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Article 4 - Garden Ponds

History of Garden Ponds


Garden Ponds - a Kings Choice

It is not clear how many years garden ponds have been with us, but it is clear that "a long time" is a good answer.

Remnants of an ancient garden pond have been recently unearthed at King  Solomon's pallace in Jerusalem, and both ancient Babylon and Egypt have descriptions of various types of water gardens.

We know of descriptions of ancient water gardens and fish ponds since the brink of history. In the Bible garden ponds and water gardens are mentioned several times usually as a setting for love, beauty and calm.

Water gardens were the kings privilage. And special gardners cultivated sweet water fish like Koi and goldfish. These fish need air, which they gulp, and so they live close to the surface, and are constantly visible. There are descriptions of ancient water systems, to keep the water garden alive, and clean of insects and algea. These were naturally ballanced garden ponds.

Everyone remembers the story of the princess and her golden ball which fell into the garden pond, and thus met the prince/frog. Throughout Europe garden ponds are found around every castle, and in Australia, the capital, Canbara, has been built all around water gardens, with one covering the parlament building. 

There are those who claim that the Koi has been cultivated and developed by the Japanese ony recently, in the past 200 years or so. The interesting point is that the same sources quote a lifespan of 200 years in exceptional conditions for Koi !

Both of this information should be taken with a grain of salt. In any case its true Japanese name is pronounced: Nishikigoi which means a "national kiss" and in Yiddish means I am not a gentile. 

Koi have many variaties of color and pattern, making the water garden a beautiful place to visit. Red and white Kohaku, the coloreful Showa Sanke, or the vibrant Asagi are just a few of the existing Koi variety for the water garden.

Today, the Koi themselves are the kings. If you look them up on the internet you will find tha there are water garden and garden pond sites with "Koi of the month" or "Fish of the year". And they look like they enjoy it. It would be interesting to hear what they had to say if the ever opened their mouth and talked. Of course this is all said jokingly. Fish, just like all other vertebrates communicate among each other using sounds and other signals.

It seems that Koi are prone to the same diseases and problems as other fish, but it seems also that they have something in common with us too. - Besides gulping air. Koi, and other fish, and actually the whole living pond with its water system and plants have a natural immune system of high resistance. It is the stress factor which can bring them down. A long exposure to a stressful environment will cause the fish to be sick, parasites to thrive and the whole system to decay. Prevention, many say, is much easier than treating for disease.

This too is the privilage of a king, to allow yourself a calm stress-free life, with your beautiful garden pond, Koi, plants, other fish and all.

For more information about pond filters, please visit us at www.macarthurwatergardens.com

We are living at a time where anyone can be a king, and anyone can have a water garden.

 

 

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