Setting up a koi pond is something that has become increasingly popular with homeowners around the UK. Originally from Japan, these ornamental ponds not only look awesome but are also easy to create. When you add in the low cost of quality koi and the extra visual interest these ponds deliver, the appeal is obvious.

If you fancy creating a koi pond in your own garden, here’s a complete guide.

Consider the location of your pond

The first step to think about when setting up a koi pond is where it will be located. Its key to think about where you will put it because this gives you a firm plan to work from. To help with this, you should factor in:

– Does the pond needs to be visible from inside and outside the home
– If the new pond compliments your existing garden plan and fits in with future plans
– The location you choose is easy to access

It can also be worth marking out any potential locations with flags or spray paint at this point. This gives a clear picture of whether the spot you have in mind really is the best one to go for.

Think about the pond liner

Although you could use traditional style plastic sheet pond liner, most people now opt for rigid pond liners. These pre-formed liners are made from medium density polypropylene plastic and offer superb durability as a result. They are also cost effective, very simple to use and quick to install.

Dig out the hole

We’ve already noted above that your pond liner needs a hole digging first to fit into. As a result, the next stage after buying your liner is to dig this hole.

It’s crucial to have the right equipment ready first. Shovels, maddoxes, pickaxes and a wheelbarrow are good examples of the tools needed. Depending on the size of the pond you may need to hire a mini digger. After marking out the size and shape of your pond in the right spot, start digging. A great tip here is to dig the whole around  foot wider than the pond liner, to ensure you can easily lower the pond liner into place. You can back fill around the liner later.

It is also key to dig your pond to the right depth, so ensure that you have the right measurements of your pond liner before you start digging.

Setting up a koi pond: Key equipment

Installing vital pond equipment is the next step before you can admire your handiwork. But what sort of equipment do you need to consider when setting up a koi pond?:

– Water pump to keep the water in your pond flowing and aerated

– Pond filter to keep water clean and healthy for fish to live in. Submersible filters are a great example and deliver an inexpensive and effective filtration solution. Pondside filters are also a popular choice and take up no space in the pond.

– Pond skimmer to keep water clear of debris and stops debris clogging up your pump/filter

– Pond de-icer to stop water completely freezing over in cold winter months

– UV sterilisation kit to kill harmful bacteria in pond water and eliminate the spores/eggs of parasites such as ich.

– Protection nets to keep koi safe from natural predators such as herons and birds of prey

Pick the right plants to use

The last major part of setting up a koi pond is to pick out the plants you want to use. These not only make your pond look better but also give the fish inside food and shelter. Floating plants like water lettuce are good examples and are easy to grow.

Many pond owners also go with submerged plants like hornwort when setting up a koi pond, as they are superb for boosting water oxygenation. Of course, there are also emergent plants like the pond lilly, which is beautiful to look at and gives fish shade from the sun.

You’re done setting up a koi pond – It’s time to sit back and enjoy it!

Once all of the above is done, you simply need to fill your pond with water, place your fish inside and enjoy your creation. If you are planning out a pond for koi currently, the robust and strong pre-formed liners at Ponds4Fish are a great option. Order yours online today or get in touch on 07597 244 780 for more details.