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Do you want to enjoy the sights and sounds of flowing water, but you don’t have the time, budget or space to install a full-sized pond? Or maybe you have a pond but want to add another water feature somewhere like a deck or patio.

A Patio Pond might be the perfect water feature for you.

Patio Ponds – also called container water gardens – work wonders for all kinds of tight spaces and tight budgets. Their completely above-ground design makes them a great choice for areas where you can’t bury an in-ground basin, and their endless customization options let you create a water feature that is uniquely “you.”

Patio Pond are also easy to install and maintain. Here’s where to start:

At a Glance: How to Create a Patio Pond

  1. Choose your container.
  2. Choose your spitter, fountain or filter.
  3. Decorate with plants, rocks and lights.

1. Choose Your  Container

The first step in creating a Patio Pond is picking the container that will serve as the base of your water feature. The bowls we carry come in two shapes: round and square; three colors: terra cotta, desert granite and green slate; and a variety of sizes.

These Patio Bowls are made of a lightweight and durable fiberglass-resin composite that looks like real stone. Each bowl includes a ledge where you can place plants or spitters, as well as a small cut-out where you can discreetly run a power cord.

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Patio Bowl Shelf

2. Choose Your Spitter, Filter or Fountain

Patio Pond with Copper FountainNobody – except maybe mosquitos – wants a bowl of stagnant water, so the next step in your DIY Patio Pond journey is figuring out how to move the water. This is where you can really give your project some personality.

You have three options for adding flow to your bowl: spitters, fountains and filters.

Spitters are the most common choice for small container water gardens. These little decorative pieces use a pump to spit a constant stream of water into the bowl, creating a constant, soothing flowing water sound. Popular spitters include frogs that spit water out of their mouths, a dog that “pees” and a toucan that opens and closes its beak as water flows out. Spitters also work great for pond edges or on top of in-ground basins.

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Fountains are the next step up from spitters. Although most people hide fountain bases underground, fountains – if they’re small enough – can also look stunning in a properly sized Patio Pond. Our small Stacked Slate Stone Fountain, for example, fits perfectly inside a large round Patio Bowl.

A Container Water Garden Filter is the most discrete option for moving water in a Patio Pond. These devices include a little pump that moves the water through a replaceable carbon insert, keeping your water clear.

Suction cups attached to the side of the Container Water Garden Filter let you secure it inside the bowl. Place it underwater for out-of-sight water movement, or let it stick out over the water’s surface, where it will create a trickling rain effect and help aerate the water.

Filters can be used in addition to or in place of a spitter or fountain, and they’re a must-have if you decide to add fish to your Patio Pond.

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Bamboo Spitter
Toucan Spitter
Stacked Slate Sphere
Lazy Frog Spitter
Frog on Reed Spitter
Container Filter

3. Decorate with Plants, Rocks and Lights

Now it’s time to put the finishing touches on your Patio Pond.

Plants will not only add color to your creation but also remove excess nutrients from the water, helping to prevent string algae. Which plants you choose is up to you – just make sure to pick varieties that don’t mind having their roots wet. A potted waterlily will happily live in a larger Patio Pond, while marginals like Creeping Jenny, Cattails and Cannas can hang out on the Patio Bowl’s shelf. Water Hyacinths and Water Lettuce, which float on the water’s surface, also make great additions.

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Patio Pond

Add rocks and underwater lighting to your Patio Pond for an extra decorative touch.

Can I Add Fish to My Patio Pond?

Some people opt to add fish to their Patio Pond. If you decide to go that route, keep these tips in mind:

  • Goldfish are the best choice for Patio Ponds. Patio Bowls are too shallow for koi and other larger fish.
  • If you add goldfish, only add two or three, depending on the size of the bowl. Any more than that will quickly turn your Patio Bowl into a mucky mess and create hazardous water conditions for your new pets. Never keep a single goldfish by himself; he’ll get lonely.
  • You must use a Container Water Garden Filter if you add fish to your Patio Pond, and the filter arm must stick out over the water’s surface. The filter will help clear fish waste from the water, and the water flowing out of the filter arm will help keep your Patio Pond aerated.
  • Patio Ponds can’t stay outside over the winter. You’ll either need to bring the whole setup inside – fish and all – or plan to move the fish into an aquarium for the season.

