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Above-Ground vs In-Ground Fishponds

Water Features | May 7, 2020

If you intend on installing a fishpond on your property, it can be incredibly useful to know the comparative merits of above-ground vs in-ground fishponds. There are many good reasons to go with either type of pond, and the one that you should pick will depend largely on the type of property that you have and what kind of life you want to fill your pond with. At Fontana Ponds & Water Features, we have years of experience installing all different types of fishponds, and we can help you to determine what kind of water feature is best for your needs.

Should I Install an Above-Ground or In-Ground Fishpond?

Deciding whether to go with an in-ground or above-ground fishpond can be difficult, as there are benefits to both systems. Each type of pond has various different ways that it can be designed, so it is likely that you will be able to find something that you like in both options. The type of pond that you should build will depend on what you are looking to get out of it.

Benefits of Above-Ground Fishponds

Above-ground fishponds are incredibly versatile and there are many different ways to build them. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Smaller above-ground fishponds are often able to be purchased as simple basins which can be installed in any type of housing, while larger ones are made using custom liners and structural elements. Above-ground fishponds are often a better choice for households with small children, as they are not as much of a safety hazard. They are also easier to secure, as wire mesh and other security measures can be taken to keep fish safe. Above-ground fishponds are usually easier to clean and maintain, as the pond owner does not need to bend over and reach as much as they do with an in-ground pond. One of the biggest selling features for above-ground fishponds is that they are cheaper and easier to install, as no excavation is required.

Benefits of In-Ground Fishponds

If you are looking for a natural looking pond that is great for relaxation and entertaining, in-ground fishponds are the way to go. These ponds can be made to look much more natural than above-ground ponds and they can incorporate numerous other water features, such as streams, fountains, waterfalls, and more. It is much easier to plant aquatic vegetation in an in-ground pond and there is a larger variety of the types of plants that can be installed. Although in-ground ponds are typically more expensive to build than above-ground ponds, they are able to be much deeper and more intricate, allowing for a wider assortment of fish and wildlife.

If you would like to learn more about the merits of above-ground vs in-ground fishponds, or if you are interested in finding out more about the range of pond services and products we offer, please connect with us by filling out a contact form on our website and we will get back to you, or call us at 778-990-9773.


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