Should you Install a Koi Pond or a Pondless Waterfeature?
As lovely as a pond is, when it’s on your own lawn, it comes with a significant amount of maintenance.
Before you install an ornamental fish pond, realize that the tranquility of the slowly moving water and the zen-like koi also come with water treatments, algae build-up, fish feeding, leaf and debris clean-up, skimmer clean-out, and firing up the hose, daily, to add fresh water.
Plus, the water will be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
And what happens when the pond springs a leak?
But a “pond-less” water feature can give the same feel of a pond with a minimum of the maintenance. This type of feature uses a pump to circulate the water into an underground reservoir and then back above ground through a waterfall or core-drilled boulder. The surface can be lined with Mexican Beach Pebbles decorative stones which catch the light as the recirculated water streams over them. A regular dose of chlorine eliminates algae from building up on the surface, and the fast moving water minimizes the insect problem.
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A recirculating pump type of water feature uses a lot less water than a standard pond, so fresh water needs to be added infrequently.
Another way to add a water feature to your yard which does not require much maintenance is a pre-cast fountain. There is a wide range of artistic indoor and outdoor fountains available, which circulate water and require minimal fill-ups. A more complicated system should have adequate Drainage.
No giant koi are going to be able to live in these types of water features. If you want to watch the slow spin of the colorful fish and the fan-dance of their shimmering tails, you’re stuck with the maintenance of a real pond.
But if you just like the sound, and look, and feel of a water feature in your yard without the excessive responsibility, looking into the pumps and fountains available might give you the tranquility you seek, without the mosquitoes.
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