Ponds have a very high startup cost. Let's just say it was my graduation present in lieu of a car... All of my little (well not really) koi babies have names. I've only got 6, and they are all very recognizable. I can actually tell you where most of them came from, too. Some of them are older than one of my cats.
I've always wanted backyard pets.. a pond or chickens. Ponds seem very high cost to start up. I'd need a large one, at least 4 feet deep, to overwinter them here too.
Do your koi recognize you specifically? :D
Aww thanks! And my koi say "nom nom." Installing it was a lot of backbreaking work, but the upkeep is really low-maintenance. Less than a normal tank by far. The most I have to do is put a net up in the fall to prevent too many leaves from getting in the water. Aside from making sure the water level stays high enough and feeding the little monsters there isn't much else I do with it.