All about Koi ponds

How to build a Koi Pond – Plan Before You Dig

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Don’t make the mistake of thinking any garden pond can handle Koi fish. That would be a big mistake. A koi pond is a complex water environment. It’s a water filtration plant with fish in it. One of the biggest mistakes people make is not making the pond big enough. Koi fish are large. They need adequate space to move around in.

There are many things you have to consider when you start a project to build a Koi pond. You have to provide for good water quality and filtration. Koi fish give off a lot of waste that needs to be continually removed from the pond. Good aeration is needed to keep the oxygen level right. There is also a variety of equipment that needs to be installed.

You need to thinks about picking the right location. Make sure it has the views that are most desirable so you can enjoy your pond. Make sure it’s located close to all the utility hook-ups you need. And don’t forget about easy access to the location if you plan on using any power excavation equipment.

Koi Feeding – Give them the Best

Friday, March 27th, 2009

A Koi’s growth rate is directly related to how they are fed. Their feeding pattern in turn, is dependent on a lot of factors, including water temperature and quality, number of fish in the pond and the genetic background of the fish.

They need food that contains various elements such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. These elements are essential for all animals to maintain healthy bodies, grow and reproduce.

The type of food and the amount to feed them will depend on the size of the Koi. The smaller fish need food in a size they can eat, while the larger fish will do just fine with larger pieces. If you have the usual mix of smaller and larger fish then you will have to make sure there is something for each. Make sure the smaller don’t get left out.

Most commercial Koi food comes in two types: floating and sinking. The sinking type is more suited to Koi since they are bottom feeders. This feed form can last longer at the bottom of the pond because the meal is held together with fats; and, therefore, not easily dissolved by cold water. One disadvantage in using this is that you will not see your Koi as they feed.

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