Re: NANFA-- Cheap Fish Container Built!

R. W. Wolff (
Wed, 10 Sep 2003 22:21:08 -0500

This is quite similar how I built several ponds out of scraps of liner left
over from the gar river projects. Mine are buried in the ground, since this
helps retain heat in fall, at night, and helps from over heating in the day.
Here is what I do in a nutshell: Measure the approx size of the liner. If I
want the pond to be one foot deep, I dig a hole the same size as the liner,
minus one foot on each side. Then lay the liner in the hole, and smooth it
out the best I can. With a level make sure it is nearly level all the way
around while doing the next step. Next cut 2X2 treated wood the lengths of
the sides. Fold the liner over and around the 2X2's. Staple this in place
while filling with water and re smoothing out creases to try and eliminate
as many as possible. After its full, any bulges the indicate wasted liner,
dig down on that side and create and under cut bank. After the liner is
fully utilized, smoothed, and stapled in place, take some pine ( non
treated) furring strips, and tack this on the top of the 2X2 to sandwich in
the liner. Take the dirt from the hole and level off the area around, trying
to leave about an inch of the rim poking up to keep run off from coming in
the pond. That is it. Now decorate . Next spring clean out leaves, and add
fish and by fall it should be teaming with young if plenty of plants are
added. You can adapt this to make bends and turns on a long narrow pond with
a pools at both ends. This can create stream by putting a pump in the one
end and running pipe or hose to the other end. If I were into stream fish
this is what I would make for them.
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