WaterfallPond Vs. Pondless Waterfalls – All The Facts

May 23, 2022by Bill Seeds

When it comes to landscape design, few features can compare to the beauty and tranquility of a waterfall. Waterfeatures come in all shapes and sizes, but there are two main types: pondless and traditional ponds. 

Pondless waterfalls have become increasingly popular in recent years, but which one is better? This blog post will explore the pros and cons of both pondless waterfalls and ponds and help you decide which is right for you!


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A pond waterfall has a body of water at the bottom of the waterfall. The water can be either fresh or saltwater, and it is common for the pond to have fish in it. The waterfall pumps the water to the top of the waterfall and then allows it to flow back down into the pond.

There are several benefits to having a traditional pond waterfall. Here are just a few:

You can have a wider variety of plants: Water lillies, lotus, canna, all grow better with deeper water.

Fish keeping: You can keep different varieties of goldfish, Koi, even catfish and tolerant gamefish.

They increase property value: A well-designed waterfall will increase the value of your home or business. 

Cons Of Ponds

They can be more expensive: The initial cost of installing a traditional pond waterfall can be more than a pondless waterfall.

They require more maintenance: Ponds need more regular cleanings, attention to fish, and the plants.

Take up more space: You need a larger area to accommodate a pond than you would for a pondless waterfall.

Now that you know more about traditional pond waterfalls, you can decide if one is right for you. If you have the budget and are willing to put in the effort, a pond waterfall can add value and beauty to your property.

Pondless Waterfalls

It’s a waterfall with an underground reservoir instead of a pond. The water flows over rocks and into the aquablox, recirculating the water back to the top of the waterfall. There are many benefits to having a pondless waterfall design. Here are just a few:

They’re less work: Since there’s no pond, there’s less surface area for debris to fall into the pond.

They’re safer: There’s no risk of children or pets falling in and drowning with no pond.

They take up less space: A typical backyard pond can take up hundreds of square feet. A pondless waterfall can be installed in a much smaller area.

They’re more versatile: Pondless waterfalls can be installed indoors or outdoors, in sun or shade. They can even be built into walls!

If you’re considering adding a waterfall to your property, a pondless waterfall is worth considering. With all of the benefits, it’s no wonder they’re becoming so popular. Get in touch with waterfall contractors to get started! 

Pondless Waterfall Cons

  • You can not have fish or some types of plants. 

The biggest difference is the ability to have fish, plants, and maintenance. If you are interested in having fish I would recommend installing a pond, but if not, then I would recommend a pondless waterfall.

Take The Plunge

If you’re considering adding a pondless waterfall or pond to your Southern Oregon yard. We can make your pondless waterfall ideas come to life at Seeds of Nature Watergardens. We specialize in pondless waterfall installation and would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Don’t hesitate to reach out today!

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