Sunday, March 04, 2007

Choosing a Design for Your Koi Pond

Choosing a Design for Your Koi Pond

When you think of your perfect Koi pond, what do you see? Do you envision yourself in the middle of a serene Japanese garden, a small intimate country garden, or perhaps something else? Once you have a general idea of what you want in your Koi pond and surrounding area, you can see to it that the dream becomes a reality. Do your homework beforehand and look at as many koi ponds as possible. You may find certain aspects of each design appealing, and can then combine them into something that you’re comfortable with in your space. Below you will see a few design concepts for your Koi pond. Feel free to add your own flair and personal touch to really make your Koi pond come to life.

Japanese Garden

The Japanese garden is one of the most popular design choices when it comes to Koi ponds. These types of ponds tend to have clean lines, and feature many natural elements. Bonsai and other plants are plentiful and large rocks and boulders are often found around the perimeter of the ponds as well as in the waterfall.

Country Garden

Flowers and other colorful plants are plentiful in this type of garden. Your Koi pond can be a classic round design or could flow through the garden accenting different elements of your design. This type of garden is all about charm and ambiance so don’t forget to install comfortable seating for those lazy summer afternoons of watching Koi.

Modern Ponds

Living in a modern space doesn’t have to stop you from having the Koi pond of your dreams. There are some really beautiful ponds out there that go against the traditional pond designs. Some have converted swimming pools into ponds, while others have designed ponds to go into sunrooms or even on the rooftops of apartment buildings.

Functional Ponds

Many Koi pond owners simply want a design that allows them to have the best possible view of their Koi fish. Consider constructing your pond to fit the flow of your yard or space. Walkways can run alongside the pond, seating areas can look out to the pond, etc. Many Koi owners choose to build their pond very close to their home, so that they can view it from the inside of their home as well as the outside.

The choice is really up to you. Think about what you love about your home and space, and then try to incorporate that into your design scheme. Take your time, do your research, and then do something that you can live with for the long haul. To learn more click HERE

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006


I've finally got my ebooks finished! It was fun putting all the information together from my hours and hours of research! Now you too can build a Koi Fish Pond and find the information you need in a one-stop place.

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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Types Of Koi Fish

Koi Varieties

Koi have many different colors. Some of the major colors are: white, black, red, yellow, blue, and cream. Koi can also have a metallic sheen to the scales called Gin Rin.

While possible variations are limitless, breeders have identified and named a number of specific categories. The most popular category is Gosanke. The Gosanke category is made up of the Kohaku, Taisho Sanshoku, and Showa Sanshoku varieties. The Japanese breeders have many generations of knowledge and experience when it comes to breeding and raising Nishikigoi. They know which ones will be worth a couple hundred dollars and which ones will be a couple hundred thousand dollars.

Six koi (and one goldfish) living in a private outdoor pond in San Jose, California
Six koi (and one goldfish)

Chart Of Koi Varieties (click to enlarge)
Chart Of Koi Varieties (click to enlarge)

The major named varieties include:

  • Kohaku - a white-skinned Koi, with a red pattern
  • Taisho Sanshoku (Sanke) - a white-skinned Koi with a red and black pattern
  • Showa Sanshoku (Showa) - a black-skinned Koi with a red and white pattern
  • Asagi - a Koi with light blue scales on its top and red scales on its bottom
  • Shusui - the partially scaled version of an Asagi
  • Bekko - a white, red, or yellow-skinned Koi with a black pattern
  • Utsurimono - a black Koi with a red, white, or yellow pattern
  • Goshiki - a mostly black Koi with red, white, brown, and blue accents
  • Ogon - a Koi that is one solid color, can be regular or metallic; known colors - red, orange, platinum, yellow and cream
  • KinGinRin - Koi with shiny scales "Gold Silver Scales"
  • Kawarimono - miscellaneous types of Koi
  • Doitsu-goi - German Carp
  • Koromo - Koi with areas of blue-edged scales (align neatly)
  • Hikari-Moyomono - Koi with coloured patterns over a metallic base, and koi in two metallic colours
  • Tancho - White koi with Red single patch on head
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Monday, July 10, 2006

How To Breed Koi

How to Breed Koi Koi (or "nishikigoi") are colorful fish in the carp family that were first bred in Japan more than 200 years ago. Today, many people breed koi as a hobby and even enter these fish in competitions and shows. Steps:1. Understand that April to July is the best time for koi to mate. Try for a one-to-one ratio of males to females when breeding. 2. Take into consideration the age of your fish. (Koi that are too young or too old may not breed as easily.) 3. Look for female koi to become bloated when they're carrying eggs. Add a similar-sized male koi to the pond at this point. 4. Help the fish to form a natural nesting area with synthetic brush or willow cuttings submerged underwater. The fish will nest beneath the brush. 5. Expect the breeding pond to appear cloudy and give off an unpleasant odor immediately following the spawning process. 6. Keep in mind that koi will lay thousands of eggs at one time. The eggs need to be separated from the adults to prevent them from being eaten. 7. Expect the eggs to hatch within a week. 8. Plan to feed the baby koi as often as five times a day for the first few months. Tips: Realize that less than half of baby koi will survive to adulthood. Know that koi can grow up to 36 inches. Remember that the size depends very much on the pond size, aeration and feeding.

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