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Make a Fish Pond the Easy Way

A Quick and Easy Fish Pond

Wouldnt it be nice to  have your very own fish pond? Problem is you just can’t think of a way to build one  without tearing up the yard or spending a small fortune. Notwithstanding, having a fish pond at home is fun, entertaining and relaxing.

If you just sit and think of the enjoyment you’ll get from sitting near your very own pond, of  watching gorgeous Koi fish lazily swim around your beautiful pond. Well, the thought of it  makes you want to run out and get a contractor.

Hold on though! Before you run out and hire someone to do the jobs. You need to know! Getting a large fish pond installed in your backyard can be expensive, time-consuming and messy.  

Are you disappointed? Don’t be! You can make an inexpensive fishpond, and it doesn’t have to be a work- intensive or expensive project.

How to Build a Cheap Fish Pond?

Find something large that holds water. There are a number of things that can hold sufficient water for a small Koi fish pond. Think along the lines of a horse trough,  an old sink, a bathtub, a wine barrel, or even a plastic drop in. You can even use something made of cement or another material that can hold water. Be sure to use a container that doesn’t poison the fish though. Stay away from copper, as fish don’t tolerate it well. They do seem to live well in galvanised materials, though. Just look for something that is deep enough so that the water doesn’t evaporate too quickly. If you live in an area where there are wild animals,be sure to add something like chicken wire to the top to prevent furry friends from getting to the fish.

The aboveground container that seems to work best is the fish or cattle trough. These are made to hold water. Plus they don’t oxidise easily, and they are inexpensive.

Once you’ve chosen your container, you’ll want to select a good fish pond pump. The size of the pump will depend on the size of your container. This is an important element to your pond as it keeps the water circulating, oxygenated and clean for the fish. You can also add a few water plants to the newly made pond.

Your Cost

A horse or cattle trough will probably be the most expensive item on the list. These range anywhere from $200 to $500, depending on the size of the trough you get. A good pump will also cost somewhere between $50 to $800. These pumps are important elements because they recirculate the water to keep it clear and bacteria-free.

What Kind of Plants?

Some plants work better than others in ponds. Juncus or Mimulus Guttatus are good choices, and reed also works well in-home ponds, providing they are large enough.

Running water offers relaxation. Just think of the way you feel next to a bubbling creek or river. You can achieve that same feeling right in your very own backyard, and the best part is that this type of project doesn’t have to be expensive. You can create a beautiful fish pond for  a minimal investment.