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A lily pond is a tranquil body of water covered with water lilies and other floating aquatic plants. For the most natural appearance, the pond should be located in a flat area at the lowest part of the site. A small waterfall can be used to create sound and visual interest, but excessive turbulence will limit the growth of large floating plants. For minimal maintenance, the fish population should not exceed one inch of fish per square foot of pond surface. A depth of 24" is sufficient, except in cold climates.

In the illustration, the pond is excavated as a series of terraces, the highest forming a small pool. Protection fabric is laid over the soil and covered with a rubber pond liner. Rounded rocks cover the terraces, so the pond liner is completely hidden in the shallow-water areas. An in-line submersible pump draws water through a slotted pipe buried in a bed of gravel at the bottom of the pond and conveys the water to a second slotted pipe buried in a bed of gravel in the upper pool. As the water in the upper pool rises, it spills over a few rocks to return to the pond. This system provides both mechanical and biological filtration, and with periodic addition of bacteria it can be virtually maintenance free.

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LILY POND KITS: We can custom design a complete kit with everything required to build a lily pond of any size and shape. Typical components are shown below: click on an image or title for more information. After construction has been completed, we can also ship a package of appropriate plants.

boxed liner

rubber liners

magnetic drive pump

in-line pumps

slotted pipe

slotted pipe manifolds


protection fabric

protection fabrics


biological clarifiers

fabric pot

fabric planting pots

underwater light

underwater lights


corrugated hose

hose and pipe

gate valve

valves and fittings


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