Concrete Garden Ponds Are Best Choice For Professional Koi Keeping Ponds


Choose A Concrete Koi Fish Pond With Bottom Drains For Large Pond Projects

Concrete Koi pondIf you intend to grow large Koi then you will need a specially designed concrete fish pond with built in bottom drains. To be perfectly honest the majority of people looking for a backyard fish pond don’t need the expense and labor involved in designing and building a concrete fish pond, complete with essential bottom drains and the required piping. I say labor involved because you would need to employ the services of a professional pond builder, with experience in building concrete ponds and not just swimming pools in order to do the job properly.

If you are looking to install a garden fish pond then you would be better off choosing either a preformed pond for small pond installations or a flexible liner pond for medium sized pond installations, for ease of installation and cost savings.

This is Champion koi Photo is courtesy of Nigel Caddock, "Nishikigoi International".

It is possible to keep Koi in small to medium sized backyard ponds but they won’t develop fully into prize winning beauties … for the majority of pond keepers who love Koi for their color, movement and beauty this is a small price to pay.

However if your aim is to achieve large Koi, like the one in the picture opposite then a large concrete Koi pond is your best choice. Koi need a vast expanse of water in order to develop full shape, size and color i.e. 4,000 gallons minimum. They will also require a pond depth between 4 feet to 6 feet, as there will be less pond water temperature variation.

Koi carp will grow large and fat, if over fed. They have veracious appetites and are constantly on the lookout for food. With the amount of metabolic waste that large Koi generate you will need a biological pond filtration system that is capable of purifying large volumes of pond water. Biological bead filters are the ideal choice for purifying large volumes of water found in large concrete Koi ponds.

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Large Concrete Koi Ponds Require

  • Bottom drains
  • Correct shape
  • Pond skimmer systems
  • Good depth (6ft and more)
  • High flow rates
  • Winter heating
  • Very high and specialized biofiltration capacity
  • Spare pumps
  • Highly regular and thorough cleaning regimes
  • Large air pumps
  • Highly specialized feeding regimes

If you are looking to install a garden fish pond then you would be better off choosing either a preformed pond for small pond installations or a flexible liner pond for medium sized pond installations, for ease of installation and cost savings.

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