The new equipment certainly keeps the ponds much cleaner and appear to be easier to maintain. However, they do take a larger footprint and landscaping around them is a little more difficult. The rotary drum filter does a good job of pulling out the muck and the muck needs to go somewhere… Building a deck or pergola over the equipment will require us to maintain some sort of access, like hinged doors in the floor of the deck. These structures might not get finished this summer but I’m crossing my fingers.
I purchased some plants yesterday and hope to start on a new garden adjacent to the lower pond. It’s a stretch of the imagination but but I’m confidant that we will have the effect I want in about two to three years.
All of our koi (with the exception of Ethel) are looking pretty happy and healthy. They like to hang under the hula hoops that contain the floating plants. This year, none of our koi have spawned – maybe we have all girls in the upper pond??? (which is a good thing, since female koi tend to grow larger)