A Backyard Fish Pond

  • Pond King
    Grow large, healthy fish with Pond Kings solar-powered Mounted Fish Feeder. Timer-controlled feeder allows you to program up to six feedings per day with one- to 30-second feed times. During each feeding, half the feed drops straight down, while the other half is dispersed in a 6-ft. semi-circle. Varmint guard keeps pesky critters from stealing the fish food. Mount it 2 to 3 ft. above the water on a dock or stationary post. All-aluminum, welded, powder-coated body. Includes varmint guard, solar panel, programmable timer, 6-volt rechargeable battery and necessary hardware to mount on 2 square post. Manufacturers limited warranty. Feeder body: 17 dia. OAL including varmint guard: 32. Capacity: 50 lbs. fish food pellets up to 3/4 dia. Wt: 30 lbs. Gender: Male. Age Group: Adult. Type: Fish Feeders & Pond Management.
    $579.99  from Cabela's
  • Pond King
    Grow large, healthy fish with Pond Kings solar-powered Floating Fish Feeder. Timer-controlled feeder allows you to program up to six feedings per day with one- to 30-second feed times. During each feeding, the 3/4 dia. pellets are dispersed in an 8-ft. circle. Four-float design is stable even in the roughest conditions. All-aluminum, welded, powder-coated body and pontoons. Includes varmint guard, solar panel, programmable timer and 12-volt rechargeable battery. Manufacturers limited warranty. Made in USA. Feeder: 44H x 6W. Capacity: 100 lbs. Wt: 80 lbs. Gender: Male. Age Group: Adult. Type: Fish Feeders & Pond Management.
    $1,249.99  from Cabela's
  • DISCOUNT POND SUPPLIES
    Fish Mate Automatic Pond Fish Feeder This Fish Mate Automatic Pond Fish Feeder slowly dispenses food over a five-hour period. A large, rotating hopper holds enough food for 21 days. This feeder features an adjustable feed quantity and timing for all fish foods, and is weatherproof. The feeder can be mounted on a pole at the pond's edge, or suspended over the water. Reliable and accurate quartz timer. Battery condition indicator for the AA battery can provide up to 1 year of continuous use. Product Features: Mount on pole or at pond's edge Holds food for 21 days Features adjustable feed quantity
    $58.99  from 1800PetSupplies.com

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.

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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!