.

      Thanks Denise. It took me a long time make up my mind and put them in but I'm so glad I did.

      Thank you RTalloni. Don't they say timing is everything ;)

      Neinahpets, that's something...I always wanted a willow tree too, until I got up close and saw the mess they make...they do look pretty though.

      Oh girishpuri how nice of you to leave such compliments and blessing!

      CZCZCZ so happy you love it...thanks for the congrats.

      RNMSN, thank you. I appreciate your visit and of course the compliment.

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      Barbara Bethard 4 years ago from Tucson, Az

      way to go! great hub and your award is well deserved!

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      CZCZCZ 4 years ago from Oregon

      I love it! What a great article with details and good information for making a backyard pond a reality. Congrats on getting HOTD for this.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Great hub with great pictures, Congratulations for being selected as hub of the day, god bless.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      First, a huge congrats to you for making Hub of the Day. Secondly, I really would like one of these in my yard. Every since I was a child I always said that I wanted a willow tree with a koi pond in my yard with flowers around it - maybe one day! Voted up!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this look at backyard ponds. Perfect time to highlight it as people are planning spring and summer gardening projects. :)

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Wonderful information, Mary. Congrats on your HOTD-well deserved. I love backyard ponds and would love to have one if I owned any property. UP/U/I/A and sharing

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow! Congrats on earning HOTD for this great primer on how to build a backyard pond.

      Your photos are stunning and made me feel peaceful just looking at the lovely oasis that the ponds have transformed your yard into.

      Thanks for sharing this info. Am voting it up across the board except for funny and sharing.

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      Ausemade 4 years ago from Australia

      We live in an arid desert region in Australia and have a home made pond in our backyard. We replaced the former pre-formed pond as it was too small, and created a larger one out of pond liner. The pond is working great, although we have put in a new filter. The fish seem to love it as this year we have many young ones. We of course have to keep putting in new aquatic plants as the fish keep eating the ones we put in... great hub.

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      JS Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Great Hub with great info and pictures! Voting up and sharing. My ex-girlfriend's father has a beautiful garden and pond with fish and everything you can imagine! It gets bigger every year. I always respected his patience and ingenuity. Congratulations on the Hub of the Day! Well deserved!

      JSMatthew~

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      Totally incredible information, thank you so much!!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Mary,

      I can see why this informative, beautiful and personal piece was selected as HOTD. Congratulations...!

      You show time and time again what a versatile writer you are, such a range of fascinating subject matter.

      Your home and garden exude your sense of style and peaceful beauty.

      Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thank you writing online. I'm not an expert but I've certainly learned a lot over the years.

      BristolBoy, I can only imagine the beautiful ponds set up by professionals.

      Denise, I appreciate your stopping by and commenting. Thanks for the congrats.

      lanablackmoor, hope you get a house AND a pond!

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      lanablackmoor 4 years ago from New England

      This is an amazing Hub, definitely worthy of HOTD! Bookmarked for reference when we move to a house. I can't wait to have a little koi pond. Thanks for sharing this! Voted up!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Awesome hub, Mary! I love the photos and easy to follow steps. Rated UP/A/U will share-Congrats on the HOTD award.

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      BristolBoy 4 years ago from Bristol

      This is a really good article and provides an excellent overview of garden ponds. I must say there are some amazing ponds around the UK - including ones by the landscape gardener capability brown which are more like lakes than ponds!

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      Ahmad Fauzi 4 years ago from Jakarta

      your article is amazing. I am sure you are an expert in home ponds.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks WND, I was floored!

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day. Exciting.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      mjkearn, once you finish your extension you should think about a pond...you surely won't have to add water and you'll have lots of greenery around it ;)

      pstraugie48, thanks so much for the congrats, but more importantly the angels ;)

      Carol, thanks so much for coming back again and adding such a lovely comment.

      ishwaryaa, how nice to have warm weather year round. The fish in the pond must love it! Thanks for your votes.

      SS, the first time I saw an alligator crossing the road in FLA , I was so excited, I closed my fingers in a car door. Ouch.

      How nice of you to come back and comment Michelle! Thank you.

      Believe it or not Mr. Archer, when we lived in Queens, my Dad built a well and we had catfish in it...they weren't the kind you could feed out of your hand though, they'd just as soon eat your fingers. My grandchildren always loved laying on their bellies feeding the fish too!

      Thanks so much Web.

      Shin rocka, I hope you do, you'll never regret it!

      Thanks Peg. If its deep enough they will hibernate. Hmm, I had to get rid of the turtles because they kept eating my goldfish.

      Olde Cahsmere, thank you so much for stopping by and all the wonderful votes.

      Thanks Christy, glad you liked the way I put this together. It was fun because I love my pond.

      Thanks moonlake.

