If you are in the process of installing a koi pond this summer, make sure that you know how to take care of the pond once you get it up and running. Here are a few tips that will assist you with the process.
#1 Use A Water Filter
One of the most important things you can do to protect the fish in your koi pond is to purchase and install a water filter. You are going to want to install a high quality filtration system to keep all the molecules and debris that get into your water system out of your koi pond. You also want to have a good filtration system in place so that all the current water in your pond can be filtered and cleaned on a regular basis to remove environmental impurities that may get into your pond.
Next, you need a strong pump that is capable of filtering the amount of water you have in your pond. The size of the pump you need depends on how many fish are in your koi pond; make sure that the gallon capacity of your pond is easily met or exceeded by the capacity of your pump.
Finally, you need an ultraviolet sterilizer in your pond as well. This will prevent green algae from growing in your pond and contaminating the water supply.
#2 Check The Water On A Regular Basis
The second thing you can do for your koi pond is check the water on a regular basis. You need to check the water and make sure that it is clean and that the pH balance is right. If the water is not clean, generally it will have to do with a failure of one of the necessary systems that are discussed in step one. You should check your water on a weekly basis to make sure that it is providing your koi fish with a healthy environment.
#3 Keep The Temperature Just Right
Third, you need to make sure that you are keeping the temperature just right inside of your pond. You don't have to keep your water warm at all times; koi can survive in cold water and even in water where ice has formed on the top of it. However, it can be helpful to use a floating de-icer to break up the ice and make sure that the gas inside of the water is exchanging properly.
#4 Check Your Aeration System
You also need an aeration system set up. An aeration system will ensure that the fish in your pond have enough access to oxygen and it will pull out and release the carbon dioxide that is in your pond. A properly set up aeration system will keep the gases your fish needs in the pond and take out the gases that will harm them.
In order for your koi pond to thrive, you need to have an effective water treatment system like Waterman911 set up.