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Water Gardens and Pond Kits Buying Guide

Soothing sounds, a pretty backdrop, interesting textures: There's a lot to be loved about water gardens and ponds. If you've never considered adding one -- or if you want to enlarge what you have -- take a turn with water garden and pond kits to make it easier than ever.

Types of Water Gardens and Pond Kits

Types of Water Gardens and Pond Kits

Like nearly everything in an outdoor landscape, there are varying sizes and styles of water gardens and ponds. For some outdoor enthusiasts, a small fountain is enough -- a water feature that adds a backdrop of sound and ambience. For others, a water garden or pond that showcases a few beautiful, unusual plants is perfect. For still other outdoors lovers, a water garden or pond is a chance to flex some design and growing muscles, including lots of unusual plants and even fish, if desired. Whatever your preference, take a look at the types of water gardens and pond kits -- tabletop, in-ground, patio, and bubbler -- as you begin to consider your choices.

Tabletop

Very small water gardens and pond kits that fit on tabletops are great small-space solutions as well as accents for living areas including patios, decks, and porches. These typically need access to an electrical outlet.

In-Ground

In-ground water gardens and pond kits vary in size from very small to expansive. They can be placed in a variety of spots in the yard, typically contain plants, and may have fish and additional features such as rocks and waterfalls.

Patio

Larger than a tabletop water feature but usually smaller than in-ground versions, patio water gardens and pond kits use a container but can sit on the floor of a deck or patio. They may contain plants and fish as well as a small waterfall.

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TotalPond
$189.00

TotalPond waterfall pumps have high performance, wet-bearing motors capable of moving large amounts of water to create dynamic eff...ects. These powerful motors are energy efficient and are designed for quiet performance so you can enjoy the sounds of flowing water, not the buzz of the motor. All of our waterfall pumps include a pumpshield to protect it from dirt and debris, which will also extend the life of the pump. The 3600 GPH Waterfall Pump is ideal for cascading waters up to 12 ft. in height. It has a maximum pumping height of 19 ft., is compatible with 1 1/2 in. and 2 in. tubing and comes with a 16 ft. power cord. read more

TotalPond
$69.18

TotalPond's Pond Aerator with LED Lights provides oxygen to your pond and keeps the water circulating. It is designed to stimulate... plant growth and inhibit algae;has 280 GPH pumping capability;a built-in filter box and is fully submersible. read more

TotalPond
$99.97

A pond begins with the liner, so we developed a lightweight liner that is ultra-durable and easier to handle. Our 13 ft. x 20 ft. ...pond skins Liner is ideal for small ponds. Our engineers designed a liner that weighs 30% less than ordinary 20 mil PVC but is just as strong and flexible. The black liner merges into the pond environment to create a more natural look. Our pond skins Pond Liners are 14.5 mil thick and reinforced with a strong polyester weave placed between the layers of PVC for extra durability. TotalPond’s pond skins pond liners have a textured surface to promote positive bacteria growth providing just the right foundation for an environmentally balanced habitat. Our PVC Liners are available in two additional sizes to suit your needs. Our liners are also environmentally safe and non-toxic. Build a healthy foundation for your backyard pond with TotalPond’s pond skins Pond Liners. read more

TotalPond
$129.00

Filtration is a critical component in any water garden since it promotes a healthy and ecologically stable pond environment. Total...Pond’s Complete Pond Filter with UV Clarifier is a pressurized biological filtration system with an ultraviolet clarifier. This natural and complete garden pond stabilizing system cleans pond water while adding essential bacteria needed for a healthy aquatic environment. Ultra Violet technology is used in ponds to eliminate microscopic organisms that end up becoming those dreaded algae blooms. The addition of the UV Clarifier gives an extra step of clean to this filter, the water passes over the ultra violet bulb, cleaning the green out of water. Why UV? Ultra Violet technology is often used in ponds to eliminate microscopic organisms that end up becoming those dreaded algae blooms. The addition of the UV Clarifier gives an extra step of clean to this filter, the water passes over the Ultra Violet Bulb, cleaning the green out of water. read more

Bubbler

Bubblers don't support the growth of plants; instead, these miniature kits supply the soothing sounds of water, typically in a recirculating variety.

