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Your First Pond
Trees & Sunshine
Take The Plunge
Preformed Pools
Installing A Liner
Making A Raised Pool
A Koi Pond
Miniature Ponds
Adding A Waterfall
Colourful Ponds
Choosing A Pump
Solar Powered Pumps
Looking After A Pump
Pond Pipework
Installing A Fountain
Self-Contained Fountains
The Leaky Pond
Planting The Pond
A Wildlife Pond
A Bog Garden
Pond Plants
Plants Round A Pond
Choosing A Lily
Floating Plants
Water Hyacinth
Oxygenating Plants
About Fish
When To Buy Fish
Choosing Fish
Quarantining Fish
Fish Under Stress
Feeding Your Fish
Holidays & Fish
Breeding Coldwater Fish
Changing Colours Of Fish
Pond Fish
A Koi Collection
Ghost Koi
Fancy Goldfish
Coldwater Catfish
Grass Carp
Rearing Trout
Swan Mussels
Visitors To The Pond
Visiting A Koi Auction
Clubs & Societies
Caring For Fish
Testing The Water
Are You Poisoning Your Fish
Ponds & Medicines
Diseases & Parasites
Disappearing Fish
Problems With Herons
Green Ponds
Fish Pond Filters
How A Filter Works
Improving Your Filter
Ultra Violet Sterilizers
Looking After A Filter
The Pond Through The Year
Spring Cleaning
Pond Plants In Spring
Ponds In Summer
Autumn & Winter
Breaking The Ice
10 Problems
Useful Facts & Figures

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Your First Pond

Most children are fascinated both by fish and when they visit pet shops or garden centres, they pester their parents for a fish pond. If the children are very young, the appropriate first venture into fish keeping is a goldfish bowl. Then as their fish grow, a small tank is the natural progression, after which, as the children grow older, it is safe to acquire your first pond.

Ponds can be made in a variety of materials and simple liners are generally the cheapest construction. Where children are likely to be around and about, though, a semi-rigid, preformed pond is advisable. Clearly, if the pond is poked with sticks as children are wont to do, a more durable construction won't puncture. Besides that, if the semi-rigid module is correctly installed, it will stand the weight of a child or the family dog falling in without shoes and paws puncturing it. 

Large preformed ponds with long guarantees can be expensive but most manufacturers make what might be termed 'a budget range' of small ponds in a lighter weight plastic. Even though these are of thinner section, they should still last until the children grow up or the interest wanes. If keeping fish becomes a serious hobby then a bigger pond can be purchased but a few goldfish can be kept quite successfully in a 4-foot x 3-foot, (1200mm x 900mm) or so pond. To keep fish in a pond, all you need is water, of course, and a little food: Expensive pumps and filtration systems are not necessary. You will, however, have to put up with the water going a shade, or two of green. This can be counteracted to some extent by the addition of lots of plants: the more the better.

Plants are where mum can perhaps be encouraged to take an interest as some suitable plants can be quite colourful. The pond can be installed at any time of the year but fish and plants are best introduced during the spring and summer months.

When buying fish, always pick lively, healthy looking specimens as lethargic ones almost certainly have something wrong with them. After choosing your fish and getting them home safely, always float the bag that they're usually supplied in, for half an hour or so, before opening it and letting the fish out into the pond. This will allow them to become acclimatized to the pond temperature. After releasing the fish, don't commence feeding them for a few days and then be careful to supervise the children carefully at feeding times so that great handfuls of food are not thrown in. If the fish survive the first month after being settled in your new pond, they should live on and give many years of pleasure.