20 Questions to ask yourself before building a koi pond

Most people would agree that few things add more to an attractive landscape than a beautiful, well built koi pond. The growing popularity of koi ponds today is due to the fact that they add not just beauty to a setting, but also a sense of serenity. The sight of brightly colored koi, gracefully swimming in a clear body of water, coupled with the soothing sound of a gentle waterfall is hard to forget.

The problem is that most people do not realize that building a successful koi pond is much more complicated than they think. Many people start out thinking that to build a koi pond all they need to do is provide a hole in the ground that will hold water for the koi to live in. The reality is that unless the koi pond is well thought out and properly designed, the whole experience can be a real disappointment.

A succesful koi pond needs to be designed and constructed with the following three principles in mind.

  1. A successful koi pond needs to provide healthy crystal clear water. So much of the enjoyment of a koi pond is being able to clearly see the beauty of the koi. A pond that is not crystal clear will rob you of this feature.
  2. A successful koi pond needs to provide a safe environment for the koi. Poorly designed koi ponds can make it easy for predators to injure or kill your koi. A properly designed koi pond should not require a net to protect the koi.
  3. A successful koi pond needs to be as easy as possible to maintain. Often times the maintenance issue is not even considered until after the pond is built. A poorly designed koi pond can be so hard to maintain that it can ruin your whole koi keeping experience. On the other hand, a well designed and built koi pond can be amazingly easy and enjoyable to maintain. You can build a 10,000 gallon koi pond that requires less than 5 minutes a week to maintain and you can do so without getting dirty.

These 20 questions are designed to help you in planning and designing your new koi pond so that the finished pond will be exactly what you envisioned when you started.