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Aquatic Creations
$14.64

Add fun color AND bubbles to your aquarium with the Aquatic Creations Gassy Diver Bubbler ornament. This is the perfect accessory ...for any medium or large sized aquarium and is made of non-toxic, fish-safe materials and colors. Air pump and tubing required to operate the bubbles are sold separately. read more

Henri Studio
$503.99 $419.99

Dimensions: 19L x 19W x 28H in., Weight: 110 lbs.Durable cast stone constructionBubbler water pump includedCommercial or residenti...al outdoor useDoubles as a bird bathRelic terra finishMade in the USALimited 1-year manufacturer's warranty. Water bubbles from the top of this Henri Studio Europa Bubbler Outdoor Fountain and produces a soothing sound that also keeps stagnant water and mosquitos at bay. This handsome outdoor fountain is both dramatic water feature and bird bath. It's crafted of cast stone and comes in a rustic relic terra finish that works with any garden or patio setting. This outdoor fountain comes complete with bubbler water pump.About Henri StudioBlending Old-World craftsmanship with modern manufacturing processes, Henri Studio offers a versatile line of premium-quality products, including cast stone fountains, birdbaths, planters, statuary, and garden décor. Featuring inspired designs, rich colors, and thoughtful engineering, Henri Studio products bring classic style to your home or outdoor space. Located in Chicago, Henri Studio distributes its products exclusively throughout the United States, Canada, and other locations around the world. Henri cast stone is made in the USA. read more

Blue Ribbon
$24.77

Exotic Environments Shipwreck Bubbler Aquarium Ornament is made with durable poly resin, 12-inch by 5-inch by 5-1/2-inch

GloFish
$9.27

GloFish Round LED Bubbler creates interest and excitement in an aquarium. The blue LEDs on the bubbler enhance the beauty of your ...GloFIsh and the bubble creates a constantly changing environment. read more

Types of Water Gardens and Pond Kits

Types of Water Gardens and Pond Kits

Like nearly everything in an outdoor landscape, there are varying sizes and styles of water gardens and ponds. For some outdoor enthusiasts, a small fountain is enough -- a water feature that adds a backdrop of sound and ambience. For others, a water garden or pond that showcases a few beautiful, unusual plants is perfect. For still other outdoors lovers, a water garden or pond is a chance to flex some design and growing muscles, including lots of unusual plants and even fish, if desired. Whatever your preference, take a look at the types of water gardens and pond kits -- tabletop, in-ground, patio, and bubbler -- as you begin to consider your choices.

Tabletop

Very small water gardens and pond kits that fit on tabletops are great small-space solutions as well as accents for living areas including patios, decks, and porches. These typically need access to an electrical outlet.

In-Ground

In-ground water gardens and pond kits vary in size from very small to expansive. They can be placed in a variety of spots in the yard, typically contain plants, and may have fish and additional features such as rocks and waterfalls.

Patio

Larger than a tabletop water feature but usually smaller than in-ground versions, patio water gardens and pond kits use a container but can sit on the floor of a deck or patio. They may contain plants and fish as well as a small waterfall.

Bubbler

Bubblers don't support the growth of plants; instead, these miniature kits supply the soothing sounds of water, typically in a recirculating variety.

Product Features

Product Features

At first glance, a water garden or pond can seem intimidating to construct, a project that involves lots of moving parts and pieces and the potential for lots of extra work. In fact, water gardens and pond kits make it easy -- but there are some product features to consider that can help make adding and maintaining the feature much easier and less time-consuming. Those include a fountain/waterfall/spitter, a liner, and a pump. Be sure to investigate the features of each; here's a short overview to help.

Fountain/Waterfall/Spitter

Even very small water gardens and pond kits may have some sort of fountain or waterfall element; it's a great opportunity to move water and add pretty backdrop sounds to the landscape. Very small ponds may simply need a powered accent called a spitter.

Liner

Liners are either flexible and soft or pre-formed and hard. Pre-formed will provide a set base shape for the water garden, while the flexible versions can be shaped to fit a custom hole.

