Flexible Liners Having a Flexible liner is usually the most satisfactory way of making a pond that is large enough to accommodate numerous aquatic plants and various fish. You are not limited to your range of dimensions and shapes of Rigid liners offered inside catalogues and at the garden centres. The transportation and handling can also be considerably easier. Price really should not be a stumbling block because on an equal area basis, a high quality Flexible liner isn't dearer than a fibreglass Rigid liner.
The only real drawback using a Flexible liner is that you can not achieve the perfectly smooth surface and angles that youíll find in a pre-formed style of liner. There'll be also several wrinkles, but this will not pose any serious problems.
Plan to begin the work in the spring and during a fairly dry spell of weather if you happen to be lucky enough to have one. If the pond is to be permanent try to purchase butyl sheeting if you possibly can. It will be the most expensive, but it should easily outlast other types and any tears can be easily repaired. Where money is a problem choose a good quality PVC liner.
If you happen to be building a short lived pond for breeding fish or holding the stock when youíre cleaning out a permanent pond then a cheap polythene sheeting is perfectly satisfactory.
One problem which occasionally arises when buying a Flexible liner is that some suppliers use trade names without stating in the catalogue just which construction material is used. Just be sure you ask before you buy and make sure you check the length on the guarantee.
Rigid Liners Using a Rigid liner is probably the simplest way of creating a tiny pond. It is worth considering if you just need a pond for rearing fish, just a little wildlife pond or perhaps a mini-pond for some aquatic plants and a few Goldfish. Itís also a good way of lining a raised pond.
Many experts through the years have warned against using a Rigid liner if you want a well balanced pond for a variety of aquatic plants and several other kinds of fish in water which is not going to be green with algae. Until quite recently they were generally correct as there was a good list of drawbacks. The cheaper liners had an unacceptably short life and were often garishly coloured. The depths were also generally lower than the critical 18 inches and the usual shape was too small and too fussy.
Things have changed quite a bit these days. There are tough black plastic ponds which includes a long-term guarantee along with sizes well over 40 sq. ft surface area and depths of more than 18 inches all readily available and undemanding geometrical shapes are offered alongside the convoluted ones. In combination with that they have shelving for Marginals which is a great improvement. There is even a range of Rigid liners that have a planting area for Bog plants already built in to them.
When buying your liner be sure that the guarantee runs for at the very least 10 years and choose a dark colour if the construction material is plastic. Make sure the depth is deep enough and do not forget that a simple shape gives you more surface area for your money than a fussy one.
Concrete Pond The normal type of pond which is still regarded by some as being the best is concrete. Concrete continues to be used where a big square or oblong pond is being built, but that is a job for a professional. But itís possible to create a simple round or oval pond if you've got some experience of working with concrete. Do not forget that if you do this yourself you need to finish the job in one day. When the concrete has dried, paint the surface with a proprietary sealant for instance silglaze before filling the pond with water and stocking it. Raw concrete is harmful to the fish.
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