This patio pond kit with a bamboo fountain is perfect for beginners and ideal to place in a small peaceful garden – no digging required! It’s made from high-quality poly-resin but boasts a real-stone slate grey finish that easily integrates with all interior and exterior designs. We particularly like the square shape that brings a new perspective compared to the traditional round ponds and fountains. The pouring bamboo fountain can create enough water movement to promote oxygenation. At 5.5 gallons, it might not provide too much space for your golden pals, but it’s still large enough for a pair of goldfish. (Adding a filter or lots of live plants is recommended.) Complete with all components you need to install and start using it straight out of the box, it’s one of the best small patio ponds you can get.
Similar to our top pick from an aesthetic standpoint, this Aquascape patio pond impresses with the same square shape and stone-like grey slate finish. Lightweight and durable, it’s perfect for the indoors, but it also outstands outdoor conditions beautifully. Coming in three sizes, it can hold 15, 27, and 45 gallons of water, respectively. We like the medium size best, as it’s perfect for creating a small aquatic garden or for keeping a handful of fish. Predisposition for a bamboo water fountain gives you the possibility to customize the design in various ways. Thanks to the square shape, you can also create various arrangements with water filters and purifiers if you decide to populate the container with a school of fish. Small enough to fit in tighter spaces yet big enough to make a statement, it’s undoubtedly a great choice for most homes.
The Aquascape Aquatic Round Patio Pond is more suitable for a water garden rather than an actual pond. Its bowl shape and interior configuration would make it ideal for fishy inhabitants and it makes it perfect for growing various aquatic plants. It’s made from fiberglass resin composite, a virtually indestructible material that’s fade and chip resistant. Three size choices – including desert granite, terracotta, or slate grey finishes – let you match it with your space and décor. If you really want to populate the pond with a school of fish, we recommend the large 30-gallon variant. For a smaller patio, you can choose from the 10 or 20-gallon sizes. The pond is compatible with additional bamboo or spitter fountains.
At first glance, this patio pond container by Beckett Corporation is not as glam as the Aquascape Aquatic ponds above. It’s a basic-looking, high-grade plastic container that doesn’t promise too much. Yet, it’s one of the most versatile patio ponds. It’s designed specifically for both aquatic plants and fish and has a flat bottom that can accommodate pumps, filters, and water oxygenation systems. The 35-gallon container can be installed in or above the ground, or you could use it to create a stone pond, for example. UV-stable and backed by a 10-year warranty, this preformed pond is a great choice for the DIY-oriented individuals.
If you’re tired of the classic round or square designs, check out the Algreen 91901 Avonlea. This rigid preformed pond liner is more suitable for your garden than your patio; regardless of where you decide to place it, it will surely become a focal point. Large enough to hold both fish and plants, it has a capacity of 33 gallons and a flat bottom designed for stable plant and pump arrangement. We like that it’s made from environmentally friendly recycled plastic and that it’s weather-resistant, UV-stable, and durable.
This above-the-ground water feature kit and pond by Algreen comes as a great option if you don’t feel like digging or if you don’t have a patio at all. It’s ideal for placing on a patio, terrace, or balcony, and provides plenty of space for both fish and plants. With a capacity of 50 gallons, it’s roomy enough to accommodate bigger fish, while its rugged and robust construction resists weather and elements beautifully. While we like the terracotta finish, we’re not really fond of the material. The pond has a more plastic feel; depending on the context, though, it can still look amazing if placed in a Mediterranean décor. There is also a light upgrade for additional pizzazz.
Finishing off our list of the best patio ponds, this oval tank by Tuff Stuff Products is a perfect choice for those who like classic lines but are bored of the popular round shape. It has a capacity of 40 gallons, and it allows for an above-the-ground or encased arrangement. The tank holds up its shape surprisingly well when it’s full of water considering that it’s made from a flexible material. A flat bottom also allows for stable plant and pump positioning. Ideal for creating a planted goldfish habitat, this is undoubtedly one of our favorite tanks.
Wrapping It All Up
Which is the best patio pond container is ultimately up to you.
Would you go for a round or square one or an irregular shape?
Do you like the stylish, over-the-ground ponds?
Or would you rather buy an in-ground pond liner and create something unique?
Did you find the patio pond you were looking for in our selection above?
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An avid goldfish breeder and keeper for nearly 20 years, Meredith Clawson is the founder of the Pure Goldfish website and author of the book The Truth About Goldfish. Pure Goldfish has been featured in Wikihow, Wikipedia, The Aquarium Guide and more.