Tips To Caring The Koi Ponds
Koi ponds are a type of water garden that house koi fish. They are enclosed ponds with re-circulating fresh water. While koi ponds don’t need a lot of care, there are some things you routinely need to do to keep your koi thriving. Here are some tips to caring koi ponds. Algae growth is unsightly in a koi pond and it can deprive the fish of oxygen. During the filtration process, ammonia becomes a nitrate that doesn’t harm the fish. Unfortunately, algae thrive on nitrate and the algae can take over the pond. When that happens, the amount of oxygen available to the fish diminishes. Algaecides can help control algae growth, but you must read and follow labels carefully. It’s necessary to use repeated doses of algaecide throughout the warm months. The addition of an ultraviolet, or UV, filter to the pond’s filtration system may also help reduce the amount of algae growing in the koi pond. String algae, another type of algae common to fish ponds, attaches itself to the walls of the pond. Algaecides used once a month can help control its presences as well.
Two types of filtration system are common in koi ponds: mechanical and biological. Mechanical filtration involves the removal of solid waste, such as leaves and grass that fall into the pond. Skimmers and pump baskets are two ways to collect and trap this type of organic material so you can remove it from the pond. Biological filtration systems use specific aerobic bacteria to break down waste products in the water. A biological filter needs a growth media, such as gravel or foam, for the bacterial culture to grow. Along with the koi, the bacteria need plenty of oxygen to thrive. Koi pond care involves routine monitoring of both types of filtration systems.