Step 1: You can start by using a piece of string or rope to mark the shape and location of the pond. For this 200 gallon pond, the overall dimensions will be approximately 3 ft. x 6 ft., with a depth of 1.5 ft.
Step 2: Once you are happy with the shape, start digging the first tier of the pond. We recommend having levels in your pond. This will provide a shelf or step to hold plants, accessories, and more.
Step 3: Now dig the second tier of the pond. Keep some dirt for leveling if needed.
Step 4: Lay the liner. There should be at least a ten in. overhang.
TIP: If roots and/or debris are present, line the bottom with old carpet or sand to protect the liner from punctures.
Step 5: Now begin filling your pond. Adjust the liner edges, smoothing any wrinkles as it fills.
TIP: Stop filling at the halfway full point.
Step 6: Assemble the Complete Filter Kit with Pump using the nozzle head of your choice.
Step 7: Using ½ in. ID Tubing, connect the spitter to the diverter valve on the assembled Complete Filter Kit with Pump (tubing and spitter not included in the kit).
Step 8: Place the pump assembly in the center of your pond and continue filling the pond with water.
Step 9: We also recommend adding Chlorine Remover before adding any fish or plants to water. Chlorine Remover detoxifies heavy metals from water and instantly removes chlorine and chloramines.
Step 10: Once the pond is full of water, secure the liner with stones.
TIP: We recommend adding a ledge of decorative rocks around the perimeter to hide the liner edge. The ledge can be a couple of inches deep.
Step 11: Now fold the liner under or trim the excess. You can then landscape around your pond with plants and mulch to disguise the liner edge.
Step 12: Add floating lily pads to your pond for an additional touch (these can be real or fake). Enjoy!