Building a Koi Pond
Posted: September 6, 2004
walk into a new pet shop and see for the first time a gigantic
crystal-clear pond teeming with brilliantly-colored and elegantly
swimming 2-foot fish. The store owner throws a few pellets
into the water and you get mesmerized by the feeding frenzy of the
fish you think you've never seen before. Immediately you tell
yourself that you've got to have such a fish pond yourself.
You've just been bitten by the koi bug.
every little pet shop in Manila sell koi, so koi per se are seen by
Filipinos everyday. These, however, are the scrawny,
dull-colored, locally-bred ones that are just 2 to 6
inches long. Deeply-colored jumbo koi that trace their
immediate roots to Japan are still a rarity in the Philippines,
although more and more of them have been finding their way into the
country these past few years. In fact, koi business is
starting to do well hereabouts, with more and more people having
ponds built right in their own yards.
Figure 1. Seeing a
beautiful pond with beautiful koi
like this makes one wish to
have a pond of his own
who get bitten by the koi bug shouldn't rush into building a koi
pond right away. Koi ponds are more complex than a
water-proofed hole filled with water. Koi are hardy creatures,
but they have special requirements that need to be satisfied before
they can give their owner many years of enjoyment.
koi hobbyist has his own idea of what koi pond he wants - how large
it is, what shape it will have, where it will go, and the like.
However, the koi pond that a hobbyist can get is constrained by several
factors: how much he's willing to spend up-front and in maintenance,
how much space he has, how much time he can spare to build the pond
and attend to it later on, etc. Thus, every koi pond,
influenced by the owner's desires and resources, always comes out
of concept, however, all koi ponds must be properly planned,
designed, and built. Unique as they may all be in design, koi
ponds have the same requirements in terms of structural integrity
and efficiency. There are already well-established guidelines in the
hobby on how a pond should be built. Koi enthusiasts who want
to stay long in the hobby are always advised to adhere to these
Pond Shape and Size
prospective pond owner must have an idea of what pond style he
wants. Does he want a fashionable and formal European pond, or
a relaxing, natural-looking Japanese-style pond? A formal pond is
defined as one that has a regular shape, e.g., circular,
rectangular, hexagonal, etc. Once the owner has defined the general
concept of his project, he can start looking at more specifics, like
the size of the pond for example.
Figure 2. Do you
want a formal pond (left) or an informal one (right)?
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