Where is the Best Place to Put a Small Pond in a Garden?

Are you thinking about building a wildlife pond or keeping some beautiful fish in your garden - but need a water feature of a manageable size that won't take up too much space?

This cheat sheet from the AllPondSolutions team runs through everything you need to know about choosing where to put your pond, calculating the right depth, and buying essential accessories to keep your water clean and clear.

What is the Best Location for a Small Garden Pond?

The perfect position is somewhere in the garden with some sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon.

That's because if you select a spot that's flooded with glorious sunshine all day, it won't be the healthiest environment for fish and pond plants:

  • Excess sun boosts algae growth, putting pressure on your pond pumps to try and keep the water fresh.
  • Higher oxygen levels aren't ideal - you'll need to carefully check your filters for ponds and use a pond UV steriliser to ensure the water doesn't become toxic.

What Do You Need in a Pond to Get Started?

If you're digging a trench yourself, you will need liners for ponds that are robust and sturdy - thin pond liners can easily tear or break, which will mean your water levels need to be topped up continually.

Measure up the pond capacity, and visit our full range of Pond Liners to find the best option!

Next, look into pumps for ponds with enough capacity to manage your desired water volume - pond pumps circulate the water to stop it from becoming stagnant.

AllPondSolutions has an extensive range of Pond Pumps, with clear advice about the capacity of each model.

Alongside your pond pumps, you'll also need filters for ponds to remove debris, dirt and algae.

Looking for pond filters that need minimal maintenance? The 12,000L Pond Filter Kit is self-cleaning and delivers excellent water quality.

Worried about high algae content? We'd recommend a pond UV steriliser to back up your pond filters - our Pond UV Sterilisers range has options for every size of pond and budget.

How Deep Should a Pond Be if I Want to Keep Fish?

Most garden ponds are two feet deep as a minimum.

However, if you want to keep Koi, you might choose to dig down as much as four or five feet since they need a good amount of depth to develop properly.

Very shallow ponds aren't suited to fish since they won't be able to shelter in the thermal layer at the bottom in cold weather - 24 inches of water is normally the smallest depth possible.

Measure your pond (length x width x depth) before ordering any pond pumps or fitting liners for ponds! The volume may be much greater than you think, so it pays to check your dimensions first, so you pick the right accessories and equipment.