Koi ponds bring peace and relaxation to your home, so when you design your pond, think about the kinds of things that help you stay centered and at rest. There are a variety of designs to choose from, so think carefully about what kind of pond you desire.
If you add lights to your pond, be sure to place them in conduit sleeves to make repairs easier. The following design tips will help you create a Koi pond that's both beautiful and healthy for your fish.
A waterfall creates a dramatic focal point and gives you the relaxing sound of flowing water. It also provides aeration for the Koi. Waterfalls are also an excellent place for part of the filtration system that nitrifies the water.
These ponds often include waterfalls and offer more visual interest. They begin on a higher level and travel down over rocks through plants and flowers. The water ends up in a main basin where the Koi swim.
These require a bit more study as the idea is to recreate the natural habitat of the Koi, including plant life, sediment, and more. Since Japanese Koi can grow to 32 inches in length, Koi pond should be about 3 feet deep. If you know that your species of Koi won't grow too large, you can have a shallower pond, but don't go less than 2 feet. Line your pond with natural stone. If it's 3 feet or more deep, you'll need to mortar your stones.
Since your Koi pond will contain living fish that bring you endless enjoyment, you'll want to take good care of them. When designing your Koi pond keep a few filtration fundamentals in mind.
Remove solid wastes
Any filtration system should be set up to remove fish droppings, leaves, twigs, pine needles and other debris from the pond.
In order to increase the life of your filter, choose a system that separates solids. This will also reduce your ongoing maintenance of the pond and filter.