7 Easy To follow Steps For Creating Your Own Koi Fish Pond
by Sep 1, 2017 | blog post |
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Whether it be, early mornings waking up to a beautiful bright sun. Then looking out your window to the sight of a gorgeous koi fish pond.Or a tranquil mid evening day, where you can go and sit by the pond relaxing with the fish, adding a koi pond / fish pond in your backyard offers a new and exciting backyard experience
Step 1: Selecting Location
Pick a suitable location that receives a sufficient amount of sun light & shade through out the day. The shade is to ensure the water doesn’t become too hot & evaporate during summer. While ample sun is needed for the pond’s ecosystem to grow & become healthy
Make sure you know where your house’s pipes and landlines run before you start digging as not to disturb them – for this information you can call 811
Step 2: Planning
For circulation purposes avoid sharp angles, rounded corners and shapes allow for easier water flow. The overall design and shaping is totally of your own choosing. To keep your pond safe from rain run off that may contain pesticides or fertilizers from a neighbors lawn, have the edges of your pond slightly elevated
For depth: if you plan on adding fish, keep in mind that the pond needs to have a depth of at least 4ft. Most say a minimum of 3, but we like 4ft just to be safe. Now, you are welcome to having ridges or “steps” within your pond to allow for placement of aquatic plants and boulders for aesthetic – just make sure the lowest point of the pond reaches a minimum of 4ft
Step 3: Digging
Mark your perimeter. Use your shovel to draw the outline of your pond’s edge. Draw the outer perimeter large enough to house inner ridges, then draw the outlines of where you want your ridges to be. Make sure that between each outline lays at least 18in in width. Now that we’ve fully marked out our pond’s landscape we can begin digging. You will need a large shovel and a smaller hand shovel
Begin digging where the deepest part of your pond is (unless your pond calls for a depth deeper than 4ft we suggest starting from the most shallow ridge then work your way down). After you’ve dug and measured this area to be your desired depth (at least 4ft) this is where the smaller shovel plays its part. It makes it easier to dig out the shallower areas (your shelves – “ridges”). They can be any depth you so choose, this part plays on your own preference for how you wish your pond to look. Just make sure there is enough horizontal space on each shelf to comfortably hold plant pots
After each section of digging is complete compact the ground of your pond making sure it doesn’t shift later – giving your pond strong & sturdy walls
Step 4: Adding A Water Skimmer
Create a crevice on the edge of the pond for the pond skimmer to easily sit in. Make sure it doesn’t stick out from the ground, instead the top should be leveled with the ground. Place the pond filter wherever you choose making sure to dig a ditch for plumbing to sit in that connects these two systems
Step 5: Pond Lining
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Being that we’ve created a sturdy body for our pond we can begin laying the liner
Try to minimize folds and wrinkles, keeping a minimum number as they will be necessary when water is added – giving room to the liner to be spreed out. The liner you need is any non toxic liner such as an EPDM liner
We can’t afford all our hard work and new pets to be harmed by toxins now can we? Where do you find liner? Any home depot or similar store in your area
For the edge of your pond you want to leave an extra 2ft of lining on all sides – making sure the water doesn’t seep out anywhere. Trust us, where ever water can escape, it will!
On the other hand if you wish to use concrete as a floor/body for your pond instead just give it a couple days to fully dry
Step 6: Adding Rocks & Boulders
For a beautiful look we usually outline the whole interior of the pond with bolder slabs of differing sizes, gravel, and or rocks to give a more natural look and hide the lining…but that’s totally up to you and not needed as it’s only a design choice. Only a few rocks in certain areas are needed, as well as around the entire outer edge of pond, to keep the lining in place
For any remaining liner that may be sticking out past the rocks:
Remember we added the 2ft of lining around the edge? It’s time for the cover up! Use some of the dirt we dug up earlier, or you can cover the remaining liner with rock, boulders, or gravel
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Finishing Up: Add The Plants, Water, & Fish
well would you look at that…. I guess that title says it all. Well see you all! Good Night!
Ok no seriously, when adding aquatic plants such as water lillies, bogs, or any plant that extends below the water’s surface place the entire plant, in its holder, into your chosen position within your pond. Next you can go ahead and add your water. Before the addition of fish, you will have to use a dechlorinator and let the water sit for a minimum of 24hrs.
Now you can go ahead and add your desired fish! For a little more wild life, consider the option of what other animals could call your pond home. Maybe frogs? I would say test them out, if you see that the frogs haven’t left your manmade pond then you know they’ve decided to call your backyard home!