Sleeping with the fishes – and natural stone
If you want your garden to be the talk of the neighbourhood, installing a fish pond could well be the way to do it. Not only is it an impressive feature that can give your yard area a sense of life that might have been missing, but it's also a much more natural way to take care of fish than dropping them into a tank.
Of course, installing a fish pond is also a great excuse to use some more natural stone around your home. You'll need stone for both functional and decorative purposes when adding it to your garden.
If you've decided to carry out the project by yourself, after digging the hole and laying down rubber liner you'll need to place a series of bricks around the edge to keep the liner anchored. Of course, if you've ever had dealings with brick, then you'll see the dilemma immediately.
Despite its density, brick is easily penetrated by water, causing damage. Once you've filled up the hole with water and covered the brick with soil to keep it in place, it will be at a high risk of water damage from then on.
There's a good chance that water from the pond will enter the brick over time, undermining the very structural integrity of your pond. You may well need Dry-Treat's DRY-TREAT 40SK™ to keep your brick shielded from water ingress.
Besides using brick for the actual construction of the pond, you're also likely to use natural stone to edge the pond and create an organic look. Some might use stacked Bluestone to create a retaining wall for a waterfall, for example. Others might choose limestone for their perimeter stone, and position it to create an almost accidental, unplanned look and buffer the water.
Of course, just like brick, these stones are as vulnerable to water damage as they are beautiful, so proper surface protection is key. Whether you're installing your own pond or paying someone to do it, don't forget to include a high-quality sealer on your list of necessary equipment.