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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 3:18 pm 
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Hi Aqua Eden!
I have a concern about pond placement. I'm thinking about putting in a pond but I'm not real sure where the best spot would be. There are a few different factors to work around: First, my yard isn't fenced and I want a deeper pond with fish. What are the restrictions for pond depth? Second, I have a dog that loves water! If my dog plays in the pond a lot will it be hazardous to my fish, plants, and general flow of the pond system? Third, my yard is completely flat and very shaded with huge trees throughout the property. Will leaves be an issue for the pond and can I still have large waterfalls with my flat yard? I'm so impressed with the beautiful waterscapes that Aqua Eden produces and now I want my own! Your work is so natural looking and I think one of your ponds will look stunning in my yard. Please let me know if my pond placement dilemas can be worked around. Thanks!
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 Post subject: Pond Question Reply
PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2007 10:19 pm 
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Hey Amanda -
I will address your questions one at a time -

First, my yard isn't fenced and I want a deeper pond with fish. What are the restrictions for pond depth?

Before you start the installation of your pond you should check with local city ordinances. If Faribault the max depth you can go is 30 inches before it is considered a "pool",which would then require a fence around your pond. We excavate most of our ponds to a depth of 30 inches in town.

If my dog plays in the pond a lot will it be hazardous to my fish, plants, and general flow of the pond system?


Many dogs love water. My chihuahua likes to drink out of my stream and occasionally lay in the water to cool off. I think it is amusing to watch. I have even watched larger dogs (such as black labs) jump right into a waterfall and gulp down water. Most dogs are not quick enough to catch fish. I say let your dog enjoy your water feature with you!

Third, my yard is completely flat and very shaded with huge trees throughout the property. Will leaves be an issue for the pond and can I still have large waterfalls with my flat yard?

First of all, a flat yard should never prevent you from having a water feature. A small retaining wall or corner fence is all that is needed to provide a little elevation for the waterfall to flow.

As far as leaves, for the majority of the year you will not have to worry about leaves in your pond. The skimmer unit will collect most of them. However, in the fall when the leaf load is heavier you may have to empty the skimmer net daily. This period is usually only 1 - 2 weeks. Another option to lessen the leaf load would be the placement of fine netting over the pond. This will prevent the leaves from entering the pond.

Thanks for the good questions

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 Post subject: Re: Pond placement
PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 4:09 pm 
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Is it 30" maximum depth before you need a fence in Owatonna as well or are the rules different here?


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 Post subject: Re: Pond placement
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 3:00 pm 
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Mattj -
Every city has a slight difference in their backyard pond codes. Faribault has the 30" deep and 150 square foot ordinance. I have been in towns where the ordinance is as shallow as 18".

Owatonna, Minnesota - From my conversations with city officials this spring (2008) they have said that Owatonna has not adopted the 30" deep code or the 150 square foot.

Just to make sure (and i know regulations can change quickly sometimes) I have made another call into the city of Owatonna and I am still waiting to hear back from them.

I will keep you posted! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Pond placement
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 7:48 am 
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I received a call from a City of Owatonna Official - and at this time they do not regulate depth or size of "Garden Ponds".

Good Luck!

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