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How to Make a Beautiful Goldfish Pond

Updated on February 9, 2017
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Jackie shares her around the house beauties that anyone can copy and enjoy for their very own!

Goldfish/Koi pond. I loved the idea of a pond on an incline with so much room to add varied plants up, down and around the whole pond.
Goldfish/Koi pond. I loved the idea of a pond on an incline with so much room to add varied plants up, down and around the whole pond. | Source

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Having a simple water feature in your yard adds such a tranquility but add goldfish to that and stand back in awe! The beauty you can create is only limited by your imagination!

The gurgling water, rocks, flowers, and nightlight (solar is preferable I think) just set off your beautiful fish that are always glad to see you and your guests.

A pond is so much easier than in a tank and the weather can freeze and snow cover their pond and they will be just fine!

Having a goldfish pond is for a fact a pretty big project with a good bit of work and maintenance; so you need to weigh the pros and cons and work out all the planning before you decide. Is it worth the effort? Only you can say.

Another example of the flower power you can add to your pond.
Another example of the flower power you can add to your pond. | Source

Depth and Location

Important tips

To start remember ponds in cooler temperatures need to include areas where the water is at least two feet deep so the pond will not freeze up.

Always use a local pet or fish store to buy your fish rather than a big box store. The fish-store owner has knowledge of fish and knows how to medicate them if they arrive sick, and many goldfish do. They are shipped hundreds to a box and sometimes the shipping times are longer than is good for the fish. If they arrive less than well, they need to stay in the store and be housed in a quarantined and medicated tank. Usually the new fish stay in the store four to seven days before they are sold. If you shop at a reputable store, you know you are getting a healthy fish. The big box stores do not do quarantine and medicate, so you may be buying sick fish…..Goldfish like cool water below 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They can overwinter well beneath ice as long as your pond does not freeze solid.

Your goldfish eat a lot and poop a lot, so they make a mess. Do not overcrowd your pond. I suggest one linear foot of fish per 25 square feet of pond surface.

Do not feed your fish! If you keep your population down, your fish will eat your anacharis (plants for fresh water aquariums) but not as fast as it grows. That way, a thorough yearly cleaning will remove all the organic matter those goldfish leave behind, your water will stay clear and your water chemistry will stay balanced. When you feed goldfish, you increase organic matter and throw your balanced pond out of balance and create lots of maintenance that takes up your weekend relaxation time.

Choose your goldfish well. Keep your pond balanced. Do not feed your fish. Your pond, your fish and you will all be happy. http://www.life123.com/home-garden/landscaping/garden-ponds/choosing-goldfish-for-your-pond.shtml

They surprisingly will survive extremely cold temperatures but they swim to the bottom in winter where temperatures are much warmer so do be sure you allow for that in your plans.

Find the perfect location for your goldfish pond.

You may want to view it from your home; a window or porch etc. for just for the beauty of the pond; though you can’t see the fish.

You have to consider though the sun on your pond which should be for several hours or half the day; although ponds in warmer climates may benefit from more shade to provide cooler cover for your goldfish in the summer heat.

Decide the size of your pond. How big and how deep the pond it should be proportionate to the number, size and type of goldfish you will have.

Smaller ponds less than a 4-foot diameter are easy to build, but get dirty really fast, may not provide enough room or cover for your goldfish and also may become overgrown with plants.

So a little more work in the beginning could actually save you labor and be better for your fish to be healthy.

Decide the shape or form of your pond.

Using a length of rope or string to outline the shape of the pond on the ground as you want it to help you see how the pond will fit into your landscape.

If you have land on a hillside or slight dip it is perfect for your stream as shown in my photos. It is really simple to cut back into the ground and place rocks for the water to flow over and you can hide all the hose and pump works well above the actual pond.

Do you want just goldfish or do you want the koi alone or koi with goldfish? More on this below.



Flowers set off any pond!
Flowers set off any pond! | Source

Roll Up Your Sleeves

May be easier than you think.

