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What You Need to Know About Koi Pond Supplies

December 16, 2008 by admin · 1 Comment 

Koi Pond SuppliesSetting up a koi garden pond is almost certainly the best way to provide a tranquil addition to your garden. The downside is that they require some maintenance. In order to maintain a healthy koi pond you’ll need the correct koi pond supplies.

The koi supplies needed for your pond will depend on how big your garden pond will be and how many koi fish you have. For the obvious, a pond filtration system is a necessity with the proper tubing. A PH tester along with water treatment chemicals are an absolute necessity to maintaining the healthy pond water so important to the health of your koi.

There are a few koi supplies that all koi ponds must not be without. A filter can avoid any clogging; the pump will keep the circulation flowing so that you keep your koi fish healthy. In addition, a UV sterilizer will prevent the algae growth within the pond. Also, koi supplies should consist of a good filtration system to maintain the clearness and cleanliness of the water.

A good supply of quality koi food is a must. Good quality koi food can not only support active koi fish, but also provide for a long lifespan. The right food can bring out the beautiful colors inherent in koi fish. In addition to a basic diet, koi food supplements are also available. Your local koi shop should have everything you need in the food department. If not, like everything else these days, you can find it online.

Charming koi fish are a delight to look at and enjoy, so they’re worth any extra effort. Like anyone who owns a koi pond will advise you, creating and looking out for a koi pond is a work of intensive time and love. You should make certain that the water you will use is of good quality so you your koi have no stress. They can continue to grow to approximately two to three feet and can reach the weight of around thirty pounds, with proper care and time. The correct koi supplies can help your koi and pond reach their full potential.

Other koi pond supplies to maintain cleanliness and a healthful atmosphere include filters, pond pumps, and a liner. Plus, an aerator is particularly useful for the fish by keeping the water oxygenated. If you’ve already got a pond setup, you probably already have these necessities. Additional non-essential but functional koi supplies that can be added are decorative pond plants or animals. If you don’t live close to a pond plant supplier you can find them online. You can even buy koi fish online these days. Everything from affordable koi to champion Japanese pedigree koi fish.

Today’s market presents a great selection of koi pond supplies. Depending on your koi pond location you may need specific pond supplies in order to provide the right accommodation for your koi. If you reside in a cold climate where water freezes in the winter, you will need a de-icer or heater. On the other hand, tropical climates will not have these requirements. In hotter climates you’ll want a pond deep enough so that the koi can escape to cooler depths.

There are many koi pond supplies on the market that take care of a lot of the maintenance on your behalf. These are automatic, operate on timers and are help considerably. You’ll still need to perform some maintenance yourself, however. A pool net is a great tool in removing leaves and debris. This is important, in that it helps keep your pond pump and filter running smoothly. So, you’ll still have some work to do, but it will certainly be rewarding.

Koi Garden Pond Maintenance

October 6, 2008 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Koi Pond Maintenance

It’s a great pleasure watching koi swim across the pond. They’re really delightful to watch but in order to enjoy them the most, you need to keep your Koi garden pond in good condition. Clean, healthy water is important for proper growth and health of your koi so you need to be sure that you maintain your pond water properly.

In order to maintain your pond, you need to keep the algae down, the PH balanced and the nitrites and nitrates at the proper levels. You also need to take care to insure that no chemicals that you might be using as garden pesticide control get into the pond. In addition to checking the water quality, you need to make sure that any pond plants you have growing in the pond do not overtake it.

Another thing to consider in your Koi garden pond is fish illness. Typically an illness can be introduced by new fish so you might want to isolate any new additions for 15 days to be sure they don’t introduce a virus or bacteria into the pond.

You might have the urge to feed the koi often as well as make sure you give them enough but that might do more harm than good. Overfeeding will result in excess food decomposing in your pond as well as more fish waste that can raise the ammonia in your pond to harmful levels. Of course, feeding Koi is one of the most enjoyable activities of your garden pond, but you need to limit yourself to only feeding them as much as they can eat in 10 minutes.

A healthy Koi garden pond will also result in your fish showing their vibrant colors more vividly. You can be sure to keep the pond water at optimum levels by purchasing a test kit and testing the water every week then making the necessary adjustments to bring the water back to the desired levels. Proper koi maintenance is a must when it comes to preventing koi disease and illness.

