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


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


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

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