Another newbie: Pond planning
I have a contractor redoing my entire landscaping, including adding a small pond. I've spent hours on the internet trying to learn everything I can about ponds to make sure the pond is installed in a way that I can enjoy it instead of constantly fighting it.
I'm in the western suburbs of Portland, OR. Zone 8. The pond will be about 5 feet in diameter with steep sides and 3 feet deep. The steep sides and depth are on recommendation from local pond shops to protect the fish from predators. I plan to have a few goldfish - most likely shubunkins and comets.
I've asked my landscape designer to add a shallow area, probably 18 inches deep to make it the pond look more natural and to give me an area for plants the prefer shallower water.
It will be in a sunny location. I read the recommendations about using plants to create shade to try to control algae.
I will have a 1500 GPH biofilter and a waterfall.
I still have a few questions:
The landscaper is planning to run an extension cord through a conduit under the new patio to plug in the biofilter/waterfall. Will I be better off having an electrician run a conduit? The pond will be about 10 feet from the nearest electrical outlet on the back of the house. I'll have a patio between the outlet and the pond.
I don't have plans to have a skimmer installed. The pond isn't under any trees. Will I regret not having a skimmer? If I decide later that a skimmer is a "must have," will I be able to install one without too much difficulty later? My yard isn't large, so I'd rather not take up the extra space if I don't have to.
I'm not having a UV light installed right now. From everything I've seen/heard it isn't difficult to add one later. This goes back to my potential need for an electrical conduit. Is it likely I'll want a UV light? It also looks like the light would only be turned on for a couple of weeks at a time. When not in use, do you remove the light fixture entirely and store it, or is that impractical to do?
What else do I need to think about? I'm trying to cover all of my bases now, before everything is installed.
Thank you for any advice!