How to Maintain Your Patio Pond

  • Add a weekly dose of Beneficial Bacteria to your Patio Pond to help prevent green water. Beneficia Bacteria is not an algaecide but rather a naturally occurring organism that eats excess nitrites in your pond that would otherwise feed green-water algae. It’s fish-safe and available in either a liquid form or a convenient maintenance tab sized specifically for Patio Ponds. Simply follow the dosing instructions on whatever form of bacteria you use.
  • Avoid algaecides, which can seriously harm fish and plants in the small Patio Pond ecosystem.
  • If you have a filter in your Patio Pond, replace the carbon insert about once a year to keep the filter working its best.
  • If you have fish in your Patio Pond, feed them high-quality food about once a day. Only offer as much food as they’ll finish in a few minutes. Any extra will just create a mess and hurt your water quality.
  • Always add Pond Detoxifier to your water before introducing fish. This product removes chloramines that could harm your finned friends.
  • Patio Ponds cannot stay running outside over the winter. Either empty the bowl and store it in the garage when cold weather hits, or bring the whole setup indoors to keep it running and add some much-needed humidity to your home.

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Welcome to, Home of Patio Ponds Ltd.

The Patio Ponds Advantage

QUALITY! At Patio Ponds Ltd, we believe in producing efficient, reliable, and easy-to-clean filtration products for everything from a small water garden or koi pond to a large commercial water feature. We also believe that when you buy a filter, it should perform flawlessly, work effectively, and last a lifetime. With that said, Patio Ponds is proud to announce that each filter is Made in the USA from the highest quality materials and components.

While purchasing a Patio Ponds filter, not only do you get the best filter today, you get something else you cannot find anywhere else - peace of mind. You know that behind each Patio Ponds filter body is a LIFETIME GUARANTEE. Our dedication, craftsmanship, and expertise are shown throughout each filter we produce - and we stand behind them.

But don't take our word for it. With tens of thousands of satisfied customers across the United States, it is easy to see why
Patio Ponds truly is:

America's 1st Choice in Pond Filtration

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Aquascape Container Water Garden Filter

Container Water Garden Filter

ApplicationDesigned for Patio Ponds
Outdoor or Indoor Use
Filter Dimensions2"L x 1.5"W x 7"H
Recommended Water Feature SizeSmall to Medium Sized
Containers up to 50 Gallons
BIOLOGICAL FILTRATIONIncluded Activated Carbon Media
Included Submersible Pump*Magnetically-Drive Motor
Max. Flow Rate100 GPH
Max. Head Pressure2.98 Feet of Head (FoH)
Flow Rate @ 1.5 FoH79 GPH
Flow Rate @ 2 FoH52 GPH
Power Cord Length6 Feet
Outlet Size1/2"
Included Attachments1/2" Barb Hose
Spray Bar w/Fittings
Input Voltage / Frequency115V AC / 60 Hz
Wattage7 Watts
Amperage0.06 Amps
Monthly Operating Cost (24/7)*$0.35

*Monthly Operating Cost was calculated at $0.10 per kilowatt-hour. Please note that costs will vary depending on location.

Please Note: The filter unit must be fully submerged at all times.

Box Contents

• 1/2" Hose Barb Attachment
• Adjustable Spray Bar
• Submersible Mag-Drive Motor
• Activated Carbon Insert
• Filter Sponge
• Suction Cups

When to Use

Install the Container Water Garden Filter to provide both biological and mechanical filtration to Aquascape Patio Ponds, birdbaths, and other container water gardens holding up to 50 gallons of water. Adding this filter system will keep the water clear while reducing the need for regular maintenance. This filter can be installed in patio ponds containing fish and aquatic plants.

Operating Instructions

Do not operate the pump dry! Always operate the pump fully submerged. The filter is designed to be used in small to medium-sized water features. The optional spray bar can be added to the filter to ensure circulation and water movement necessary for proper aeration when keeping fish. The included hose barb attachment can be used instead of the spray bar to run a variety of ornaments or accessories. See product manual for full installation and maintenance instructions.

Winter Storage

Disconnect the tubing from the discharge fitting and remove the pump from the container water garden. Clean the pump and inlet screens with fresh water and store the pump in a frost-free location.



Here are the replacement parts for Aquascape Patio Ponds Container Water Garden Filter.

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Container Water Garden Filter by Aquascape Perfect for Patio Ponds!

The Aquascape Container Water Garden Filter provides ideal mechanical and biological filtration for Aquascape Patio Ponds, bird baths, and other container water gardens holding up to 50 gallons of water. 

The included filter sponge and activated carbon insert ensure proper filtration, while the magnetically driven motor technology makes the filter extremely energy efficient, quiet, and easy to maintain. 

The durable pre-filter water intake design prevents clogging and reduces pump maintenance, providing years of trouble-free operation. 

The included adjustable spray bar allows for proper surface movement and oxygenation while the integrated suction cups simplify installation. 

An included venturi aerator can be installed to supply supplemental aeration.

6' Cord Length

1) Adjustable spray bar allows for surface movement and adds oxygen to the water

2) Integrated suction cups help adhere the Container Water Garden filter to the integrated shelf found in the Aquascape Patio Pond

3) Mechanical and biological filter sponge reduces maintenance and provides excellent filtration

4) Protective pump cage and large mechanical and biological pre-filter prevents debris from clogging or damaging pump


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