Before you start the design process on your new Koi pond, consider these tips.
- Choose your location wisely. Where you place your Koi pond is important. The area should get at least some sun, as exposure to natural sunlight is the only way to promote growth in pond plants (and you’ll need healthy plants to feed the fish you put in the pond!). If possible, avoid building the pond under any trees or other type of shrubbery. Falling leaves and twigs from these plants will likely end up in the pond below them, causing a chemical imbalance when they decompose and ultimately killing any fish that live there.
- Soil stability matters – make sure yours is solid. The soil you build your Koi pond on must be strong enough to support the pond. Building on unstable soil could put your pond at risk of collapsing once it’s filled with water. If it doesn’t collapse, it will almost certainly be misshapen, which isn’t ideal either. The best way to ensure your pond remains looking beautiful is to build on stable soil from the start.
- Professional pond liners are a must. Splurging for a professional pond liner now will help save you money down the line. Invest in a pond liner that fully covers your garden pond. Don’t try to piece two smaller liners together, as this will very likely cause leaks in the future; finding and fixing these leaks is a task no one wants.
- Pond kits are great for first-timers. Pond kids come with everything you need to get started, including: pond liner, appropriate-sized pond pump, filtration system + skimmer, and even pump valve assembly. These kits come in a variety of sizes and are usually backed with some type of warranty or guarantee.
Now that you have the information you need to get started on designing your Koi pond, it’s time to start creating. For more helpful tips and tricks, contact our experts at Coral Reef Inc.