Maintenance of a small "pond"

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by Lance Takara, Mar 9, 2002.

  1. Lance Takara

    Lance Takara LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    Anyone try maintaining a small "pond?" It's actually so small (about 5 - 6 square feet of surface area) that I wouldn't actually consider it a pond.

    Obviously, a filtration system and skimmer system would be way over kill for something like this.

    Any ideas for keeping the green algae out of this. Would a small "ecosystem" of a few small fish and some plants work with period addition of bacteria to outcompete the algae?
  2. SCL

    SCL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 543

    You could put a few goldfish in it, but if you just want to kill out the algae, put a UV sterilizer on it.
  3. Lance Takara

    Lance Takara LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    thanks, scl

    Is that the one and only? solution to this situation? I was sure there would be other responses.
  4. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    I hate to tell you to run a search, but run a search. There's a thread or two in here somewhere about how to create a filtration system for really small water features. It involves taking a plant pot, putting your pump in there, and filling around it with stone.

    Because I hate being constrained by anything when designing, I'm trying to figure out a way to do something like what Aquascapes and others are doing in filtration systems. Something with little 300gph pumps, 1-3 gal pots, 1/2" hose.
  5. Lance Takara

    Lance Takara LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73


    My bad. I look at so many posts daily (trying to catch up to all of you) that I thought that I had already run a search (I usually do, by the way). Guess I missed this one.

    Anyway, thanks, I did find some good archived information that will head me in the right direction. However, I did not find the particular post about the small skimmer and filter for small ponds. No problem.

    I will check out aquascapes design (again, for the ???? time - I can't even count already) I must've missed something that I could scale down for this small scale pond.

    Great to hear that you are also attempting to set up a system for smaller ponds. Not every one has those larger ones.

    By the way, I saw a note about recommended reference books for water features. I didn't notice any follow up reading list. Did you ever get any references?
  6. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,645

    basically, take a large water plant basket, put gravel and a small-300-600gph pump in it and whatever nozzel you want, put in water and plug in . daveg
  7. Lance Takara

    Lance Takara LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    I assume your small basket description is basically a skimmer. A set up that would trap the debris might work a little better. Thanks for the suggestion anyway.

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