Find a Rental Center
Need help finding something?
2815 Home Depot Blvd
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Equipment subject to availability. Call (803)909-2420 for inventory.
Receive exclusive offers and stay up-to-date on new products and services.
Thanks for your submission!
Posted by: Samuel Hirshfield on October 14, 2013
The relaxing sights and sounds of a backyard fish pond can add a lot to a home's landscape, and there are innumerable options for integrating one into a backyard. If you don't want to spring for an expansive, professionally done pond, you can keep costs down by creating a simpler pond and doing some of the work yourself.
One major decision you'll have to make is how deep to make your backyard fish pond. Shallow ponds are the most affordable option because they are easier to dig and require less materials. They also have some advantages over deeper ponds in that they allow for closer views of the fish and for the growth of lily pads, which don't grow in deeper water.
On the other hand, deeper ponds can be worth the extra effort because they can make it easier to ensure your fish will live long, healthy lives. The extra water present helps dilute the waste the fish produce, which makes it easier to maintain good water quality. They also offer better protection from predators that might have an easy time capturing the fish in shallow water. You can lessen the amount of work required for digging a deeper hole by renting construction equipment. A mini excavator works particularly well for this task and will help save your back.
An earthen bottom pond won't hold water for long, so the next step is to add a lining. Spray concrete is the most durable lining option and allows for lighting and other features to be incorporated. However, it's also the most expensive and must be installed by professionals. You can use rubber liners instead, but be careful to ensure they are installed correctly. You should also take steps to ensure the liner is protected from any burrowing rodents that might be present. An easy way to prevent rodent issues is by first lining the pond with bags of concrete that have been wetted and had holes poked in them.
The rest of the process is pretty straightforward. Pump equipment should come with operating and installation instructions, and you can use your creativity to complete the surrounding landscaping. Once the chemical balance and temperature of the water is right you'll be ready to add the fish.
If you're creating a backyard fish pond, contact Compact Power Equipment Rental for all of your equipment rental needs.
Fish pond image Aquascape Inc. via Houzz, Koi pond image via Wikimedia
* Pricing subject to change at certain locations.
The documentation within this section provides general safety information and operating instructions by equipment type. Specific controls, functionality and operating instructions can vary by brand, model and year. It is up to you, the operator, to ensure your own safety. This documentation is secondary to the manufacturer’s instructions provided to you within the operations manual located on each machine. If an operations manual is not available on the machine, please contact our 24/7 Customer Care Center at 1-888-COMPACT. The manuals can also be viewed and downloaded from our website at the following address http://compactpowerrents.com/Safety/.
Product specifications and prices are subject to change without notice or obligation. The photographs and/or drawings in this document are for illustrative purposes only. Refer to the appropriate Operator’s Manual for instructions on the proper use of this equipment. Failure to follow the appropriate Operator's Manual when using our equipment or to otherwise act irresponsibly may result in serious injury or death.