Small Water Pump
Water can create a very relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere inside or out. Once you have decided you are ready to build a pond, there are a few important things to think about before digging. You will need to decide the size, shape and location of your pond. You will want to think about what types of plants and fish you will want in your pond. Once you have decided on these things, you can make a trip to your local home improvement store to pick up the necessities. Items on your list should include a pressurized filter, small water pump, pond hose, pond liner, lighting, cables, cement, and sand. The filter will keep the water clean and ranges from about $100-$250 depending on the amount of water and quality of the filter (see Tetra Pond Bead Pressure Filter starting at $147.)
A small water pump can be purchased for around $50-$200. It is important to note that you will be purchasing the small water pump based on gallons per hour, or GPH. You will want a water pump that can turn the water at a rate of 1 to 1.5. For example, a 120 GPH water pump (such as the Little Giant Submersible Water Pump) would work for a 240 gallon pond. Pond hoses cost about $1-$2/foot and Tetra also makes these ($31/20 feet.) The pond liner will also vary by size; but, for a 20’x20′ pond it costs around $150. Pond lighting can range from simple to extremely elaborate, so cost can vary. If you are just looking to light up the pond, you can expect $100 or less to do the trick. Expect to get your hands dirty and your feet wet and you could get your dream pond without spending thousands!