How I built my Fish Pond or How to Build a Fish Pond

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Video Rating: 4 / 5

Watkinsville GA: Flatrock Koi grows out promising young koi in big mud ponds, where the fish can rummage around and find all kinds of worms and grubs to eat in addition to their feed. Here we see Atlanta Koi Club members helping Vicki and Carl harvest a mud pond, containing mostly shiro utsuri (black and white) that were put in last year. Flatrock was getting the fish ready for grading and show. The pond pull is called an ikeage, and like all koi club meetings, good food and beer abound; – Vicki and Carl treated us all to the best barbeque I’ve ever had. It was a fun day! When is the next one, Vicki?
Video Rating: 5 / 5


44 Responses to “How I built my Fish Pond or How to Build a Fish Pond”

  1. aquazkoi May 4, 2009 at 5:12 am #

    uhm.. how many times will you clean your pond or how many times will you change the water of your pond..?

  2. aquazkoi May 4, 2009 at 5:35 am #

    thank you.. ill follow how did you build your pond.. its the best…..ill always like this….

  3. saltylug May 4, 2009 at 5:48 am #

    @aquazkoi No not really. It is 45 inches deep.

  4. aquazkoi May 4, 2009 at 5:54 am #

    uhm is it hard to make a pond…… how deep is your pond anyway…?

  5. saltylug May 4, 2009 at 6:05 am #

    @aquazkoi Hi, it took about 6 months but I took things slowly and hand dug the pond!

  6. aquazkoi May 4, 2009 at 6:42 am #

    uhm wait …i really wanted to have a koi pond.. but how many days did it take to make your pond?

  7. Srinivazen1 May 4, 2009 at 7:04 am #

    @Matthew0161 Yup

  8. jerbear54 May 4, 2009 at 7:48 am #

    holy cow you have a big back yard compared to most ive seen in England.

  9. Matthew0161 May 4, 2009 at 8:44 am #

    @Srinivazen1 i think hes had a plan for that mate this vids almos 3 years old

  10. GamingForGames May 4, 2009 at 9:43 am #

    Extremly good looking pond!

  11. lcserg87 May 4, 2009 at 10:25 am #

    throw a few pirhanas in th e pond and go for a swing great excercise i lost a few kg just in 5 min

  12. elsuperbless May 4, 2009 at 10:58 am #

    nice job!! i wish i ll b do it one day.

  13. Srinivazen1 May 4, 2009 at 11:22 am #

    In rainy seasons pond might get overflow, What have u planned?

  14. andrewhayesful May 4, 2009 at 12:18 pm #

    @saltylug Have you hired some good strong backs to clean/replace the pea gravel every 5 years? Is a nice arrangement, btw

  15. newfaqs19 May 4, 2009 at 1:03 pm #

    I really love your Pond alot of work but it looks like it has paid of! I just got a 22 Liter Tank for my desk with a Goldfish I am happy with that for now maybe one day when I buy my own house I will make a pond also but using a plastic container/pond 😛

  16. chrissyy15 May 4, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    bad paul good very bad lol 😛

  17. sofleye23 May 4, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    awsome pond, but FORGET the koi, go catch youself some largemouth bass and put one or 2 in there!

  18. samsoninthepit May 4, 2009 at 2:16 pm #

    great video thank you for sharing it

  19. saltylug May 4, 2009 at 2:53 pm #

    No need to cover it as our winters are fairly mild. The constant stream of air bubbles going back into the pond via the venturi keeps the frosts from icing the pond over.

  20. Monkies8utt May 4, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    Awesome looking Pond.. Just curious, what do you use to cover the Pond and how do you keep it from freezing in the winter time?

  21. dinosuar11030 May 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm #

    aww very nice pond 🙂

  22. 8231165 May 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm #

    amazing pond !

  23. itsshinu May 4, 2009 at 5:36 pm #


    What kind of filter system is it and how does it work?

