One of the most memorable times of my life was the week I spent in Hawaii for my brother’s wedding. The resort on the beach, the sunshine, the warm weather, the mai tais and Lava Flows
, morning swims in the ocean, sitting next to a waterfall
, watching the sunset as a grass-skirted man danced and sliced coconuts with a giant machete — it was all so serene and charming.
But perhaps what completed the tropical experience most was the abundance of shimmering koi ponds almost everywhere I stepped. Glimmering white, orange and black fish the size of party subs were right at my fingertips. To that effect, for me anyway, I find that the most peaceful, tranquil, relaxing and inspiring home landscapes
are those that incorporate a fish pond.
So I wondered: What does it take to put a fish pond in a backyard? Harold Leidner was able to offer guidance. The Dallas landscape designer has built dozens of fish ponds in every shape and size, all the way up to a lavish $40,000 koi pond the size of a swimming pool
The takeaway is, like indoor aquariums, fish ponds are not for the faint of heart. They take a lot of time and effort, love and care. They can be time consuming, budget draining and, at times, heartbreaking (losing any pet is tough). But as with most difficult things in life, the payoff is worth it. And if you’ve got the time — even just one free weekend — Leidner says you can build your own backyard fish pond for about $2,500.
Here’s what you'll need to consider.