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Koi Pond

A pond for ornamental Koi fish can be customized, and illuminated with energy-efficient LED lights, which are also available in a variety of colors. (Today, you can even program them to turn on and off with your smart phone!) A small waterfall and rock outcroppings can also be added, and the water can efficiently recirculate. A three-foot-deep Koi pond, roughly 300 square feet and built from concrete, might cost $40,000; going with a thick rubber liner will lower the cost to between $10,000 and $15,000.

Photograph courtesy of Neave Group Outdoor Solutions, Wappingers Falls.

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