Koi Pond Construction: The Dos And Don'ts  

by Pool Builders on 04-01-2009 in Articles

The first thing that you need to understand is that Koi ponds are not just holes in the ground wherein you can store and keep your fish. To make a pond properly work and sustain your fish's life, you should consider different kinds of things as you begin to plan for its construction. You can follow few simple rules that will make sure that you won't end up with an expensive hole filled with nothing but dead fish!

The first thing that you need to consider is to have a professional build your pond (that's unless you have the necessary knowledge in fish keeping, outdoor landscaping and also construction). You might think that building the pond yourself will save you money, but this kind of notion could not take your further from the case!

You see, if your pond is not built properly right from the start, what will happen is that you're going to end up spending a great deal of money on fixing the problems that may come up in the future. Also, with an improper pond set-up, you will not be able to save your fish from an inevitable demise!

Keep in mind that a professional will always give you what you want. They may give their inputs when it comes to a necessary decision making, but in the end, they will always do what you want them to do. With this, they are blameless if ever your pond fails due to factors such as size, location, etc. Beware also of those extremely cheap quotes, because they may cut corners that can really cause you problems later (while these will come in differently, there are no significant differences between them).

The fact of the matter is that these ponds are, by no means, water troughs for animals or swimming pools, and that's why much care should be taken in building and planning your pond. Although it may cost you more cash than building those typical swimming pools, the rewards that you can reap are really much greater! Make sure to keep all of the children and other pets out of your pond, because they can cause problems.

Children can cause a chemical imbalance and major problems like leaks if they take the liberty of swimming in the pond. As for pets, although it may be okay to have them around your pond, they may mess with the filtration system and even chase your fish around! That's why it's best to keep them away from your pond.

Keep in mind that like any other pets that people have, other issues may come up that may need your special attention. You can do these things: take some extra time to clear up those algae infections; if you're going out for a vacation, make sure that somebody with the appropriate knowledge will maintain your pond to make it properly available when you return; and also, you can always visit your veterenarian.

Once these ponds are built, most of them are permanent, so this means that you can't decide in 2 or 3 weeks that you want to have the construction of your pond in the backyard rather than the front yard. Plan carefully each and every aspect of the pond, consider such things such as size requirements and placement. Remember that once it's built, you can do only a little to alter it. Last is the much needed maintenance of your Koi pond. This can demand a lot of work, so make sure that you'll have enough time to do it.

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