Goldfish predators

Keep herons from eating your pond fish


One of the most common predators of our fish is the beautiful, but dreaded by pond keepers, Great Blue Heron (shown above). There are different species of herons scattered around the country, but the most seen around the pond is the Great Blue Heron. This bird is found in most of the contiguous United States. The Great Blue can stand over 4 feet tall with a wingspan of nearly 6 feet. They feed primarily on fish and frogs, which is what makes a residential pond worth a visit….

We have found some effective methods against herons to be leaf netting and the ScareCrow.

Leaf netting may detract from the beauty of a pond, but so can disappearing fish. If you plan on using leaf netting in the fall anyway, why not just leave it over the pond until spring?

The ScareCrow is a motion-activated sprinkler that attaches to your garden hose. When a heron, or anything else, crosses its path, it emits a burst of water, frightening away the would-be predator. These same two methods should be effective for some other predatory birds such as cranes. However, the ScareCrow may not deter birds that swoop down to feed such as owls and kingfishers. An artificial fish can look like an easy target to a preying bird. But when the attack is made, the bird is unable to eat the intended meal and may retreat to find a tasty meal elsewhere…

While these are some of the most common predators, the list could go on. For most, your best options are described above. I have one last note on the ScareCrow. It is a great option for predator control, but winter usage is limited. Since it requires a garden hose, some climates would cause the hose to freeze and break. Cooler climates will require you to put the ScareCrow away in winter months. http://www.watergarden.org/Pond-Info/Pond-Predators

1. Dig the pond using your outline. If you plan to include plants in your pond, which no doubt you will want to do; make places for them as you dig your pond as where you will set these. (I did mine on a bank so I had sort of stair step tables.)

2. Use a level at the top edge of the pond using a 2x4 and carpenter's level. Put the 2x4 across the pond and place the level on top of it. Measure the level of the pond. If needed alter the soil level on one side of the pond until your level is square. Repeat this every 12 inches of the pond’s length.

3. Get your pond prepared for the liner making sure the inside of the pond is free of debris, rocks and roots and such that may tear your liner. Put sand to help smooth out the soil and keep the liner from damage.

4. Next place the liner in the pond. Be sure you have a foot extra of the liner outside the pond dug out. Use just one sheet of material to line your pond so there are no leaks.

5. You are all set now to fill your pond with water. As you do so work out any wrinkles although small ones will flatten with water pressure. If you use tap water, use dechlorinator; to kill chlorine in the tap water.

6. Weigh the liner down all around the outer edge to keep it in place such as rocks or gravel or material of your choice.

7. Around the pond make a dugout to lay your soft hose connecting the pond filter and skimmer. Filtration tackle helps lower the care for your pond by trapping leaves, etc., to help keep the water clean and clear.

8. Now to have proper water flow put your filter and submersible pump just inside the edge of the pond. Connect the tubing and pump to the filter using clamps for tight fit.

9. Plug up your pump to your power source to make sure all piping is tight and leak free and once it is put soil over your piping to hide it. Now let your pump cycle clear the water.

Flowers also can help to add needed shade to your pond in hot weather and add such beauty to your lawn!
Flowers also can help to add needed shade to your pond in hot weather and add such beauty to your lawn! | Source

Beauty and Fun for Everyone

Let the family help plan!

Learn these

  • pond filter system
  • oxygen supply
  • pond liner tubing
  • flexible plastic
  • water pump
  • stainless steel ring clamps(X4)
  • dechlorinator
  • healthy bacteria supplement
  • rocks
  • sand
  • newspapers
  • screwdriver
  • shovel and spade
  • 2X4 board
  • rope
  • plants and decorations

Now is the fun part of adding all the pretties! Water lilies are gorgeous floating on the water to me and give the fish a place to hide under if they choose to but just use your imagination to add what you like.

Once your water is ready add your goldfish.

Remember to let their container sit in the pond water to adjust them to the pond temperature before setting them free.

