Maintain Your Koi Pond with These Tips from Great Lakes Pondscapes
There is almost nothing better than having a koi pond right in your back yard. The relaxing sounds and beautiful sights are hard to beat. However, there are some additional maintenance measures you will have to take if you choose to have aquatic fish, like koi, as a part of your backyard pond.
Check your water.
You should always perform daily water checks and fill when it’s needed. If you notice the water level decreasing more than what is normal, you should check your pond for any leaks. You also want to make sure that the water temperature is between 65 and 75 degrees even though koi fish can survive in much cooler and warmer temperatures. If necessary, you may need shade over your pond during the hottest months in order to keep the temperature down and limit algae growth.
Do not overfeed.
It’s also important to make sure you’re not overfeeding your koi fish. Not only is it a waste of money, it is harmful to your fish and your backyard pond. In fact, uneaten food can cause issues, including clogged filters, low oxygen levels, algae bloom, cloudy water, and even mold!
Use a filtration system.
If you have koi fish in your backyard pond, a high-quality filtration system is necessary. If you’re unsure of what kind of filter would work best for your pond, do not hesitate to contact us so we can discuss your options.
Monitor your koi’s population.
If there are too many koi fish in your pond, the pond’s ecosystem can go out of control and cause problems for your fish. If during or after breeding season you find yourself with too many koi, try and rehome them and do not put them in any natural ponds or lakes as they will disrupt the natural ecosystem.
Keep the pond clean.
Not only does cleaning your backyard koi pond make it look nicer, it will also help ensure the good health of your koi fish. The experts at Great Lakes Pondscapes can help you find the pond supplies you need to keep your pond looking great and your koi fish healthy and happy.