Owning a koi pond is an awesome experience. The koi are splashing around with all of their vibrant colors shimmering in the sun. Really nice thought, right? Another pleasant feature you could install to take it over-the-top would be a koi pond waterfall that could send water down into your pond with a relaxing splash.
People love waterfalls and I’ll bet if you had one your neighbors would envy you. I know I really like to travel to see them. A pond waterfalls appeal isn’t just limited to attractive looks though. It provides many benefits to the koi ponds environment itself. Did you know that?
I can say that people are generally waterfall fans because if you go onto Pinterest there are tonnes of photos of them in there. People wouldn’t be sharing photos of something they have absolutely no interest in. This leads me to think that a koi pond owner would also really enjoy having a waterfall streaming down to their attractive pond feature. So, let’s delve into interesting pond waterfalls and what makes them that way. Shall we continue?
The Garden Pond Waterfalls Job?
A waterfall is very appealing to the eye. The sound of water falling and splashing decorates the background sound of many relaxation cd’s. They produce a very calming effect. Waterfalls actually produce a natural white noise that can whisk your troubles away. So one job that they have is to soothe you either up close and personal or just in Youtube meditation videos.
A second job that a waterfall for a koi pond has is the splashing of the water actually infuses the pond with fresh oxygen. That is if we’re talking about the real thing and not the Youtube meditational version. They can serve as a great water feature for your koi as another oxygen source. Koi have to take the oxygen from the water into their gills in order to breathe. Anything that gives them more oxygen is a welcome addition for them.
Installing a waterfall in your koi pond can become the main centerpiece in your yard whenever you have backyard BBQs and other neighborly functions such as family get-togethers. The neighbors will like your colorful, healthy koi who are splashing and swimming around excitedly. They are that healthy partly because of the extra oxygen produced by the fancy pants waterfall rippling the water below.
How Can a Pond Waterfall Benefit You and Your Koi?
Koi ponds are a relaxing thing to have in your back yard. Adding a waterfall can add to the relaxation you feel. It’s a good addition to your pond to help you wind down.
Eye-candy. Koi ponds and waterfalls go together like peanut butter and jelly. They compliment one another. It’s an addition that make your koi feel more at home in a more natural environment. It also helps to make your fellow humanoid creatures take notice. So as well as the health benefits, a backyard waterfall adds aesthetic appeal to your landscape.
A good choice for healthy koi. I have already covered the way that it infuses your pond water with more oxygen than if your pond didn’t have one, but I’ll say it again-waterfalls are good for koi because of its oxygenating properties.
It helps promote sleep. If you hear a cascade of water flowing and gently splashing down into a body of water then you know the serene feeling and relaxation you feel because of it. Now envision that same thing happening right outside your bedroom. You’ll be snoozing fast and wake up in the morning refreshed-ready to take on the day. This can happen if your waterfall is installed close to your sleeping quarters.
Putting a Waterfall Up in a Great Spot
Waterfalls are meant to be seen, so I would put it up in an area where it is seen by people passing by. This is up to you-the builder-though. Just sit by your koi pond and try to visualize where your waterfall would be most visually appealing.
Another great bit of advice is to position your waterfall where you can see it from your home. Can you see it from your bedroom? Can you hear it? Imagine the serenity of hearing a waterfall gently splashing down while tucking in for the night. That should put you to slumberland pretty quickly-don’t you think?
These are just some things to consider when you plan your koi pond waterfalls location. There are many articles out there that show you other planning factors for distinguishing your waterfalls location around your koi pond. I hope I gave you a little insight as well.
Why Would a Waterfall Promote Extra Oxygen for Your Koi?
Waterfalls constantly agitate the water. Without the waterfall, you would need something else to constantly stir up the water such as a pond skimmer. You need a pond skimmer too as an FYI if you don’t know. That will be covered in a future post.
Water that stays still is not producing oxygen, promoting extra algae production, and giving a foothold to bacteria and other nasty vermin that can adversely affect your koi fish’s health. Water that doesn’t move eventually becomes stagnant. Stagnant water is a good breeding ground for mosquitos too. Gross!
Moving water allows oxygen to get into the water and dissolve properly. Water that stays still blocks oxygen out. In a still pond, you will see koi frantically going to the surface to breathe and they can, and probably will eventually suffocate if the water stays this way. A waterfall would at least partially solve this problem by the constant splashing it makes. A skimmer along with a waterfall feature would make a perfect team for solving this absent oxygen conundrum.
So, what do you think? I hope I have infused you with inspiration hopefully as to the benefits of having a koi ponds waterfall feature. We briefly discussed the health benefits for your koi carp and for people too.
On the wellness spectrum of it, you hopefully know that waterfalls can add extra fresh air into the water so your koi pets can breathe easier. They can give you that well-rested feeling from the soothing splashing sounds that they can produce.
On the visuals spectrum, you already know that everybody likes the sight of waterfalls. Niagara Falls is actually known as the Honeymoon Capital of the World. They look better than just a bare lawn at least, not that there’s anything wrong with that either of course. A waterfall would just be a handsome addition that adds great character to your backyard.