Are you considering buying a koi pond for the first time or upgrading your existing pond. One of the first steps is we consider what type of pond you are wanting to have us build. We have many videos and pictures of previous ponds we created you can get ideas from. We will consider what type of aquatic life you want in the pond. Is it going to be home for goldfish or koi? Perhaps you only want the pond for the sound of a waterfall and no fish. ( visit our pondless water features page for more details) Each type of pond will need to be planned for its specific features. Keep in mind that the most common mistake water gardeners say is they made their first pond too small. A small pond limits the number of fish and plants you can add.
A koi pond is somewhat different than a water garden because the koi will limit the amount of plant life available to be grown. A koi pond should also be larger because koi get quite large despite the size of the pond, it is recommended that a koi pond be no less than 1000 to 1500 gallons, the bigger the better. Our average koi pond is around 3000 gallons It also needs to have an area of the pond at least 3 feet deep to hide from predators ( all our ponds will come with fish tunnels or caves for the fish to hide. The Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) and raccoons are the primary predator of the Austin and surrounding areas. In colder climates 4 to 5 feet deep may be better but will require additional water aeration. All our ponds are shelved at different levels and the entire pond will be rocked and graveled.
Secondly, we will need to determine the location and size of the pond. Koi ponds will be enjoyed more if they are installed close to the home. The pond will also need to be located in an area to avoid lawn run off. This may carry fertilizers, chemicals, and organic debris into the pond. Depending on the size of the pond, we will determine the size pump, bio-falls and skimmer need for the optimal eco condition. Example: if your pond is 3500 gallon we will install a 3500 to 4500 gph ( gallon per hour ) pump. The water in a pond needs to be circulated at least once an hour. A 2000 gph pump will not be sufficient for this size pond. You can go over on the gph but not less. Ponds can be installed shade or sun, under trees or away from trees. Ponds under trees will need to be maintained a lot more due to the falling leaf matter. The skimmer will get most likely have to be emptied daily in the fall. Don’t forget we do offer pond maintenance services.
All our ponds are turn key, which means when we will build your pond with all the components necessary to filter and circulate your pond every hour. A Pond is much more than rocks in water.There are certain things that need to be in your pond to make it an eco system and that is plants and lots of them, you need bog plants , lilies and and in some cases submerged. You will also need to learn how to use beneficial bacteria and barley extract. Our ponds come with a class on instructions on how to treat your pond after I go. Don’t’ stop at your pond. We can add landscapes, outdoor lighting, patios, arbors, fences, sod and so much more.
Watch out for pond posers, you know the type. They build ponds with patio stone and tons of gravel and most likely give you a pump that makes a trickle. Secondly don’t hire a landscape company for pond building you will end up spending double if not more to have us fix it.
They will show you photos of work they have done and most likely it wasn’t theirs. There are hundreds of companies that use stock photos for their portfolio. I don’t want to bad mouth any pond builder but most of them fall a little short. Just because these other pond companies charge a fortune doesn’t mean your gonna get what you paid for. I have seen ponds that I would have charged a 3rd less and given you so much more.
We only use high quality products for our ponds and pondless water features. You will not find any of our products at Home Depot or Lowes. Even for the home owners that want to tackle a project like this themselves, don’t use retail home improvement stores. We do not use uv lights on ponds they only mask the true problems. We treat the pond with special bacteria that turn the pond into a true natural eco system for your pet fish to enjoy. Name your fish they will eventually come to the shore line to be feed and will actually rub and nibble on your finger tips or toes. Koi fish have an exceptional life span.
Your budget determines your pond. We are not in competition with any other pond builder because there is no other pond builder that can create what I dream up. Let me put it to you even simpler. We are a family owned and operated business, we are not sending a random employee to build your pond. I myself will over see all aspects of your pond from start to finish.
Equipment that does not come with your pond is electrical. You need to furnish the plug and we recommend a plug with gfci and a protective cover. 4 plugs would be best if you are wanting the pump, outdoor and under water lighting.