If you’re thinking about a koi pond build, Art of the Yard in Denver recommends that you first consider what it will take to keep it looking great before moving forward. We know that hearing the gentle trickle of water and seeing the vibrant colors of beautiful koi are amazing to experience. But, you should know exactly what you’re getting into first so that there are no surprises or regrets.
If you’re thinking about a koi pond, you should know that it requires much more than simply digging a hole, filling it with water and dumping in some fish. It is a more delicate process that requires attention to the details. Let’s start at the beginning with installing a koi pond.
Finding the Location
Choosing the right location to install your new koi pond will be essential to its success. You’ll need to be able to dig down 3 feet without touching any existing infrastructure. The soil also needs to be stable, so that it can support the weight of the water in your pond. It will need to be a spot that gets about 4 hours of sunlight per day. And you don’t want it too close to trees as you will constantly have to clean debris. You’ll also need a thick rubber liner and a pump to keep water fresh and free of waste and matter.
Caring for Your Pond
The maintenance for a koi pond is ongoing. Cleaning fallen leaves and debris is a constant task. These items must be removed to keep the water clean and the fish healthy. The filter is a big part of the health of the pond and should be checked and cleaned regularly. If it breaks down, it must be replaced or repaired immediately. Fortunately, the moving water that comes with filtration and aeration helps with any mosquitos; otherwise, bugs would become a problem. Testing the pH is a must on a regular basis. For the first few months, it needs to be every week, then twice per month afterward.
Adding Your Koi Fish
The water in your koi pond needs to be at an appropriate pH level which is right around 7.5. Also, the ammonia and nitrate levels should be at zero to support the health of the fish. And new fish will need a smooth transition to survive being transferred from the supplier’s plastic bag. Place the bag in the water for at least 30 minutes to equalize the water temperature. Add pond water to the bag every 10 minutes after the temperature has equalized. Then release the new fish into the pond. If you already have fish, you may also want to quarantine the new fish for 3 weeks to prevent parasites or diseases.
Winter time is the most challenging time for koi pond owners. You’ll want to stop feeding your koi as soon as the water temperature drops under 50 degrees Fahrenheit. They will enter a natural state of hibernation. Living in Colorado’s cold climate with frequent sub-zero temperatures may require a pond heater or relocating the fish to a kiddie pool in the garage or basement until the weather warms up.
Hopefully, this has given you a better look at the big picture. If you’re thinking about a koi pond and feel you’re ready to provide the required care, this is a fantastic way to add immense beauty and serenity to your outdoor landscape. Call the team at Art of The Yard to help with your koi pond design, installation and maintenance. We’re happy to help keep your pond looking great for maximum enjoyment.