How to Make a Mini Pond

A mini pond solves the problem for those who want a pond but have minimal space. A mini pond is easy to make and upkeep and can hold a few of your favorite water plants and small fish.

Steps

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    Find a suitable waterproof container or basin. It should measure about 20 centimeter (7.9 in) long and 20 centimeter (7.9 in) wide and 10 centimeter (3.9 in) deep.
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    Clean the container under the running water for 1 minute. Do not use soap as it might harm the fish. Dry it with a clean cloth, or air dry quickly.
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    Choose where to have the pond. If it is to be in the garden, dig a suitable small hole and insert the container into the ground. Other possibilities include simply balancing the container somewhere on the back deck or ground, creating a wooden holding stand for it or placing onto a table or similar raised item. Whatever you do, ensure that the placement is stable and firm and that it cannot be knocked over by people, pets or roaming animals.
    • If you have cats, you will need to either prevent their access to the small container pond or cover it carefully with netting or chicken wire.
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    Pour the gravel into the container. Fill it to a depth of about 2 centimeter (0.8 in).
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    Fill up half the container with dechlorinated water.
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    Add plants. Dig a small hole and fit the plant's roots. Use more gravel to cover the plant roots and planting area.
    • Repeat until you have added all of the plants.
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    Add decorations. Wash and scrub all the decorations in warm water. Once cleaned, add them into the container as desired.
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    Wash and scrub the rocks in warm water. Add the rocks in.
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    Fill up the rest of the container with dechlorinated water.
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    Start putting in the fish. It is best to use guppies, mollies, small goldfish, or create a mix.

Things You'll Need

  • A container/ basin
  • Aquatic plants
  • Fish
  • Rocks
  • Pebbles
  • Gravel
  • Decorations(specially made for aquariums)
  • Netting or chicken wire (to prevent predation)(optional)

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