My Pond


Construction of my fish pond started in May 1996.  I finished, well . . . if you are a dedicated ponder, you NEVER FINISH!! I am always in the process of improving the pond. That is one reason why it is such a great hobby. 

Since a young age, I had always wanted a pond in our yard, but it was always talk amongst my mother and I. In December of 1995, my mother was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (a lung disease). I did research on the internet and found out that the average life span after prognosis was 6 years (The doctor now has said that she can probably live a normal life with the proper medication). That scared me do death, so I decided now is the time for the pond we have always dreamed about. 

I planned on starting the project in the beginning of June 1996 when school was out. However, my sister's boyfriend got wind of our project and decided he was going to start the project early. So instead of studying for finals, we both got out and dug a pit. Excavation was the worst part of pond building. We have well cemented conglomerate soil with boulders.  Every inch was a tedious and grueling obstacle using a breaker bar and pick to work the boulders out of the soil.  The next step was to purchase the pond liner. I worked at a pet store at the time and was able to purchase everything at wholesale cost except for the pump. I installed the bottom drain, the underliner, and liner. I also installed a  makeshift surface skimmer made out of an inlet screen from one of those blue (Brady?) check valves.  I then used the vast amount of rocks left over from the excavation and created the border around the pond. Shortly after, I filled the pit and WAH LA!! I had my fish pond. 















My History:
I graduated in 1998 as a civil engineering major.  My emphasis is in water resources and water quality.  Naturally, I found ponding to be right up my alley and I extremely enjoy being able to apply my knowlege to such a rewarding and interesting hobby.  The mechanics behind ponding have been extensively covered in my civil engineering cirriculum.  Furthermore, this hobby has led to taking graduate classes in aquaculture (fish farming), water quality, and constructed wetlands. 



The Pond Itself:

  • Size: ~1200-1400 US gallons.
  • Depth: 3 Feet in the center with 1-2' shelves.
  • Liner: EPDM Tetra 45 mil
  • Bottom Drain: Tetra
  • Pump: 1800 GPH Mag Drive
  • UV Sterilizer: Lifeguard 40W 36"
  • Filter: Home made with 55 gallon plastic drum from United Plastics (San Diego).
  • Border: Rocks I dug from out from the pit!!! (free!!!)

Dauben Lily Courtesy of Lilyblooms


  • Dauben Lily (named after our family)
  • White Night Blooming Lily
  • Attraction Lily
  • Water Canna
  • Un-named Pink Lily
  • Parrots Feather
  • Water Hyacinths
  • Water Lettuce
  • Cabomba
  • Bacopa
  • Anacharis
  • Hornwort



    • Red
    • Sarassas
    • White
    Orandas: (My favorite)
    • Red
    • Sarassas
    • Red Cap
    • Calico
    • Telescope
    • Red
    • Calico
    Florida Blue-Finned
    Killie Fish


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This page was last edited on: 
January 05, 2006