How to Build a Koi Pond

What Are Koi Ponds?

Koi Ponds are ponds that are constructed with the intention of housing koi fish. They are designed for the sole purpose of raising and keeping koi. This is what separates a koi pond from other fish ponds. Koi ponds are built to be very functional and also to bring out the aesthetic and cathartic atmosphere that only a koi pond can provide. A Koi pond is a pond which has been designed and built specifically to keep these colorful carp.

They are usually designed in a way that gives the pond a harmonious feel to maximize the health of the fish to help them reach their full size and best color. Koi ponds are known for being serene and tranquil. They are a therapeutic and aesthetic addition to any household. With the right set up and maintenance you will definitely enjoy the fruits of your investments. 

Professional Koi Pond Installation vs Building One Myself

Koi Pond installation is a matter that should be approached with a great deal of care and attention. When you take the proper steps to install a perfectly functioning koi pond, you will undoubtedly reap the benefits of your investment. However, it is important to remember that building a koi pond requires a great deal of commitment.

The question right now is how much commitment is required? Should you attempt to build the koi pond yourself or is it more advisable to seek professional assistance? 

Building a koi pond will require you to:

  • Draw up plans
  • Select equipment
  • Commit to acts of labor

Hiring a professional will probably be easier, but even that will take several days before it is complete; but then again, doing it on your own will probably take several weeks, maybe even months.

So this is something you have to think about carefully. What type of koi pond do you want? How much time do you have to spare? Are you cut out for labor?

How to maintain a koi pond

Professional Koi Pond Installation in Oklahoma

Getting a professionally installed Koi pond in your home is only a short phone call away. At Oklahoma Ponds, we have over 30 years of koi pond installation expertise in the great state of Oklahoma. We are Oklahoma City’s fastest growing pond contractor, and that is not by accident. We strive to be the leader in all things garden ponds and water features. Every service we offer comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Why choose us?

Specialized Company

We specialize in the care and construction of garden koi ponds. This allows us to stay up to date with the latest technology and advances in our industry

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Benefits Of Hiring A Professional

  • A good contractor that can complete the job in only a few days
  • A reliable contractor has the experience to do a top-quality job
  • It will save you a whole lot of time that you would have spent working on the pond.
  • It is a solid investment and doesn’t carry the financial risk you will face if you attempt to do it yourself
  • We at Oklahoma Ponds can assure you that if you hire our services, we will deliver the best quality work available anywhere. Your Koi pond will be perfectly functional and beautiful to an almost ethereal degree.

Benefits Of Building It Yourself

  • If you are a handy person that is capable of building a koi pond, you will be saving yourself a whole lot of money
  • You will be sending your time constructively 
  • You will be doing a lot of exercise so it is very healthy 
  • You will enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that will come with completing the project.

How Deep Should a Koi Pond Be?

A good koi pond has to be 3 feet deep, at least. There should be no areas in the pond that are shallower than 2 feet. If you have any shallow areas in your pond, your precious Koi fish will be vulnerable to predators such as the Blue Heron and Raccoons.

You might think you don’t have any predators in your neighborhood but the presence of a fish pond will certainly attract predators.

Blue Herons will stand in your pond for hours until they are done with your fish, so the best defense is to make sure they can’t do that. Build a deep pond.

It is also important to make sure that all the sides go straight down, they should not be tapered. Aquascape type ponds where the sides of the pond gently taper in toward the bottom are not suitable for koi fish. You should also build a cave in the pond where the fish can hide in when threatened by the presence of a predator.

You don’t want to have to cover your pond to protect the fish; that will absolutely destroy the aesthetic of your pond and reduce its therapeutic and serene quality. The best way to protect your Koi fish from predators is to build a deep pond with steep sides. 

There is also the case of growing jumbo Koi. Koi get their exercise by swimming up and down so the pond should be at least 6 feet deep.

How to Maintain a Koi Pond​

Koi ponds will always be a beautiful addition to any home. They are gorgeous and serene and add a special kind of life to your outdoor space. However, like all beautiful things, Koi ponds need to be maintained in order for them to retain their beauty and for the fish to grow more beautiful and healthy.

Regular koi fish maintenance will help you keep your fish and the pond itself looking wonderful, but what steps do you need to take to properly maintain your Koi pond?

How to maintain a koi pond

Feeding Your Koi

Feeding your koi fish
Make sure you do not feed your Koi fish more than once a day. If you overfeed your fish there will be lots of food remnant in the pond and they will decay in the water. This will have the effect of clouding the water, spurring bacterial growth and making your beautiful Koi fish sick. Your pond will also begin to stink and that is the last thing you want for your Koi pond.

Watch So That Your Koi Pond Doesn’t Become Overcrowded

Pay attention to the fish and plant life in your pond. Make sure the pond doesn’t become overpopulated. There shouldn’t be too many plants covering the surface of the pond. The aim is to achieve a ratio of 40 to 50 percent plants to water. Plants are good for the pond, but too many will make the environment unhealthy because the presence of too many plants will affect the pond’s oxygen levels and prevent sunlight from getting to the water. Plus they will obscure your view of your beautiful Koi fish.

Keep the Pond Clean

Your pond has to be clean 100% of the time. Don’t let debris stay in the water for too long or they will start to decay and eventually ruin the water.

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Final Thoughts

Before you attempt to build a Koi pond, make sure you are armed with all the relevant information. Building a Koi pond is no small task, not to talk of maintaining it. Despite all this, the benefits are truly satisfying and all the effort you put into constructing and maintaining your Koi pond would certainly be worth it.

At Oklahoma Ponds we offer all services related to constructing and maintaining your pond, with a stellar record, you can be sure you’ll get the best quality delivery available.