Pond Supplies

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Pond supplies may not be one of those things you ever thought about before you had a pond in your backyard. Now that you have one, it is suddenly the most fascinating topic on the Internet. Pond supplies can take many forms and fit many different backyard pond requirements. The main thing to keep in mind is that you are essentially creating a miniature (or if you have a lot of money to burn, not so miniature) ecosystem in your yard. Pond supplies should be considered and purchased accordingly.

Pond Supplies: First Things First

The first step in planning out your pond is to consider its shape. The best thing to do is keep it as simple as possible. Many experts feel that the surface area of a pond is the most important component. Strange shapes detract from this surface area. Round, oval, or kidney designs are best.

The size of the pond is another important consideration. The right size depends on what you are going to do with it. If you want to put plants and fish in the pond, a larger surface area is best. 20-25 square feet should be the minimum. The surface area of the pond will determine how healthy it will stay when impurities like fish and plant waste come into play. Depth is also important. A pond should never be too deep. Two feet at the most is recommended.

Now For the Hardware

Pond supplies like liners, filters, and pumps are something you will need to look into when planning your pond. The liner will be what you put on the bottom so that water doesn't soak into the ground. Tetra Xaven or 45 mil EPDM are considered the best materials to use for pond liners because of their durability and low toxicity.

Pond supplies like pumps and filters come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and types. The size of the pond will determine the size of the filter. A filter should also cause as little disturbance in the water as possible. You just want to cleanse the water. You don't want to create a torrential current.

Biological filters are considered to be the best among pond enthusiasts. These filters remove certain impurities while maintaining the PH balance and necessary bacterial content of the water. It's good for a pond to be clean for the most part but you don't want it to be a completely sterile environment. Plants and fish feed off of certain biological impurities as part of their life cycle.

Looking Good

Maintenance isn't the only aspect of pond supplies to consider. Appearance is also important. Accessories like lights, fountains, and waterfalls can all serve to add a touch of beauty to any garden pond. You just have to be careful with such pond supplies. Lights should never generate too much heat. Fountains and waterfalls can over aerate water and create a turbulent environment for fish and plants.

When considering items like waterfalls or fountains for a backyard pond, you have to make a choice. It's probably best to keep things like fish and plants out of the equation. Unless the waterfall or fountain in question is so tiny that it will hardly disturb the water at all, it will just create too many problems for them.

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