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Changing the purpose of a pond


I've recently bought my first house with my wife, and we have inherited a fish pond.

We are not keen on keeping it; I'm not really a fish person, and the cost of running the pump and filter all day, everyday seems over the top.

I am, however, keen to 'do my bit' with regards to the local environment, and understand that a pond is a good thing to have in that respect.

I have a friend who will take the fish, so they will be cared for.

On that basis, is it possible for me to remove the fish, and then keep a pond that doesn't need the pump constantly running?

Can you give me any advise for that, please?

Thanks in advance!


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,737

    We have a wildlife pond - we only dug it this spring - already we have frogs, newts and a grass snake visiting it, as well as dragon flies and damsel flies and lots of other insects.  It's wonderful.

    A wildlife pond should not contain fish and does not need a filter or a pump.  It just needs the right balance of oxygenating plants and no chemicals.  There a quite a few threads on here discussing wildlife ponds - put that term into the search facility at the top of the page and you'll find lots of info image

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  • DoddseyDoddsey Posts: 2

    Wonderful, thank you for your response... that is music to my ears!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,737

    It does depend on the pond doesn't it Philippa, and probably the fish also, as well as on the owner.  

    If the fish are fed then that can upset the balance but if there's enough natural food in the pond then that's much better.  But of course, if the fish eat all the tadpoles and efts then that's not so good - it's all about keeping that balance image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Does a wildlife pond need to be shallow. ?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,737

    Lots of info here Doreen 

    We were unable to dig ours as deep as is recommended due to tree roots, but it does need to be at least 2 ft deep.  

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Great - many thanks.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,209

    philippa - we had a similar situation at my last house. Huge pond which had large koi and golden orfe in it which  had been overfed fro years, so lots of excess debris, but it was essentially a wildlife pond. We renovated a lot of it and improved it enormously, fed the fish less, and just tried to achieve a balance for everything in it. Masses of frogs, toads  and dragonflies and loads of other wildlife in and around it.  We couldn't have cleared it out without spending a fortune and several months of hard graft, and possibly ruining what was already there. 

    I hope you can alter your pond Doreen and make it right for you. It's well worth it for the pleasure it brings, to you and the wildlife. The deeper you can  make it the better - even if it's just in a small part of it, with a graduating slope for access. It helps to prevent it heating up too rapidly in spring and  freezing solid in winter. I've had two ponds which haven't been any deeper than 18" at their deepest point and they've been fine, but it does depend on other factors like planting and location. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,340

    I bought this book, and am following his instruction, he is very knowledgably, (I think)

    My link doesnt work but if you are interested you could copy and paste.


    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Many thanks to you all.  I am new to gardeners world and you all have been very helpful.  I will do my very best to make my pond just right for the frogs which I know are around. 

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