Originally Posted by Agent13
My mom is in san diego and when i do my west coast 2 week trip I plan to (first spend a week with her) help her and her bf with a Koi pond. They are walkig didstance to Balboa park with their awesome Koi pond. Please give me tips on a great set up for them. they have decent land being with downtown San Diego and I'd love to set it up for them!
Honestly the best thing they can do (money permitting) is contact a local pond-builder. Being in San Diego I can imagine there quite a few around with varying price ranges. They really make a large difference in the appearance of the pond. Basically the difference between a hole in the ground with fish in it and a backyard water feature. Mine was installed by a local pond company. Some of those stones weigh half a ton. No way I could have positioned them like my pond guy did.
One piece of advice I do have to give is if they want a true koi pond, shoot for 1000+ gallons. Koi get pretty large and need large ponds. For anything under 1000 gal I would just go with some nice goldfish. Quality shubunkins and comets make really nice pond fish.