By having a koi pond in your backyard, you can bring the exotic serenity of the far east into your everyday life. Koi ponds are often created and designed to bring a relaxing and peaceful energy to homes. Koi pond owners have reported stress relief, relaxation, and higher property values as some of the incredible benefits of koi ponds.
A koi pond is essentially a large tank for koi to swim in. Koi ponds are carefully constructed, with walls that go straight down, so that no predators can enter the pond. The ponds are also designed to generate a particular energy and atmosphere that is closely associated with the koi fish. Some people prefer koi ponds to be free of rocks, gravel, and aquatic plants, giving them an unobstructed view of the koi and allowing the koi to grow to a larger size. However, many people want their koi to raised in a hybrid style pond that looks like a water garden, but is filtered like a koi pond. Koi can be raised successfully in both styles of ponds.
Koi ponds have been around for hundreds of years, a tradition that began in 17th Century Japan. Koi, or Nishikigoi, are descendants of the common carp. Inspired by Chinese rice farmers keeping carp in their rice paddies, Japanese rice farmers began to do the same practice. However, the Japanese farmers noticed a color variation in some of the carp. These carp had numerous, bright colors as opposed to the natural brown color of most carp. Through selective breeding, more and more of the “mutant” carp with bright colors and patterns were born. The brightly colored carp are known as koi. This practice made its way to Europe and North America in 20th Century.