      Me too Mary. The running water is so relaxing. What you're seeing isn't mold but algae. If you get some plants and/or fish and get the ph balanced you won't need to add anything. Thanks for the votes and share.

      Patsybell, thanks for stopping by and voting. Glad you enjoyed.

      Stephanie, what a wonderful comment...I'm sure it would add to having the birds. I often see wild birds drinking from the side of my ponds.

      Glimmer, just start digging the hole and he'll have to finish ;) Seriously, I hope you convince him. It took me a while but as you can see, I won.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Congrats on your HOTD! I would love for my husband to do this. I may just send him this link to give him a hint! Really nice hub. Pinned.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      First and foremost, congratulations. All of your writing is fabulous, but this brings it to the forefront!

      I've always wanted a backyard pond, but hubby is against it. Now with kids I am afraid what they might try to cultivate or catch in one. But maybe one day my dream will come true. I think it would be a great addition for all the birds we get.

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      Voted up and useful. Enjoyed this hub.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Congrats on a well deserved HOTD! I love ponds and have always had one. I enjoy the sound of the water running down. I have to keep chlorine in mine or I get a lot of mold (I guess that's what it is). It makes the water turn green.

      I love the way yours looks.

      Voted this UP and will share.

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Congrats Mary on HOTD. Great hub. Enjoyed reading it and learned a lot of things about creating a backyard pond-something I have always dreamed about in my life. Hope to have one within the next 2 years. Thanks for the knowledge. Sharing it as always.

      Cheers, Rema.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Congrats Mary on HOTD! Well put together hub, full of useful information, photos, and even a video to illustrate the points. Vote up!

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Outstanding hub on a topic I've only grown more fascinated with. Voting this up and rating useful, interesting, and awesome :)

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Nicely explained and illustrated, Mary. Congratulations on winning Hub of The Day. This was a fun read. I love the pictures of the pond and have always wondered what the fish would do in winter.

      My grandmother used to have a couple of ponds in her back yard where she kept turtles and aligators and goldfish. (Can you imagine?) Those were the old days when you could buy the little critters at about 6" long from roadside stands. Some of hers grew to be nearly 6 feet long. Pretty creepy.

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      shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland

      This definitely looks like something I can get into later in life. Well put together hub. Sharing and pinning.

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      Bill Blackburn 4 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

      This was extremely well done... Awesome!

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Very informative hub, Mary. I have put in three ponds, and lived in another house that had two ponds. We had koi and goldfish primarily, although one summer I took the family to a local park that had some real ponds that we fished in, and we found some newly born catfish about an inch long. We scooped a bunch of them up and took them home, putting them into the pond in the backyard. Over the next six months, we raised them and eventually released some 70 fingerlings back into the wild. We kept around a dozen, some eventually reaching 10 inches in length. The kids just loved laying on their bellies, hand feeding these things! The koi and goldfish eventually learned that they could take food right from our fingers too, just like the catfish. Great job on this, and way to let everyone know that while they require some modest work, they are within everyone's reach and the benefits are widespread.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Congrats on the HOTD, Mary! Coming in again to say that it is well-deserved!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'd love to have a pond in my backyard. Instead I have lakes with alligators. Haha! Fabulous hub! Congrats on HOTD!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An informative & detailed hub! Your clear guidance and handy tips will definitely help many others to create their own backyard pond. Your pond is very pretty. In front of my apartment, there is a concrete and pre-formed fish pond (Here the climate is hot & tropical and hence the fish is still swimming throughout the year). Congrats on winning the HOTD! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared on Facebook

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      we had a pond put in our yard many years ago and in a different city. We love the koy fish and they became our pets...well sort of. The only thing I was sorry about was that we didn't put it closer to our house. We had a stone bench but the weather was so bad we rarely sat by it. Anyway you did a great job inspiring people to try one of these. Thanks and voting up and pinning.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Congrats on the HOTD....I commented a few weeks back. Still want one of these :)

      Sending you Angels this morning.

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Mary

      Congrats on HOTD, so well deserved and fab hub. With the amount of rain that falls here I've always thought that I should have a pond or small lake, ha. The landscaping will have to wait as I've still the extension to finish building. Have bookmarked for future reference.

      Great job, ticked, voted up and shared.

      MJ.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I hope you get to make your pond rosika. It is so relaxing.

      Oh kingkos, dogs do love ponds. Mine drinks out of the pond but has so far refrained from swimming in it!

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      kingkos 4 years ago

      Wish my dog will not swim and eat the plants on the backyard if I do that and wish my mother let me make that one. great idea!

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      rosika 4 years ago

      I have got a good space in my backyard and making pond is one of my dream....i will use this article once I have time to design one! useful hub!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I know there are always some things cropping up, but the benefits far outweigh any problems! Hope you continue to enjoy your pond!

