A koi pond is a worthy addition to your landscape. In addition to enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your backyard, a koi pond will help transform it into a relaxing retreat. Watching koi swim can help relieve stress.

Koi ponds, or Ecosystem Ponds, are composed of natural stone, rocks, plants, and fish. These ponds are a little piece of paradise that can be naturally integrated into your landscape.

Before you begin building your pond, here are some factors to consider when constructing a koi pond near Santa Rosa, California.


Koi fish tend to grow very fast and larger than many other varieties of fish. An average koi can grow up to 24-36 inches in length. Some varieties can reach up to 52 inches. When building a koi pond, make sure it is large enough or you will have to increase its size after a few months.

The ideal size for a koi pond is considered to be more than 1,000 gallons. A koi pond‘s depth is relative to the shape and size of the pond. While it is said by some a minimum should be at least three feet deep, some our slightly shallower and some deeper to keep in scale. For a natural look often the length and width will vary. A good starting point for a minimum width would be approximately 8’ wide and a good minimum length would be about 10’ long.

Sun vs Shade

You can either place your pond in a shaded area or a sunny spot in your backyard. There are pros and cons of placing your pond in shade and an area that receives sunlight.

Sunlight is beneficial for koi. However, a good balance of sun and shade is beneficial to Koi health and your ponds health. If you need to create shade for your koi, cover your pond’s surface by up to 70% with lilies or other aquatic plants or install a fish cave where your koi can rest during the day.


Near Santa Rosa, constructing a koi pond will attract birds, frogs, and other wildlife to your ecosystem. While depth can help deter predators, constructing fish caves will provide a natural barrier between the predator and your fish. The use of rocks and plants also provides hiding places and cover for your koi.


Before starting a pond construction project near you, calculate your project’s cost. The cost of building a koi pond will primarily depend on its size, the type of filtration and liner used and the number and size of fish.

While there are ways to save money when building a koi pond, it is not recommended to cut corners. Cutting corners almost always leads to a dissatisfactory experience.

Sweetwater Landscape is a leading landscape design and installation company in the North Bay area. We have been helping homeowners turn their backyards into relaxing sanctuaries for more than two decades. If you can dream it, we can build it. To learn more, call (707) 887-0140.