How to Make a Whiskey Barrel Fish Pond

Updated April 17, 2017

A half whiskey barrel can become a striking water feature in a garden. They also aid in reducing the amount of mosquitoes around your home through fish. A vibrant little ecosystem, the ponds support plants and animals. Their own little ecosystem, whiskey barrel ponds are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. A small fountain can also be added for a charming sound. With some tools and supplies, whiskey barrel water features can be made for your home garden.

Place the rubber liner in the whiskey barrel and tuck it in to all the corners.

Staple the lining to the barrel, about 1-inch below the rim, spaced 1-inch apart. Trim the overhanging edges of the lining, so the top of the lining finishes 3/4-inch before the rim.

Drill a 1-inch hole an inch down from the rim of the barrel, to allow overflow on rainy days.

Fill the barrel, up to the lining, with non-chlorinated water.

Place the plants in the water container and space them how you would like.

Place fish in the barrel after a month, to allow the water to age.


Change 5 per cent of the water every week. Keep more plants in the pond than fish, for the fish may run out of food otherwise.


Do not put koi in half whiskey barrel ponds because they quickly outgrow their surroundings.

Things You'll Need

  • Half whiskey barrel
  • 5 by 5 rubber liner
  • Industrial strength staple gun
  • Industrial strength scissors
  • Drill, with 1/2-inch bit
  • Chlorine-free water
  • Oxygenating pond plants
  • Mosquito eating fish
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About the Author

Based in Kingston, Canada, Samantha Lowe has been writing for publication since 2006. She has written articles for the "Mars' Hill" newspaper and copy for various design projects. Her design and copy for the "Mars' Hill" won the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award in 2008. Lowe holds an Honors BA from Trinity Western University, and a MSc in Occupational Therapy from Queen's University where she is currently doing her PhD.