Life indoors can get pretty boring, so why not expand your living space outdoors? With a few simple changes, your backyard can become a spectacular oasis, a spot you will return to again and again to relax and unwind after a hard day at work.
Bringing the beauty of nature into your backyard is the perfect way to improve your outdoor living space, and there are many ways to go about it. Something as simple as a tiny garden can make a world of difference, but why not go a step further and add a water element to your backyard environment?
A koi pond is the perfect addition to your outdoor living space, and you do not need a lot of room to put one in. If you have a few extra feet of backyard living space, a shovel and some spare time, you could be enjoying your new koi pond in no time.
If you want to minimize the amount of work, you can purchase plastic pond forms preassembled and simply plant them in the ground. Once there, you can use ornamental plants, colorful rocks and other items to accessorize your new pond and give it a beautifully natural look and feel.
There are a few things you should avoid when putting in your new koi pond, starting with how you fill it up. If you live in the city or out in the suburbs, the water coming out of your tap is probably chlorinated, and that chlorine will be deadly to your fish.
To make the water safe, you can use declhlorinating chemicals, along with test strips to make sure all hazardous chemicals have been neutralized. If you prefer, you can purchase bottled water to fill your pond, but that can be expensive for large deep structures.
Once the water is safe to use, it is time to fill the pond, but just having a pond full of water does not mean it is time to add the ornamental fish. You will still need to provide filtration and aeration for the water, creating a healthy environment for your new backyard pets.
Depending on where the pond is located, you may need to run an electric line and provide an outdoor-certified outlet, so plan your location with care and build those electrical costs into your budget. Once everything is set up, it is time to introduce the fish, a process that should be done slowly to avoid any issues.
Adding a few fish at a time will give your koi time to acclimate to their new surroundings. Once you know those initial fish are doing well, you can slowly add new denizens to your backyard pond. When you are finished, your backyard will be more colorful than ever before, and you will have created a lovely natural retreat for yourself and your family.