Viewing post #69522 by BlissfulGarden
|I had goldfish thriving in my small preformed pond for many years (you can see them in the pic above). Obviously, that pond was too small for Koi.
The pond we have at this house is a true "cement pond" constructed by the original homeowners long before ponds in the garden were popular (think... 50 years ago). It's a mortar and brick construction in the courtyard area. When we purchased the home several years ago, the entire courtyard area was totally overgrown with weeds and vines. The pond was a mosquito and mud-filled mess that had not seen fish in many, many years. I did find three snapping turtles and two mocassins when cleaning it out... but I didn't think they would be the best household pets and relocated them rather quickly!!! To my glee, there was one more surprise waiting with the pond. Once I cleared out all the vines, I discovered a terrific rock waterfall on the halfwall by the pond. The plumbing in it was broken long ago, but I was able to repair it and get the waterfall working again. To my further delight, I talked with the family of the original owners and found out that the rocks for the wall had been hauled here lovingly from their grandmother's home near Hot Springs, Arkansas... coincidentally the very location I myself had spent many happy summers as a child. =)
This pond holds about 200 gallons and has done well supporting the goldfish. It's much easier to keep the water maintained at a healthy level than it was with the former pond. I think the minimum I would go in the future for a pond that supports fish would be 150 gallons... just from the maintenance standpoint.