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Backyard fish pond

Prawns
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Prawns
Prawns
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This simple pond makes a great backyard feature and a potential home for fish and frogs.

 

 

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The project

 

I decided to put a small pond in the backyard for something to do while stuck at home a lot. I thought I could eventually put some fish in it and maybe attract some frogs.

 

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I started by marking out a 1.8m x 1.8m square and removing the turf.

 

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I dug it out to a depth of a little over a metre at one end and a little under a metre at the other. I also made a shelf on one side of the hole that will only be 100mm under water so I can put some aquatic plants there.

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I tried to keep the corners a bit rounded to keep the fish happier when they circle the pond perimeter and so they don't bang their heads on square corners.

 

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It begins: pond liner installed and two outlets from the Spearpoint pump running into it. The bore water is going to be a little smelly.

 

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My wife grabbed a couple of aquatic plants from Bunnings.

 

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I looked into requirements for fencing – as it's a fish pond there's no fence required where I am. You always have to check with the council.

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I added a couple of cheap solar-powered lights, and also added some plants that people were throwing away on Facebook Marketplace and had left on the side of the road. I also found a few rocks laying around as a temporary measure to keep the pond liner from falling into the pond.

 

It's a "slow burner" job, so from here things will definitely slow down a lot. I'll have to save for a small deck, a water feature of some kind and some fish. 

 

How to install a garden pond

 

Experienced Bunnings Workshop contributor Adam Woodhams put together this handy step-by-step guide to installing a pre-formed garden pond.

 

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More project inspiration for your home

 

Adam also created a video guide to creating a raised pond with built-in seating, and a step-by-step guide to creating a pond in a pot.

 

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Bunnings Workshop member mich1972 showed how to make a fish-filled frog pond from an old bathtub.

 

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There are also plenty of great ideas in our Top 10 most popular outdoor projects and Top 10 most popular garden makeovers.

 

Let us know if you need a hand with your project – we're here to help.

 

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