Can You Save Money Installing Your Own Koi Pond?

A beautiful koi pond can be an interesting water feature to add to your landscape design. The colorful fish can be relaxing to watch, while the pond brings a natural atmosphere to your yard. There are kits you can buy to build your own koi pond, which can save you money compared to a professional installation by a landscaper. However, there can be hidden costs to doing this project yourself.

Why DIY Koi Ponds Can be Expensive

When considering tackling a DIY koi pond, you need to look at the possible problems that can occur. Yes, the initial cost is less than hiring a professional, but there are issues that commonly transpire for DIY ponds. Here are a few problems that can happen and end up costing you more money in the long run than professional installation.

  • Leaks. If a pond liner is not installed correctly, leaks can occur. Not only can this waste water, it can cause erosion and problems with your existing landscaping and take time and money to repair.
  • Too small. Ponds that are too small or not deep enough can be difficult to keep healthy for fish and plant life. Often DIY pond builders stop digging too soon, creating a pond too shallow for a healthy water-life environment.
  • Poor position. Ponds need to put in an area that is high enough not to become a drainage area. Run off can add chemicals and contaminates to the water which can impact the health of the fish.

What often happens with DIY koi ponds is they need to be repaired, redone or removed altogether. It is worth spending a little extra for professional koi pond installation to ensure it is done correctly the first time to avoid more expense and inconvenience down the road.

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Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 360-5604

Care and Maintenance for Koi Ponds

A Koi pond is a treasure and there is nothing more tranquil and relaxing than watching these striking fish as they casually swim through calm waters.  To keep the water clear and the fish healthy it is important to properly care for the fish and the pond itself.  Koi are hardy fish, but they do need good quality and well-oxygenated water. 

Maintaining a Koi Pond

The pond should be equipped with a quality filtration system, a powerful pump, a protein skimmer, a water heating system and an ultraviolet sterilizer.  Filters should be cleaned on a regular basis and equipment inspected routinely so problems are detected before water quality issues arise and cause health issues to the Koi.

It is important to make sure that leaves or other debris do not accumulate in the pond. Debris should be removed with a skimmer type net before it has time to break down and deposit excessive nutrients into the water.

Algae growth in ponds is not only unsightly, but can also deprive the fish of much needed oxygen.  The first step should be to remove the algae with a skimmer or other manual method.  If that does not keep the algae in check it may be necessary to use an algaecide to control its growth.  Carefully follow the directions for use to control the algae and keep the fish healthy.

It’s also important to make sure any plants in the pond are healthy – sick or dying plants should immediately be removed and replaced with healthy specimens.

To start your Koi pond off right, hire a professional landscape designer to install your new pond that can ensure you have all the elements in place from the very beginning.

Posted on behalf of:
Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 360-5604