Are you wondering about how best to build a Koi pond in your garden? When it comes to building a Koi pond, there are several construction methods to choose from, depending on your desired outcome and budget.
In this blog, we’ll cover the four main construction methods, starting with an understanding of the two main system types: pump fed and gravity fed.
If you’d like to know about how to build a Koi pond see our full article in Koi Talk magazine, issue 22.
Pump fed vs gravity fed
In a pump fed system, water is pumped from the pond and pushed through a filter system before returning to the pond via gravity. A gravity system, on the other hand, sees water leave the pond via a bottom drain or other outlet, get pulled through a filter, and then pumped back into the pond. This method can make it easier to hide larger filtration systems, which will be at the same level as the water level of the pond.
When designing your ideal Koi pond, you want to minimize the number of objects in the pond as possible to prevent physical damage to your Koi. Additionally, waste buildup in the bottom of the pond needs to be successfully cleared into the filter system for proper maintenance.
Hole in the ground
One of the most basic construction methods is digging a hole in the ground, lining it, and choosing either a pump or gravity fed system. This is the cheapest method, but structurally, it won’t be as sound as a block-built pond done correctly.
Sleeper ponds are another option that has recently gained popularity. They are not as permanent as block-built systems and can be set up as either pump or gravity fed.
The third method is the block-built pond, which is the most durable and structurally sound option. This method requires professional construction, and the pond can be set up as either pump or gravity fed.
Lastly, there’s the preformed pond, which is made of plastic and comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, such as those available from Denby Koi ponds. They’re easy to install, but the shape and size are pre-determined.
In conclusion, the choice of construction method for your Koi pond ultimately comes down to your desired outcome, budget, and limitations. With careful consideration, any of these construction methods can provide a successful environment for keeping Koi.
For more detail about how to build a Koi pond see our full article in Koi Talk magazine, issue 22.