  24. saltylug May 4, 2009 at 6:14 pm #

    @KombiPode Yes, if you like.

  25. wern900 May 4, 2009 at 7:02 pm #

    man,u have a big backyard!Lucky!If I had a bigger backyard I would make a big pond!

  26. kmacpher67 May 4, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    How long did it take for the group to pull the net?
    What size is that mud hole? It looks like 25’ft x 50′ ?
    What is the holding capacity of the mud hole?
    Did you use aerators to add air for the fish?
    How many fish did you pull out?
    Did I hear you say that some got away when pulling the net?

  27. Duhitpt May 4, 2009 at 8:11 pm #

    man should have keep them for few more years! they look too small

  28. Koiboy70 May 4, 2009 at 8:43 pm #

    @ChromeDrome also, the fish and the air stones (needed) constantly stir up the fine clay (carp love to rummage in it…), so don’t hold your breath waiting for it to settle out…. Jason

  29. Koiboy70 May 4, 2009 at 8:57 pm #

    @ChromeDrome – I think so. I just responded to another message like this one. Pretty much just dig a big hole in some clay. One tip is if you are getting your water from another lake or stream to run it through a seive or mesh as you fill the pond – so that other fish fry don’t end up in your pond. Also, someone asked about parasites – yes – you will end up with parasites – but the stocking density is low, so the fish are less affected. Hope that this helps! Jason

  30. ChromeDrome May 4, 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    can you make a mud pond by just digging filling with water and letting it sit and settle

  31. Koiboy70 May 4, 2009 at 9:34 pm #

    @peachey2021 – Hey peachey. Yes. you could. They would love it. If its a natural pond, keep an eye out for parasites like flukes. The fish will grub around in the mud on the bottom looking for food, so, depending upon the size of the pond, and the type of soil its in, they may cloud the water some. I’d do it if I had a natural pond. Jason

  32. peachey2021 May 4, 2009 at 9:45 pm #

    ok so if i have a natural pond that has been there for years and was crated naturally by nature, could i put my koi fish in it? instead of putting them in a preformed pond??
    please let me know. thanks in advance!

  33. Boslee2009 May 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm #

    where did u guy sale the fish?

  34. Koiboy70 May 4, 2009 at 11:11 pm #

    I was in the same mud ponds again this past weekend… We were getting the ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ so that Vicki and Carl could breed them!

  35. kaluevue May 4, 2009 at 11:23 pm #

    You take a bag, I take a bag, lets just all take a bag.
    I love Koi’s.

  36. Koiboy70 May 5, 2009 at 12:08 am #

    @TupacDaDon You are correct – the Japanese have been raising world class champions in mudponds for years.

  37. TupacDaDon May 5, 2009 at 12:14 am #

    world class champion fish for years? up till now only the japanese can say that…

  38. Koiboy70 May 5, 2009 at 12:54 am #

    Well, that’s how they have been raising world class champion fish for years, and don’t seem to have problems…

  39. Nash1a May 5, 2009 at 1:02 am #

    I thought for sure it was preperations for the Red Neck Games!!!! You southern folk will make up ANY reason for a mud bath wont you?

  40. nizmo3000 May 5, 2009 at 1:31 am #

    but if theres a disease or virus in the lake then your screwed

  41. Koiboy70 May 5, 2009 at 2:10 am #

    Well, these mud ponds were dug into GA clay, so pretty much – just dig a hole in the ground and fill it up with water if the soil is mostly clay. Although not shown in the picture, there is also a lake a few yards away, so it’s easy to top up the water by pumping it out of the lake.

  42. poisonXvenom May 5, 2009 at 2:35 am #

    Question: Do you just simply add water to a whole to create a mud pond? I just don’t understand how the water doesn’t saturate into the ground…

  43. robotmotor May 5, 2009 at 2:51 am #

    very good thanks

  44. uongduong May 5, 2009 at 3:27 am #


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