Your Pond Kit

A pond kit is one of the cheaper ways of obtaining everything you need to build a pond.

Typically, you'll save 20% by buying the total pond in a kit form rather than purchasing the components off the shelf.

A Good Pond Kit

Good kits come with a:

*liner for the size of pond you want to build,

*a bio-filter to adjust the bacteria counts,

*all the bio-balls or bacterial home material

*some system of landscaping the bio-filter and providing a lip for the waterfall system. Without this all you have is a big tank a the edge of the pond and you'll have to figure a way to 1) get the water out of the tank equally and evenly so it splashes down the waterfall nicely and 2) how to disguise this tank so it doesn't look like - an ugly plastic tank.

*a skimmer filter to take out the floating crud such as leaves and such,

*initial filter material that will actually be doing the filtering

*landscaping disguise cover to cover the skimmer so it doesn't look like a plastic cover sitting on an ugly tank. (see comment on bio-filter above).

This is actually a much overlooked part of the process, particularly with homebuilt or cheaper systems. The quality of the inlet and outlet landscaping systems will either make your pond look “classy" or “cheap". It is a very good idea to investigate how these disguise systems work before you plunk down your money. See them at a dealer or take a pond tour and look at how these systems are disguised (some are good - some are bad).

A backyard landscape with pond bridge over entire pond so you can watch koi play

*a good pump, properly sized for the depth of pond and amount of water you need to move

*enough spa quality hose to connect the pump in the skimmer to the bio-filter at the other end of the pond. (note that spa quality pipe is important as lesser quality lines have a tendency to crack in the winter)

*all fittings to connect pump to hose to filters (these can add up in serious dollars when bought individually off the shelf).

*night lighting. Some of the better kits now come with two or three lights already in the package. Trust me on this one, you'll want lights (do you work for a living so the main time you'll see your pond is after work?) for viewing or entertaining and it is far easier to install them when you're building than afterwards.

*all the glue for the fittings (some come with Teflon tape for the threaded joints, some you'll have to buy yourself)

*an instruction book that makes sense

Best For Regular Size

Pond kits work really well when you want to install a regularly sized pond. If your dream pond is an off-size (a little longer or bigger) then you'll find yourself paying the extra 20% and getting them off the shelf.

The trick here is to do a little mathematically figuring. The main component that usually throws things out of whack on pond kits is the liner. Sometimes you can use the liner in the kit for the stream and purchase the entire kit plus the appropriate sized pond liner for less than individual component pricing. It all depends on the math. (or redesign your pond to take advantage of the kit pricing). So look at the kit pricing and the individual component pricing (a spreadsheet works well here) to decide.

This size pond is ideal for picking up a small kit - the landscaping makes it all work well

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