You may have seen a TV program about backyard improvements and thought Hmm, I could build a fish pond. Somehow, such ideas grow and take on a life of their own and before you know it, what was to be a 2 x 4 concern, is now a body of water that puts the Hoover Dam to shame! Ok, so a little exaggeration is good for the imagination.
The thing is, once you start buying fish pond supplies, you cannot stop. If it is not a pump, it’s new hoses. If it’s not new hoses, it’s underwater lighting, but hey, a hobby is a hobby, right? As long as your passion for fish pond supplies is not depriving the family of food on the table, dig right in!
If home DIY is a new concept for you, then you need to equip yourself with knowledge. You would be surprised at the amount of information available, on the Internet, at your hardware store and by simply asking around. You can spend a fortune on fish pond supplies, only to get them home and realize that you have gone a bit overboard and bought way too much, or perhaps underestimated the need for materials. Once your garden shed won’t close because of all the stuff you’ve purchased unnecessarily, it is time to either hold a garage sale, or start digging and increase the size of your pond.
Pond lighting is an exciting element to tackle. Whether you install it under water or on the shore of your pond, it will enhance and beautify your water feature by several degrees. Lighting is one of those fish pond supplies that you’ll drool over in the store while wondering how you’ll ever learn to install it perfectly, and why you didn’t do so during the construction of the actual pond.
On the more practical side, pumps and filtration systems are important if you intend to actually keep your pond stocked with fish. Since the water is not running off into a river, it will stagnate unless you properly filter it. Fish pond supplies stores will have a range for you to examine and you can ask the retailer as many questions as you like in order to buy the right size and type for your requirements.
Hoses and connectors; fountains, nozzles and speed regulators; shore mats made of coconut fiber; fish nets, plants and fish food are all in plentiful supply at your local fish pond supplies store. You’ll probably find that the store owner himself is an enthusiast and his advice and encouragement will see you walk out of there arms laden with goodies to take home and play with. One thing though, don’t forget to add the fish.