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TotalPond
$99.97

A pond begins with the liner, so we developed a lightweight liner that is ultra-durable and easier to handle. Our 13 ft. x 20 ft. ...pond skins Liner is ideal for small ponds. Our engineers designed a liner that weighs 30% less than ordinary 20 mil PVC but is just as strong and flexible. The black liner merges into the pond environment to create a more natural look. Our pond skins Pond Liners are 14.5 mil thick and reinforced with a strong polyester weave placed between the layers of PVC for extra durability. TotalPond’s pond skins pond liners have a textured surface to promote positive bacteria growth providing just the right foundation for an environmentally balanced habitat. Our PVC Liners are available in two additional sizes to suit your needs. Our liners are also environmentally safe and non-toxic. Build a healthy foundation for your backyard pond with TotalPond’s pond skins Pond Liners. read more

TotalPond
$309.99

Our EPDM Rubber Pond Liners are made with 40 mil virgin material and completely fish safe. This heavy gauge material is perfect fo...r large construction jobs. This material is best suited for large formal pond designs and is highly UV resistant. read more

TotalPond
$181.24

Our EPDM Rubber Pond Liners are made with 40 mil virgin material and completely fish safe. This heavy gauge material is perfect fo...r large construction jobs. This material is best suited for large formal pond designs and is highly UV resistant. read more

TotalPond
$17.03

TotalPond's Pond Liner Repair Patch can easily repair your liner. Though our pond skins Pond Liners are tear resistant;sometimes a... puncture may occur. This repair patch is 6 inches by 18 inches. read more

Pump

A pump determines the pond's flow and provides power for circulation; it may be submersible or external as well as direct-drive or magnetic-drive. Submersible pumps typically have a shorter lifespan and need more regular cleaning.

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TotalPond
$189.00

TotalPond waterfall pumps have high performance, wet-bearing motors capable of moving large amounts of water to create dynamic eff...ects. These powerful motors are energy efficient and are designed for quiet performance so you can enjoy the sounds of flowing water, not the buzz of the motor. All of our waterfall pumps include a pumpshield to protect it from dirt and debris, which will also extend the life of the pump. The 3600 GPH Waterfall Pump is ideal for cascading waters up to 12 ft. in height. It has a maximum pumping height of 19 ft., is compatible with 1 1/2 in. and 2 in. tubing and comes with a 16 ft. power cord. read more

TotalPond
$69.97

A gorgeous large pond is made simple thanks to TotalPond's 560 GPH Pond Pump. This pump will promote a healthy ecological balance ...in your pond by circulating the water. This energy-efficient pump can achieve a maximum lift of 13.5 ft. read more

TotalPond
$39.97

A beautiful small pond is made simple thanks to TotalPond's 210 GPH Pond Pump. This energy efficient pond pump will promote a heal...thy ecological balance in your pond by keeping the water circulated and can achieve a maximum pumping height of 7.8 ft. read more

Tetra
$269.99 $242.99

For ponds up to 3,000 gallons. 3,690 GPH, 199 Watts, 11.4 feet max. pumping height. Use with 1.25 or 1.5"; ID pond tubing. Works w...ell with TetraPond Bio-Active Pressure Filters. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

For very small water gardens and pond kits -- such as tabletop varieties -- the purchase considerations are much less involved and complex. But as the size of your proposed pond or water garden gets bigger, it's more important to integrate it into the overall plan for your landscape, and to review carefully the various purchase considerations. Those include size and shape, lights, cleaning accessories, algae and moss control, and power source. Use this helpful, quick guide to those items to get you started on the right water garden and pond kit for you.

Size and Shape

Water garden and pond kits may be available with a predetermined size of container or shape of liner. You can also set the size and shape of your water feature.

Lights

Most water gardens and pond kits are particularly dramatic at night when lit from below. LED lights, which have exceptionally long life and require little energy, are a great option to provide direct white accent light.

Cleaning Accessories

Brushes, skimmer nets, pruners, and waders are great investments to help you maintain a clean and clear water garden and pond.

Algae and Moss Control

Warmer temperatures and more sunlight may cause algae and moss problems for water gardens and pond kits. Additives to a pond will help to control algae and moss.

Power Source

Because pumps are a piece of machinery, they require power; most need electricity, but a few are powered by solar energy.