I like to put the plastic bag up against plants instead of the wide open for about 20 minutes so they may keep calmer; less afraid in their new adventure!

When you set them free do it gently sideways so they glide in instead of just dumping them in.


Goldfish or Koi?

. Do you know the difference?

We many say we have a goldfish pond when technically we do not for the better fish to have in your pond are the koi. Koi and goldfish are much alike and will even breed but the offspring are sterile. It is very hard to tell the difference in these two fish when they are small. Koi have beautiful colors and patterns and adding new ones all the time.

The best way to tell the two fish apart is by the barbels by the koi’s mouth which the goldfish does not have. Koi can live 100 years or more so if you take good care of them I would call it a good investment. Goldfish cost less than the koi and the larger the fish the more the cost. The last I knew the price ranges are anywhere from $1.50 for goldfish; about half what koi sell for and the larger fish can go for 15 to 20 dollars. Since it will most likely outlive us that is a pretty good deal though.


Jackie Lynnley, Hubpages

Sources

Maybe make a goldfish or turtle pond!

http://www.keystonehatcheries.com/Articles.asp?ID=304

http://goldfish2care4.com/goldfish-ponds.html

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    Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

    I love this idea Jackie! What a great article!

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    Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

    Oh, Jackie, truly this should be HOTD! HGTV should snap you up for your own program on Landscape Architecture. You should be one and charge people. Can you come to "visit" me ... no, kidding, I wouldn't want to use a sweet friend, but God has truly blessed you with such gifts to create such beauty using His materials He has already provided, coupled with His lovely creation of goldfish!

    This looks like so much work, but like anything that requires a lot of effort, it continues to provide such joy for a lifetime no doubt about it.

    I would be in heaven if I had one of these to look at, hear and enjoy in my yard, sitting out on the back deck and in the mornings from my breakfast table window.

    You should think about making this a career in your area, as you no doubt would be high in demand! It takes a lot of creativity to line up all of those rocks in a stepping stone and surround them by beautiful plants that all work together cohesively.

    This one and your children's garden hub, should be HOTDs.

    I truly enjoyed reading and viewing your creation.

    Voted up ++++ tweeting, G+ and sharing

    Hugs and God bless you always, sweet friend!

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Thank you Audrey; I appreciate your zeal!

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Wow thanks Thereas; what a great compliment! I need to add something now it is featured about putting netting to catch the leaves this time of year. They can really be a mess to clean up if you don't. I love changing the look of it and you can even be seasonal with that like twinkling Christmas lights or changing the flowers around or just add a big pot of something to make it all look new. I love it but I have paid them little attention lately.

    Well; just so pleased you like it! It's easy if you get someone else to do most of the hard stuff! Like dig! lol

    Thanks and God bless you too!

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    Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

    When we finally get our acreage, there will be a pond of some sort on it. This will come in handy for reference when that day comes. I need water of some sort on my property. :) Thanks, Jackie!

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    Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

    Jackie: what a beautiful pond. My sister did a pond and waterfall in her backyard. The process is very much like yours. This is a wonderful idea and thanks for sharing this.

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    cleaner3 2 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

    awesome Jackie... miss you so much ..

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Thank you suzette; they seem harder than they are; and they are fun no matter what!

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Thanks Michael; we all miss you too! You have enough poems for here and there; surely? lol

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    Pamela Oglesby 2 years ago from United States

    One of the things I remember best about my grandfather is he always had a goldfish pond. I love the beauty of a pond in the back yard and your easy steps make it sound like it is not as hard as I would have thought. Thanks.

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    Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Great idea and so creative. I like the way you approached this hub with beautiful photos and a lovely attraction.

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Haha Frank; you and Faith wanting to put me to work....actually I am more like the warden Aunt Bea. I am the idea man and snap my fingers and say; "Do this. Do that!"

    But glad you like it and it is worth any work.

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Thank you Pamela; and all we have to do is get someone to do the hard work for us! We just do the decorating!

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Thanks DDE; actually I have had these photos awhile on a back burner planning this article. It finally came through.

