Small pond

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Simon van der Velde

Thinking about a small pond? A mini pond or patio pond can make a world of difference to biodiversity. Every bit of nature counts.

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It is important to consider the size and placement of the pond when keeping fish in a patio pond. A pond constantly exposed to sunlight can make the water too warm for the fish, reducing their chances of survival. During cold months, freezing temperatures can lead to a lack of oxygen for the fish, which can jeopardize their survival. Therefore, for smaller patio ponds or balcony ponds, it is often advisable to refrain from keeping fish.

However, if you decide to keep fish in a smaller pond, choose species such as the common Goldfish, Goldfin or Shubunkin. Limit the number of fish to avoid overcrowding and disrupting the ecosystem. An overcrowded pond can lead to a need for supplemental feeding, which acidifies the water and prevents waste products from being processed efficiently. This can upset the balance of the pond and lead to pollution. For healthy fish habitat, a smaller pond should have a minimum depth of 60-80 cm and a volume of about 500 liters.

Not necessarily. If you add about 4 pond plants per square meter, including oxygen plants, in addition to using pond substrate and bacteria, a pump is not necessary. The pond then has everything it needs to stay biologically balanced. At Van der Velde Aquatic Plants, we believe in a natural approach without unnecessary devices, costly tests and additives. Simon therefore does not recommend a filter, even for the smallest ponds. If the basic natural elements are present - pond substrate, a variety of pond plants and pond bacteria - then you're fine. You can find more on this in Simon's step-by-step plan for building a pond.

When building a small garden pond, it is essential that it has a depth of between 80 and 100 cm and a width of at least 120 cm, although wider is always better. This way you ensure that pond plants and aquatic animals have enough living space. In terms of location for your pond, it is ideal if it receives between four and six hours of sunlight daily. This is because excessive sunlight can lead to an increase in algae. When excavating the pond, make sure the deepest part is between 80 and 100 cm. In addition, make a shallower edge along the bank to have different depth zones. If this shallow area is about 20 cm deep, it is an excellent place for various aquatic plants. A gradually sloping bank also helps allow animals access to the water. Once you're done digging, it's time to line the pond. To do this, use special pond liner that is easy to fold, especially in the trickier areas. After this step, you can begin decorating the pond.

One of the advantages of having a small pond in the garden is that it is relatively low-maintenance. Start your pond with a layer of pond substrate of 8 to 10 cm and add beneficial pond bacteria, such as Bacta Clear, to keep the water clear. Combined with the right aquatic plants, these will create a biological balance in your little pond, making it virtually maintenance-free.

Have you added pond substrate and bacteria then it's time for the aquatic plants. A favorable diversity of aquatic plants will keep your pond clean. Consider species such as Sumpf schwertlilie, hornwort or a small water lily. It is easy to purchase a complete plant package for small pond decoration. Our packages are carefully put together by Simon and include a selection of plants that will ensure your pond stays healthy and where algae growth does not occur. Check out the choice of packages for 1000, 2000 or 5000 liters of water:

The same pond plants can be planted in a small pond or mini pond as in a large pond. The only thing to consider is how many plants are placed in the mini pond container. Many people choose aquatic plants that get beautiful, colorful flowers when in bloom, as this will complete your small pond. To help you choose aquatic plants for the small one, I have listed some colorful mini pond plant sets for you below.

Small pond

A pond is like a living work of art in your garden or on your balcony, in which birds, amphibians and various insects, such as dragonflies and butterflies, feel at home. When we talk about a "small pond," we refer to water features that hold less than 10,000 gallons of water. Whether you choose a mini pond on your balcony, a patio pond or a modest water feature in your garden, each of these options brings a natural dynamic.

Zinc tub pond

A zinc tub pond is a stylish and practical solution for creating a water feature in small gardens or on patios. Made of durable zinc, these ponds are not only sturdy but also have a modern, industrial look. They are easy to install and provide an ideal space for aquatic plants and small aquatic animals, adding a unique and lively element to any outdoor space.

Mini pond

A mini pond, a smaller version of the traditional garden pond, provides an attractive and efficient way for enthusiasts with limited space to still enjoy the beauty and calming effect of aquatic plants and water sounds. These compact water features can be created with ease, using pond boxes or flexible pond liner, and are perfect for cultivating smaller aquatic plants and attracting wildlife such as birds and insects. Adding a mini pond to your garden not only enriches the aesthetic aspect, but also supports local biodiversity, especially in urban settings.

Small pond with fish

In a small pond it is possible to keep fish. Species such as the common goldfish, goldfin or Shubunkin are suitable for this purpose. Choose only a few specimens to avoid overcrowding the pond. If too many fish live, you will have to supplemental feed. In that case, the water may become acidic and excrement will not be properly cleaned up by the ecosystem present. The pond is out of balance and will pollute.

Aquatic plants especially for a small pond

The same pond plants can be planted in a small pond or mini pond as in a large pond. The only thing to consider is how many plants are placed in the mini pond container. Many people choose aquatic plants that get beautiful, colorful flowers when in bloom, as this will complete your small pond. To help you choose aquatic plants for the small one, I have listed some colorful mini pond plant sets for you below.

Small pond in garden

A pond brings life and can therefore be an attractive addition to your garden. Even a small pond attracts many animals such as birds, amphibians and insects like dragonflies and butterflies. We speak of a small pond when it contains less than 10,000 liters of water. This can be a patio or mini pond, but also a landscaped small pond in the garden. You can build a pond all year round, as long as it doesn't freeze. We would like to give you more tips on how to build and decorate a modest pond.

Garden pond small

Important for construction of a small pond is the location. A spot with between four and six hours of sunlight per day is suitable. Especially too much sun can turn out wrong, as it promotes algae growth. A small pond is at least -80 to -100 cm deep and 120 cm wide, so that plants and animals have enough space and the pond can function. Larger than 120 cm wide is only better.

When excavating the pond, the deepest point is -80 to -100 cm and it is advisable to make a shallower edge along the bank. This way you create zones. If you dig it down to about 20 cm deep, this is a perfect place to grow various aquatic plants. If you choose a gradually sloping bank edge, you will help animals that can access the water this way. Line the pond with special pond liner that folds well into corners and bends. Then the decorating of the pond can begin.

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Tips, advice and substantial savings
I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.
Tips, advice and substantial savings
I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.
Tips, advice and substantial savings
I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.
Tips, advice and substantial savings
I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.