Pond Kits

epecoseriespondkit-epk66What’s the big deal about pond kits? If you have wanted a pond but haven’t been sure where to start or what parts and accessories that are needed, then a pond kit is the way to go.

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. image 3028540 10273898
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. image 3028540 10273898image 3028540 10273898Check 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.

About the author: Darrell Rhoades is the founder of Whatpond.com. A one man business, works full time in tool & die. It all started when he built his own pond for the family. Ran into pond issues and started the research with pond suppliers and conferences for pond management. He writes about pond building and pond management and sells pond management supplies, aeration & fountains and Practical hands on experiences at Whatpond.com. . No physical store, but has items in stock.

3 comments… add one
  • Robert Mar 25, 2010 @ 11:11

    I have a runoff area that is very wet and want to turn it into a flowwing pond? is a site that is already saturated o.k. for a small pond maybe 20′ by 40′ 3-5′ deep. thanks Bo

  • David Lee May 24, 2015 @ 19:36

    I am looking to build a Koi breeding facility. I would need several 4 foot deep breading tanks and bigger ones for the fry. Do you have economical suggestions.

  • Darrell Rhoades May 25, 2015 @ 6:08

    HI David, I have a couple options for tanks and tanks with pump and filter as a kit, which would be the best setup getting started with two separate tanks one for fry and adult fish. See images below. Shoot me an email or call and we can work out the details when you are ready to order.
    Fish Tank Systems
    Round Fish Tanks

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