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We have all the pond supplies in stock necessary to get you started with any of the following ponds and hidden water features. We are more than willing to put together a complete custom koi pond package, including plants, custom tailored to your design.
Here you will be able to gain insight on how to design your very own pond with professional results.
Please take your time here, we have assembled a lot of resources that we feel will aid you in the designing of your pond. This is one of our favorite pages here and we update it regularly with fresh ideas and information. Bookmark this page and re-visit often.
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Google Sketchup is a free download that enables you to design, in 3D, your project. In the free basic edition, you can have tons of fun designing, and modifying other people's designs. Here is a clip of a pond designed using the free edition.
Our free step by step plans are brought to you by Oase, one of the world’s leaders in pond design, water movement, filtration, and quality. Oase designs are so effective that they come with a clear water guarantee as long as you follow their simple instructions.
We start off with Oase’s pond planner. This is a fantastic starting point for every do it yourselfer. The pond planner gives great point of reference in...
Planning Your Pond
Helpful tips, tools and calculations
What kind of pond are you planning? Planning and building your pond is much easier if you clearly define for yourself what it is you are looking for. By articulating these choices early in the process, the resulting requirements can be incorporated into the plan and the construction of the pond. The most important choice you will probably face is whether or not you want to have fish in the pond. Fish increase the biological load on the pond ecosystem significantly and necessitate planning for a pond that is deeper and incorporates a more effective filter system.
Where will your pond be built? A koi or fish pond should be located near a patio or close to the house so that one can observe and interact with the fish. A splashing water feature is best placed in the middle of the garden, while a natural pond is perfect for the garden perimeter. 4-6 hours of direct sunlight is ideal. Placing a pond under trees is not recommended without a water surface skimmer to remove accumulating leaves. Most importantly the location of the pond should work well with the landscaping of the rest of the backyard.
What about streams and waterfalls?
In addition to being interesting to look at, waterfalls and streams are of biological benefit to the pond. The moving water aerates the pond and reduces stangant areas. However, not every pond will look good or benefit from Niagara Falls splashing into it. If your yard is more or less flat, a tall waterfall will look out of place or unnatural and a stream might be much better suited for the landscape. For most normal-size ponds a 2 ft. waterfall is close to ideal and provides all the benefits and aesthetics of something larger.
Oase's Pond Planner (Step 1)
Click on the image on the left to download step 1 in designing your pond. This has great points of reference. (requires Adobe Acrobat to open)
Oase's Pond Planner (Step 2)
Click on the image on the left to download step 2 in designing your
pond. This has great plans that are easy to follow and can be used in both professional and homeowner applications. (requires Adobe Acrobat to
An image is worth a thousand words. Savio made these instructional videos to guide you through the pond making process.
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We have the pond supplies in stock to build any of these koi ponds, so please enjoy these videos brought to you by Tetra - We hope to leave you inspired.
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