Articles About Ponds and Water Gardens

Bottom Drain Science and Popularity on the Rise

Despite popular belief bottom drains are not just for pools, the growing popularity within the pond industry is leading to new standards for koi gardens and water garden pond installation.  The pond maintenance requirements are drastically reduced along with koi health benefits being improved.  Bottom drains are not only efficient but can add aeration so the yearly spring pond cleanout practices are less needed.  Most contractors are accustomed to this spring time practice and dedicate a lot of money and effort with little time for spring start-up projects.  The ability to up-sell on a gravity flow bottom drain along with a pre-filter and an external pump allows landscape contractors to improve profit margins with add-on sales.

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Tags: Pond Design, Koi Gardens, Aeration Kit, Contractors, Types of Ponds

Do This When Building Koi Gardens

Koi were developed from the common carp in the 1820s by the Japanese and are called the “jewels” of the water garden  because of their bright colorings. They are friendly fish that like to enjoy a special hand-fed treat.  Traditional koi ponds are usually planned for a depth of 3-6 feet and serious koi enthusiasts favor larger ponds for their fish.
 
Koi are pets that can live 30-50 years (or as long as 200!) and require special equipment and care.  The  pond is their home that you will need to vigilantly maintain in order to keep them thriving.  Small koi only a few inches long are usually start at $10, but koi that are three feet big and have what is known as a “good lineage” could cost anywhere between $60,000 and $300,000 each!
 
A koi gardens have different requirements than other water gardens.  To build a successful, thriving garden, do these three things:
 
  1. Build a koi garden in an area that has plenty of shade.  Koi prefer filtered light and will acquire better coloration than if they are subjected to direct sunlight. 
  2. Install an aerator, which is a piece of equipment that is used to add oxygen to water.   Koi gardens are often deeper than the average garden pond and require more oxygen and better circulation.  Aeration will ensure adequate amounts of oxygen for koi during the warmer months as well as the long winter. 
  3. Invest in a high quality filtration system.   Koi prefer muddy, dirty water and they tend to stir up soil at pond bottoms, causing turbid water quality.  Good pond filtration will help to keep the pond clear
Keep in mind that koi gardens add additional costs  to the tradition water garden.  It may be beneficial to hire a professional koi pond installer to help you build a healthy home  for these new pets.
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Tags: Koi Gardens, Types of Ponds, Pond Fish

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