We plan to place river rocks around it and add a water cascade. Then we will go to the river and get some lily pads, water hyacinths and other water plants to place in the pond for free.
One thing I already learned the hard way is that you must put rocks or logs in the pond to help critters exit the pond. It rained the other day and I found two dead frogs in the rainwater in the bottom of the pool. I felt like a killer.
We plan to use solar power to power the circulating pump. Finding the pump and solar components of our pond system was easy. Now, we are researching pool filters to keep the water clear and healthy for fish and plants. We have not found many options for filtering ponds except by chemicals. Now I know why some ponds are colored surreal turquoise--it is from the fungicide!
I visited the ECOsmarte website to see if they offered a system for ponds. The website had been updated since I had visited. I clicked the link for ponds and the first thing I read was:
With the Ecosmarte Pond System you will have a clear, clean, and eco-friendly pond. It eliminates algae, microorganisms, and bacteria, keeping your fish and plant life healthy, without using any chemicals
It will take a few minutes each week to maintain the water quality in the pond. The system eliminates scaling on the surface of the pond liner and equipment caused by hard water. ECOsmarte pond systems may be installed in 30 minutes or less and they are energy efficient, costing about $2 per month to operate. I will talk to the ECOsmarte people about using solar power for their system.
This natural pond system protects the safety of all critters and humans. Neither will be exposed to toxic chemicals like those in chlorine generators. Chlorine is dangerous to handle and the fumes from chlorine may cause breathing problems for people with asthma or allergies. The same thing may be said of salt chlorinators, which produce chlorine from salt, using lots of energy in the process.
The best thing about ECOsmarte is that the donate 5 percent of their profits to environmental charities.