Every person has that one thing in their house that they think is cool. For my neighbor, it is a Koi pond in her backyard. My neighbor is this senior lady who is always up with the times. She believes that having a koi pond in her backyard will bring the exotic serenity of the far east into her daily lifestyle.
She might be right because Koi ponds are often created and designed to bring about a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere to the homes. They have an instant effect on the owners, releasing them off stress and relaxing them after a hectic day at work. They are also known to raise the monetary value of the property, as well as give the home a very Zen-like feel.
In Japan, the fish Koi represents spiritual and material abundance and advancement. Koi fish are at ease in the water. They keep flowing with the tide, running deep under the waters.
In China, Feng Shui (Wind and Water) is an ancient spiritual form of creating a harmonious environment, seeks to promote prosperity, good health, and general wellbeing in the form of organization and placement of objects by examining the flow of energy through a particular building, house, room or garden.
Feng Shui uses Koi fish in a pond or an aquarium, and its placement is known to attract auspicious abundance and prosperity into your home and life. People who cannot have a pond or an aquarium opt to have several representations of the Koi fish in their homes, for the same reasons.
Koi Ponds are used for holding Koi as a part of a landscape. Koi ponds can be explicitly designed to promote the health and growth of the Nishikori or Japanese Ornamental Carp. The health and wellbeing of the koi fish has got to do a lot with the built and design of the pond. The practice of keeping Koi mostly revolves around “finishing” the Koi at the right time. The concept of finishing means that the fish has reached its highest potential.
Colors have a significant impact on the effect that the koi fish is supposed to have on the people near to it. The koi fish comes in a variety of colors, each color having a significance to it.
The gold koi is known for wealth, prosperity, and growth.
The Kohaku- the red and white koi fish represents success in career, love, and compassion. The Ogun is a platinum-colored Koi that signifies success in business and material wealth in a career. Ochiba is a blue and yellow koi, representing transition and a change of seasons, and maybe movement. Lastly, the Butterfly koi is a signal of elegance, beauty, and harmony.
Many people believe that the importance of koi fish originated in Japan, although the earliest appearance of the fish was recorded in China. There is even an ancient story about a koi fish that overcame rough tides to reach the honored Dragon’s Gate, to be blessed to become the dragon god. Since then, the koi fish was denoted as the symbol for overcoming hardships.
Now, being a massive fan of the concept of DIY, I came across some great Koi Pond Ideas for my backyard. Of course, the idea of the koi pond was inspired by my neighbor.
Top 25 DIY Koi Pond Ideas
1. Fill Your Pond with Plants
Plants are a great way to decorate your Koi pond, and they are friendly to the environment and your fish. You can place small plants in the pond. Be sure it is suitable for your fish too, and once you have checked that off your list, you can plant any plant you wish to.
2. Bridge the gap
Make use of that slightly elevated land you have on your property. Please make a small bridge and fill the space as well as add meaning to your koi pond while giving it an aesthetic, an old-world charm. You can choose other materials like stones, wood, fairy lights, or even garden ornaments of all sorts to finish the bridge and make it even more attractive.
3. Stairway your hill
Just like the bridge, you can also add a staircase to your pond, if you have an elevated area, or a hill or anything like that near your koi pond. You can decorate your staircase with little garden figures, dolls, gnomes, etc. Or you can paint the staircase in multicolor and add lights to it, to make it look attractive. Leaving it in its primary wood finish is a good idea too.
4. Pond Liner
Pond liners are an excellent alternative for adding colors to your backyard, quite like a pool. People use recycled pool liners to line their new pools or ponds if they do not wish to go through the monotonous task of going to a store and buying all the new materials (and then paying for it!). It is better to recycle because that way it is easier on the environment and your bank balance.
5. Tired Pond
Now is the best time to make the best out of those old tires lying around in your garage. You can turn them into a perfect base for a miniature koi pond. Just make sure the rubber is buried, so that it is not noticeable, and you get yourself an excellent base for your garden, and you are making use of old tires. The main aim is to create a beautiful pond without telling the world that there are old tires of tractors holding it together.
6. Zen Garden
Zen gardens are famous for their relaxing and therapeutic qualities. Why not add a koi pond to the mix? Just go with the Zen garden concept while adding the pond. Add lots of statues, colorful plants, and rocks to the garden to further contribute to the Zen look.
