My mom and I want a pond w/ attached waterfall in our backyard (her reason, flowing water for her chickens; my reason, I like fish!!)
My boyfriend took over the side yard with his "toys" (jet skis, campers, etc) so now I am thinking about the space under the second story deck (pictures below.) It is ~12' by ~10' on the house side, I was thinking of a 8'X9' pond w/ 3' depth, which would be 1,350 gallons. I was thinking rock waterfall running on either side, pooling out into the pond at either side of the house.
I have cats, only one "hunter", just lost my dog but we are getting another one (I do competition obedience so it wont be hard to train a dog not to swim in the pond!) and chickens. We have the occasional hawk that eat our pigeons, and occasionally opposums that live under the adjoining shed when they birth (again, refer to below pictures.)
For sun light/temperature, I have no idea how much sun it gets, I live in Southern California where its *always* sunny, the left side of the picture is North for reference. It rarely gets below 50's here. Unfourtunately I live in a high fire area, we just got through with a major fire so there is a lot of ash here. Im sure half of your heard about it on the TV ;)
-What fish would be good? I don't want koi (can only have one anyways!) What would go well with Bettas if I decided on that? Are catfish ok?
-What plants are good? How much should I have? What about plants along the pond/waterfall? I would love a plant to cover up my ugly yellow house!!
-Can I have turtles? What snails would be good?
Anything I am leaving out? My boyfriend and I are going to look at premade pond liners and some landscaping magazines. I will move the bird feeder and plants away from the area, can move the shed over if needed. Its not a high traffic area, just the chickens. There is an orange, plum and peach tree behind where I am standing taking the picture.