Pond kits are an easy way to have the Koi pond or water garden you always wanted. Enhance your back yard and watch the wildlife come in.
Pond kits come in many sizes. The smaller being 60 to 200 gallon, either as a pond liner, or a preformed pond kit. The larger pond kits can be as much as 13,000 gallons.
Picture a 4 foot deep, 15 foot diameter swimming pool, it holds 5,000 gallons. Keep this in mind when looking for a pond kit to buy, if going smaller start cutting the pool into sections. When deciding on what type of kit to by, first decide if it will be a water garden or to raise fish such as goldfish or Koi.
What’s the difference between a water garden or Koi pond? Water garden can be shallow at no less than 2 feet deep in moderate climates. The colder the climate, deeper is better to protect the plants. Koi pond will need to be 3 to 5 feet deep so the fish don’t freeze solid during winter. The pond kit should have an air bubbler or another method to keep a hole in the ice, this lets out the gases that build up and could harm the fish.
Good pond kits should include a liner to hold the water in, whether it’s a sheet type liner or preformed shape. Filter and a Mag Drive pump, to keep the water circulating and clean for the fish. This type of pump will be under water and the exit from the pump can then be used as a fountain, or waterfall feature. Other pumps are designed with the fountain already built in them. Some pond kits include a skimmer, waterfall and correct size pump with the necessary plumbing.
When planning for a pond kit think about location. The pond kit will need electricity, for the pump and lighting if desired. Keeping it closer to the house will save on how long a ditch would need dug to bury the electric cable. Being close to the house will make it a new living area, possibly watching the fish from the window or by adding a deck or patio next to it or around it.When figuring out the size and shape, use a garden hose as an outline. If it looks too small, it usually is. Don’t kick yourself in the pants later make it bigger now. Check with the town or township to see if any permits are required, and with the insurance company to be safe before getting your pond kit.