Get Creative With A Backyard Pond Kit

An attractive garden pond can provide you with a place of solace, especially if you have a water feature such as a waterfall with trickling water. Designing and building your own pond can be very fulfilling and rewarding. You will own a little piece of nature in your own backyard and will delight in watching it throughout the seasons. A pond attracts wildlife into the garden and will prove very interesting to watch.
Installing your own pond need not prove that complicated. You may be interested to learn that you can purchase backyard pond kits, which will contain all the essentials to build your own pond quite cheaply. Firstly, consider what size pond you would like and if you plan to keep fish. If your plan does include fish then the bigger the pond the better for the fish. Have a look on the Internet at pond designs before you decide on the kind of pond you would like. You could also look in a specialist pond book for the beginner to help in your quest for your perfect pond.
 
You can keep a variety of fish in your large garden pond including Tench, Shubunkins, Koi, Orfe and Goldfish.
Koi can grow very big, over a metre in length so you will need a pond with at least 1,000 gallons if you wish to consider these. There are Koi that don’t grow as large which include Doitsu, Butterfly, Kohaku, Sanke, Shusui and Kujaku.
Shubunkins grow to about 40 centimetres in length so you will still need a good size pond for these. Orfe are predatory and will eat smaller fish and insects, molluscs and crustaceans and they grow to around 45 centimetres. Tench are smaller tending to reach around 12 centimetres in length. Tench fish feed from the bottom of the pond and will consume waste and debris helping to keep the pond clean.
 
Goldfish are from China and came to England in the 1600’s and can grow to about 60 centimetres. However, most goldfish only reach about 30 centimetres. They can be long lived with some living for more than 35 years, however most goldfish only live for about 10 years.
You must give pond maintenance a high priority to keep your pond clean and healthy to stop the spread of disease and the rise of toxic chemicals. Prevention is always better than cure in a garden pond if you know what to look for. Keep an eye on your pond and fish for the first signs of disease or ill health.
Feed your fish only small amounts a few times daily or waste will build up in your pond and will become harmful to your charges. Fish only have small stomachs so don’t need a lot of food, feed only what they can eat in a few minutes. Don’t be tempted to overstock your pond as this will cause waste to build up and could cause disease to spread or poor water quality. To avoid stress in your fish only keep community fish together and leave predatory large fish well alone. If you do your research your fish should live together peacefully and should remain healthy on a varied balanced diet and not be overcrowded. This way you will enjoy your backyard pond and your fish for a long time to come.