A properly designed and built pond is nearly self-maintaining.
Ponds can be built in sun or shade, large or small. With the right
skimmer filtration, most pond debris
is automatically bagged and ready for easy removal. A biological
filter with supplemental bacteria additions will clean the pond,
letting nature establish an ecosystem that recycles fish waste and
eliminates green water.
The Pro-Pond ecosystem is a closed system. Except for the initial
fill-up, the only water that has to be added is to replenish water
that has evaporated.
We have found
over the years a good starter size for a water garden is 11 ft. by 16
ft. (roughly 180 sq. ft.), 24 inches deep. This size will allow plenty
of room for fish and plants to be added over the years to come.
Hardy fish, such as koi, will survive through winter in new Jersey ( zone 6), in as
little as 18 inches of water. The majority of the ponds we build are
24 inches deep. ( check with your local building inspector to determine
what the proper depth is for your town without having to put a fence