In June 2009, I built a pond in my
backyard for turtles. It took one week
of very hard work. Since then I just
feed the turtles and water the plants.
The filter should not need cleaning
more than once per summer (if people
don't sneak too many turtles into the
The TOTAL cost of this pond, which
includes the fence, liner, filter,
pump, rocks, turtles, etc. was under
500 dollars. I was fortunate to have
been given a large piece of EPDM liner
that kept the cost down, but I still
think this project can be done for
under $1000. This pond is 3'6" at its
deepest, and holds about 600 gallons of
water. The overall enclosure is roughly
Get out there and dig your pond!
It doesn't take a genius and I am
proof of that.