NEW POND OWNER CONSULTATION
The features available are found in all types, sizes, and shapes. There’s a wide array of skills and costs required for installation, which why it’s smart to schedule new pond owner consultations or a consultation for a water garden before planning to have it installed. We specialize in designing koi ponds and custom water features. While this is a crucial step in the process, learning about the various options and elements you can add to your indoor or outdoor space is the first step in this process.
A koi pond is essentially an outdoor fish tank for big fish. These ponds don’t use gravel, rocks, or aquatic plants, as these elements may harm the koi fish that’s put into it. These ponds are constructed using straight down sides, no steps, to prevent predators from wading into the pond and eating the koi fish.
The Basic Layout of a Koi Pond
Typically, koi ponds are designed with a minimum depth of four feet, but usually run between five and six feet deep. However, there is no rule about how deep they can be. These ponds typically feature bubble-free, external aeration, to ensure people have a clear view of the fish inside.
Modern koi ponds aren’t “landscape” elements like a water garden pond, cross over pond or hybrid pond, but instead, a big fish tank that is uniquely designed for keeping koi. The oxygen for the koi pond is provided via an aeration system and the water is pumped into it using an external pump. There are no high-voltage devices used in or around the water.
Maintenance Needs of Modern Koi Ponds
Maintaining a koi pond requires just a few minutes every week. If a koi pond is free from waterfalls, it offers a peaceful and quiet pond that provides a view of pretty koi fish that are gliding around in silence. It is possible to install an underwater light in the pond, which means viewing the koi fish at night is possible.
A bottom drain and a pond skimmer will be used to remove debris and waste from the pond. This prevents the pond from having to be drained for cleaning.
The nitrates are removed from the water during a backwash cycle. The water in the koi pond will be circulated using an external pump and this, along with the aeration device, will be installed in any location around and away from the pond. This provides a cleaner and more professional look for the koi pond.
Where to Install Koi Ponds
It is possible to add koi ponds to an array of living spaces, but it is important to consider a few things before doing this. It’s necessary to make sure there is enough room to install a koi pond that is large enough, which means if there is a smaller outdoor space, it may not be suitable for this type of pond. Also, visibility is an important consideration. If the koi pond is planned as part of a larger landscape design, it needs to be easy to access and easy to see. Finding an area in the yard that is currently level and that isn’t always in the shade is perfect.
Can Other Types of Fish be Put in the Koi Pond?
One of the biggest benefits of adding a koi pond to any outdoor area is that it turns into a habitat that is suitable for an array of aquatic creatures. Koi can live with an array of other fish, including goldfish; however, not all types of fish can live with koi. Before introducing a new species of fish into the pond, it is necessary to find out how the species will interact with the koi and the type of demands or maintenance it will demand.
Getting Started with a Backyard Koi Pond
It’s important to plan out the koi pond carefully, and, if possible, hire a professional to help with the installation process. Building and maintaining a koi pond isn’t too difficult, but if it isn’t done properly, the health of the fish may be at risk. The professionals can help anyone plan and install the perfect koi pond for their outdoor space.
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