Ponds - Construction, Filtration, Retrofits, Biosecurity, Keeping Koi

Okay, this is my idea of a dream home!
 
Combining neutral tones, natural materials, and indoor/outdoor living, Am House is a reprieve from the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. Then the marketing director for a large corporation in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam was in search of a new home, he sought a place that woule be a respite away from the stress of work and city life. 
 
Am House by Creative Architects, Am Design Studio, and Time Architects - Dwell

A sad reminder that ponds are dangerous places for young.  Children need supervision regardless of the season. 
 
The 10-year-old boy who died on Valentine's Day after falling through ice on a Tennessee pond was trying to save his sister, the family's pastor said.
 
Boy died trying to save his sister from frozen Tennessee pond, family pastor says (nbcnews.com)

Some great ideas on plants to repel those nasty bugs without using chemicals that are potentually harmful to your koi. 
 

These poor koi did not stand a chance with these predators!
 
An otter with very expensive tastes was filmed eating more than £1,000 worth of koi fish from a garden pond.
The initial prime suspect had been a local heron before a CCTV camera captured the brazen otter in the act on Saturday.
Safety nets and protective wiring had just been installed over the pond in Edinburgh, but they proved no obstacle for the greedy animal.
Footage shows the otter chasing the fish at spectacular speeds, as an equally hungry fox watches from the edge.

Many thanks to Michael Landesman, a K.O.I. student, for sharing his construction video with us. 
This video is masterful at showing the process of pond construction. No words, just great video/music that shares a well documented process to the family's new pond. 
 

Your koi and the circle of life - oh my:
 
Natural selection doesn’t favor brightly colored fish with predators like ospreys around,” I was told by Jim Levitt, a fisheries biologist with the fisheries division of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
https://www.startribune.com/koi-make-an-easy-osprey-snack/572575652/?refresh=true

We know we need back up systems: so if you have not got your emergency power, check this story out. 

WATCH: A koi fish aquarium built right into the steps of a HDB unit entryway
Live in an HDB flat with no space big enough for an actual pond to keep Koi fishes? A HDB dweller didn’t let the limited expanse of public housing stop him from building a koi pond at his doorstep. No, literally at his doorstep — the small stairway to a ground-level unit was successful converted...

If you have chlorine or chloramine treated water, K.O.I. has always recommended the use of a water shut off timer whenever doing a pond refill.  In fact, they are so cheap (and they do sometimes fail, that Spike now recommends using 2 of them, one after the other.

But there is another way that doesn't involve the use of ANY device.  Read what the Fish Vet in Australia recommends.

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