Hello! I'm a new member here and I'll be setting up a small above-ground garden pond.
The structure has been built already. It was a concrete structure surrounding a tree in our backyard but a storm blew and a lightning strike split the tree in half, killing it. My folks and I decided to make the concrete structure a pond, so we raised the walls a little bit and waterproofed the inside. It now measures 5x5x2 feet (planned water depth, not structure height) with a small island in the middle, where we will be placing a potted plant to provide the fishies with shade.
I plan to add water plants and some goldfish and probably, one or two koi.
I've seen koi and goldfish coexist peacefully so I plan to mix them. (If you have experience otherwise, please tell me). I would've put only koi if the pond weren't too small. I love koi, especially kohakus (as evidenced by my avatar)
So, how many fish can you recommend putting in?
And btw, I will be having filtration by means of a pump and a DIY bucket filter.
So, those are the basics of my project. If there's any aspect of it you would like to know, please do so, so I can post it and for people to hopefully correct it if I'm doing it wrong.