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Indoor Ponds

Yes..bring the great outdoors in with indoor ponds.

If you decide to have a pond indoors then you have the normal problems that would occur outdoors plus more.

They can look great but from a personnal point of view I would chose against it. But not everyone is me.

Indoor ponds came along because of 4 main reasons.

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    1.Their goldfish have out grown their bowl, and as people have had them for years they become attached and want to build them a bigger home.

    2.They want them to have a safe warm environment through the winter months, so they transfer their fish inside.
    3.They want an inside pond to give their homes a focus point. A relaxing area with the soothing noise of water is a great conversation starter.
    4.Or some animals have to be kept inside in colder climate countries i.e. Turtles.

Whatever the reason, you can create an indoor pond to suit you as they can be built to any size or you can buy a small ready made one.

You will find that most people have a small pond inside or they designate a whole room or transform the basement.

If you ever consider having a pond inside you seriously need to understand the requirements. The great outdoors indoors also brings with it the same problems you would have outside and creates more problems from the inside.

An Advantage

An advantage is that you will keep away herons, foxes and other predators, but will have pet cats lurking nearby and your pet dog lapping the water up on a hot day.


If you have your pond for transferring your koi or turtles in for the winter, you can damage them when moving them. Putting salt into their new home for the first week will help any damage that may have been caused. 1 teaspoon to every litre.

If you are transferring plants in, then they can bring with them a whole host of insects. You may even frogs jumping around your living room!!

While I mentioned the word jumping you will need to keep a net over the pond or a wall around it to keep jumping fish in.

Plants inside

Plants are very difficult to grow inside. It is common for people to have problems keeping them alive and stopping them from rotting away. SUNLIGHT is the most important factor that your pond will miss from not being outside. Not only do plants need a minimum of 4 hours sunlight just to stay alive, they need a good 6 hours to thrive. Yes it is ideal to plan your pond next to a window, door or below a skylight but do remember that that sunlight is still being filtered by the glass, so I would aim for more than 6 hours if possible.

Sunlight will also help your fish keep their colouration and maintain healthy living. If you are struggling then artificial lights or better still fluorescent or even halide lights. Back to the plants. there could be other reasons for your plants dying - such as the soil you use or it being waterlogged. Insure you use bog soil for bog plants for example this will ensure an optimum living environment


...use artificial ones as they will never die and always look great!

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Smelly smelly

One other thing you get outside and not inside is the wind. This means that there is nothing to take away the smell of an inside pond therefore cleaning is required more often. Depending on the size of the pond will depend how often you change the water, but do expect to be doing this every 2 to 3 weeks.

Ensuring that indoor ponds are near a window, door or drain is also helpful when cleaning your pond as you have somewhere to drain the water too.


Another big factor when you have a lot of water inside is that it causes dampness. This is no good for your walls and ceilings and even bad for your health. A humidifier will help with this problem.

Please make sure you keep your pond on the ground floor as the weight of the water could cause a disaster if it were to come through the ceiling!!!!

50-80 degrees F is the temperature you need to aim for to have a decent lively inside pond. If you want more of an exotic pond then 60-80 degrees F is required

A normal pond pumps and filtration system will do fine for an indoor pond as long as you keep the water changes frequent.

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