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    Randall Guinn 2 years ago from Pinellas Park, Florida

    Beautiful fish pond Jackie! I have had a couple over the years, but not as nice as yours. Theres something about being near a body of water and its sound that is so relaxing, and watching fish has such a calming effect. Really nice landscaping job also.

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    There is Randall; just a magic about water isn't it? Even without fish it would be nice and of course a lot less trouble! lol All worth it in the end though. Thanks!

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    Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

    Jackie, what a beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing the steps, the warning and the pictures. Voted Up!

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Thank you Dora for reading and having a look; I appreciate the praise! And the vote.

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    Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

    Jackie it turned out really nice. We had a pond once, not as big as yours, but never put fish in it because we didn't know what to do with them in the winter. How do you deal with cold weather?

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Hi Fay! You just make sure there is enough water that it won't freeze up and they swim to the bottom near the earth and are just fine! It stays much warmer there.

    Did you get my message about the tree; I forgot to come by and see. Will do that.

    Thanks!

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    Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

    Jackie, what a beautiful hub to greet the day. My neighbour have a large Japanese carp pond, you're right they are very relaxing to watch. Love your beautiful garden, those lilies are stunning.

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    Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    I want one right now please come on over as I am a bit lazy.

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Thanks Jo; actually the lily shot doesn't show the pond but I did have to include them! lol

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Hahaha Eric; I will be right over with my shovel!

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    Melanie Wilcox 2 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

    Oh, this is great. I moved about 8 months ago to a house with a small koi pond. I love it. There weren't any fish in the pond at the time. I added 3 small koi at the start of the season. My, how they have grown! I love ponds -all kinds and sizes.

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    Melanie Wilcox 2 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

    a fantastic hub :) Your pond is beautiful.

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Thanks Melanie; pleased you put some fish in; they are so much fun to have. I love ponds too of any kind. My daughter had one with no fish; just floating lilies and it was pretty too.

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    Melanie Wilcox 2 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

    I get really happy watching the fish. They are so beautiful. I've always kept large saltwater aquariums and did not understand the hype of koi. Now, I know! :) I love them. I hope they hibernate over the winter well. The pond is pretty deep. They should be okay. Also, I added one water hyacinth -and now there are over 100! They are gorgeous, especially when they bloom, but keeping their population under control is crazy.

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    Melanie Wilcox 2 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

    ooops -did not realize that when I make comments in my feed that they go straight to the articles too. So, I'll stop doing that now. haha -sorry

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    No problem! Do you have them eating from your hand yet? You can; if not. Just like kittens or puppies! Make them come to your hand to eat a treat and finally they will all be doing it. Just takes a few tries. The hungrier they are the better chance, lol.

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    Melanie Wilcox 2 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

    Yes, I've seen it with gigantic koi. I haven't trained mine yet. They aren't afraid of me anymore. They beg like dogs. It's too cute. I knew a man who had the largest koi pond in the world. It rivaled one other that was more of a running stream that looped around an Estate. His koi cost on average was 60k each (not a typo). He had them flown in from Japan and a specialist flew over with the fish. It was a major operation. They were huge and gorgeous. Personally, I wouldn't spend that much (not comparable at all). I got to see them because my father got a job building a tunnel underground with a viewing window at the end. Can you imagine!

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Wow I can only imagine, lol. They really are so sweet and beautiful!

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    Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

    A wonderful idea your gold fish pond looks beautiful and you must have enjoyed doing the project.

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    You make it sound so easy. I am putting this hub into my spring projects list. You make an intimidating project do-able for everyone.

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    ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

    The pictures you selected look beautiful. If I was only good at making things, I'd love to do this.

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    Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Oh my Gosh, Jackie. How very awesome. Your instructions are good, and great looking photos.

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Thanks Nithya; I guess with a picture in mind of what we want it makes the work not nearly so hard and besides I always have help. Don't know I would have started something like this alone.

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    It is do-able Patsy and so rewarding when it is all done.

