Hi everyone! I'm what you would say new to the pond world, but not really. Five years ago I had this wild idea to turn a row boat into a pond. I would overwinter the goldfish in aquariums in my basement. In this "pond", I had no filter or aeration... Just lots of plants and believe it or not, I still have 9 of my original fish. And I have offspring! I must have been doing something right, right? We recently moved and I dug a REAL pond about 2 mos ago. It's about 9ft in diameter which slopes to about 4ft. My plan is to keep the fish in there this winter. However, I've run into a snag already! Just when my water was starting to clear up, I started losing water.... A leak, ugh! I want to thank all of you for all the information I've gotten off this forum about how to find a leak and repairs, etc. I'm still waiting for the water level to hold steady. A little frustrated, but hey... I'm learning. This is so much different than a pond in a boat! I'm posting a pic of my pond boat. It was pretty cool but too small now. And see the clear water!?! No filter! And also my newly dug pond.... It's still a work in progress.