How to Build a Fish Pond and Stream / Cascade - Complete pond building video by Pondguru

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This is a compilation video of a 4 part series I uploaded a while back showing every stage of building and explaining how to build a pond for fish. It shows all the various steps taken to make a fish pond which is safe and accessible..
I have also uploaded a complete video of a school wildlife pond with dipping platform and hibernaculum - it also shows all stages of construction..
In this fish pond video, the start of each section is at the following time:
0:06 Digging the hole and laying the underlay / liner
7:44 Installing the cascade
24:02 Installing the edging, pump and filter
36:16 Rockery and finished pond with pump and filter details
45:32 Out-takes
Pump is Oase Aquamax Eco 8000 and the filter is an Oase Filtoclear 30000.
The design of this pond allows for good access and different positioning of the pump for winter and summer positions.
Check out my pond construction playlist for pond building guides covering many different types of ponds including wildlife ponds. fish ponds and koi ponds.
Thanks for watching. for pond construction

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Author Pondguru (18 days)
+Alex Paulsen Yeah, that's about right, man.

Author Bill Brice (7 months)
I was building ponds in the early 90's, and I must say without a doubt.
This is the best how to build a pond video out there. You are a fantastic
teacher and your attention to detail is a great asset. If anyone wants to
know how to DIY a pond watch and watch again. Thank you for your knowledge.

Author Ekram Razaq (1 month)
I have a hozelock bioforce 9000 and I am about to build my pond. I have
lost the hosetail fittings. Do you know what size is required to attach to
this filter and also what's the best hose to use to connect this all
together thanks! 

Author Estrella del Carmen Rojas (7 days)
Excelente toda la información. Estoy trabajando en mi estanque acuático
para el jardín y tú video me está ayudado mucho, aunque poco entiendo
inglés ya se como hacer la cascada y como instalar el filtro y la bomba(
que me falta comprar, es caro$) Saludos y gracias.

Author Theo Tsalamandris (1 month)
Thanks for posting this video. It was a real pleasure to watch. You are an
artist, who really loves what they do. Just a quick question from all the
way in Australia. You used a pump with an 8 thousand litre flow, how big
was the pond itself in terms of litres? I ask as I have built a pond
myself recently that is approximately 15000 litres in capacity and am
searching for the right sized pump.

Author gab gab (11 days)
hi, what is the size of the pond? ( Length, Wide ,Volum ) . Thanks

Author Eazy LNova (1 month)
Buay weh u from? You accent sound like Belizean or Jamaican man. Nice video

Author Alex Paulsen (19 days)
If you live in the UK, digging a hole is unnecessary. Just wait for a
typical "English Summer" and the fish will have plenty of puddles to swim

Author Kristi Aljay (24 days)
I've been in the United States but I'm wondering how much you would charge
to come do this to my house in the future

Author Pramod Kumar (2 months)
i am simply in awe! you are so passionate bout what you do.

Author Ruth Colledge (3 months)
What a very informative video, such a lot of thought and work gone into
both the construction of the pond and of making the video... Thank-you.
My Husband and I built a pond in our back garden 8 years ago not
considering that our neighbours newly planted twisted willow sapling would
grow into a large tree it is today. Consequently we have a fight on our
hands with the leaves that it sheds each autumn. Would the answer be a
pond skimmer, if so what size would we need. Our pond holds 16,000 ltrs
water. Its wide, irregular shape means putting a net over would be very
difficult as would removing the dropped leaves.
We recently noticed a large hole in the butyl lining (looks like vermin has
eaten at it!!) It is on the higher shelf so was easy for my Husband to
stick some spare lining onto it. Unfortunately the patch became unstuck
despite using special pond lining adhesive so we keep the water level below
this patch but would appreciate any advice as to the best type of adhesive
to use so we can fill our pond up completely.
Thank-you for reading this

Author IrishKitty1024 (2 months)
What country do you live in? I'm in the U.S. Just curious over your accent.

