/ September 12, 2017/ Pond Building/ 0 comments

In this post I want to go over a few advantages & disadvantages of the standard pond designs.

The little garden pond:

Starter garden pond

 

Advantages:

Disadvantages:

Low installation cost Higher Maintenance
The gravel will help establish an ecosystem The pumps are prone to clogging
Plants will help filter the water and add some beauty Filters are also prone to clogging and are harder to clean
Shallow ponds are a little safer for kids and pets Water clarity is uncertain
Not suitable for large fish or a large quantity of fish
Sludge will accumulate fast on the bottom
May freeze solid in the winter
May get to hot for fish in the summer

The Basic Water Garden:

Basic water garden

Advantages:

Disadvantages:

Lower maintenance due to the use of a larger filtration system with skimmer Greater initial investment for the pond
Easier maintenance as the pump is outside the pond Not recommended as ideal for koi health and growth
Water clarity and quality are easy to achieve
Has the ability to handle a large goldfish population
Pond edges are shallow for safety
Hidden filters, plants, rocks, and gravel all add to the beauty
More attractive to wildlife

Advanced Water Garden:

Advanced water garden

Advantages:

Disadvantages:

All the advantages of the basic water Garden and more Greater initial investment for the pond
Bottom drain to help with sediment A little more digging
A greater depth (3’ or more) is now suitable for koi
The greater volume of water promotes better fish health

The Koi Pond:

Koi Pond

Advantages:

Disadvantages:

This pond is well suited for koi health Steeper walls create a safety hazard for kids and pets
It will handle a large fish load Separate large filters are harder to hide
The best protection from just about all predators The highest cost to build and install the filter system
Most digging and the most dirt to discard
Not suitable for most plants
It can also affect the property resale ability as not every one wants a large koi pond
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