The pandemic’s increase in residents’ time close to home has led to a run of on-property improvements. One interesting add-on is a backyard or garden Koi pond. AquaReale, a Jenkintown water features company and Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce member, is a font of information on them.
A Koi pond is essentially an ecosystem, meaning Mother Nature herself cares for details such as food, shelter, and its Koi fish residents.
The upside is that, when properly installed, a Koi pond is low-maintenance for its owner.
But properly installed are the watchwords.
The components of a healthy Koi pond are:
- Filters that remove excess nutrients and skims debris from the water’s surface
- Rocks and gravel, which protect the pond’s liner from deterioration from the sun
- A recirculation system for proper oxygenation for fish and plant inhabitants
- Fish (of course)
- Plants, which add character as well as perform additional filtration duties
Together these elements sustain a circle-of-life relationship.
Fish eat plant life; fish produce waste that falls to the pond’s bottom; that debris is broken down by bacteria supported by the rock foundation; once broken down those substances become food for the plants; the plants grow and become fish food all over again.
Full contact information for Jenkintown’s AquaReale is at the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce website.