Our aim at ShropshireRaisedPonds.co.uk is to provide exceptional service, which is why you can contact us directly via the chat up till 11 pm at night, 7 days a week. Sometimes much later. Depends how tired I/we are. Personally, I believe that people buy service and support, to that end, we always remain in contact with you regarding your order. Next, we believe that people buy quality, which is why we’ve teamed up with the leading suppliers of ponds and pond products in Europe. Finally, we believe that people buy on price too – obviously. To that end, we employ the services of a specialist company that keeps tracks of all our competition every 24 hours, nearly everyone on the first 5 pages of Google results, on ALL the products and ponds that we sell. To make sure that our prices are the most competitive in the UK.
If there is a product that you are looking for, that we don’t currently sell. Please contact us and we will source it for you, and beat any price you have been quoted anywhere else. Furthermore, if you see any pond business selling products cheaper that you’re interested in, we will beat the price and adjust ours on our website accordingly.
How can we maintain a business on such small, sometimes very small margins? The simple answer is we keep the business expenses to a minimum. We don’t employ loads of people or have huge expensive and fancy premises to pay for. This allows us to cut prices, be aggressive, gain market share and grow from there. Many times we are operating on just a few per cent margins, but without you losing the service we aim to give to you 24/7.
When you’re building a pond, sooner rather than later, thoughts turn to pond filtration. In addition to the volume of your raised wooden Koi pond, you need to think of filtration. Without filtration, your raised Koi pond and the Koi fish, will simply suffer and eventually die. It is quite alarming how many fish ponds are built, without any filtration. A Wildlife pond may be fine with wild pond plants and attracting wildlife, but having no fish stock. However, a fish pond and especially a Koi pond needs a lot of high-quality filtration.
My feelings on filtration, whether this be for a fish tank and I’ve had many cold water, tropical and marine fish tanks over the years – usually getting larger and larger. I’ve also had quite a few ponds over the years, which again have got larger and larger. Currently, I have a Stretched Octagonal Raised Wooden Koi Pond in my own back garden. In fact, the video you see on the home page of this website and on the YouTube Channel is that very same raised wooden Koi pond. The Mirror Carp that you see in that video was from a much smaller pond. Now, the pond also has some Koi Carp too – videos of which I will be doing soon. I digress. My thoughts and feelings on filtration is to always, always over-spec your filter equipment. By that I mean, if your pond is say 1000 gallons, have a filter system that is stated as working with over twice that. at least. The reason being is that many filters are quoted as working on very low stock ponds. It’s fair to say, that fish keeping, whether that be cold, tropical, marine or fancy or Koi, ultimately we tend to buy more than we planned. Obviously don’t go crazy, but it is quite common to see ponds overstocked. Which can be a real problem, if the filtration can’t handle the amount of fish.
Quick things to consider when setting up a fish pond and especially a Koi pond:
- Filtration at least x 2 the recommended volume.
- Bead Filters and Bakki Showers (I will write more about these) are a worthwhile investment in a Koi pond.
- Install a UV filter to stop your pond water turning green.
- High volume air pump and large air stones (aeration is hugely important)
- Buy a quality water testing kit.
- Understand the Nitrogen Cycle (I will write more about this too), which your pond will go through.
- Use a chlorine inline filter when adding water to your pond, this will save you a fortune on chlorine removal products.
- Keep stock very, very low at the start, certainly for the first 3 months. To allow your pond to cycle and build beneficial bacteria. Consider adding products that contain beneficial bacteria to boost that start up cycle.
- Water changes once a week; 25% of the water volume.
I will be writing more about each of these points over the next few weeks. So keep posted and if you have any questions related to Koi or Fish ponds. Please contact us via chat (bottom right button of the screen) or simply use the contact page.
We will beat any price!
There are quite a lot of pond companies that sell similar ponds to us. The reason being is that the best quality raised wooden ponds are made by The Garden Timber Company. There are of course many other manufacturers of ponds and Koi ponds, but we’ve never found anyone that provides a pond that is such good value, so well made and includes a fitted pond liner, that in itself costs a great deal of money to fabricate.
We price our Koi and Fish Ponds so competitively. Our profit margins are very small. Our profit in each pond is around 8%. That is by the time we have adjusted for VAT, but delivery and business costs come out of that 8%. This is the lowest price that we can sell the ponds, to remain as a business and to provide you with the best service, the best prices on Koi Ponds and Fish Ponds in the UK.
As a result, we are so convinced that our prices are the best, and they are! That we guarantee our prices. If you find any company, selling a new Koi or Raised Wooden Fish pond from The Garden Timber Company, at a lower price, then we will match that price. Simply show us an active sale, that includes VAT and will will beat it.