Make a great fish pond in under one hour.
If you have young children do not make ponds that they can reach. All ponds are a drownding hazard and should not be accessible to young children. IIf you or your neighbors have young children do not make ponds that they can reach. Enclose your pond with a fence that will prevent children from access any pond you make.
Fish do not like sudden changes in temperature. Most "feeder" gold fish bought at a pet shop come in a plastic bag with water in in. Put the bag with the fish and water from the pet store in your pond without opening the bag. This will allow the water in the bag to slowly reach the temperature of your pond and there by avoid shocking your fish. When enough time has passed for temperature of the water in the bag to equal the temperature of the pond open the bag and let the fish out. If you live in areas were the ground freezes you should remove your fish before the water starts to freeze and keep them in a large aquarium to winter over; again using water from your pond so as not to shock the fish. Treat fish gently and humanly.
Step 1: Start With a Plastic Trash Can With Out Any Holes.
Start with a plastic trash can with out any holes.
Step 2: Dig a Hole...
Dig a hole slightly bigger than the can and deep enough so the top of the can is slightly below the level of the surrounding ground. Put the can in the hole. Make sure the can is level with a level or a board across the top with a large pan on top with 1/2" of water in it. With the can level add dirt a bit at a time tamping it down with a stick. Add water to match the dirt level so the can will hold its shape. Keep the can level as you can not move it after the dirt is near the top. End with the can slightly below the level of the surrounding ground.
Step 3: Add Flat Rocks Around the Edge of the Can. They Should Be Placed to Hide the Edge of the Can
Add flat rocks around the edge of the can. They should be placed to hide the edge of the can and large enough so they will not flip into the pond if a raccoon steps on the rock. Thats all there is to it. Add some fish (gold fish are $.10 each if you buy "feeders" at the pet store) and plants from any pond or creek.