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  • David Sanders/Arizona Daily Star

A demonstration area with ponds showcases fish and plants at Tucson Koi and Water Gardens.

  • David Sanders/Arizona Daily Star

A lily pad with a blossom is one of the types of water plants that make a pond a home for koi.

  • PHOTOS BY DAVID SANDERS / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

"I've found ponds very tranquil, especially living in the desert," says Dr. Santiago Tucson, koi collector.

  • David Sanders/Arizona Daily Star

Stone statues and hardscape construction are also available at the koi and water-plant shop.

  • David Sanders/Arizona Daily Star

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  • Elena Acoba Special To The Arizona Daily Star

Cardiologist Lee Goldberg was having a tough time getting a koi pond installed in his backyard.

  • JAMES GREGG / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Koi fish swim in Martha and Dan Cover's pond among calla lilies. The pond on the northwest side is part of the Parade of Ponds.

  • James Gregg/Arizona Daily Star

Several flowering plants sit in immersed pots in the Covers' pond. The pots protect the plants from the fish, who like to eat the roots. The k…

  • James Gregg/Arizona Daily Star

"Fish completes an ecological cycle," says Nathan Novak, owner of Canyon Pondscapes, which helped install the Covers' pond. Some fish like to …

  • James Gregg/Arizona Daily Star

Water circulation helps keep algae at bay in the Covers' pond, which is featured in the koi pond tour May 1-2.

  • Elena Acoba Special To The Arizona Daily Star

Nobody picks up the poop left by about 200 pets that Martha and Dan Cover keep in their backyard. That's because the waste from their koi keep…