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Make Your Own Koi Pond with Koi Pond Kits

March 5, 2009 by admin 

Koi Pond KitsIf you are looking into building a koi pond, but don’t know where to start you may think about purchasing a koi pond kit. Rather than shopping for supplies, and buying different pieces of equipment one by one, you can get everything you’re looking for in a koi pond kit. This can be a cost affective way to buy, as all necessary equipment is enclosed within the kit. The only real disadvantage is that you don’t get to pick and choose each piece of equipment. Regardless, there are large selections of koi pond kits available, so you should be able to locate one that suits your requirements.

Koi pond kits most commonly come with an in-ground pond application. These are either constructed of a flexible koi pond liner that you place inside a pre-dug hole or a firm hard liner with pre-formed shape. These koi pond kits contain all the things necessary for you to construct your pond. The only thing missing is the labor. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer this isn’t a difficult project. If digging a large hole sounds to laborious for you, you can always contract the hard work out.

The most essential koi pond kits will normally include the pump, the water filtration system, and the liner. Also, other apparatus that are commonly found in the kits are a skimmer, filter brushes, check valve assembly, and a regulator for bacteria. But it doesn’t stop there; you’ll also come across kits with more ornamental items like lights and plastic plants. When shopping for your koi pond kit, you’ll find you can buy fauna and flora to add more beauty to your pond.

Notice that there are more than a few sizes, shapes, and styles of koi pond kits. If you have a restricted space, you can choose small ponds designed for small areas. These kits only take up a little space since the waterfall just flows into the soil and there is no constructed pond to keep up. You get the tranquil benefits of a pond, but no koi.

On the other hand, if you want a bigger pond you can buy a koi pond kit with a waterfall that has the pond as well. Besides, pond kits are offered for big Koi ponds too. The addition of these Japanese fish to your pond can be a pleasing site in your backyard, which you can enjoy watching too. You’ll need to plan for the number of koi you plan on purchasing. Koi pond construction expense and work will vary accordingly. Remember, koi require a lot of space in order for them to reach their full size capacity. Common recommendations call for 500 gallons of water or more per koi fish.

After you have completely assembled your koi pond kit and begin to enjoy it, don’t forget about required maintenance. The majority of kits already include a pond skimmer. This skimmer filters the ponds water as it’s circulated throughout the pond. Skimmers are especially useful if the pond is near the trees that can drop leaves and other debris in the pond. Skimmers take out about eighty five percent of debris from the waters surface. As a result, you avoid leaves getting caught in the filter and decaying at the ponds bottom.  Using a net on a weekly basis to scoop up leaves, like those used for pools is recommended.

Aside from skimming and basic maintenance, you’ll have to complete a more meticulous pond cleaning about two times a year. You can find professional pond cleaners that offer these services in your Yellow Pages or you can check them out online. These experts will also de-chlorinate the water, add new bacteria, and put in a flocculent to clear up slack debris. This something you can handle on your own, however, as building a koi pond is the hard part, where as the maintenance is a matter of convenience.

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