Zero experience, planning a small pond this summer!


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Hi,

I want to build a pond this summer. It was my idea, but my Husband is on board to supply the labor :idea: I've been doing a lot of research and I know forums can be very valuable resources, so I found this one!

It started as a little tinge of wishful thinking when I came across a pre-formed pond kit online. It was 65 gallons and I thought, wow, that would be so cool....

Then I started reading and in less then a week I know that we want our pond to be about 8'x6' with a depth of 2'-3'. :idea: It's a little more then 65gal:redface:

So, here I am... nice to meet y'all!
 

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If you live in michigan you may want to go deeper and welcome to our world as you will never stop after you start LOL
 

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sissy said:
If you live in michigan you may want to go deeper and welcome to our world as you will never stop after you start LOL
What I would like to do, and what is practical for my situation and budget are 2 different things. :idea: but I hear ya. Im only planning on goldfish and maybe some smaller species. I live in the city so space is limited and regulations are not fun! We are also about to start a family so 4 ft is just too deep for us. It will be in an enclosed part of our yard, but I just don't want it that deep for liability purposes as well. It would be considered a pool at that point. I know many people with much smaller ponds whose fish have survived winter around here... we will see how it goes :idea:
 

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Well you could buy a heater and that would help not so expensive and I can understand your concerns with children water is a real draw I know I just got heater 750 watts and it was less than 30 dollars at pet mountain .
 

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sissy said:
Well you could buy a heater and that would help not so expensive and I can understand your concerns with children water is a real draw I know I just got heater 750 watts and it was less than 30 dollars at pet mountain .
Cool, that seems like a good price. I will definatly figure something out, haven't put too much thought into it because I'm still learning about all the necessary, different equipment... that has a lot to do with why I joined, I want to see some reviews on different components/brands. :idea:
 
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Welcome!

Do you want something simple, inexpensive, and almost foolproof? Then consider this. I wanted to use one of these, but i didn't have the space. I would set it about a foot into the ground. In ground for temperature moderation and a foot above to prevent runoff water from contaminating the pond. I would surround it with "garden wall blocks," but you can put anything around it since it is completely self-supporting and very strong.
 

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well good luck and you will find lots of info here to help you with your coming addiction to ponding LOL
 

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Welcome!


Enjoy the experience of pond building
 

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rintintin
Gosh I remember that tv show from when I was a kid.........loved it :lol:
 

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rintintin
Gosh I remember that tv show from when I was a kid.........loved it :lol:
I love it, and we have a GSD... we just love the breed... but it's really just a silly nick name since my name it Erin and I'm such an animal lover. :)
 

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Animals rule our hearts no matter what kind of animal it is
 

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Animals rule our hearts no matter what kind of animal it is
Oh yes. :lol: I've ran out of room indoors for the furry kind, so now moving onto fish in the pond! lol
 

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Yo Rinny........German Shepard's are a beautiful breed. We had one once many yrs ago......her name was Hominy Grits :)
Animal lover here too. We've had everything from a seagull to lizards and lots in-between :lol:
 
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Welcome Erin. I have goldfish also. I think they are a smart choice for a small pond (under 1000 gallons).
 

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j.w said:
Yo Rinny........German Shepard's are a beautiful breed. We had one once many yrs ago......her name was Hominy Grits :lol:
Animal lover here too. We've had everything from a seagull to lizards and lots in-between :lol:
We have 4 indoor cats, a GSD, a Belgian Malinois, and a Yorkie. :) Also a couple exotic birds. :)

sissy said:
so next is the slime coated kind LOL
Exactly. I want a turtle too. lol

CometKeith said:
Welcome Erin. I have goldfish also. I think they are a smart choice for a small pond (under 1000 gallons).
I have seen pictures of the Comets and I think they are awesome looking as well. I think that's what I will end up getting.
 

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