A rigid pre-formed glass-fibre pond can be convenient - if you like the size, shapes and the colours on offer.
A very popular method is to line the hole of your own design with a good quality liner such as Tetraís new Pondtex; inexpensive plastic liners will degrade due to UV light from sunshine and also may become brittle due to winter frosts.
To determine the size of liner, simply add twice the maximum depth to the length and width dimensions; this will allow enough liner to overlap the edge of the hole and be hidden by surrounding paving slabs.
Lining the hole with wet sand, newspapers or old carpets) will protect the liner against punctures from stones.
Donít have too many complicated curves as liner folds are difficult to manage and could also trap fish.
When filling the pond, the sheet liner will gradually stretch into the shape of the pond; during this time, smooth out any wrinkles in the liner using your bare feet - kids will love to help!
If using a preformed liner, back-fill the 'shell' with earth, sand or pea-shingle as it settles into the hole under the weight of the water.
What Kind of Pond?
Will I need a Filter?
Fish & Plants
Dealing with Green Water Problems
Useful Facts & Tips
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Last updated January 17, 2002