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Watch a video of it being done ologsinquito; you will see it is not so hard!

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Thanks rebecca; I put these photos somewhere and forgot about them or I would have done this much sooner! I have plenty more too! lol

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    Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

    I would love having one in my backyard. How wonderful it would be to view this each day. THanks for sharing this idea.

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Thank you. It really is beautiful Dianna; truly not that hard to do either; especially if you have you a digger!

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    ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

    Jackie,

    I agree with Faith. This should be HOTD. Like so many others, I would like to have one of these ponds. V+/Share.

    Blessings,

    Kim

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Thank you Kim! I have given up on ever earning one of those; but to know my friends appreciate my work is good enough! Promise yourself to do one; they are not that hard!

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    Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

    My aunt and uncle who lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin used to have a fish pond. I never realized until reading this informative hub of yours that the fish should not be fed. Interesting! Your photos are beautiful. G+, tweeting and sharing this hub on HP.

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    FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

    What a terrific hub, Jackie. I wish I could have one of these in my back yard (my cats would LOVE one, too). You presented it so well and your photos are gorgeous.

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    kevin murphy 2 years ago from Ireland

    Awesome hub! :) You've gave me a lot to think about! thank you :)

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    Jean DAndrea 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

    Love your photos of your pond and the plants. I think my pond needs to be upgraded after seeing yours, as it's only tiny. I've also learned that koi and goldfish are not the same thing! :-) Voted up.

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Thank you Peggy and some people do feed them but it is recommended that you not. I can see a treat occasionally to make pets of them. It is fun to have them nibble your fingers. Before that I had only had minnows nibble my toes.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Wow, this is a very informative Hub! I´ve always wanted a goldfish pond but have never had the room. I didn´t realize that by not feeding the goldfish, you can keep the pool properly balanced. I´ve kept goldfish in tanks and they do eat and poop a LOT! I also didn´t realize koi and goldfish can breed but produce hybrid offspring. It makes sense! Thanks for all this great information and the nice photos, too.

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    You are welcome Vespa and thank you for stopping by to read. Pleased you learned something!

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    prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

    I love goldfish and I love this hub well. My friend, you come up with solution for fish lovers. Useful tips and I hope many people will read this hub. Good job and voted up! Have a nice weekend!

    Prasetio

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Thank you so much Prasetio! So glad you like it and it is a very fun thing to have and worth all the effort!

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    RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

    This makes an idea I've toyed with seem doable! Thanks for sharing your process for creating a garden fish pond with us.

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    Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

    Water features are always wonderful and relaxing, and are very attractive to small animals around the area. I would still welcome by Great Blue Heron at my place--I'd just be buying him or her a lot of fish. However, the reward some come in the later summer, when he or she bring the young...

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Very welcome RT; it is doable and as long as you are the brains of the outfit not too much work!! lol

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Had thought about it Deb but guess the "bird" is the bad guy here. I do take caution when I see a big shadow in the sky! lol

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    Vivian Sudhir 2 years ago from Madurai, India

    Lovely idea creating a pond! You are helping me find new ways to spend my time. Good article Ms Lynnley. Up and shared.

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Thanks serfu; this is a great thing to do. Not near as hard as it may look and so much fun for so many years.

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    Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

    You are finding new ways to help me spend my money. Go fish?

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Yes; go fish may be cheaper, but it is not so bad if you know how to cut corners. lol Like if you can locate the rock yourself or use an already well laid place as this was. Once you are set up you are home free!

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    Joyfulcrown 2 years ago

    I wish I had room in my backyard for one of these. This is so beautiful!

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Thank you so much Joyfulcrown; I always wanted one so bad too. Maybe someday you can have one. You would be surprised how little room you need for one. Depth is the main point.

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    Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

    Oh, Jackie,

    Had to come back and read your wonderful hub here and how to make a gold fish pond. I am going to attempt to talk my hubby into us doing this! I know the grands would be fascinated with it.

    I will share again as I know many would be interested.

    God bless you, sweet friend.

