With these koi pond design tips from Art of the Yard, you’ll be well on your way to creating the perfect water feature for your backyard.
Koi are relatively easy to care for, which has helped further their popularity. However, there are a few things you can do that will better ensure that they thrive.
Water, Water, Everywhere
Did you know that full grown koi can get to be 36 inches long and weigh approximately 45 pounds? These guys are not your average goldfish. That said, aim to have a pond of about 1000 gallons of water at least 3 or 4 feet deep.
Protection Against Cold
Koi can survive the cold provided a few conditions are met. If their pond ices over, you must maintain a hole in the ice of sufficient surface area that gases can exchange adequately. Plus, your fish need to have that 3 or 4-foot deep koi pond so they can escape to deeper waters.
There should always be plenty of oxygen in the water. One of the easiest ways to ensure this is to install a waterfall or fountain. Not only do they add to the ambiance of your yard, but they also do a great job of aerating the water.
Your pond should be maintained, and water clean at all times. This is accomplished through the use of mechanical and biological filtration systems, as well as professional expertise.
We here at Art of the Yard hope these koi pond design tips help you with some ideas of what to expect as a koi pond owner. There’s a little bit more to it, of course, but you can always count on our experts to lend you a hand with your pond. Contact us today and let’s get started.