Creating A Koi Fish Pond In Your Garden

| February 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Creating a koi fish pond in your garden is an ambitious project, but one that is not beyond the abilities of the amateur gardener. You will need to do some planning and probably recruit friends and neighbours to help with some parts of the creation, but in the end you will have a beautiful and unusual water feature in your garden.

The most important thing to remember when planning your garden pond is size. Koi placed in your water feature are limiting in two ways. First, the types of plant life that can be included are fewer, since koi will eat some types of plants. Koi also continue to grow even in small ponds, so they can quickly overwhelm the space and be crowded to the point where it is unhealthy for them.

A pond where koi will be placed should contain at least one thousand gallons of water. There should be at least one area of your pond that is three feet deep or more. In each measurement, more would be better. The volume of a pond should be as large as you can manage and if the depth is four or five feet, that is even better. Most first-time pond builders try to make a pond too small.

Pick your location carefully. It is important to place your koi pond where it will not get runoff from rain won’t flow into the pond. Rainwater can contain pesticides, debris and chemicals that can harm the koi. If you plan to put plants in the pond, it will need a few hours of sun each day for best results, For fish only ponds, they will do fine in the shade. You will undoubtedly enjoy having the pond where it can be seen from your home.

The pond liner should be selected that will fit the dimensions of the pond correctly. Installing a filter of some type will help to make maintenance and upkeep on the pond simpler. There are biological filters, pond skimmers and external filters that can be selected for your pool. Doing the excavation for the pool can be done by the old-fashioned method, or you can rent or borrow the mechanical equipment needed to finish the job quickly.

The koi fish pond will then be underlined and lined with the proper materials and filled with water. Placing the decorative edging, walkways or other decorative elements around the edges of the pool and checking that the water has seasoned for a few days to avoid shock to the koi is the next step in creating this place of beauty and serenity in your garden. By

 

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