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    Creating a fish pond, part two: the nitty-gritty

    Published on 14 September 2014, Sunday, 9:57 PM

    In the previous article, we explained the kinds of things you have to take into account before starting work on your fish pond. Now, we'll walk you through the various steps of making it a successful DIY garden project.

    Digging dirt

    Since you've decided how big your pond will be and where you're going to put it, it's time to start digging a hole. Dig straight down the sides, though be careful that you keep the walls solid.

    Preferably, create both a deep and a shallow segment for your pond - this will allow you to have a variety of fish in there, from smaller species to larger ones. If you're worried about depth, be aware that the pond will end up markedly smaller once it's filled with stones

    When you're done, scrape off any roots and rocks with your shovel to keep your liner protected. Also, you might need a wheelbarrow to remove the dirt you've dug up.

    What's my line?

    Once you've finished digging, lay your liner on the hole. Try to place it evenly, and work out any kinks and folds, although don't be a perfectionist - you'll never get them all out.

    Put stones or bricks around the liner to hold it down. At this point, you might also want to put in some water, taking the opportunity to ease the liner out in case more of it has to reach the bottom.

    Pumps and features

    If you're planning on installing a pump, then this is the point to jump in. Plan out where the hoses and power cables will go, ideally concealing them beneath plants or rocks. The pump equipment should come with detailed installation instructions when you purchase  or hire it.

    Soil away

    Pack the dirt on top of the liner, creating a ramp-like look going up to the bricks, and covering up the liner. This will make it more attractive, as well as preventing run-off from contaminating the pond.

    Creating structure

    Place stones and rocks onto the sides of your pond. There are a variety of styles you can choose from. Some people only add a few large stones to edge the pond while others pile on many layers of smaller rock to create a more natural look.

    After this, you're ready to fill your pond and add your fish!

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.