Koi ponds are a type of water garden that house koi fish. They are enclosed ponds with re-circulating fresh water. Many koi ponds incorporate other water features such as fountains or waterfalls which add visual interest to the garden. Koi fish, originating in Japan, have become extremely popular in recent years for keeping in ornamental garden ponds.
Koi ponds have two main functions. The first is to provide a safe, healthy home for koi fish. The second is to create an appealing environment that can be enjoyed by everyone, including the fish. They are typically used as decorative garden enhancements and may be places of solitude or reflection.
Koi ponds usually hold 500 gallons of water or more, and are at least 24 inches deep. One or more drains in the bottom of the pond are usually featured, as well as vertical or near vertical walls. Some sort of filtration system is necessary for koi ponds to help keep the water clean and the fish healthy and happy. Water garden plants and different types of koi fish are also incorporated into koi ponds.
There are many types of koi ponds that can be added to a garden. Stone ponds are the most popular, particularly because of their elegant beauty and resemblance to natural ponds. Large container koi ponds can be constructed, however these are far more expensive and harder to maintain. Koi pond kits are also available in many garden supply or home supply stores. These kits allow users to construct a koi pond in their backyard without professional assistance in a short period of time.
Koi ponds can provide a place to relax and meditate right in the backyard. They are soothing and create an outdoor sanctuary near your home. Koi ponds also offer an enhanced aesthetic appeal to your lawn or garden and can increase the value of your home.
Maintaining koi ponds can be expensive. The water must be filtered constantly which can add to the electricity bills. Maintenance must be performed year round to maintain the health of the fish and the simulated ecosystem. This can be time consuming and it is recommended that you ensure you have the time to devote to a koi pond before installation.
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