FISH­KEEP­ING KNOW-HOW

PFK helps you choose and cre­ate a great-look­ing wa­ter fea­ture to be proud of.

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Contents - WORDS: Steve baker

Scratch­ing your head over what type of pond would suit you and your out­door space? We help you choose and cre­ate a great-look­ing wa­ter fea­ture to be proud of.

THE OP­TIONS for a pond are al­most end­less, de­pend­ing on the space you have and the bud­get you can run to. It can be a dug-in liner with plant­ing around it to hide and soften the edges, brick built and raised from the ground within a pa­tio or sim­ply one cre­ated by recycling an old bath.

The fol­low­ing pages give out­lines of three dif­fer­ent styles of pond, but bound­aries can be merged by mix­ing them up a bit – for ex­am­ple, it’s com­mon to see a gar­den pond with an area or con­nected pool for a na­ture pond.

You’ll also of­ten see larger gar­den ponds hous­ing colour­ful Koi along­side gold­fish and Golden orfe. Or you can use a con­nected ‘veg­etable fil­ter’ on a Koi pond, which is ba­si­cally a na­ture pond with fast-grow­ing plants (to re­move nu­tri­ents from the wa­ter).

You can have a lot of fun fus­ing types and styles, mix­ing in steams, wa­ter­falls and bog gar­dens, too.

Cre­at­ing a pond, given the amount of space and ef­fort in­volved, is not some­thing you’re go­ing to do of­ten, so al­though equip­ment can be changed it’s best to take time to think a pond through be­fore you start dig­ging.

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