|Written by toelken69|
First choose a good location in your yard. Make the pond a focal point. Design your pond with a can of marking paint or an old garden hose. Start digging around the perimeter. You can make the pond different levels by making shelves as you dig. If you want fish to live year round in colder temps the deepest area should be at least 30 inches.
Next add some sand in the bottom and on the shelves to level and protect the liner. You can get a liner from your local home improvement store or use some rubber roofing material. Spread your liner out starting in the deepest area. Fold the liner to the contour of the pond,up and over the top edges.
You'll need to get some rocks. Just plain field stone you can find it around in your yard or creeks. You may also just purchase some field stone from a local stone dealer. Start laying the rock around the perimeter of the liner. Making sure to choose the flattest rock first to get a good base.
You'll need a Pump to circulate the water. Place the pump on one of the shelves and run the hose through the second layer of stone. Decide which area you would like a waterfall and place the pump there. Continue finishing the stone layers and stack a few more for the waterfall. Take the hose and slip it in you waterfall.
Finally fill your pond with water. Plug in your pump and check water flow.Let sit over night before adding fish.