Frequently Asked Questions (1)
Q: What is the advantage of a rubber lining? A:
In the past, ponds were often made of cement. Sooner or later, concrete will crack, unless reinforced with massive amounts of steel (as in swimming pools). A 45 mil EPDM rubber liner is flexible and will adjust to any shifting of the surrounding soil. It is guaranteed for twenty years, even if exposed to sunlight, and if covered by rocks and gravel, should last a lot longer than that. Q: Will frogs and turtles live in the pond? A:
If there is a natural body of water nearby, visiting frogs and turtles are possible. Both frogs and turtles can be introduced manually to your pond, but make sure they are native species. Q: Can I have game fish in my pond? A:
The limited size of a backyard pond severely limits the natural range of game fish. The predatory game fish - bass, bluegill, perch and others - have a high ammonia content in their waste and would upset the natural pond ecosystem. Q: Should I be concerned with mosquitoes breeding? A:
Actually, your pond is reducing the mosquito population. Mosquitoes lay their larvae in bodies of water like your pond, much to the delight of your fish, frogs and dragonflies, who feast on them. Your skimmer filter will also take care of the larvae if the fish and other critters don't get to them first. Q: How big should I make my pond? A:
Size will depend on your site and your personal preferences. Don't be too concerned with building too big...it's always easy to find new aquatic plants and more fish to add to your ecosystem. But if you build too small, you're limitied. Q: How much maintenance will I be putting in? A:
During most of the year, maintenance is limited to merely emptying the skimmer net about once a week. If you live in an area with a lot of nearby trees, you'll have to empty the net more often during the fall.