If you are a starting koi breeder, you must build a koi pond that fully conforms to the accepted standards of koi breeding to gain a significant rate of initial success, if not lessen foreseeable damages. There are three important factors in building a koi pond: its dimensions, supplies, and several other considerations that need to be remembered.
First, the dimensions and location of the pond must be properly determined. It is very ideal to put a koi pond in the garden. However, you can opt to have a vacant lot and install a garden there, as long as its serenity is something that equates a garden atmosphere. What makes it ideal for koi breeding is it’s proximity to you, the breeder and the security it gives the koi against predators. Take note that dogs catch and eat fish.
According to information on the Web, the acceptable depth of a koi pond is 6 feet below, and the width depends on how many your koi will be. However, the dimensions of 20”12 for a koi pond is hard enough to maintain, so it’s best to make the width and length measurements of your koi pond at a maintainable number. As for the depth, 6ft. is and always will be the allowable minimum for a koi pond, and the most reductions to it can only be a half feet. This is because koi ponds also freeze in the winter, and the koi fishes still need to have water below to swim around. Carps can survive even in freezing conditions as long as they have swimmable water to roam around in the winter.
Also consider the built of your pond. When building it, make sure it has correct plumbing that is configured for a pond, like with ample water supply from a water pipe and drainage holes that can easily replace the water and dispose of the previous water in the pond. There are also vertical fences that can be supplied for the pond if there are other fishes in that pond that can prove to be a predatory threat to the koi fishes.
The next part should be a focus on the supplies concerned. If you are to build a koi pond, you will really have to cough up money for investing in supplies. Most probably, the only costly things you’ll get to spend on are the biofilters, mechanical filters, and the water pump. The biofilters serve to create a nitrogen cycle out of the koi’s waste. Mechanical filters drain the waters, sorting out solids that pollute the pond. The water pump will obviously supply the pond in a re-circulating manner. For immediate maintenance, you need to keep a skimmer. This can be handy if you’re to remove a fallen dead leaf in the surface of your pond.
One consideration when planning to build a koi pond is the safety of the people living with you. You must build a gate and a fence around your pond if you have children and toddlers with you. Do not make a slope in the edge of your pond so that people won’t slip downwards the pond.