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Safavieh
$98.99 $79.19

Evocative of a waterscape, the blue and grey Water Garden rug from Isaac Mizrahi New York Collection Rugs is hand-hooked of viscos...e and cotton with a loop-pile background and contrasting cut-pile stylized flower petals for plush depth and dimension.... read more

Safavieh
$217.99 $174.39

Evocative of a waterscape, the green and taupe Water Garden rug from Isaac Mizrahi New York Collection Rugs is hand-hooked of visc...ose and cotton with a loop-pile background and contrasting cut-pile stylized flower petals for plush depth and dimension.... read more

Safavieh
$99.10 $79.28

Evocative of a waterscape, the green and taupe Water Garden rug from Isaac Mizrahi New York Collection Rugs is hand-hooked of visc...ose and cotton with a loop-pile background and contrasting cut-pile stylized flower petals for plush depth and dimension.... read more

Koolscapes
$139.99 $132.99

Ideal for apartment dwellers, decks and rooftop gardens, this deck and balcony pond kit includes everything you need to create a f...ully functional pond. The compact contemporary design lends a touch of sophistication for anyone's outdoor décor. Start... read more

Koolscapes
$89.99 $59.99

Create your own complete in ground backyard pond. There is no need to buy seperate parts as this kit is complete with everything y...ou need to set up your pond. Includes s 6ft x 6ft non toxic pond liner, 200gph filter free pump with protective shell, 3... read more

Koolscapes
$129.99 $87.68

This pond kit includes everything you need to create a beautiful water garden in your own yard. Create a fun and attractive pond w...ith fish and plants; this pond kit includes a non toxic, fish friendly liner. The included 270gph pump keeps water moving... read more

Koolatron
$129.95 $99.95

Pond capacity sizes availableNon-toxic liner with pump fountainheads and faux floraInstalls with a few basic toolsPump moves water... at 200-gallons per hourBright LEDs cycle through 5 colors in a floating plastic sphereLight powered by solar panels with automatic shut-offFaux lilies add a finished lookFountainheads add a finished soothing appearance. Having your own backyard koi pond is so much easier than you could have imagined because all you need is a bit of space a shovel and the Koolatron Liner Pond Kit with Solar Light. This complete set includes a liner pump solar light and fountain attachments. Start marking off a spot and get started. The non-toxic plastic liner drops directly into the ground and a 200-gallons-per-hour pump moves the water while your particular arrangement of the telescoping extender water diverter and fountainheads let you create the fountain that best fits your taste. Faux lilies give it a finished style and the floating solar light adds a whole new dimension of illumination. Inside its shatter-proof sphere you get long-lasting LED lights that cycle through a five-color pattern. The solar light is powered by solar cells and features a built-in sensor that turns the lights on at dusk and off at sunrise. About KoolatronKoolatron is a Canadian company with headquarters in Brantford Ontario a branch office in Orlando Florida and warehouse locations in Batavia New York and in Rochester Kent in the United Kingdom. Your satisfaction is important to Koolatron and they value your trust. That's why they're committed to providing quality products and supporting every product they provide. read more

Atlantic Water Gardens
$29.99 $18.99

Features that latest in oxygen technology. Quickly and safely removes attached organics. Works on rocks, waterfalls, and stream be...ds. Can be used anywhere build-up occurs. Dissolvable granules works in seconds. Adds oxygen to the pond and removes odor. Additional FeaturesRegular use eliminates complete pond clean-outsAvailable in several different sizes.75 lb. option treats up to 7500 gallons2.5 lb. option treats up to 25000 gallons10 lb. option treats up to 100000 gallonsKeep your rocks waterfalls and stream beds clean with the Atlantic Water Gardens Eco-Kleen Oxy Pond Cleaner. Designed to quickly and safely remove attached organics from anywhere build-up occurs the dissolvable granules works in seconds. They also add oxygen to the pond and removes odor resulting in a healthier pond. Featuring the latest in oxygen technology regular use can actually eliminate the need for complete pond clean-outs. Available in several different sizes the Atlantic Water Gardens Eco-Kleen Pond Cleaner can cleans 7500 to 100000 gallons of water.About Atlantic Water GardensWith 20 years of expertise in creating and manufacturing water feature products the Atlantic Water Gardens name is permanently connected with innovation and value. Atlantic Water Gardens provide a variety of products including pond skimmers waterfall spillways water pumps color falls waterfall foam pond kits and so much more. Size: 2 1/2 lb.. read more

