Very basically the following rules apply for gaining the best experience from yourfish pond designs. You should try to locate yourfish pond where it should receive a minimum of 6 hours of sunshine a day. Koi Carp especially are great lovers of sunbathing and show an increase in vitality and condition if given sufficient sunlight to super charge their voracious appetites and metabolisms.
Expansive deep water areas help to prevent the water from warming excessively in locations with high sunlight incidence. Furthermore, deep water infish ponds also help to streamline your fish by 'squeezing' their bodies during deeper dives looking for their favorite fish foods. In winter, these deeper areas become 'warm water' zones for thepond fish to rest and keep warm during the colder months.
Deciduous trees and conifers should be kept far enough away from any fish pond designs because of their ability to impair the water quality with their falling leaves and pine needles. They should also be taken into consideration when laying out your pond. There is nothing worse than to suddenly find the roots of a nearby tree protruding into your neatly designed pond a few years down the line.
We find that the best fish pond designs are based around a block rendered, resin sealed design. This allows sufficient planning to occur to include the very necessary bottom drains, pipework and pond filters, skimmers and pumps to be included before the first sod of earth is removed from your garden. Additions such as fountains, waterfalls and even planting are all considerations to your fish pond needs.
We currently use water garden and fish pond design software to enable us to prepare designs suitable for individual requirements. We use this software to prepare outline plans and designs that are returned to our clients via cd rom. This allows for 360 degree viewing using your pc Every detail may then be finalised prior to the actual construction of your fish pond. This software is readily available across the internet and is affordable to all.
Location of pond-First and foremost you must consider the location of your pond. Pond should be located were it will get some shading from the afternoon sun. Consider yourself sitting in the full sun unprotected, the same goes for fish. If you have ever fished in a lake were the sun is brightly shining, how do you find the fish?
Type of soil-Another important factor to consider is the type of ground that you will be digging your pond in. Is the ground rocky or just dirt? Unless you own a backhoe, you probably are digging your fish pond by hand. That is why soil type is so important. If you have easy digging then you could use the prefab type liner, but for all my ponds I prefer the rubber liner. The rubber liner gives you more flexibility with your design.
Electrical to your pond-You need to consider the electric power to your pond.
Pond filtration-There are many ways you can do your filtration, but what I suggest is to base your choice on the size of your pond. Naturally a larger pond is going to need better filtration. Many larger ponds use a skimmer box along with a waterfall which contains filter media. My rule is to always size your filtration to the next size based on the number of gallons of water in your pond.
Pump motor-There are basically two types of pump motors; submerged and above ground. I have used both types. Here are a couple things to consider. If you have a large pond and it is over 4' deep you might want to stay away from the submerged type of pump.