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Checklist: Purchasing the Right Pond Supplies

Establishing a pond in your back yard is far more expensive and labor intensive than many other landscaping projects, but the result is extremely rewarding. The levels of effort and expense can vary dramatically, according to your plans. Several decisions drive others, so you need to do some research before you create a budget and develop a plan.

What is your vision? How big do you want your pond? Will you stock fish? What pond supplies will you need? What plants do you want to cultivate? Fish require sufficient room to thrive and places to hide. Goldfish need water depth of about two feet to survive, and koi need about three. They need to be free of contamination from fertilizers and chemicals. They need some temperature control depending upon where you live. In desert climates, the concern may be sufficient shade in the summer, while in others it may be freezing temperatures. Goldfish generally ignore pond plants, but koi can be very destructive.

After you have a general idea of what you want, you can start making a checklist of the supplies you will need:

1. Liner – Dozens of styles, sizes and materials give you a vast number of choices of materials to hold the water.
2. Filter/Filtration system – A filtration system keeps the water clear and clean. Your choices of fish will drive this decision.
3. Plants – This element makes the pond beautiful, feeds the ponds residents and gives them a place to hide. It also helps eliminate toxins.
4. Pump – The pump is critical to filters, fountains and other features and is responsible for water circulation.
5. Supplies – The type of fish you stock will drive the type and number of supplies you should keep on hand.
6. Esthetic additions – Waterfalls and lights transform a simple pond into a work of art.

Researching products and possibilities is part of the fun of building your pond. Do not hesitate to consult an expert like An extensive inventory of wholesale products offers you an affordable way to set up your pond. Our knowledgeable staff is available to help you with all of your pond needs. Whether you pay for professional installation or do it yourself, make sure it fulfills your vision. Pond kits can ensure that you have all the components you need for successful installation.