Bought a pond today! Now what?

  1. Jahnikar Member Member

    So even though I know I shouldn't impulse buy.... I bought a pond today. It's one of the 145 gallon pre-formed liners from Menards. I also got Tetra's kit with the filter, pump and fountain. What else do I need to do?

    I know I need to get it cycling but I'm curious as to whether it is the same concept as a tank (6-8 weeks for full cycle) or different? Can you use TSS in a pond? I have NOT bought any fish yet (c'mon, I'm not THAT dumb :rolleyes: ) so a fishless cycle is ok with me. Obviously I'd rather have them sooner but I can force myself to be patient. I'll just buy pond plants instead :;laughing

    I guess I basically need a run-down of what a pond entails. How often do you clean it, do you do water changes or just top offs, do you use a water conditioner like Prime or something else, etc.
  2. Cichlidnut Fishlore VIP Member

    Go swimming?

  3. gremlin Well Known Member Member

    You can use TSS in a pond, just like a tank. I would go ahead and set it all up with your plants and all and let it run for a week or so. Then test your parameters to see what it shows. I can't give you a whole lot of advice on the cycle, since my pond has basically been running on the same bacterial colony for the past 30 - 40 years.

    I clean approximately twice a year. More, if the pond gets too dirty (dust storms, or too much debris blown in, or neighborhood kids playing in it). I top it off when it gets low (evaporation, wildlife drinking from it, Mom watering the plants with pond water). I only do major water changes when I clean it. I haven't used a water conditioner for years. Not even when I do a major water change. My sister uses Prime and Aquarium Salt anytime she adds even a drop of water to her pond. It all depends on the water and what your fish are used to.
  4. Jahnikar Member Member

    Thanks for the advice Gremlin! We got the pond finished today so I thought it was time to show off some pics!



    We're planning to get some plants later this week and then start planning what fish to put in. I'm so excited!

  5. gremlin Well Known Member Member

    Looking good! What plants are you going to put around it?
  6. Jahnikar Member Member

    Thank you! I'm planning to do water lillies in the pond and I think maybe some red and white dahlia in each corner of the flower bed.
  7. gremlin Well Known Member Member

    Sounds good. Dahlias get tall, so they would be good in the corners. What ground cover are you planning? I put dichondra around mine - it matches the lily pads...

  8. Jahnikar Member Member

    I hadn't really thought about it but I like that idea
  9. mrgoogls Member Member

    looks great, cant wait to see it with plants, or even better, FISH!!:)
  10. Disc61 Well Known Member Member

    no help from me, but looks great so far.

  11. cameronpalte Member Member

    Wow nice pictures. Good luck and I hope this works out really well for you?
  12. psalm18.2 Fishlore Legend Member

    Ahh, a heart shaped pond. Looks good.
  13. Jahnikar Member Member

    Should I add a substrate to the pond? Like river rocks or something?
  14. gremlin Well Known Member Member

    Only if you want to. I made some tunnels for my fish to hide in, but I prefer to have a bare bottom pond. It makes it easier to vacuum it out. And to rake out the leaves that fall in.
  15. Jahnikar Member Member

    Good point, thanks Gremlin. I think we'll stick with bare bottom too. Got a pic of our koi!

  16. Akari_32 Fishlore Legend Member

    They're so cute!
  17. tress29 Member Member

    Yeah, but my cat would SO be fishing for them!!!
  18. Akari_32 Fishlore Legend Member

    Yeah, we used to have a small pond, and we lost all our Koi to cats and birds >.<
  19. gremlin Well Known Member Member

    Nice looking Koi!
  20. Shine Well Known Member Member

    You must have some scary wildlife around your parts Akari... 2 years with the pond now and I've had no problems with fish being snacked on. Neighbour's dog going for a swim, yes but..... :;scuba Which really annoys me because it knocks all the potted plants off the ledges, and broke the airline for the pump another time :mad: