Few outdoor features capture the attention and the imagination quite like a koi pond. A pond large or modest, featuring dozens of beautiful koi or only a few, can be designed using several adaptations of smooth stone outlays. Whenever you want to create a backyard that feels serene and welcoming, a stone-formation koi pond helps any property’s ambiance. Here are the top five designs for koi ponds with natural stonework.
Koi are rugged fish that can survive in the many different temperatures and water qualities found in the Nashville area, but in order to raise large, colorful, healthy fish you will need a strong water circulation system. Down to Earth, a North Carolina based Landscape Design Company, suggests that a koi pond as large as 15000 gallons, for instance, needs to have all the water filtered every three hours. No water circulation device is as aesthetically pleasing as a sandstone waterfall. While combining function with beauty, this feature mimics a desert river trickling down into your koi pond in styles ranging from natural to art deco. You need a way to circulate your water, you might as well make it look good.
Much of the visual appeal of koi ponds stems from the blending of natural environments with man-made geometry. If you choose to build an overground pond, you will be better able to feed and interact with your koi; Koi Care suggests going so far as to hand-feed them in order to better bond with your fish. Overground pools should be as attractive as the gold-and-black fish swimming within. A slate brickwork pond gives a rugged but immaculate look to the holding tank for the fish without sacrificing strength and integrity.
A koi pond need not be separated from the lawn and yard as if it cannot be touched or appreciated without harming it. Many contemporary koi ponds integrate water and yard as one. Gravel pathways leading from deck to the water turn a backyard into an interactive beach, where you can take off your shoes and dip a toe into the water. You will need a strong filter to clean the dust from the stones that gets in the water, but it can be well worth it to watch koi swim up to the very edge of a pathway to greet you.
Koi have long been treasured as a work of art, with breeders carefully selecting matches so that koi species produce healthy, vibrant new colorations. Koi Varieties explains how each color of fish keeps its own traditional meaning, ranging from good fortune to friendship. You can increase the artistic value of a pond by placing marble inlays along the shallower parts of bottom, so that you can see fish swimming over intricate patterns of smooth, polished stone that gently ripple as the water and koi move about.
Limestone Tile Walkways
Some koi ponds stand up, some stand to the side. Those who want their fish to really become part of a home exterior can turn their backyard into a complete pond with walkways to step over the fish themselves. Houzz’s interactive photo gallery (you’ll have to scroll down a bit) shows successful designs of tiling with a pond below the lower floor. Whole limestone tiles run above the pond in order to create an ambiance without match — as if you had a personal aquarium to walk through.
Don’t Be Koi
Koi ponds are amazing features for many landscapes and are incredibly popular when combined with natural stone. Hopefully you’re now able to walk away from this article with some inspiration for a new landscaping project featuring a koi pond or more motivation to either complete or upgrade your existing pond.
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