7. Aquaponics Pond
Aquaponics is a concept where you can do aquaculture (raise aquatic animals like fish, prawns, snails) and hydroponics (cultivate plants in water) in the same environment, depending on their symbiotic relationship.
With a consistent supply of water, your plants and vegetables grow faster and survive better. Also, it requires less maintenance, so in the end, it is a win-win for both you and your garden.
8. Pond to Garden
Your birdhouse, fairy lights, statues, garden animal toys have a new place to go now. Plant lots of colorful plants and create big openings in your pond to make a birdbath. Fishes can be optional in this. You can make your pond into a fountain too. Create a miniature garden look for your koi pond.
9. The no shape pond
Do not run after the perfect circle for a pond. A-symmetrical is the new fad. Do not plan out any specific shape. Go for zero symmetry, natural and random designs with any sizes you feel like. Try the fusion of 2 or more ideas with this design too that will make your pond look unique and stand out.
10. Front yard pond
Small front yard ponds are great for showcasing and showing off your creativity and efforts. The front lawn needs attention too and showing off your pond-making skills to your neighbors and passersby will surely get your lawn attention. Make your Koi front lawn the center of everyone’s attention with your unique koi ponds and colorful plants.
11. Trough Pond
You know troughs for horses, right? But how about we create the same for the Fish? Any old trough can serve as a new above-the-ground pond. Troughs are meant to hold water anyway, and you might as well add a fountain and the filter system.
12. Bathtub Pond
Bathtub ponds are a creative way to recycle your old bathtubs. Whether they are built into the ground or sit atop, they are an ideal home for your fish and making the best out of stuff you do not need anymore. They were acquiring too much space in your garage, might as well occupy space in your lawn, and be useful.
13. Recycled Furniture Pond
If you have some old outdoor furniture just lying around, you can turn it into your creative dream pond. Any old furniture can be transformed into a koi pond (isn’t this so out of Cinderella, turning a pumpkin into a carriage?) under a budget.
14. Wooden Deck Pond
Expand your outdoor deck and turn it into a koi pond- lawn. Now your koi pond is within the boundaries of your main house and so within reach from your living room windows. Live with your Koi fish, day in and day out.
15. Indoor Pond
It is like a fish tank, just better. Indoor koi ponds are a great idea for any house. You can hear a waterfall, easily see your fish all the time, and stay protected from the weather and the predators (your neighbors’ hungry cat). If you have a spare corner in your house, which needs a renovation, add some decor, and add your pond because why not?
16. Glass Tower
Adding a glass tower or an old vase will change your pond into a fun viewpoint for your lawn/ house. Take a vase, fill it with water, and turn it upside down, and your fish can swim inside the vase. This idea makes it so easy for you to see what your fish are up to and makes it an exciting picture point.
17. Glass Pond
Choose an above-ground glass tank but do continue keeping the classic koi pond look and feel. Remember to care for the plants too and decorate with lots of colorful beauties throughout.
18. Circular Ponds
Circular ponds are aesthetic to look at and easy to maintain. They are safe for children, too, as they have zero sharp edges and no corners.
19. Small Pond
So, what if you have a small backyard? It can always fit in a little pond, with small fountains and little pond homes for your fish.
20. Mainstream and Traditional
Add stones, some plants, and some basic ornaments to your pond, and you have got yourself a traditional koi pond, calm, comfortable, and cozy for your fish.
21. Patio inspired pond
Add a roof over the tank after you make an above-the-ground koi pond. Give your fish a private patio!
22. Box Pond
Imagine an expansive, open backyard with a large, boxed pond and a fountain running out of it. Now is your chance to be creative with your fountain placements.
23. Stone Pond
Stones are common; the most frequently used material used to build koi ponds. They help with the overall structural support and look great from a decor point of view. Match the color of the stones with the exterior of your house, and choose the plants surrounding the pond for a beautiful effect.
24. Waterfall Pond
Waterfalls are highly beneficial for the health of your koi fish. It allows more supply of oxygen around the pond. However, it is a little harder work than any of these ideas.
25. Modern Pond
Surround your pond with grey and white stones, and fill them with a variety of exotic plants, keeping in mind the color coordination. Keep it classy and play with the greenery and make the most of it.