Atlantic Water Gardens
$1,572.82 $1,399.99

Build a waterfall that will calm and soothe. SP 2600 Pro Series FastFalls. Features the TidalWave 2 4800 Pump. 6 Eco-Blox store 31....5 gallons of water each. 45 mil EPDM liner is plant and animal safe. Liner measures 10L x 20W feet. Additional FeaturesHas a triton check valvePV1800 Pump Vault accommodates large pumpsIncludes 3 LED lights to illuminate your pondHeavy-duty underlayment prolongs the life of your linerFlexible PVC pipeComes with a complete installation kitIncludes glue cleaner fittings thread sealant 3 FallsFoamPumps 4800 gallons per hourPump has a 2 year limited warrantyBuild and create a beautiful waterfall with The Atlantic Water Gardens Pond-Free Professional Waterfall Kit - 4800 GPH Pump. Designed for smaller places the Professional Waterfall Kit comes complete with everything you need to create soothing and relaxing environment. The kit uses the Pro Series SP2600 FastFalls to create a gorgeous waterfall. The Professional Waterfall Kit features the TidalWave 2 4800 Pump which pumps 4800 gallons per hour and has a two year limited warranty. The PV1800 Pump Vault is included and accommodates large pumps. Six Eco-Box store 31.5 gallons of water each for your waterfall while the three LED lights create a beautiful night environment. Complete with a triton check valve as well as an auto fill valve the kit also has flexible PVC pipe. The 45 mil EPDM liner is plant and animal safe measuring 10L x 20W feet while the heavy-duty underlayment will protect your liner from sharp objects and prolong its life. The Pond-Free Professional Waterfall Kit has everything you need for installation including glue cleaner fittings thread sealant and three 12-ounce FallsFoam.TW4800 TidalWave 2 Asynchronous Pond PumpAmps: 3.55Watts: 425Inlet: 2-inch MIPTOutlet: 1.5 FIPTMax Flow: 4800 GPHCord Length: 32 feetMeasures: 10L x 6W x 7H inchesSP2600 FastFallsWidth: 26-inch spillwayMeasures: 27.5W x 17D x 10.25H inchesMax Pump Flow: 6 000 GPHBulkhead: 2 inchesPV1800 Pump VaultMeasures: 18W x 24H inchesMax Pump Flow: 10 000 GPHOpening: 14-inchesAWGLED3 Pond Light3 Pack LED Pond Light with quick connect plugVolts: 12Watts: 4.5Includes: 3 Light bases photo cell ground stake transformer and 22 foot power cord with 3.5 foot cord between lightsAbout Atlantic Water GardensWith 20 years of expertise in creating and manufacturing water feature products the Atlantic Water Gardens name is permanently connected with innovation and value. Atlantic Water Gardens provide a variety of products including pond skimmers waterfall spillways water pumps color falls waterfall foam pond kits and so much more. read more

Atlantic Water Gardens
$97.96 $84.99

Nylon netted protective coverFiberglass domed frameIdeal for both pond or gardenProtect from predators leaves and debrisIncludes t...ie downs ground stakes and clipsEasy to relocateAvailable in 2 sizes. Keep your pond life or garden safe from predators while still enjoying its beauty with the Atlantic Water Gardens Pond and Garden Protector. Constructed from heavy-duty nylon netting material to withstand the elements. The dome shaped fiberglass frame allows for a large protected area you can secure with the included tie downs ground stakes and clips. Easy to relocate as needed. Cover ponds gardens or waterfalls to keep out predator birds small animals leaves and debris. Available in two sizes. Dimensions: Small: 9L x 7W ft. (Frame) ; 20L x 15W ft. (Net) Large: 12L x 9W ft. (Frame) ; 20L x 20W ft. (Net) Includes: Ultra Pond Net Nylon Base Center Receptor (4) - Fiberglass Poles (4) - 12 ft. Tie Downs (4) - Ground Stakes (12) - Net Stakes (8) - Net Clips About Atlantic Water GardensWith 20 years of expertise in creating and manufacturing water feature products the Atlantic Water Gardens name is permanently connected with innovation and value. Atlantic Water Gardens provide a variety of products including pond skimmers waterfall spillways water pumps color falls waterfall foam pond kits and so much more. Size: L. read more

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