Waterfalls / Fish Ponds / Streams - Rock & Liner
Rock and Liner Water Features Have become exceedingly popular over the last couple of decades because they are being designed as well balanced ecosystems. When done correctly by a professional pond installer a liner pond can last as long if not longer than other types of water features and arguably be more beautiful with less maintenance than their predecessors. Whether liner or concrete ANY pond built without considering proper filtration can cause both the homeowner and fish problems. There are proponents on both sides of this argument so we don’t want to get caught up in that battle of ponds. To each their own.
What most homeowners love most about Rock and Liner Ecosystem Ponds is that they are typically more natural looking and can be used for a variety of purposes. These features are usually very organic looking but can be spun into a more artistic or formal water feature or maybe you want a combination of formal and natural. Did you know you can have meandering streams, and beautiful waterfalls with or without a pond?
With or Without a Pond. No body should be without a pond unless you want a pondless pond that is. Huh? If you don’t want fish or travel often a pondless waterfall, or as some call it a disappearing waterfall is perfect for you. It functions much like a regular pond. A there is an underground basin with a liner that you do not see. It’s filled with rock, gravel, and Matrix Blocks. A submersible pump sits inside the basin within a housing unit feeding the water through plumbing up to a waterfall box where it spills over the waterfalls or stream and runs back down into the basin. This gives the appearance of a waterfall and/or steam without a pond. They can also be integrated into the construction of rainwater harvesting systems to re-purpose rainwater runoff.
What is great about liner & rock is it’s nothing is set in concrete (pun intended) When planned properly you can make a pondless waterfall into a pond or the other way around. Things can evolve.
If you want to stick to a budget but you really want a bigger pond later, or maybe you want to add a stream or additional waterfall after the initial install, that’s is not an issue as long as you discuss your ideas with a qualified professional installer from the start of you pond landscape project. You can always do it later with less planning but it’s always better to think ahead to save money in the long run.
Liner ponds make great fish ponds and koi ponds. Koi do require more room than goldfish so go a little bigger if you want to have pet koi fish. Please consider how many fish or water plants you might want when pondering your design. One of the biggest mistake people make is not going big enough when they get their pond.
How does an ecosystem fish pond work? It mimics Mother Nature.
A successful, a water garden must develop a living balance with itself.
1. Fish consume nutrients from aquatic plants.
2. Fish waste mixes with other forms of natural debris.
3. Aerobic bacteria or beneficial bacteria and other microorganisms colonize on the rocks and gravel on the pond’s bottom, in the streams and filters.
4. These microorganisms break down this debris which is then absorbed by the aquatic plants as nutrients.
5. Water recirculates through this system, the waterfalls create oxygen within this dually natural and man made system creating an ecosystem and the circle of life is born!
In lesser words: When all of the components of a simple ecosystem pond are assembled correctly, they form a beautiful, low-maintenance and natural work of art!
1 Pond Skimmer
2 Waterfall Filter
3 Pond Pump
5 Rocks and Gravel
6 Pond Liner and Underlayment
7 Plants and Fish
8 Beneficial Bacteria
Whether you like the long or short explanation above if you eliminate one of these elements, you’ve got an unbalanced ecosystem.
With all this being said a properly designed and installed ecosystem pond or pondless waterfall will give you years of enjoyment.