Author Wisdom Opara (2 months)
what if you decided to leave the ground without puting leader under it. i
mean the ground with only sand

Author Gabriel L (3 months)
Great video. I really enjoyed watching and learned a lot. I was just
wondering what you would use to automatically keep the level of the water
at the desired height. I just want the water feature and not thinking of
having any fish in the pond. It's more just a cascading water feature.
Thanks again for the great advise.

Author Brian Elfresko (5 months)
Hi, some good tips, never thought about moving pump to shallow area :-) hmm
as you used a lot of mortar, yet no g4 sealer? Can you or some 1 also
advise just inherited a number of large gold fish and orfe`s, so have the
nod from the wife to extend a 520 gal pond to 1170. As most on a budget,
installed now is the firestone 1mm. but been looking at this 3 ply liner at
1/4 the price. guess answering my own question u get what you pay for. So
looking at the greenseal .75mm. Regards

Author Rebecca Kena (2 months)
awesome job mate you made the job look easy awesome

Author kev44rob (2 months)
Fantastic video mate! Just bought a place with a small pond and the liner
is leaking somewhere. And there are too many fish so I've decided to
enlarge it by a third. No idea what I'm doing really but your video is a
great guide!
Cheers, Kev

Author SoldierDemps (3 months)
Heyy, how much would it cost in Materials to build a pond what looks
similar to this but just as a decorative piece with no need for fish?

Author NASIR SHENWARI (1 month)
i loved it the way you build the pond

Author Dorothy Woodfin (4 months)
We are trying to build a cascading waterfall with a 7-8 foot drop into a
small pond in our back yard. Can you advise as to what size pump, type of
tubing that leads from pond back to top of fall, filter, etc. Would
appreciate your advise. Thanks

Author Houkou101931 (4 months)
Hi, at 12:25, what is the material you used to fix the rocks on waterfall?
is maybe clay? ...if yes, how did you work it?....mix with water to make it
more soft and workable?

Author Kevin Butters (4 months)
hi pond dude
great video . I am currently building something very similar and have also
cemented the large stone on the top shelf. will the cement cause the fish
any problems were it submerged in water.

Author Jimmie Kendrick (1 month)
very nice and informative.

Author Bernadette LaBarr (4 months)
Great instruction, very knowledgable and well spoken. Succinct not a lot of
extra jibber jabber that confuses. Easy on the ears. ( the eyes too ;-) )
Like the out takes also!

Author Kevin Robertson (6 months)
Hi PondGuru, love all your video's they have been very informative in
helping me with my own build. I have constructed a 20m stream with a large
preformed reservoir at the foot of the falls with 6000 Oase pump for
circulation. The system has been running for almost 2 years now with very
few issues. There is a mains water inlet on the tank with float which
compensates for evaporation etc. I am now wanting to contour the stream to
create over spills etc and to shape the flow of water a bit better. I am
planning to use waterfall foam which was shown on similar videos here on
Youtube. My question to you is do I have to use the foam on dry materials
or can it be used on damp components?

Author waterflo35 (5 months)
Hi there, simply an excellent video thank you. I notice on videos from
across the pond (in the US) they use spillways to provide a more uniform
cascade but these add quite a lot to the cost of a waterfall. There are
waterfall boxes that you can purchase in England and you place filtration
material within the box. So, I'm making a wild life pond with waterfall.
You don't seem to use a spillway as such presumably you just wedge the
outlet pipe in the rocks to avoid a hose effect occuring (?), Additionally
what size piping are you using to the top of the waterfall. Many thanks.

Author mothballjim (9 months)
Finally finished my pond. Thank you for all the advise you gave me! Let me
know what you think.. How to build a fish pond

Author Eli Oliveira (5 months)
Excellent job, Guru. By the way, I need your help, please!
I'm building my own cascade + stream + pond with preformed liner. The
distance between my pond and cascade (stream) is around 20 feet. My doubt
is what kind of pump should I install and how many GPH? How much I' would
pay for that you recommend me?
Ps: My pond's capacity is around 130 gallons.
Thank you!!

