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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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Miniature Ponds

Sometimes a tiny pond is wanted so that a water feature can be added to a patio, or conservatory. Half a rainwater barrel may be considered but it is now possible to buy specially designed plastic ponds that have a shallow ledge on which plants can be stood in the water. If a fountain is required this is easily added, but it will then not be possible to add a water lily because they do not like moving water. However a Water Hawthorn will be safe and this grows very much like a lily with a scented white flower and oval leaves.

A lily can be added if no fountain is installed. A miniature lily must be chosen such as the yellow Pygmae Helvola, or the red Pygmae Rubra. The flowers are only the size of a 5Op but are very attractive. Most pond plants grow far to rapidly for such a small pool, but Syserinchums in either blue, or yellow only grow a few inches tall. Marsh Marrigolds may also be added but the plants will have to be divided regularly to keep the clump small. In such a small pool it is even possible to keep a couple of goldfish for the summer, but it will have to be treated like an unfiltered fish tank. Feeding will have to be kept to a minimum and it will have to be cleaned out regularly.

Sticklebacks, or perhaps Rosy minnows would be a better choice as these fish donít grow very big and it would be possible to add half a dozen. The main problem with such a small pool is the winter. Because it is likely to be raised from the ground and so small it will freeze solid if left outside in the frost. So the choice is to empty it when winter comes and refill it for the next summer, or to store it somewhere frost-free such as in the garage over winter.