Welcome to our FAQ page: Where we have answers to a list of frequently asked pond and water feature questions. Be sure to check out our blog articles as we have answered many of these FAQ’s in more detail. Here is a list of some other frequently asked pond questions with the simplest answers we can give. Blog links follow for more details and information.
Yes! A pond can be built almost anywhere. You will just want to be aware of the different behaviors of the water quality when it is in the sun or in the shade.
For example; A pond in the sun may have more blooming water plants available, whereas a pond in the shade it stays cooler with not as much direct sunlight.
No. A water garden runs on a “closed circuit.” That means once you fill it, it recirculates the same water through the system continually with a pump and filter system.
On occasion, some water may need to be added due to evaporation.
Any time. As long as the earth you need to dig in is not frozen, you can build a pond. The only thing I would suggest, is if you are impatient about adding fish in it, make sure that the weather outside is warm enough to transfer and acclimate them safely.
Hopefully you are using a thick 45 mil EPDM rubber liner. If so, it is safe to walk on, but with caution. Be sure that it is clear of mulch or stones underneath it, and please do not wear your golf shoes or baseball cleats. Once it is installed with a proper underlayment, you may enter your pond at any time for building and maintenance. Be careful – it is slippery when wet.
To some degree it does, but the warmer the water is, the closer the oxygen stays to the surface. To properly add dissolved oxygen to your pond, install an aerator stone near the bottom where the waste settles. If you have fish, you will move the aerator stone in the winter.
For best results, use pond aeration year-round.
You will need to know how much volume your pond has; or how many gallons of water it holds, in order to treat your pond properly. Figure the gallons by multiplying your average length (L) by average width (W) by average depth (D) by 7.48. (LxWxDx7.48)
No. Turtles have very sharp claws and like to dig.
You would be best off leaving turtles in the wild, rather than looking for a leak that suddenly appeared in your pond.
You can - but we highly advise against it. Koi fish grow according to their food source and can sometimes triple in size in a single year.
Koi will very quickly outgrow a small pond and you will either be looking to relocate them, re-build your feature, or they can perish.
Feeding your fish is relative to the capabilities of your pond’s filtration system and the population of your pond.
To be on the safe side, we recommend; once a day, whatever they can finish in 3-5 mins should suffice.
Water lilies and lotus are the most important to fertilize since they do very little to help filter the water.
Potted plants may be fertilized once a month while bare-rooted plants, floating plants, or bog plants will take their nutrients straight from the pond water.
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