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By 1990 this new door began to warp because of sever difference of temperature and humidity inside and out. The Colorado sun and dry air was also doing a number on the cedar deck and railroad ties. I needed to do something more permanent. A foyer enclosure seemed a good solution. Even though the stream was a maintenance headache, I did like the sound of water. Someone suggested a Koi pond. A what?


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The first thing I did was to remove the decking and railroad ties and retain the area with large boulders. Next I needed to learn how to take care of fish. A friend had a salt water retail store. He explained that if I could keep a reef tank healthy with all the different metabolisms involved then a freshwater pond with “hardy” Koi would be easy. For two years he helped me learn about the nitrogen cycle, the value of water changes, feeding, water treatment, etc. I lost animals during this period and that was the hardest part.

Next I talked to a few local “pond builders”. They were not exactly forthcoming with information about their bid, so I decided to do my own research. The internet did not exist at this time so I relied on water garden magazines, the local water garden society and of course Koi USA.

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