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     Pond Tips
 Tips in General for a Healthy Pond

Tips for Opening the Pond

  • Turn on waterfall when temperature is around 50F.
  • Clean any debris from bottom and remove dead plants.
  • Carefully inspect fish for damaged fins, scales, dermis, signs of disease, redness, lethargy.
  • Test water! 
  • Do 10-30% water change.
  • Clean filters well and check that everything is working.
  • Do scrapings on three fish for parasites.
  • Do daily water tests and watch for ammonia.
  • Treat any sick fish; treat pond for parasites if needed.
  • Feed small quantities of easily digested food when temperature is stable at 55 or higher.

Adding New Plants

  • Wash new plants well with fresh water
  • Soak in approved pesticide to eliminate any crustaceans or parasites
  • Plant in bog rather than pond with koi
  • Quarantine, quarantine, quarantine!
  • Buy from reputable sources only.
  • BEWARE:  water plants spread rapidly

Adding New Fish

  • Koi grow to about 36 inches at maturity
  • Can the filter carry one more fish?
  • Do you have an adequate quarantine tank?
  • Inspect the fish, scrape them, and treat with melafix for lost scales and stress.
  • QUARANTINE FOR SIX MONTHS
  • NEVER dump container water into pond with the fish.

Pesticides?

  • Know what you are trying to eliminate
  • Measure carefully
  • Know the exact dimensions and volume of the pond
  • Try salt first!
  • If plant aphids are the problem, try dipping in another container rather than adding chemicals to the pond.

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