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In this post, I'm going to go over everything today then I'm going to simplify everything so you can build a reasonable Koi pond with the best koi pond kits available on the market. Sure, you can spend several thousand with a professional and have a wonderful cement based bottom drain Koi pond, but I imagine if you are here that isn't your idea of how much you want to spend for a Koi pond. I'll go through the concepts of why so many professionals focus on big installs and then get you into the contractor's mindset so you can build a wonderful Koi pond for less and be satisfied with what you create. Let's first talk about what makes an ideal Koi pond.
If you live in a colder climate, caring for your fish in the winter is a major concern. When your pond ices over, it can threaten the lives of your pond fish. For people with smaller ponds, fish are sometime brought inside for the winter, but those of us with larger ponds do not have this option.
For those of use with larger ponds, the best option is to purchase a pond heater or de-icer to keep the pond temperatures stable during the cold winter months. A pond de-icer may be something you have not heard of before, so let's talk about them today.
Ponds or waterscapes add a lot of serenity and visual appeal to your landscaping. Just stepping out of home to view your own backyard paradise is a great way to reduce stress, relax, and enjoy your home. The pleasant sound of water and the added wildlife that comes with the pond turns your home into an oasis, adds home value, and visual appeal for you and your guest.
Ponds and waterscapes can be a really intimating to first to think about. Most of us think of massive Koi Ponds we see at restaurants and garden magazines. While they are great inspirational works of water art, they are unrealistic for most of us. There is also the discussion of costs and maintenance. You will find out in this article that there are a variety of garden ponds and some of them can be done for low costs and some of them are relatively maintenance free. So let's talk about it.
Return pumps are an essential component for many fish tanks. They are used in all-in-one tanks, water changing stations, and in aquariums sumps or refugium sumps. It is the heart of the aquarium and thus the very piece of equipment in your setup that you do not want to fail. You can argue that next to an Aquarium Heater, a failed return pump can be disastrous not only for your livestock, but to your home in the event of a flood or leak.
The goal with this post is not to point you to the cheapest aquarium return pumps or the most expensive ones. I'm going to point you to the highest quality and reliable pumps available today on the market. This is a component of your system that you should not skim on. You want an aquarium return pump to last forever, be quiet, and to be relevantly maintenance free.
Technology has gone a far way since I started in aquariums. Before, there were standard powerheads that would distribute a fixed flow and stream in your water column. Now you have these items called wavemakers that provide a wider and more powerful stream of water flow in your aquarium. A lot of manufacturers have entered the fray release their own wavemakers, but what is the best aquarium wavemaker?
There are so many wavemakers out there and now there are DC powered wavemakers that have a ton of controllability. Which one is the right one for you? Today's post hopefully will clear that all up for you in deciding what wavemaker will work best for your aquarium.