    Happy Fourth and enjoy all that scrumptious food your are cooking.

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    Jo Alexis-Hagues 22 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

    Hi Jackie, it's good to read this again. I have just the right spot for my pond but the problem is finding the time, mabe I'll get started on it next year. I still love all your beautiful flowers. I hope all is well with you. My best always. Up and sharing.

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    Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Thanks Theresa, and I can tell you you will love this if you do it. I think we in the southern states with so much more nice weather get triple the benefit from these and they are just great all year round. My only advice is get it good and deep or keep your number of fish down but heck it would look good with just two or three and the great thing is if you ever had an aquarium...you not have to pour all the nasty water out and reclean the tank! I think they are just so beautiful and calming. Kids love them too.

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    Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Hi Jo! Great to see you. Hope you will do this and I know you won't be sorry. Thanks for the share!

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    Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

    Oh, yes, did have an aquarium once and I just can't deal with having to clean something like that again and the time, etc., although I love watching fish, so relaxing. We have a screensaver on our big tv in the living room, that is actually of real aquariums and beautiful fish swimming about. If you did not realize it was a tv, you'd think it a real aquarium. We had someone ask us LOL.

    So, that is interesting that you do not have to feed the fish? I am a bit concerned about the predators here and I reread your useful section about that issue. We can't place it in our backyard because our Lab, who loves water, would be in it all the time, plus trying to get the fish.

    There is a good spot on one side of our home, but it is open to any predators that may come about. Will have to think on what would be the best defense.

    I just know it would provide endless joy for the grands too, and I didn't know you can feed them treats LOL

    Have a safe and wonderful Fourth.

    Hugs

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    Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Yes; Theresa, they will eat right out of your hand once you make friends with them. Just like puppies! lol Just nibble softly at your fingertips; kids love that and squeal at first. You can place potted plants around them or think up some things of your own to camouflage your fish and the flowers that float on top of the water are great doing that. When the pool is deep enough which it needs be for them to keep warm in winter they will go down to the bottom when they are frightened and if put on a hillside you can hollow out into the hillside 2 or 3 feet where they can swim back into and have less of an open area, which you might prefer and less deep there for your kids to fall in if you think that could be a danger.

    They probably have much better videos now on good ways to do this. If I get a chance I will look for them and add.

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    Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South

    400 to go!!!

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    Patricia Scott 18 months ago from sunny Florida

    Great photos and with these wonderful directions I am sure my son in law could make me one, too!! We shall see.

    Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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    Jackie Lynnley 18 months ago from The Beautiful South

    I know he could ps; and I sure hope he will!

    Welcoming the angels! Thank you!

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    Susie Lehto 18 months ago from Minnesota

    Maybe someday I will build a little pond in the yard now that I live in a country again. I would need to put something in the water so mosquitoes didn't use it. When I lived in a city I built an indoor rock pond with a fountain in it because I love the relaxing sound of flowing water.

    This is a beautiful and informative hub, Jackie.

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    Jackie Lynnley 18 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Well good news colorful one; the fish love to eat the mosquitoes and larvae. Pleased you like this, thank you so much.

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    Demas W Jasper 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

    I took a goldfish to the local pawn shop, but they told me I couldn't make a goldfish pawned! [Sorry couldn't resist.]

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    Jackie Lynnley 18 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Hahaha; Perspycacious! I can use a good laugh now and then; thank you!

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    Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

    Hi Jackie,

    I came to see if your wonderful hub is still on HP and it is, but I had to sign in to "PetHelpful" with my user name and password on HP? Anyway so that is good they leave it on HP for people to see and read, but it just takes them to the other site! So, maybe it will get double views now. I will see if I can share it on HP now.

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    Jackie Lynnley 14 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Thanks Theresa; I imagine all this is going to take awhile to iron out, don't you? Hopefully it all will be worth it, though.

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    Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

    Yes, hope so. I think it will be just fine. I was curious what site it is linked to and so now I know!

