Is surface area a relevant pond design parameter?


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We always appear to discuss pond size (oh, that pond is too small, etc) in relation to total volume. As @Mmathis pointed out in another thread, surface area is important as well and is rarely discussed. What are people's thoughts/input regarding this important parameter?
 
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Surface area is very important better to have a shallower and wider/longer pond than a narrower/deeper pond, for the biggest reason as @Mmathis mentioned gas exchange. Also, larger fish like koi, orfes appreciate more horizontal swimming room than vertical.
 

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ditto what jhn said, but I'd always design with some depth in mind too. That is, I like to plan for at least 36" and go from there. More problems with a shallow pond than deep, more problems with a deep pond than one with lots of surface area. Magic formula? Wide and deep(reasonably). There; I fixed it fer ya!
 
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Depth is like climate control be it in cold or warm climates. Shallow waters can heat up or chill very quickly in comparison. Carp are river fish and love current. But what we call deep 6oreven 8 feet is a very shallow river for a carp naturally.
 
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Magic formula? Wide and deep(reasonably).

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Thank you all for your input! I am planning to enlarge my pond in a year or two and will keep this in mind!
 

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