Koi Pond Management
Koi ponds are wonderful water features that can heighten the beauty of any property, but they take some work when it comes to maintenance and health, but it’s money well spent. While outdoor ponds are subject to wear and tear due to the weather, they can also suffer from neglect because owners don’t understand the care they require.
Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone. At AquaPond, we can help with our koi pond installation and maintenance services. But there are three simple koi pond care tips that anyone can and should do to ensure healthy pond life and beauty.
Be Careful of Overpopulation
It’s tempting to fill your koi pond with as many vividly colored fish as is aesthetically pleasing, but you need to make sure you aren’t overdoing it. Fish produce a lot of waste, and if you have too many koi for the number of gallons in your pond, oxygen levels can drop, resulting in unchecked growth of floating organic matter.
In addition, your fish will have to compete with each other for oxygen. This could lead to all of them suffering or dying on you. Don’t overfill your pond, or re-home some should you think you already have.
Koi are pretty easy to feed and fun to watch as they are enthusiastic eaters. That said, you only need to provide them small bits at a time over the day—five or six minutes per feeding is usually more than enough.
If you start seeing excess food floating about, you’re feeding them too much. The uneaten food sinks and adds to the layer of fish waste and other debris. This can end up reducing oxygen in your pond.
Feeding a little bit at a time makes cleanup more manageable and lessens the chance of harming your fish’s environment.
Do Some Quick Cleaning
If you’re taking a few minutes to feed your koi, you probably also have a few minutes for some quick preventative maintenance.
Take this moment to grab a skimmer and remove any leaves or debris you see on the surface before they’ve had a chance to turn into muck at the bottom. Just a few extra minutes a day can save you a lot more time (and expense) later down the line. And it will keep your koi healthier and your pond more beautiful for longer.
Take Advantage of Qualified Experts
Koi ponds come in all shapes and sizes. So when it’s time to select the best filters—and you want the best filters—and pond cleaning tools, you should make sure you have the best team possible on hand to help.
The experts at AquaPond can be that team. Reach out today for a quote for koi pond installation and maintenance services so that you can embrace the beauty and ambiance of these colorful, playful fish in your outdoor space.