A properly built and maintained koi pond is the secret to keeping your expensive and valuable koi alive and well. While innovative pond designs can be fun, creative and fabulous to look at, they should also be easy to access, maintain. If you frequently alter and experiment with known and proven filtration systems, lighting and liners, you're more likely to kill your fish than show them off better. If you're a beginner, limit innovative features to the design of the pond, landscaping, features like bridges and benches, the location of the pond and water features.
Basic Features to Consider
Some of the basic features you'll need to include in any koi pond include:
- Water treatment and filtration plan
- Lighting so you can enjoy your pond at night
- A filter system - either sand, fiber matting or a system you can easily reach and clean
Make sure you plan your pond to accommodate the number of fish you plan to own one day. Consider how you will view or enjoy your fish. Benches, bridges, walkways and decks over the water are all ways to be innovative.
Innovative Features to Incorporate
There are many ways you can create an innovative koi pond, and most revolve around design and landscaping materials. Some of the things you may want to consider are ways you can best view and enjoy your fish. Consider a pond shape with a narrow end or a narrowing space in the middle. Narrow features in larger ponds allow you to build a bridge over the pond so you can watch the fish more closely. Many koi owners like smaller, square or rectangular ponds incorporated into a deck or patio. Others like to put large, expansive ponds into a yard.
Many koi pond owners spend a lot of time and energy into designing their ponds, but neglect the design of the landscaping around the pond. Innovative landscaping—low bushes, oriental trees, stones, rocks and plants—can transform a pond. Consider adding a variety of plants in the water as well as around the pond. Use polished pebbles, boulders, rocks, gravel or tiles to define the pond.
Innovative Water Features
Innovative water features can mean the difference between a beautiful pond and a stunning one. A simple bubbler fountain may be visually calming as well as a way to aerate the water. A large waterfall or vertical fountain can add sound and movement to the pond. Water features can be formal waterfalls with straight lines or rock walls. You can also create natural-looking rock boulder waterfalls.
Statuaries or sculptures in and around your pond can change the atmosphere of your pond. By adding concrete "Chinese lanterns" or oriental statuaries, you can create a modern or zen feel to your pond. Traditional angels, replicas of famous statues or even animals can also define your pond's atmosphere.