Koi are domesticated carp, first bred for their markings and colorations in Japan in the early 1820s. The primary functions of a koi pond are:
- to maximize fish health and
- to provide a beautiful water feature complimentary to the beauty of the koi.
Koi ponds are typically deeper than the average ornamental water garden. The added depth:
- Allows the koi to reach larger sizes and have both vertical as well as lateral swimming patterns.
- Creates a safe zone beneath the reach of pond predators.
- Maintains a more constant water temperature throughout the day.
- Increases water volume greatly without increasing the “footprint” of the pond, thus increasing healthy fish holding capacity
Water quality is essential to maximizing fish health in a koi pond. We recommend and install:
- Pressurized bead and media filters for biological and fine particulate filtration.
- High volume, low head centrifugal pumps to economically recirculate the pond water.
- UV sterilizers to maintain water clarity and reduce harmful protozoa in the water.
- Living plant filters to assist with bio-filtration and “polish” the water.
- Bottom suction to provide mixing of the water and remove excess fish waste buildup.
As with all our water features, the appropriate presentation of a koi pond is vital. We can construct the koi pond to fit a budget or a style by using a variety of construction materials. We can create a complete Japanese setting with our extensive Asian plant selection if you desire.