Outside Fish Ponds


Recently, one of the most popular backyard projects is adding water garden ponds or outside fish ponds to the yard. These projects, however, can only be achieved in larger yards that have walkways and large areas.

But if you are really set on creating your own outside fish ponds and yet you do not have a large back yard, there are design ideas that can be incorporated to place your pond in a location without having it take up too much space or dominate your yard.

Let your pond serve as the focal point of your backyard. Place it in the middle or in one corner of the yard if you have a small space. Make it appealing to the people walking around the house.


If you wish to place it in the corner part of the yard, raise the pond a little higher so that the fish will become a surprise to visitors. But if you want to place it in the center, it is best if you place the pond at ground level or a little above it.

Fish Types

Make sure that the fish you house are colorful and lively enough to attract attention. Watching the fish swim around everyday can also be quite therapeutic. If you wish to maintain a small pond, do not house large fish such as the Japanese Koi. They may not live long enough in this type of environment and they are also extremely expensive. A gold fish pond is compatible with the size of your small pond, however, their longevity might not be a guaranteed in outdoor fish ponds.


Think how much you really want an outside fish pond and how you can maintain and build it depending upon your preferences. You might find that maintaining an indoor aquarium is difficult enough, think of the extra maintenance involved with outside fish ponds.

Consider the climate of your place. Water garden ponds and outside fish ponds are most applicable in tropical weather because of the advantage of the sun all year round. Some live aquatic plants need to be exposed to the sun to grow. The plants and fish may die if you let them stay in the pond during the winter months. It is best to transfer them to an indoor tank if the weather is not applicable.

Outside fish ponds in your own backyard only tells an individual how much energy, time, and money you are willing to devote to the beautification of your backyard. It does not matter how large or how small it is, it just goes to show that you appreciate beautiful things. You will not only impress a lot of people but yourself as well. A backyard garden pond brings a luxurious and relaxing feeling to any surrounding.

In order to make outside fish ponds more appealing, decorate their surroundings. Landscaping the pond will attract frogs and birds which will only add to the overall natural feeling. If you cannot afford landscaping projects, hanging plants and flowering bushes will also do. This will produce a great ambiance to your visitors and guests.

Creating outside fish ponds is not a go-get-it-and-have-it project. You have to maintain and preserve their beauty time and time again. Make sure to add water to it periodically. It is also important that you get rid of fallen leaves as this will cause decay and an unpleasant appearance.

Last of all, consult your local pond professionals before you start your water garden construction yourself. Do not hesitate to ask questions as this will only benefit the inhabitants of outside fish ponds.

Kali Winters is gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here!

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