Starting a pond, please help
So, I'm starting a small pond in the backyard. I was wondering if anyone could help me with a few things:
1) I can't decide between a small pond in a large pot or vase or one in the ground. Which is better? I have limited money and space.
2) How to keep misquitoes out? Anyone who lives in NorCal have advice?
3) What about fish and turtles? How big of a pond for a turtle or two, and what kinds do you think? And fish?
Sorry for all the questions, and if anyone has any other tips for a suburban Nor.Cal. pond, they're welcome!
Re: Starting a pond, please help
I'm going to answer your questions in bold print to make it easier and to avoid missing anything.
What kind of liner will you be using for your pond? What liners are available? If using a container, will it require anything to seal it, or will it require a liner to make it water tight?
Breakables don't fare well for outdoor ponds and water gardens.
What is it about having a pond that appeals to you most? Use that to outline your plans for what will be needed.
Figure a budget... what can you afford to invest into building/creating a pond? How much can you invest in maintenance and time, products, and fish food? Writing a budget up front is very helpful, and will show you where your limits are.
If I think of anything more I'll come back and post it for you. This is just what is coming to me without 2nd thought at the moment. Hope it helps!
I really like all the things Dawn said. Also, "Google" making ponds as you will get some neat info and ideas. I wish I had the cool websites I found on this subject, but it was a couple years ago and I have misplaced the info. Good luck!
Just keep in mind that your turtle will eat any small fish you have. :wink:
I have a small pond, about 5' x 7', and 29" deep at it's center. I have 5 goldfish and one koi. The koi was a mistaken purchase, he was in the goldfish tank. My pond is too small for him, since koi can reach 3' in length. :shock: So one day I will need to find him a new home. Since your pond is going to be small, you need to stick to a small amount of smallish fish. Growfish grow to about 12" in length. You will need some kind of pump and filter system, I have a submersible pump that has an attached fountain. If you do have a few goldfish (think one fish per 100 gallons for optimum fish health) you will have no problems with mosquitoes. However, if you plan to use a really small container, you won't have room for goldfish. However, you can get "mosquito" fish, which are similar in size to guppies, and they will control your mosquito larvae. :D
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