Ponds make a wonderful addition to any garden. The soothing sound of water and the sight of small fish darting around can help you to relax and unwind after a stressful day. Ponds are also great for nature and bring an interesting new design element to your outdoor space. If you only own a small courtyard, or your garden is covered in concrete, you may worry that installing a pond would be both difficult and costly. Patio ponds are, however, a great solution that allow you to add a wonderful water feature to a small or paved space. Read our top tips for creating a patio pond here.
Choosing the right patio pond for you
When planning a patio pond, you’ll first have to decide which type of pond you’d prefer and how this will be installed. Below we list some of the styles of pond that work well on a patio.
Raised wooden ponds:
A raised wooden fish pond which sits on the patio can be an attractive feature that adds a modern yet natural feel to your garden. Our raised wooden ponds are sold in kit form and can be easily assembled even by those with limited DIY experience. One of the major benefits of a raised pond is that no digging is required, so you don’t have to worry about removing any paving.
Our wooden pond kits feature a surround constructed from FSC® certified timber and there are several different shapes available, including hexagonal, square and rectangular designs.
Rigid preformed pond liners:
While rigid or preformed pond liners are often partially buried in the ground to create a traditional pond, our freestanding round preformed ponds can just be placed on a level surface.
Made from recycled black high-density polypropylene plastic, these pond liners are durable and, when used above ground, create a sleek and contemporary look.
If you want to install a rectangular preformed pond, we would recommend using a wooden tanalised timber framework to help maintain its shape. Alternatively, all of our pond liners would look great surrounded by decking.
All patio ponds need a spitter, fountain or filter, however, these require electricity to run. If you don’t want a cable trailing across your patio, another environmentally-friendly option is a solar-powered pond. Ideal for use where no mains power is available, ponds such as this use sunlight to power their fountain.
Choosing your plants
Plants will not only make your pond look more attractive, but they can also help to remove excess nutrients from the water, preventing the growth of algae. When choosing plants for your new patio pond, it is important to consider the size of the pond as well as the plants that you like best. It’s a good idea to have a variety of different plants, including those that float on the surface, such as Lotus or Waterlilies, as well as marginals – like Blue Rush and Creeping Jenny – which will sit around the pond’s edges.
You could also add decorative rocks to your pond, or underwater lighting to enjoy while sitting out on the patio in the evening.
The fish that you choose for your new pond will partly be dictated by its size. Smaller ponds, such as those which only hold 150 or 330 litres, are perfect for keeping a small amount of fish with Goldfish being an ideal choice.
If you have installed a bigger pond, you’ll be able to keep all kinds of fresh water fish. Our largest ponds – which can hold 1,800 litres – would make a great home for a group of Koi Carp.
Maintaining your patio pond
Below are some tips for how best to maintain your patio pond.
– Add beneficial bacteria to your pond weekly. This is available in tablet form, is fish-safe, and will help to prevent algae naturally by feeding on nitrates that would otherwise have encouraged the algae’s growth.
– Avoid algicides if you are keeping plants and fish as these can be dangerous to their health. As mentioned above, beneficial bacteria is a safer and healthier way to reduce algae.
– Always add a detoxifier to your pond before adding any fish. This will remove hazardous chloramines.
– Feed your fish high-quality food once a day. Make sure that you only give them as much as they can finish in a few minutes as uneaten food can reduce the pond’s water quality.