Remember though, that before you construct a dedicated koi pond you need to be aware of how to properly maintain it to reduce the risk of your koi becoming ill. It needs to be at least three feet deep, leaving twenty-five feet of the pond per koi, and a minimum of one thousand gallons of water. Preferably half of the pond should be shaded to allow them to get out of the sun. If your pond is going to be under direct sunlight, use floating plants like water lilies to give the koi places to rest.
When it comes to cleaning your pond, all solid waste from the bottom of the pond needs to be removed. Waste as well as debris from fallen leaves and uneaten food will build up over time, but while koi fish produce a lot of waste they are relatively easy to maintain when you have the right equipment.
You’ll need to keep your pond clean, the water clear, and your koi healthy. There are two types of filtration: mechanical and biological. Mechanical filtration, such as drainage systems, filters, and pond skimmers, traps the waste whereas biological filtration involves introducing good bacteria to convert the toxins left over into harmless substances. After the waste is cleared and removed through a pond sieve the water needs to be filtered and returned via the circulation of jets below the waterline.
Building a bridge – fitting your pond with a bridge is a great design idea. Even relatively small ponds can be enhanced with a bridge and you can use whatever materials best suit your style. If you have younger children around this could be a fun way for them to interact with the koi. If you’re concerned about safety, construct a side barrier to prevent any accidents.
An East Asian theme – while koi fish can also be found in Central Europe, most people associate them with East Asia so this kind of design is sure to wow visitors. A Zen Buddhist themed design with a stone garden and sand for raking would create the perfect spot to relax.
Leading out of a stream – creating a design where a long stream feeds into your main pond will require a lot of space, but it’ll give it a natural look. This kind of design would really elevates the whole garden to another level.
Including an island – a small island in the middle of your pond connected by a bridge is another great idea for young children. Given that koi fish can eat food right out of your hands, this kind of design is sure to endear them to a child in the long run.
A contemporary design – luxurious materials like marble and glass really add to the grandeur of these beautiful animals. A minimal white look brings out the rich colours of the koi and showcases the premium construction materials on offer.
Going for a natural look – surrounding your pond with flora local to their habitats not only creates a statement piece, it also gives them much needed areas of shade to keep cool. Bear in mind the added upkeep of the plants as well as your koi fish.
Go for sheer scale – if you’re not interested in the subtlety of some of these designs, and you’re lucky enough to have the space for it, you could consider building a massive pond holding tens of thousands of gallons. This will require powerful equipment, but the end results would be fantastic and I’m sure your koi will love you for the extra space.
A koi fish pond can add a real element of luxury to your home, especially when done tastefully. Which of these design ideas is your favorite? Let us know in the comments and keep us posted on any constructions you’re building yourself!