Author Karen Rye (5 months)
I really like your video. I have an existing concrete pond, 10'x8', about
1 to 2' deep, with a number of water reeds and it is under a tree canopy so
the leaves accumulate on the bottom. I want to add an "easy to install"
waterfall 3' high and 3' wide cascade. I wonder if I have enough water
water to use the pump in your video of about 3000GPH. What problems will I
encounter? How do I keep the much from clogging the pump?

Author Shick Land (4 months)
I really like your job, is very nice, I just got questions how do you
control rainfall when get into the fish pond, because water will go higher
than maximum you put it.
How to reduce water automatically? instead of reducing myself? Show me
waste rainfalls.

Author Dario Manalo (3 months)
Excellent. Informative than other videos.

Author Jason Dickson (3 months)
Does the cement effect the water chemistry? 

Author Ally Connery (5 months)
Thanky ou so much for doing your video.... yes you are an awesome
teacher... i have learnt some essential points to building a successful
pond... wicked....... awesome......... you are great..... thank you ally nz

Author dawei53 (1 month)
I've enjoyed your video so I''m sorry if I'm asking a question you've
already answered. Doesn't the submerged cement/mortar allow lime to leach
into the water and harm the fish? Do you seal it in some way?

Author Francois Helberg (3 months)
are there any fish in there, and if so what fish.

Author Keith Davis (5 months)
I love that you have taken the time to show this amazing installation. I
thank you so much as it helps in understanding the concept as well as costs
involved at lease this way considering I'm not the installer at lease I'll
have an idea what's going on and what is recommended.
I have a 160ft diameter by 19ft wide the pond is 3ft to 8ft deep in
different areas. Also it's flithy with mulk. I will build a 50ft waterfall
at the back center of the pond.
First, this is a natural pond no liners, how do you recommend I have it
cleaned, I'm thinking I should remove all the water and add a liner.
What vac, or pumps should I use to remove the water? Should I add a liner
after ( I want to see clean water I have no plans to add fish. ) thanks so
much for your support!

Author Tanvir Hassan (6 months) that's my pond I did watching your videos used
only oase products any idea to enhance it further

Author James Birch (6 months)
Hi pondguru, great vid and ive wacthed plenty of them (very jealous of your
back garden) just have one question, everything ive been reading about pond
building has been saying get a bottom drain.... just wondering your
thoughts on this. kind regards james 

Author Matthew Szwagulinski (3 months)
Don't u rock the pond?

Author Oliver Thornton (3 months)
Great video...

Author Dorothy Woodfin (4 months)
We would prefer to have the pump outside of the pond, waterfall.

Author yogesh ramma (5 months)
hello "pondguru".. well choose name
any update vidoe on the pond??

Author vlad vorozhkin (6 months)
I'm just wondering how hard is it to look after a fish shop?

Author pvpanrijder (7 months)
GREAT video .. nice to show us all how to build it. I do have a question
about the rain ..... it will automaticly fill the pond, were does the
overflow from rainwater go .... I dont see a overflow or drain to catch the
water what raise the level of water?? 

Author Pratik Mane (6 months)
thanks man i have learned a lot from this vdo...

Author Underground Media UK (4 months)
I like your slabs!

Author david delima (3 months)
great video

Author Mike Kosatka (6 months)
what is preventing overflow rain water from flowing into pond from yard,
pesticides, fertilizer, etc

Author kevy551 (6 months)
brilliant job looks real well. well done

Author Suzanne Martin (8 months)
Excellent for DIYers! Thank you for the step by step. I have a sloped yard
that would make an awesome cascade area but I have to first slope bottom
away from the house as my foundation is the low point! Any suggestions? I
want all natural (flagstones, plants) low maintenance. Also, it gets to 40
below where I live. Wouldn't the pump/filter freeze exposed like that? PS:
Loved the bloopers at the end of the video! 

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