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    Jackie Lynnley 14 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Still looks like HP to me! lol

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    Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

    Yes it does. I wanted to link it and share it again on Google+ but I noticed down at the bottom there where the HP link used to be is the PetHelpful and not a place to get the link. That's okay as I was still able to share it on HP!

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    Jackie Lynnley 14 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Well, thanks so much. I can explain how it is different or the same but have no idea about any of it, really. They said I could contact them with any questions though, so that is good. I think I am too confused to have any questions, lol.

    They are probably a very long way off from having it finished.

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    Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

    Yes, the more places your hub shows up the better, I say!

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    Jackie Lynnley 14 months ago from The Beautiful South

    I appreciate anywhere you put it, thanks so much!

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    George Sommers 12 months ago

    Nicely done. Garden ponds are awesome.

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    Jackie Lynnley 11 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Thank you George, they really are!

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    Norma 10 months ago

    Great article. Picture a beautiful. I prefer goldfish to koi. Koi are beautiful but I have better luck with goldfish. Thanks

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    Jackie Lynnley 9 months ago

    Norma, thank you. The Koi do live longer but for inside I prefer the goldfish.

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    moonlake 9 months ago from America

    We had a pond it was easy to take care of had natural spring water running into it. We sold the house and the people right away closed up the pond. I have no idea why they didn't have small children . Enjoyed your hub. Shared.

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    Jackie Lynnley 9 months ago from The Beautiful South

    That is sad moonlake, I cannot imagine I would close up something like that and to have the fresh water, I would only build on it. People are just so different, hard for us nature lovers to understand ones who are not!

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    norlawrence 9 months ago

    Great article. I have always wanted a fish pond. Your pictures are beautiful.

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    Jackie Lynnley 9 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Thanks Norma, it really is beautiful all year round to me. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Jackie Lynnley 9 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Thanks Norma, it really is beautiful all year round to me. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Faith Reaper 8 months ago

    Hi Jackie,

    I just love this hub. Your Goldfish pond is stunningly beautiful. I am taking notes and hinting to my husband. I know all my grandchildren would love one!

    I forgot this one was moved to the niche site, PetHelpful. I will share as it is a winner in my book.

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    Jackie Lynnley 8 months ago from The Beautiful South

    It is such fun Theresa, and you just pick a spot and gather some things and go slow at it, just pick up this and that this fall and winter and when you put it together it will be just totally a creation of your own. Digging back in the pond part deep to make good beds for your fish in hot and cold weather is the most important and maybe hard part but it isn't bad and it makes for years of beautiful fish.

    You can change it up too every summer or so with different things that catch your fancy and give it a cool or shady look. I have some pots to lay on the ground and look like vines growing out of them I have planned up for next summer!

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    Faith Reaper 8 months ago from southern USA

    Jackie, you have a gift for creating beautiful things in the garden and choosing lovely flowers, shrubs and plants. I'm not sure mine would come out as beautiful. I may need your extra coaching lol.

    You are a good planner too.

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    Jackie Lynnley 8 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Ah you just have to start doing it and everything just falls into place, that is how everything I do turns out, just sort of let it talk to you as it is being formed. You really would have fun doing one I know! And those kids! You could make it theme like just for them and things they like. Or a stream that offshoots the goldfish pond to make a foot cooler for the kids? Wet rocks they could sit on? So many ideas.

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    Faith Reaper 8 months ago from southern USA

    See there, you just come up with great ideas on the spot! Yes, they would love to cool their feet, but I'm afraid they may want to swim with the Goldfish! LOL

    Those are all great ideas.

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    Jackie Lynnley 8 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Thanks, hope you do find time to do it, know you will love it.

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    norlawrence 7 months ago

    Great article with a lot of good information and beautiful pictures. Going to print out and keep. I am going to landscape back yard with a pond. Your article will come in handy. Thanks

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    Jackie Lynnley 7 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Hi Norma, somehow knew this would be you! Great to see you and I hope this will help you. It is so much fun and so rewarding once you are done!

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