Should I Build A Pond For My Koi?

Elijah K

I have two 4-6" koi in my 125 gallon tank. I know they are supposed to be in a pond. I want to build one for them, but the thing is I am moving in a year or two so would a pond be okay if we are going to sell the house soon? I was thinking a preformed rigid pond liner like this.

Also I want do it soon because I don't want to stunt their growth in a tank.
 

david1978

A nice ornamental pond does add value to a property if it looks nice.
 

Elijah K

So I should have it professianally made if I decide to get one?
 

david1978

No you can do it yourself. Nice like you know nice not a preform on cement blocks with scabbed on boards. Lol
 

Elijah K

Ok. Its just that not every one wants a pond so yes it might add value to the property but it might be harder to find a buyer because they might not want a pond.

at least that's how I see it.
 

david1978

Its like landscaping or any other remodel or upgrade to a home. Its a gamble if it will have return on investment.
 

Elijah K

Ok thanks for your help!
 

jpm995

If your sure your moving I would wait. Stunting isn't really a proven thing, i've seen fish grow to almost the size of the tank their in. Preformed ponds [especially larger fiberglass ones] are cool but the best looking ponds are almost always ones built from rubber like sheets. Plus you can go as big as you can fit in your yard. I have a large fiberglass pond [290 gal, 8' long] I bought used for around $100.
 

Elijah K

Ok Its only a about a year and a half until I move so I will wait

It was just that I didnt want to stunt them but they fit into the tank fine.
 

Rtessy

Most koi have a slow growth rate, so they may be fine for a year, but stunting most definitely exists. I entered this hobby with a goldfish in a bowl. Common goldfish are supposed to reach 10-12" within two years, but four years later mine was 5".
Some fish can recover, and quite frankly, most koi are stunted. It would be better to get them in a pond, but then you'd have to catch them from a pond and protect them from outdoor predators. A large indoor kiddie pool may actually work better if it has larger dimensions and is at least 10" deep.
 

Elijah K

Maybe I could put a kiddie pool in my basement
 

Rtessy

If you end up being unable to build a pond, just be sure to keep up with water changes. Keep those nitrates low and your fish healthy. Plus, extra water changes have been linked to faster fish growth, so it may help avoid stunting them. I have no idea the number of water changes required, but from breeding fish and inverts, the tanks with more water changes always grow faster.
 

Elijah K

Ok thanks I will try to make sure to keep up with water changes and I hope my koi stay healthy
 

VeiltailKing

Careful if you have larger birds in your area that might go after the koi. My friend encountered such fate.
 

Elijah K

I would hate if that happened. But the only birds in my area are crows and little birds like blue jays woodpeckers and cardinals
 

Rtessy

Got any Hawks? Sounds like an area with Hawks.... Most of those will at least try. In my area, most people put netting over their ponds because we have coyotes, owls, and lots of hawks
 

Elijah K

I see hawks here but not close to where I live. I only see them about 20 miles away from my home.
 

Rtessy

I see hawks here but not close to where I live. I only see them about 20 miles away from my home.
That's what I thought until my cat got out, I grabbed it, and a hawk swooped down less than 6ft from my head.
 

YATT

I love fish and would love a koi pond, but real estate wise it would be a HUGE gamble. Most prefer not to maintain anything. I think it would hurt your value to be truly honest. Do it if you will stay there for a long time, not moving in 2 years. You'll lose to much.
 

Elijah K

yeah we know for sure that we are moving so I am going to wait.
 

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