How to Create a Patio Pond – A Water Feature for Smaller Yards

How to Create a Patio Pond – A Water Feature for Smaller Yards

Tools needed:
– Drill
– Knife

Materials needed:
– Large Waterproof Container (if container is clay, you will need several cans of “clay pot sealant.”)
– Submersible Water-Garden Pump
– Large Nursery(plastic) Pot
– Large Flat Rocks
– Underwater, Oxygenating Plants
– Floating, surface plants
– Bog plants
– Goldfish
– 5” x 5” Piece of Roofing Rubber
– Tube of Silicone Sealant

Steps for building a Patio Pond
1) Prepare your pond. If you are using a large clay pot, you will need to “waterproof” it. It may take several cans of clay pot sealant to seal the inside and outside of the pot. Next, attach the piece of roofing rubber over the hole using the silicone sealant. Be sure not to glue down the edges of the rubber- the edges can be used to pull the rubber loose (for draining the pond).

2) Create your shelf. The plastic nursery pot can be turned upside-down in the pond. This will create a shelf for your bog plants. Cutting a section from the plastic pot will allow a water lily to rest beneath it. You may want to use some flat rocks, to raise the top of the shelf to the proper level (for bog plants).

3) Install the pump. Next, drill a hole in the top of the plastic pot for your waterpump hose. The diameter will depend on the diameter of your hose. Insert the hose and connect it to your pump.

4) Fill your pond with water. If you are placing a water lily beneath the shelf, be sure to place it before you begin filling your pond.

5) Add your plants. Remember, that the bog plant soil must remain partially above the water.

6) Add your fish. Fish are usually sold in plastic bags- place the entire bag in the water for about 20 minutes. This will allow the temperature of the water inside the bag, to adjust to the water temperature in the pond.

7) Turn on your pump and adjust the water to the proper level. Excessive splashing is not a good idea.

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  1. Debbie Mc on August 29, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Can you use a regular fountain pump & what do the fish eat…..the plants, fish food or both?

  2. Donald Norwick on August 29, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Nice, but the water should be declorinated before adding fish.

  3. DEBORAH OVERTON on August 29, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    What are you going to do with the goldfish after summer is over.

  4. EllenM on August 29, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    You explain this so well.

  5. Trucker Trucker on August 29, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    Should have put lighting

  6. Aztec Girl on August 29, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Where do you buy pond plants? At the pet store? Thank you for sharing your ideas!

  7. Frank Stefaniak on August 29, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Where can you buy these pots

  8. Linda Lou on August 29, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Hi Joe, thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us. I have a question for you. What is the brand of the garden tool container behind you. I loved that mobile garden tool but I can’t see the brand to purchase one for myself.

  9. DJ on August 29, 2021 at 11:24 pm


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