We are not here to say who is right or wrong, we are here to help educate you and to help you make the best choice for you and your dreams.

There are many aspects to a pond/water garden depending on whom you may talk or listen to. There are your die hard koi pond enthusiasts and on the other hand there are the true water garden believers. Many people begin with a simple water feature that “wetted” their appetite for something a little more interesting.
Like all projects, there are necessary items that must be included in a pond or water garden. If you have ever asked KOI owners about their ponds, you most likely heard completely different versions about the construction and filtration methods for each KOI owner. If you’ve researched books or browsed the Internet for Koi pond construction, you have most likely come upon the same dilemma. There are so many options and ideas!What to do, what to do.

Decide what it is that you would like.

A traditional Koi pond, a Water Garden, or a simple water feature. This is an important decision to make. There are certain things that you must absolutely include in your pond if you want your fish to survive. Anything less will end up as a water feature.

Depending on which way you decide to go, we have developed a basic list of equipment that you will need:
Water Garden: liner, pump, flex line, skimmer, filter, check valve.
Koi pond: liner, pump, flex line, filter, check valve, skimmer, bottom drain, vortex settling chamber, ultraviolet light, aeration system.

Regardless of the type of pond you choose to build, you will be installing a system of pond elements that work together to keep your pond clean. The type of container you choose, its location, the pump, filters, waterfalls, pipe size, rocks, plants, fish type and quantity all come together in your pond to form a system. Manufacturer’s claims must be tempered with the reality of how the filter or pump works in combination with the other elements of your design.

Keep in mind these are self-contained bodies of water. They need a properly designed recirculating filter system to keep the water clean and healthy. Filtration systems are necessary to reduce maintenance and ensure clear-water even if no fish are planned.

Here is a basic component and price list for a Advanced Water Garden and a “True Koi Pond”, based on an 11’ x 16’ pond.

1. Liner 5. Check valve
2. Underlayment 6. Bulkheads
3. Pump 7. Skimmer unit
4. Flex line 8. Waterfall filter


Check out our pond education page for differences between water gardens and koi ponds

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