November 19, 2005

Today's Pond Q&A

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Today's Pond Q&A

In this issue:

- STOCKING DENSITY - HOW MANY KOI CAN I PUT IN MY 3400
GALLON POND?

- SALT - NOT CLEAR ABOUT PLANTS AND SALT DOSAGES
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Question>

Hi Carolyn,

I was wondering if you could tell me a basic rule of thumb
as to how many Koi you can put in a pond. Something along
the lines of how many pounds or inches of Koi per gallon of
water.

I have a 3400 Gallon pond with the Ultima II 4000, with
about 9 Koi. I want them to be big and as healthy as
possible.

Steve

P.S. How come Macarthur water gardens no longer carries
the Ultima II? Personally I love it.

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Answer>

Hi, Steve,

In figuring the stocking density of koi, this is a good rule
of thumb:

One 8 Koi needs 50 gallons

One 16 Koi is equivalent to four 8 Koi and needs 200
gallons

One 24 Koi is equivalent to twelve 8 Koi and needs 600
gallons

And remember the 8 Koi this year will be 12-16 next year,
and so on!

Steve, I can only say that Brett has a better product if he
has discontinued something. Have you checked the website
lately to see what's new?

-Carolyn

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Question>

On todays Q&A you stated that you could add 1 lb. of salt to
100 gallons of water in your pond, and you might want to
remove your plants. If not you could add 2 lbs. per 100
gallons. This employs that you can leave plants in pond
and use 2 lbs. per. 100 gallons. Wouldn't this be twice as
bad on your plants? Please clarify.

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Answer>

Sorry, apparently I wasn't clear on this. I meant if you
don't have plants in the pond you can use more salt (2%).
Some plants are more salt tolerant than others, but most
people have the really sensitive ones (Water Hyacinths,
Water Lettuce, etc.) in their ponds, so rather than have
people find out the hard way, I like to warn them that the
plants may need to be removed when adding salt. Or they
have the choice of using less salt.

- Carolyn

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Happy Pondkeeping!

MacArthur Water Gardens
www.macarthurwatergardens.com

MacArthur Water Gardens
PO Box 3628
Alpharetta, GA 30023-3628

Posted by bfogle at November 19, 2005 02:07 PM
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