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Video: How to Choose a Pond Kit
Steps to Choosing the Right Kit
Step 1: Choose a Size For Your Pond
We have many different kits for all sizes of ponds. The first step to choosing a kit is to decide how big of a pond you want to build. Maybe you're thinking about a small rectangular pond that's 10' x 5' x 2' deep. Or maybe you want a larger, natural style fish pond that is 20' x 20' x 4' deep. Or maybe you're actually thinking about a very large pond or small lake. Whatever your plans, you'll want to nail down a length, a width and a depth for the pond. Once you know the size, user our Water Volume Calculator to figure out how many gallons would be in the pond.
Step 2: Determine the Flow Rate
This might sound like a complicated step, but it's really not. We size our kits a little different than most other pond companies. Rather than give you a kit based on the physical size of the pond, we organize our kits by flow rate. Why do we do this? It's so our kits can be more flexible and used in more situations. For example, most people with a 2000 gallon pond will try to have a flow rate of around 2000 gallons per hour through their filtration system. If you want to keep things simple, start there.
However, some people will want more or less flow depending on their goals. For example, a 2000 gallon pond with an extra large waterfall will require more than 2000 gallons per hour.
How do you choose a flow rate? Here's a rule of thumb:
For most reasonable sized fish ponds we recommend pumping the contents of the pond each hour. So a 2000 gallon pond will have a flow rate of 2000 gph. Easy.
If you don't have fish in your pond, you can still use this same flow rate for the best filtration results. However, if you're on a budget, some people will choose to relax the flow rate a bit. These people may choose to pump the contents of their pond every 1.5 to 2 hours to save on equipment. So for a 2000 gallon pond, they may choose a flow rate of 1000 to 1500 gph.
Even with fish, when the ponds get larger, lets say over 7500 gallons, unless the fish concentration is very high, most people will start relaxing a bit off their flow rate. If this is you, then have a look at the Aqua Ultraviolet Filters chart on our filters page for the flow rates that work for various sized ponds. For example, according to Aqua Ultrarviolet, for a pond size of 10,000 gallons, you can likely get away with a 7500 gph flow rate.
Step 3: Choose a Style of Pond and Select a Kit
Now that you have the size and flow rate of your pond, you can choose the style of kit you want. If you don't feel like dealing with this, or are confused, we recommend going straight to our Ecosystem Pond Kits. However, we do have a few other styles of pond kits, which are described below.
Styles of Pond Kits
Bottom-Drained Koi Pond Kits
Other than a liner, an Everything Ponds Bottom-Drained KoiPond Kit contains everything you need to build a professional koi pond.These ponds typically have a different goal than either of the two kits mentioned avove - they are treated more like koi “pools” or koi “homes” meant to house a good number of expensive koi. This is in contrast to an ecosystem pond, where the goal is to create a natural-style pond that can survive as it’s own mini-ecosystem to support life in the pond. Ecosystem ponds can easily support koi and goldfish as well, but generally will have lower numbers of koi than a dedicated koi pond. Are you the type of person that might spend $1000 or more on a single koi? Then you’re also the type of person who is likely to install a full bottom drain system in your koi pond. Spending $50 per fish instead? Then an ecosystem pond kit discussed earlier on this page is likely all you’ll need.