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Your Complete Resource on the Design and Building of Man Made Ponds

Man made ponds generally refer to bodies of water that are built and/or are maintained by humans rather than Mother Nature. Within this broad category are a number of pond sub categories such as water gardens where the main purpose is ornamental display, fish ponds or koi ponds where the main purpose is housing or breeding fish, backyard ponds or garden ponds where the pond is used more as a landscaping feature, or industrial ponds where the purpose is to store water as part of some industrial process. Within each of these sub categories, there are many possible goals and designs. In some cases people aim to build ponds that mimic natural ponds found in nature for environmental reasons such as attracting a certain species of birds or other wild life, while in other cases the main goal is to achieve compelling landscaping features like waterfalls and streams. Below is an image of a natural pond that a pond builder may choose to emulate on a smaller scale.

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Why Build a Man Made Pond?

If you are mainly interested in the aesthetic benefits, man made ponds are a great way to bring a little bit of nature to your property or project site. A body of water with an accompanying waterfall is a great way to turn an otherwise lifeless area into a tranquil garden like setting. If your goals are more functional in nature, such as in the case of a fish pond, or an industrial pond, man made ponds are an excellent way to place an otherwise scarce resource wherever and whenever you need it. Whatever your goals, has the information you need to make your pond design a reality.

Building Man Made Ponds

Building man made ponds is a skill anybody can learn with the right introduction. As a starting point, you may want to check out our guide entitled 'Building a Pond' (coming soon). This guide takes the guess work out of building a man made pond by combining years of professional advise with practical knowledge so you can create the perfect pond on your first try.

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Adding Plant Life

If your pond design is ornamental in nature, you'll most likely want to give plant selection some thought. Thoughtful plant selection and planting can turn an average body of water into a beautiful water garden that is vibrant with life and energy. For more information, have a look at our page on pond plants.


Already have an idea of what you'd like to accomplish and just need to learn about the equipment to make it happen? Whatever the size or design goals of your project, equipment selection is an important part of building a smoothly running pond. For more information, you may want to read our guides on Pond Liners, Pond Pumps, Pond Filters, Pond Skimmers and Pond Lighting.


If fish are part of the overall design goals for your pond or water garden and you'd like to learn more about what it takes to properly house fish, take a look at our pages on fish ponds or more specifically Koi ponds. Like any other pet, fish have certain environmental requirements that if not met could affect the health of your fish. However, even though it may take a little more work to make your pond fish ready, most fish owners agree that the work is more than worth it.

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