In the tranquil neighbourhood of Kaloor, Kerala, nestled close to the Bismi supermarket along the Kadavanthara Road, lies a picturesque Koi fish pond that’s a true labour of love.
Creating a Stunning Koi Fish Pond in Kaloor: A Serene Oasis
This remarkable aquatic haven not only showcases the beauty of these graceful Japanese Koi fish but also incorporates a small vertical garden, skillfully designed to absorb excess nutrients generated by these aquatic residents.
In this article, we’ll take you on a journey through the creation of this captivating Koi fish pond, sharing its features, construction details, and the meticulous care that goes into maintaining it.
A Fishkeeper’s Paradise:
Koi fish enthusiasts understand the joy of having these vibrant creatures as pets. The Koi fish pond in Kaloor not only provides a clean and nurturing environment for its fishy inhabitants but also offers a tranquil retreat for its owners.
Construction and Design:
This Koi fish pond was meticulously designed to accommodate 16 stunning Japanese Koi fish, each exceeding 24 inches in size. The pond boasts a generous water volume of 18 cubic meters, inclusive of the biofilter. The construction process spanned eight weeks.
Material and Finish:
The pond’s structure is built with reinforced concrete (RCC) and features an interior adorned with high-quality glass mosaic tiles. To ensure durability and resistance to algae, a premium-grade, algae-resistant epoxy was used to secure the tiles to the plastered RCC shell.
Advanced Filtration System:
The Kaloor Koi pond is equipped with state-of-the-art filtration systems designed for longevity and water clarity. Key highlights include:
- Multi Cyclone system with an easy drain mechanism.
- Biological bed filter.
- Air Diffusers.
- Bottom drain with backwash.
- UV water clarifier (80 watts).
With this advanced filtration setup, water parameters are consistently maintained within the optimal range, with a pH level between 7.5 and 8.5. The biofiltration pump, linked to the UV water clarifier, operates around the clock, ensuring water quality.
Mechanical systems require only 5-7 hours of operation daily to eliminate accumulated debris and fish waste.
A high-pressure air compressor, delivering 120 litres per hour, ensures a constant oxygen supply. The UV water clarifier combats harmful bacteria and algae growth, promoting crystal-clear water.
Efforts to minimize energy consumption have been successful. Aside from weekly pond cleaning, backwashing the filter system takes just 10 minutes, using a minimal amount of water. Regular water testing and maintenance routines ensure the pond’s health.
Floating thermometers closely monitor water temperature, maintaining a comfortable range of 22.5 to 24 degrees Celsius day and night.
Maintenance and Care:
Koi fish ponds differ significantly from typical water gardens, demanding consistent care such as water testing and filter maintenance. A detailed maintenance schedule, including water level adjustments and testing procedures, is provided to the client.
Stocking the Pond:
Before introducing top-quality Indian Koi fish to the pond, 18,000 litres of potable water, treated with API’s pond water conditioner and de-chlorinator, were added. After ensuring chlorine levels were safe, the biofilter was stocked with filter media, and API’s quick pond start was introduced.
To safeguard the fish from infections, a week of quarantine in a separate tank is recommended for all new arrivals. Prior to their integration into the main Koi fish pond, a PP bath or salt bath with carefully measured chemicals is administered, reducing the risk of illness or fatalities.
Get Started on Your Koi Fish Pond:
For those inspired by this aquatic masterpiece, and eager to create their Koi fish haven, reach out to us for expert guidance and design assistance.
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