Choose the Location
When choosing the location for your pond, there are both practical and esthetic points to consider. Ensure the pond is visible from many areas whether from a nearby window or an
outdoor living area.
It’s best to avoid locations directly under trees as falling leaves create debris that can clog the pump therefore upsetting the pond’s biological balance.
Access to a GFCI outlet is required.
Prepare the Area
Ensure the area has a level surface.
Map out the shape and size of the pond. The space will determine the size. The approximate size of this pond is:
11.25" high (front)
13.125" high (back)
This pond requires exterior walls and a wall that separates the fire from the water. The fire is surrounded by elevated walls.
Create the exterior walls with the first course of Oldcastle pavers. Use a scratch awl or chisel and hammer to split pavers into varying sizes.
Make sure the first course is level from ft to right and front to back before proceeding.
Continue building the walls of the pond.
After the sixth course of pavers, install the fire separation wall. Allow approximately 16" for the fire area.
Place cinder blocks within the fire area for added support. Fill and cover with rock. Pour torch fuel in the canisters and position among the rock.
Install the Pond
The Pond Kit from smartpond® includes everything needed to build a pond:
1. 200 gph pump with lighted nozzle
2. Pond Skins® flexible liner
3. three floating lily pads
Remove the liner from the pond kit, unfold and cover the pond area. Extend the liner over the sides.
Smooth out any creases and form the liner against the inside of the pavers. Place the top row of pavers on top of the liner to secure.
It is important to have the pavers in place and fill the pond with water before trimming the liner. This will prevent cutting the liner too short.
While the pond is filling, select the nozzle head of choice and attach to the pump.
Place the pump at the bottom of the pond floor. Hide the electrical cord underneath the top row of pavers in the back corner.
Continue smoothing the liner as the water fills. Trim the excess liner.