Koi pond maintenance is essential in keeping your pond healthy and beautiful. The following seven maintenance tips will allow you to keep your pond healthy for your fish and plants as well as keeping its beautiful appearance.
Tip One – Buy a Filtration System
Keeping the water clean is the first step to a clean pond. Purchase a filtration system that removes organic debris that attract algae in order to maintain the pond water. Also include filtering plants, like the Anacharis, which naturally clean water as they grow.
Tip Two – Create Shade Over the Pond
Algae love the sun and need it to survive. By keeping your pond at least 60% shaded, you provide protection for your Koi as well as proactively maintain against algae blooms.
Tip Three – Cleaning Items within the Pond
When the water is changed each month, take the time to scrub rocks, tiles, or other items you have within the pond in addition to the sides of the pond with hot water and an algae scrub. This a great way to maintain your koi pond and prevent algae blooms.
Tip Four – Keep your Koi Population Under Control
Koi need room to grow and move. Make sure to have a pond large enough for them to breed and feed comfortably. If your fish become crowded and overpopulated, waste will cause algae to bloom and fish to die.
Tip Five – Remove Harmful Debris
Regularly remove items that your filtering system can’t remove. This includes trimming back and removing dead plant life, muck that gets caught in your water pump or filter, and local bugs that might damage the Koi’s diet.
Tip Six – Pond Draining
To keep your pond water fresh daily, drain about ten percent of what’s in the pond and replace it with fresh water. This is an easy and daily way to maintain your koi pond and ensure an healthy ecosystem for the inhabitants.