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Koi Pond Maintenance
Feeding Your Koi
Energy Saving Pumps
Chlorine Will Kill Your Pond
Pond Filtration

KOI POND MAINTENANCE

Koi ponds and everything that goes along with them, like pond pumps, filters, uv bulbs, water quality, and more, are certainly becoming more and more popular. This increase in the number of ponds also brings with it an increase in the need for qualified pond maintenance or pond service specialists.

The thought that ponds are just holes in the ground filled with water, and they take care of themselves, is certainly not true. Having good information and service for your pond is a huge benefit to having a crystal clear and healthy koi pond. At certain times of the year ponds can tend to get out of control, usually during the peak growing season. Considering a pond and fountain maintenance service schedule for your koi pond is smart. This simple solution will reduce the need for costly pond cleanouts and the need for large amounts of pond chemicals.

Many homeowners have had ponds installed on their property, thinking that the ponds would be maintenance free, only to find out that there is no such thing. Always look for a pond services company that is able to provide you with the latest service and maintenance needs that you may require. A service company that also provides fish and plants, an all-in-one company, can make your choice more convenient for you.

Remember, it’s important that your service professional have an excellent knowledge of water quality, water cycle, and fish disease prevention. It is also nice to have a supplier that can provide items such as pond chemicals and premium fish food to your pond.

A pond service provider with in-depth pond equipment knowledge is also key. A good company knows how to maintain your pumps, filters, and other equipment so they remain trouble-free for many years. If any repair is needed, a qualified pond maintenance company will always be there to help.

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FEEDING YOUR KOI

There are many different schools of thought out there that have to do with feeding koi fish. It seems simple enough; there the fish are, here is some food, and they eat.

Unfortunately it’s not quite that simple, but it’s pretty straightforward. You might want to copy and print this article.

First, we need to talk about how often to feed your fish. It is always best to check water temperature and use that as a guideline.

50 degrees or lower: Feed 1 x per week

50-60 degrees: Feed 2-3 x per week

60 degrees and up: Feed 1x per day

These are simply guidelines to follow. If you don’t have a water thermometer, you can go by the season.

Winter: Feed 1x per week

Spring: Feed 2-3x per week

Summer: Feed everyday

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Next we take a look at how much to feed your fish. It is simple if you follow the 5 minute rule.

Do not give the fish any more food than can be eaten in a five minute period of time. If after 5 minutes there is still food on the water, remove with your net whatever is remaining.

As an owner you may think that your fish are still looking for food and are hungry, but this is very far from the truth. The Koi and Goldfish will continue to eat even if their stomach is full.

In other words, as long as food is present fish will continue to eat. They will become so full that they cannot digest their own food, and undigested food enters through their intestines.

The remaining food in their digestive tract begins to rot, which can lead to a variety of diseases and even death for the fish. This is why you need to resist overfeeding them.

By following this rule you will not have to worry about any ill effects of your fish over eating.

ENERGY SAVING PUMPS = SAVING MONEY

There are literally thousands of different types of pumps out there that are designed to move water from the pond bottom, through the filtration, then back up to the pond again.

Most pumps that I run into, that are above-the-ground style, are either pool or spa pumps that a builder has put on the pond.

After all, a builder figures that a pool supply house carries pumps, so he picks one up, installs it, and sure enough, the pump does the job of pumping the water.

The problem with this style of pump is, even though it will run for twenty four hours per day, these pumps are not designed to do that in an energy efficient manner.

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A pool or spa only needs to turn its own body of water over twice per day for effective filtering. That’s why a pool or spa pump is not always running.

Several hours per day is sufficient to filter the water. It doesn’t matter what the amp draw is when operating since it is not for a long period of time.

A pond pump, however, needs to be running twenty four hours a day in order to properly filter and oxygenate the pond.

I have seen ponds that run on pool pumps that are costing the homeowner hundreds of dollars per month to operate. Changing the pump out to a low speed unit will pay for itself in a matter of months.

The secret behind a low speed pump is simply that. It is running on half the speed of a pool pump but, because of the housing and impeller design, It can easily move as much if not more water than a high speed pool unit.

As a pond owner, do yourself a favor and change out that old, outdated energy sucking monster and start saving money right away!

FOUNTAIN TIP – CHLORINE WILL KILL YOUR POND

When maintaining a fountain, it is very important NOT to use chlorine to keep the water feature clean.

Unsightly algae growth is what everyone is trying to avoid, but at what cost to your fountain? Let me explain.

Chlorine does a great job of keeping algae out of the fountain, but will definitely ruin your pump! Chlorine is a drying (oxidizing) agent. Have you ever gotten out of a pool too see the dry chalky texture of your skin? That is chlorine at work!

Unfortunately for your fountain pump, the seals will become dried and then start leaking prematurely because of the drying chemical nature of chlorine.

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The other negative effect of using this harsh chemical is that it will start to stain the color of the fountain and bleach it out altogether.

If you have any plants, bushes or grass near the fountain, you may as well say goodbye. The splash-off effect from the water will kill plants quickly.

The alternative to chlorine is to use an algaecide formulated for fountains. This is what we use when we are maintaining fountains. The algaecide does not dry out pump seals, nor does it stain or kill plants.

If you are interested in having us maintain your fountain we can certainly help. Remember to stop using chlorine and switch over to a fountain algaecide. This will greatly reduce your chances of ruined fountain surfaces, as well as reducing pump problems down the road.

POND TIP – FILTRATION

Koi pond filtration is not super difficult. However, I have seen many frustrated pond owners because the filtration aspect of the pond was not planned out very well.

In many instances, the pond was constructed by a pool builder or landscape contractor that knew little to nothing about proper filtration of a pond.

It is best to have the filtration aspect of a pond planned out before the construction begins but, in most cases, proper filtration can be installed even after the construction is over.

A poorly maintained filter can cause water odor and even poor health in your fish.

Depending on the type of pond you have, how many gallons of water it holds, and how the pond is constructed, this will determine what type of filtration setup best fits your needs.

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A filtration setup usually consists of a number of stages that will mechanically remove debris and waste from the pond, and also some stages of biological filtering of the water as well.

Mechanical Filtration consists of trapping waste and debris that is in the water. Beads, pads ,and brushes are the most commonly used materials to accomplish this. Water that passes through these media types is cleaned because the media traps the waste as the water passes through it. Then the clean water is sent back to the pond through the return cycle.

Biological filtration is exactly that. Specific Media that is made for the filter unit grows various beneficial bacteria colonies. These specific bacteria convert excreted koi waste to less harmful compounds in the water. This occurs as the water is passed over the filter media that contain the beneficial bacteria.

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These are the basic filtration requirements needed for a koi pond. Contact us to see what specific filter model and size will be appropriate for your pond. We can design a filtration setup prior to construction of a pond, or retrofit an existing system as well.

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