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Pond Expert Offers Crucial Steps to Pond Building and Aeration Needs


Pennsylvania resident offers pond builders instructions and crucial tips to successfully building a pond at WhatPond (

Erie, Pennsylvania, November 19, 2010

Darrell Rhoades knows everything you need to know about building a pond and his WhatPond website ( is designed to help the average person do exactly that no matter what size they want that pond to be. An expert in the field of pond construction, Darrell has decided to offer his knowledge in pond construction to the rest of the world.

Ponds are a natural attraction for wildlife and flora. They make a nice addition to an empty field and they can be stocked with fish that the avid fisher can enjoy without ever having to leave their property. They are great in the winter when they have frozen over for ice skating and for those more adventurous types, the perfect place to take a quick dip to cool off in the summer.

However, owning a pond is much more than building it and stocking with your favorite fish, as Darrell points out. Individuals who own a pond, are thinking about pond building or are simply trying to decide if they want to add a pond to their property have a lot to consider. Not only does the pond need to be properly prepared, it also needs to be properly maintained. This is, unfortunately, a concept many people miss. Darrell has made it a point on WhatPond to remind them exactly what they need to do to keep their pond in the best shape possible.

How big do you want to make your pond? That is only limited by the extent of your imagination. Getting started simply requires a piece of land big enough for pond building and maybe the help of your community, especially if you plan on sharing the pond with them. Depending on the size of the pond you intend to build will determine if you can start it using a simple crew of people armed with shovels of if you need to involve heavy equipment.

One thing that Darrell points out on his website and in his new book How To Build A Farm Pond is the amount of physical and mental work that will go into the pond building itself. Even if you are the one operating the heavy equipment, you will still have to determine a variety of things, such as the grade of the ground, where you will wind up putting the dirt you have unearthed to make the pond, and just how deep the pond will need to be. While the process is exciting, it is not simple, and if you are up for a good challenge, pond building will be right up your alley. To keep going is to keep the image of your finished pond firmly in your mind as you work.

WhatPond delves into the variety of materials and other items you may need for successful pond building. The site has everything you need to make an informed and comprehensive decision about your pond. Darrell delves into when you should use a pond liner, what kits are worth investing in, what type of plants and fish you should stock your pond with, and more. He even goes into the type of equipment you will need to use to build your pond.

The most crucial steps in pond building? The first is making sure you lay out the size of your pond properly from the start. If you cannot picture in your head the size of the pond that you want accurately, layout a path of stones or other material in the area the pond will be. This will help you visualize the actual size of the pond. Once you start on finalizing your pond, you will not be able to make it bigger. Visualization is key to successful pond building. The second crucial step is to stop procrastinating. According to Darrell, many people wait too long and put off building a pond until it is too late.

So far Darrell has had success in helping others build a pond that they can be proud of. He has the knowledge and has managed to impart it in a way that is easy to understand. Both his website and book have received rave reviews, making him a true expert in the field of pond building and a person who doesn’t mind sharing this know-how with everyone else.

About Darrell Rhoades

Darrell Rhoades is a pond expert whose goal is to help each and every farm pond owner and want to be pond owner understand what goes into building a pond. And, just as important, what happens after the pond is finished. This is his life’s passion, and anything that he can do to spread this knowledge to others is viewed as time well spent by Darrell. He also understands that different environments will have different needs, which is why he has spent the time learning about all potential problems when building a farm pond. From how big to build it, liners, leaks, fish and pond water quality are a few of the topics that are covered. Feel free to contact Darrell via his website at or take a look at his new book at


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