Ponds 101: Answering What’s, How’s, & More
We’re taking years of knowledge and experience and passing it on to you with Ponds 101! People often ask us similar questions when deciding whether or not a water feature is right for their lifestyle and home. You may have the same questions. Read on to see what these frequently asked questions are and the answers to them.
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Components Of A Pond Ecosystem
- Biological Filter (Bio-falls) – Colonizes bacteria.
- Mechanical Filter (skimmer) – Collects and removes debris.
- Aquatic Plants – Removes nutrients, provide food, shade, protection, and beauty.
- Rocks and Gravel – Protects pond liner, beneficial bacteria grows here.
- Koi Fish – Eat algae, add color, beauty, and life.
How Much Does A Koi Fish Pond Cost?
A basic pond (10’ x 15’, 24″ deep) with necessary parts: $8-10,000.
Basic pond with additions like fish caves: $12-15,000.
Larger ponds with a stream and upgrades: $40-50,000.
Even larger, with a patio or walkway: $50-100,000.
How Long Does It Take To Build A Pond?
Assuming it’s a brand new 10′ x 15′ pond with a waterfall with normal ground conditions and a 4-man crew.
- Digging & Filters- 1 day
- Underlayment & Liner Laying- 2-3 hours
- Rocking & Waterfall- 1 day
- Additions & Cleaning- 1 day
5 Benefits Of Having A Pond
- Impact: bring excitement and character.
- Lifestyle: care for fish and plants, change the style to fit you.
- Nature: fish, frogs, birds, and dragonflies, all in your pond.
- Exploration: find out what’s new in your pond!
- Aquatic Gardening: try your blue-green thumb.
All the Water, Minus the Pond
The relaxing sound of water falling. That’s what you’ll get with a pondless water feature!
This water feature is perfect in areas with limited space and where children are. There’s nowhere for a child to fall into, and since the water is recirculated, it doesn’t need much space. You also won’t have aquatic plants or animals that need to be taken care of, so it’s even lower maintenance.
It will also change your yard.
Excitement and character will be brought to the backyard! The waterfall or fountain can be a focal point, drawing in guests and compliments. The sound of the water and nature will drown out undesired background noise, turning your yard into a small oasis.
So, how do these things work?
- An area (reservoir) is dug for the vault and water storage area. This vault houses the recirculation pump. The area is lined with protective fabric and rubber liner, which is then filled with Aqua-blocks.
- These parts are then artfully disguised with rocks and gravel.
- The pump recirculates the reservoir water via hidden plumbing right into the waterfall or stream, which then flows back into the reservoir.
- The reservoir can have a small pool of water, which makes great sounds and can serve as a bird bath! This is optional and can be hidden.
If digging isn’t an option, the pondless reservoir can be constructed on top of the soil inside of a retaining wall. If you want to add some extravagance, try some LED lights!
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Premier Ponds Can Help!
Having installed hundreds and serviced thousands of water features since 2001, Premier Ponds can offer fast and reliable service! If you want a water feature or have one serviced, we’re the ones to call! If you want to know anything or get a water feature, fill out our contact form or call us at (301) 821-7777.
Since 2001 Premier Ponds has not only been installing hundreds of ponds and repairing thousands more, but we have also been committing ourselves to be our industry’s best educators when it comes to all things water features. Ponds 101 is a great place to start with basic information about installing a backyard pond or water feature.