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What is a koi pond and should I get one?

What is a Koi Pond?

A koi pond is a water feature which is designed to house koi, otherwise known as carp. Koi have selectively bred for centuries to achieve very large sizes and distinct patterns of white, black, gold, red, and orange on their bodies. Koi ponds are used as aesthetic features in gardens, atria, and other locations, and many people use them to add an Asian look and feel to their gardens.

What make a koi pond versus a traditional pond?

Some special features differentiate a koi pond from an ordinary garden pool or a pool filled with aquatic plants, because the pond is designed to house fish, and the fish have special needs.

While koi prefer dirty, muddy water and dense foliage, people usually like to look at them, so the pond may be equipped with a filtration system to keep the water clear, and the aquatic plants in the pond will be carefully managed. The pond also needs to be properly oxygenated to keep the fish healthy, and it may need to be fenced or covered with a screen to deter predators.

What do koi eat?

Koi enjoy eating plants, and when planning a koi pond, people generally select foliage that is safe for the fish to eat. Lilies are especially popular for koi ponds, although other types of plants may be used as well. Stocking must also be done with care, as larger koi will cheerfully eat smaller fish or each other, and the fish require regular feeding and inspections to check for general health.

 Where do you put a koi pond?

Many gardeners design a koi pond as a focal feature of a garden, and they may include seating around the pond or devise garden paths which all eventually lead to the koi pond.

Some koi ponds come complete with little islands, bridges, and similar features, and the pond is often designed to encourage people to linger and contemplate the colorful fish. Gardeners who like to meditate may construct a meditation platform near a koi pond, so that they can relax and clear their minds to the sounds of splashing water.

Gardeners who have not worked with koi before may want to consider hiring a professional to install a koi pond and establish the fish.

Koi Pond

What is a Pondless Waterfall?

What is a pondless waterfall?
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Pondless waterfall
Pondless waterfall

What is a pondless waterfall, and why would someone put one in their backyard?

Pondless Waterfalls are simply a re-circulating waterfall and/or stream without the presence of a pond. You can enjoy the sight and sound of running water without the maintenance of a pond.

The waterfall is undoubtedly the most beautiful and favored feature in a water garden. If space is lacking in your yard or you have safety concerns with a pond, go Pondless!

The name basically explains it all. It’s a waterfall and stream, without the pond. So why would you want a waterfall without a pond? The truth is that a Pondless® Waterfall isn’t for everyone, but it can be a great alternative for someone who isn’t quite sure if a pond is right for their family.
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Pondless waterfalls can add drama and beauty to your yard.
pondless waterfall build

Working much like a regular waterfall, this  variety directs the cascading water into a deep rock- and- gravel-filled hole where the water collects and is pumped back up to the top of the fall. Because there is no pool of water, a waterfall is a great option if you’re concerned about safety issues associated with a traditional pond.

A waterfall is less costly than a pond to build and operate, and its size enables you to place one almost anywhere in your yard. And maintenance couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is fill the reservoir every few weeks to compensate for water loss caused by evaporation. Pondless waterfalls can also be part of a RainXChange™ Rainwater Harvest System.

If you are looking for the most convenient way to bring the soothing sounds of falling water into your life, it doesn’t get any simpler than a Pondless® Waterfall.

Nighttime Pond Lighting

night pond

Ecosystem ponds are beautiful and lively during the day, but you should be able to enjoy them at night too. Strategically placed lights can highlight and direct attention to waterfalls, statues, plants, or other aquascape and landscape features. While traditional halogen lights suck up energy and hike up your electricity bill, LED lights use much less energy and last on average 10-15 times longer.

LED lights are full of benefits: Aquascape’s LED lights are 80-90 percent more electricity efficient. A three watt LED light gives out as much illumination as the old 25 watt halogen bulbs. Plus, LED lights are more durable and do not heat up like traditional lights. This is especially important to an ecosystem pond which is meant to be part of nature and a habitat for plants and animals. Underwater lights can often be a pain to change, so it is also a huge help that LED lights last up to 15 times longer than the halogen bulbs. The lights may also be used above water to highlight any landscape, walkway around your house.

Aside from the LED lights, a fire pit makes a great addition to your yard, especially as we enter into a cooler Autumn (hopefully!). You can either get one designed specifically molded for your space, or you can buy one from any home goods store. Either way, it is sure to add to the calm, relaxed mood set by your pond. Do not miss out on pond time just because it is nighttime.