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      Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      I have had a pond for around 12 years now and it gives us so much pleasure, especially in the summer time. It does cause a few headaches when the blanket weed starts, but we bought an extra UV clarifier last year and it seems to have done the trick. Crystal clear water. Very interesting hub and great pictures.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Oh Vinaya not only would you love the pond but the photo ops are endless!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I have a pretty large garden in my farmhouse, and I I have always wanted to make a pond, and have colorful fish in the water. Thanks for sharing your expertise.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      How lucky you are, right next to a creek! We live in a development so we have to make the best of it...been here forty years! Turtles too..we had one once but he started eating my fish....took him for a long walk to a nearby creek.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      awwww...how sweet...Grandpa Larry and the precious little one, filling the pond. Now, there's a priceless picture.

      I can't even begin to envision how totally lovely and relaxing your yard is. I have always wanted a pond in my yard...for years. And finally....we just happen to buy this house 12 years ago that is next to a beautiful flowing creek, with rocks and fish and turtles and foliage.

      Love this hub, gf.....

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Oh kitty, I wish the same for you! Thanks for the votes and share.

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      Ann Leung 4 years ago from San Jose, California

      I love your ponds. I love the lily flowers. I wish one day I have a house with a large backyard so that I can have a beautiful pond like yours. Voted up, useful and shared.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      You are most welcome MH....we've been lucky and haven't had to do any repairs for twelve years, even have the same filter!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. My pond is need of repair.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      My grandfather had a pond all of the years of his life, but I never have. I would love to have a back yard pond and it doesn't look as difficult as I thought it would. Thanks for the detailed instructions.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Ponds are very cool complements to one's landscape. Koi are great pond pets. Are there other species of fish that are low maintenance year-round?

      Very nice hub, Mary! My favorite picture was that of Grandpa and grandson. No better way to teach the young'uns than on senior knees. Voted up and more, and tweeted!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      WND, dogs love to drink from the pond...of course every now and then we have an accident and one winds up in the pond, but for the most part it works well.

      Carol, your comment and votes are appreciated.

      Joanveronica, how nice to see you here! Happy New Year.

      Flash, its the joy of the water and all that it brings! Hope you continue to enjoy yours.

      pstraubie, it is certainly not that difficult, especially if you get help. I don't think you'll ever regret it. Good luck and Happy New Year.

      Spring's a great time to start digging bdegiulio, go for it.

      Esmeowl it is such a beautiful addition to any garden, and think, you can put plants in your pond too!

      Oh Martie, you'll love it I'm sure. Thanks for the vote and pin!

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for this lovely hub about the making of a pond. I plan to convert the baby pool of our swimming pool into a pond and the information you've provided comes at the right time.

      Thank you, tillsontitan!

      Voted up and pinned in my personal library :)

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      Cindy A. Johnson 4 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      I was just thinking today on how I could expand or otherwise enhance my garden this year. A pond is a fantastic idea. Research beginning NOW! Thanks for a great hub and an even greater idea!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Mary. We have thought about putting a pond in our backyard. Maybe in the Spring? Great job. Happy New Year.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      I have always wanted a pond or ponds on my property. I have felt like it is more than I can tackle but I think with a little help from my family and armed with your information, I may consider more seriously putting one it. Thank you for sharing this with us.

      Sending Angels your way Happy New Year. :) ps

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      Marty Andersen 4 years ago from Salina, Utah

      Very nice Hub! I have two ponds in my backyard. I have a small one and a larger one. They don't look nearly as nice as yours but I still really enjoy them.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi there, Happy New Year! Beautiful Hub, I enjoyed it greatly. Votrd up, awesome, beautiful, interesting. Just keep them coming!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Great instructions for the pond. We had one put in many years ago and it cost a lot. Thanks for taking time with detailed instructions. Voting up and pinning.

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Such a pretty display. I do believe my dogs would enjoy what the pond would hold, fish, frogs. Might even get my dog Bella, who is afraid of water, unafraid. Oh, I will have to leave the joys to your backyard. Fascinating.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Well, Bill, I hope your get your lake....but one you want, not one nature decides to plant on you! Have a happy and blessed New Year my friend.

      Oh moonlake, that's one of my favorite parts of the pond...the fish. Our fish now eat out of our hand. I hope you get your pond!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      We had a pond at our other house. The house was over a spring so to keep that water from coming into the basement my husband made a pond and drained the spring into the pond. We had gold fish in it. It would freeze in winter and when it opened in the spring the gold fish would be swimming around.

      Enjoyed your hub I'm trying to get a pond here but so far no luck. Voted up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cool information! Bev and I want a pond that's about an acre big....probably best to call that a lake, right? LOL Well done and Mary, have a Happy New Year!