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BACKYARD FISH PONDS: A HOW TO

Aesthetics

Recently, one of the most popular backyard designs is
adding a water pond or a fish pond to the yard. These
projects, however, can only be achieved in sprawling
and huge yards that has walkways and large areas.

But if you are really certain to have your own fish
pond and yet you do not have a large back yard, there
are design ideas that can be incorporated to hopefully
place your pond in it without having to take up too
much space and dominate your yard.

Let your pond serve as the focal point of your back
yard. Place it in the middle or in one corner of the
yard if you have a small space. Make it appealing to
the people walking around the house.

Location

If you wish to place it in the corner part of the
yard, raise the pond a little higher so that the fish
will seem as a surprise to the visitors. But if you
want to place it in the center, it is best if you
place the pond at ground level or a little above it.

Fish Types

Make sure that the fish you put inside are colorful
and lively to attract attention. Watching the fishes
swim around everyday can also serve to be therapeutic.
But if you want to maintain a small pond, do not place
large fishes such as the Japanese Koi. They may not
live long in this kind of environment and they are
also extremely expensive. Goldfish are compatible with
the size of your pond, however, their longevity might
not be a guaranteed in an outdoor pond.

Maintenance

Think how much you really want an outdoor pond and how
you can maintain and build it depending on your
preferences. You might find that maintaining an indoor
aquarium is difficult enough, how much more an outdoor
pond.

Consider the climate of your place. Water ponds and
fish ponds are most applicable in tropical weather
because of the advantage of the sun all year round.
Some aquatic plants need to be exposed to the sun to
grow. The plants and fishes may die if you let them
stay in the pond during winter time. it is best to
transfer them to an indoor tank if the weather is not
applicable.

A fish pond in your own backyard only tells an
individual how much energy, time, and money you are
willing to devote to the beautification of your
backyard. It does not matter how large or how small it
is, it just goes to show that you appreciate beautiful
things. You will not only impress a lot of people but
yourself as well. A back yard fish pond brings a
luxurious and relaxing feeling to the place.

In order to make your fish pond more appealing,
decorate its surroundings. Landscaping the place will
attract frogs and birds which can add to the overall
natural feeling. If you cannot afford landscaping
projects, hanging plants and flowering bushes will do.
This will produce a great ambiance to your visitors
and guests.

Having a fish pond is not a go-get-it-and-have-it
project. You have to maintain and preserve its beauty
time and again. Make sure to add water to it
periodically. It is also important that you get rid of
fallen leaves as this will cause decay and unpleasant
appearance.

Lastly, consult your local pond professionals before
building a pond yourself. Do not hesitate to ask
questions as this will benefit the inhabitants of the
pond.

BUILDING YOUR OWN BACKYARD POND

A Landscape Masterpiece

A backyard pond is the kind of structure that can turn
your average backyard into a landscape masterpiece.
The pond is sometimes considered to be the centerpiece
of a yard. As the variety of inexpensive kits
increases in the gardening market, backyard ponds have
become popular to the public. Backyard ponds were a
luxury for only those who could afford it in the past.
However, with the current facilities available and
some effort from the home owners, building that
perfect backyard pond has become a luxury for all.

Unfortunately, in the rush of home owners to integrate
ponds into their home landscaping, several do-it
yourselfers have made mistakes. Building a pond is not
as easy as the market has made it to be. There are
several important factors to take into account before
and during the construction of the pond. The following
are some guidelines on how to build that perfect the
smart way. Remembering these key points will help in
reducing those mistakes that do-it yourselfers usually
make.

Tips and Tricks

First, let your backyard decide. The first question
that comes to mind is where to make the pond? In most
cases, home owners just find an open spot in their
yard and immediately start working. The result? Still
your own plain backyard with a pond. Home owners have
to integrate the pond into their existing landscape.
The pond will fail to compliment the overall design
and feel of the property. In situations like these,
the presence of a pond can actually diminish the
beauty of a home landscape

When considering in constructing a pond, take the time
to pick out a design and suitable spot that will
flatter the over all design of the yard. Donít just
simply grab that shovel and dig on the first spot you
can find. Do a little research and if you still feel
that your own judgment and unique design is not
enough, ask some friends or your family members to
help you out. Remember two heads are better than one.

Second, consider the elements of your backyard. If you
are considering on breeding fishes, you may want to
rethink about placing that pond in a shaded area.
Warmth is an important element in maintaining fish
population. If the pond is placed near a tree, you may
find yourself in a position where you are constantly
cleaning leaves off the pond. The environment
surrounding your backyard will have a great impact on
the appearance and maintenance of the pond.

Lastly, size does matter. You need to make sure that
the size of the pond will meet your goals. Some may
build a small pond and place a variety of aquatic
plants and animals only to find out that the pond
cannot satisfy the necessities of the plants and
fishes. Another thing to consider carefully is the
depth of the pond. This is especially true for
landscapes in colder climates and ponds containing
fish. If the pond is built too shallow, it could
freeze completely. Proper depth should also be
considered when talking about size.

Building a backyard pond in you home can definitely
make it more attractive. It is a great way of making
out door living more colorful and enjoyable. If built
correctly, it can add a certain luster to the beauty
of a property and can raise the propertyís value.
However, if done poorly, your backyard pond can be
incredibly stressful.

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