Go with the flow with your own koi pond
‘Kohaku, sanke and tancho’ at your doorstep
Many dreams of an escape to less hostile environments; the rest have no choice and choose, to stay. Which is why more and more urban denizens are choosing to create an oasis of peace and calm in their garden, by building a relaxing koi pond. Easy appeal Koi carp ponds are becoming a must-have for Filipinos as people see how beautiful they look in their friends’ gardens, and want to have one for themselves. The appeal is easy to understand. Koi carp can live to be 40 or older, and in the right environment, can grow impressively large. Originally bred in Japan from the common carp, they have been treasured for their beauty for centuries. They come in an amazing variety of colors, from purest silvery white, to pale gold, through to yellow orange, coral, flame red, blue, and all the way to velvety black. They also come in many intricate pattern variations. As you sit in the late afternoon at your pond, watching the fish glitter and flash under the water as they swim between the stems of lilies and through forests of water plants, their cool and calm world is truly an antidote for the tired mind. A small fountain or waterfall serves to add oxygen to the pond and keep it healthy. It also adds the sound of moving water, which is soothing for the spirit. Bring in the professionals Anyone can have a pond dug in their garden, fill it with water, throw in a few fish and plants and hope for the best. But there is no substitute for having a professionally designed pond. Ponds can be modern or traditional, raised or sunken, large or small. They can have bridges, waterfalls, be on more than one level or they can even be built so that they are partially in the garden and partially in the house. The surroundings of your pond are important too. Maybe you’d like marble paving edging the pond, or a low balustrade on which you can sit and enjoy the beauty of the water. Perhaps you want something that looks natural, as if you stumbled across this pond in the jungle. It could have overhanging plants and flowers, set in grass or incorporating a stream. Maybe you just have room for a tiny pond; you can have a perfect miniature koi pond which will give you hours of pleasure. Beautiful koi, high-maintenance pets The quality and price of the koi tend to be determining factors in choosing the design and type of pond to be built. Koi prices range from 200 to 2 million pesos. But whether one is a casual keeper of koi who just wants a water feature for his home, or a passionate hobbyist, it is to his and his koi’s best interests to achieve the minimum factors for a koi pond. An efficient filter system is important to koi’s health and survival. While a koi pond and its filtration system may be structurally separate, the two are functionally one and can never be divorced. Some manufacturers claim to have filter systems requiring no maintenance, but the best systems are those which have the following components:
• Bottom drains Partially covered pipes at the bottom of the koi pond where water from the pond exits and is moved to the filter system • Skimmers Placed about one centimeter beneath the pond surface, they suck in floating debris and deliver them to the filter system. Skimmers are indispensable in keeping the pond surface clean and glassy. • Mechanical filter The first in a series of filtering chambers is one where large debris like fallen leaves, fish waste and excess koi food are trapped by filter brushes or other suitable material
Koi and other fish A koi pond is designed with the intent of keeping just koi. Should the owner wish to have other kinds of fish, the larger goldfish like sabao and tamasaba can co-exist with koi. But carnivorous fish like arowana and arapaima may lead to the extinction of one’s koi collection.