I’ve had the luxury of collecting koi in backyard ponds for the past 20 years. We’ve relocated many times, and each time I’ve taken the initiative to build a pond on the new house. As I introduced waterfalls and streams and incorporated new ideas about how to best raise fish and develop plants, each pond became larger and more elaborate than the one before it. Building a pond is enjoyable and rewarding, particularly if you enjoy landscaping. When your backyard pond is over, the fun really starts because you can start stocking it and playing with its key inhabitants – fish, trees, and scavengers. Try this Backyard Ponds
KOI (Koi Carp) – Backyard Pond Fish
The elegant and stunning koi has always been my go-to fish for our backyard ponds. This vibrant fish are long-lived, polite, and reasonably simple to maintain as long as the basic pond-building rules are observed. Since they develop quickly and replicate every year in the right setting, only a small initial stocking investment is needed. Koi are all members of the same genus, Cyprinus Carpio, but they come in about a hundred distinct colour variations. Since these varieties are not genetically set, breeding one variety will result in the production of offspring of other varieties or even a whole new colour pattern. This ensures that during breeding season, you can expect to see a variety of coloured fish emerge in your backyard pond.
Water Lilies, Aristocrats of the Water Garden are a kind of plant.
Another factor I insist on constructing a new pond once we relocate is the opportunity to develop a diverse range of plants that would be difficult to grow in a land-only greenhouse. These plants function in tandem with fish to produce a beautiful, well-balanced water ecosystem that is reasonably simple to sustain. The Water Lily is the aristocrat of pond species, and it will soon become an architectural standout of every landscape. These beautiful plants are low-maintenance and bring a splash of colour and scent to your home. The initial planting will disperse and multiply with time, providing enough shelter for your fish as well as more attractive blooms for your backyard pond. Other flowering aquatic plants that can be used to bring form and colour to the pond include Lotus, Iris, Cannas, and Water Hyacinth.
Scavengers – Backyard Pond Cleaning Crew
Snails, catfish, and frogs are the three animals I put in the pond to function as the “cleaning team.”
Snails aren’t especially fascinating, but they do a good job of scraping algae and waste from the pond’s bottom and sides. Since they may withstand the winter and replicate, a single initial stocking is normally enough.
I keep a single albino catfish in the pond to forage on the pond’s floor and consume waste items. Even though they are normally only seen during the evening feeding session, this fish is consistent with koi, grows quickly, and is entertaining to see.
I keep tadpoles that transform into frogs really easily. The frogs will also live and replicate throughout the winter. Insects, fish larvae, little fish, and tadpoles are among their favourite foods. In the spring and summer, particularly during mating season, they are very vocal and contribute fascinating serenades. On a humid summer day, they even like sitting on lily pads and sunbathing. Frogs aid in the management of mosquito populations and the maintenance of a healthy pond ecosystem. Native frogs can appear in your backyard pond without the need to store tadpoles, depending on where you live (also depending on where you live, stocking non-native frogs is likely to be illegal).
Any garden will benefit from the inclusion of a koi pond. Although there is an initial financial and time commitment, there is nothing more calming than sitting beside a lovely backyard pond, feeding the fish, and listening to the gentle sounds of the water after a hard day at work.