Getting Rid Of Koi Pond Algae

October 6, 2008 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Koi Pond Algae

When talking about koi pond problems, the issue of koi pond algae is usually in the forefront of the discussion. Algae develop in a natural or artificial environment where there is favorable conditions for algae growth. The development of algae in the koi pond will impose a great threat to health and stability of the pond. To prevent algae from developing, elements that contribute to its growth should be controlled.

Koi pond algae are plants and like any plants they need direct sunlight to grow. Placing the pond in a place where there’s minimal direct sunlight will prevent the development of some of the algae. If the plant is already in direct sunlight consider blocking the sunlight by planting trees or shrub. That would also provide shade both for the pond and for the people that will go to it. Adding plants in the pond will also discourage algae as the plants will use up the nutrients that algae needs to grow. Plants and trees susceptible to falling leaves are not recommended, as they ad to your koi maintenance and clog filters.

Koi like to eat algae. So the koi itself could be utilized to prevent the development of algae. By feeding the koi less food, they will munch on the algae more often. Less koi feeding will also reduce the waste which produces the nutrients that the algae need to grow.

Installing effective filtration will also help in preventing algae formation. Circulation of water will prevent the algae from developing too fast.

If your algae gets out of control and you can’t get rid of it with natural methods, you can use chemicals to kill algae. This will help when the level of algae in the pond is increasing. Don’t worry, these specific  chemicals are safe for your fish. Make sure not to use chemicals that may be harmful to fish.

Koi pond algae can be an unwelcome visitor to any pond, even if it is somewhat of a natural occurrence!

Choosing Koi Pond Pumps

October 6, 2008 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Koi Pond Pumps

Koi pond pumps are responsible for the water movement in the pond as well as cleaning the water itself. They provide circulation of water giving the pond the needed movement which aerates the water and cleans it. Pumps are a critical piece of equipment for any pond and the size of the pond is a key consideration when buying one as you want to make sure the pump should be powerful enough to turn over half of the volume of the pond in a given hour.

Sometimes pond pumps are used for waterfalls or fountains. The height of the falls or the fountain should also be considered when this is the case. Additional power may be needed for irregular shaped ponds. You have to determine the appropriate water flow in the pond before choosing the proper koi pond pumps that you will buy.

Koi pond pumps should be able to simulate the natural environment of a pond. Too rapid water flow might scare the koi or make them be uncomfortable feeling, but too little water flow won’t be good either.

Having the right pond pump is important in giving the koi pond the proper filtration and aeration. The welfare of the pond should always be the top priority in choosing the right pump. Pump, power and suitable water flow should be chosen in the light of its contribution to the general well-being of the koi and in keeping its environment clean and beautiful. Choosing the right pump will eliminate many koi maintenance issues that you could have if you go with a pump that is not appropriate for your pond.

Keeping Koi Water Healthy

October 6, 2008 by admin · 1 Comment 

Koi Water Healthy

Keeping the water clean is a priority in maintaining a healthy koi garden pond. Healthy koi is a result of good water maintenance so you want to be sure to take all the necessary steps ton insure your Koi water is the best it can be, after all, the water is your Koi’s home and their health and well being depends on it’s cleanliness.

Unfortunately, with pond water, you can’t just look at it and assume it is healthy if it is clear. There are contaminants that may be present in the pond water that you can’t see so testing the water for impurities and quality is the only way to insure a clean environment for your Koi.

Koi water testing kits are available in stores. There are certain chemicals that must be kept away from the pond. Testing the water for the presence of these substances is necessary to ensure that the pond is more than just clean and clear but free from harmful chemicals. Here are some of the harmful chemicals that might endanger your fish.

Chlorine

Chlorine is used for water treatment and is present in many water sources. Avoid contamination of the water by checking the chlorine content of the water before filling the pond. Water that has settled for at least 24 hours is considered safe from chlorine.

Ammonia

Ammonia is naturally present and is a byproduct of fish defacation as well as the decomposition of extxra fish food. New ponds have a higher rate of producing ammonia because of the lack of good bacteria that changes the ammonia into a less harmful substance.

Other substances

The pond should be kept free from other harmful substance such as pesticides, hard metals, organic compounds and other substances that re harmful to the fish.

Regularly checking levels of contamination of koi water will save the koi from danger. You also want to check the PH to be sure it is a safe level. Checking weekly is recommended, then if you find a problem it can easily be corrected before it gets out of hand.

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