For anyone who has ever owned a pond, they know that management of the koi pond is definitely not the fun part. Our aim is to keep the maintenance of your Koi pond to a minimum! If you slip behind it, it can be messy, smelly, and just never finish. Fortunately they can survive in water which is less than suitable for koi and gold fish. Unfortunately for us, it only means that the average citizen does not really see the issues occurring in their pond and it will start to get dirtier and the pond maintenance will never seem to end.Do you want to learn more? Visit Pond Maintenance.
If you want minimal maintenance of the koi pond, the water conditions have to be fine, or at least similar to it. What does that mean then? It simply means the levels need to be kept to a minimum, such as the nitrites, nitrates and ammonia. High rates mean further running of the pond. It’s one of two things that causes high levels of this, or a combination of both; overstocking your pond, or having improper or insufficient filtration. Overstocking a pond is a common mistake and easy to do, as koi grows rapidly and very large. The more fish you need to filter, and the more pond maintenance you’ll need to do!
Its well into sprint, you need to do it as soon as possible if you haven’t completed your yearly pond maintenance! You don’t want to slip back and make work at your pond worse. The first thing you should do is remove as much muck from the bottom of the pond as you can. Break off dead plants, and replace it. Just shake them off and give a good rinse with pond water, not tap water, to clean your filter mats and the bio media. Never clean your tap water filters as they contain chlorine and will destroy the beneficial bacteria. Freshen the water about half way empty and refill with dechlorinated water. In case any of the koi’s immune system is low, you may want to try and do this slowly, you don’t want to shock them. Just make sure the water’s dechlorinated. I use powdered dechlorinating agent. You merely blend it with some water and pour over it. It is much cheaper than dechlorinated liquid. You can get roughly 10 times the amount of dechlorinator for the same price.
And you did everything, you did your annual pond maintenance and it’s still not simple and your pond maintenance just never stops … How is it you are doing now? If you are constantly cleaning, and constantly pulling out string algae, it may be time to think about adding another or larger filter to minimize the maintenance of your pond. There are plenty of options but be sure to pick one that is the right size for your pond. And if your problem is too many fish, I doubt you’ll want to get rid of them so buy a tank that can handle the amount of fish or start building a bigger pond.