Pond Q&A - Pond Myths Dispelled...
In today's Pond Q&A, we have a question all the way from Trinidad.
Dear Mr Fogle,
Nice to hear from you ,but i must tell you I welcome all
the information i am getting from you on this web site it's just
that i live in the Caribbean - Trinidad to be precise, and i am
in the process of excavating my pond, but i have a few questions
for you and i hope you can put my mind at ease...
 Where i am putting my pond it occured to me it will be
getting sunlight from 7am to 1.30.2pm and it is my belief that I
will have a problem with algae , now i am aware of the uv filter
but it costs a great deal here and unfortunately i can't afford
it can you give me a more reasonable solution that I may use to
eleminate that problem when it arrise?
 Is it true that kois cannot really live with goldfish?
Someone told me they had some oranders and calicose with some red
cap big scale kois and the kois were sucking the eyes from the
goldfishes and then they would find the fish debowelled can you
put some light on this for me, because i have also a mix
collection but 5 & 6inches that i am allowing to grow together
from small do you think this may be in my favor?
And last as i live where it is relatively hot in the 32's 35's
how often should i feed my fish and what other than the koi
sticks grower and colorr enhancer mix, would you recommend i give
to them,like i also raise discus and i have my own home made feed
of beefheart shrimp vitamin and tetramin colourbits blended
together frozen in ice strays and i could use a block for one
week,I really want my fishes to be beautifull and healthy and
happy please help me.
Thanks for your email, it's great to hear from our international
subscribers! I actually had a call all the way from Russia just
last week, which really surprised me - but was nice to know our
messages are making it so far around the world...
To answer your questions, I understand that UV's can be a bit of
an investment, but they are really the only effective long-term
solution that we've found over the years, so you may want to
still consider one for your pond. Tetra Pond makes some
inexpensive units that act more as a clarifier, than a true UV
sterilizer, but work great just the same for clearing green
For more information about Tetra Pond UV's, have a look here:
For smaller ponds however (under 500 gallons), you can usually
get away with lots of submerged plants and nutrient eating
floating plants like water lettuce or water hyacinths. But be
careful with these, as they will quickly take over your pond as
they multiply like rabbits. Anachris is an excellent submerged
plant, that will also act as a natural filter brush, with it's
leaves trapping much of the floating sediment in the pond water,
while it absorbs much of the algae causing nutrients in the pond
and thus clearing the water.
POND MYTH: Kissing a Frog Will Not Turn it Into a Prince!
" Is it true that kois cannot really live with goldfish?"
Well that's just a myth, I'm afraid. Many people successfully
keep pond goldfish with their KOI.. I myself have never seen or
even heard of any goldfish having their eyeballs 'sucked out' or
'deboweled' by another fish.. Maybe a racoon or other predator,
but there's no such thing as a 'Cannibal KOI' ;-)
"I live where it is relatively hot in the 32's 35's how often
should i feed my fish and what other than the koi sticks grower
and colorr enhancer mix, would you recommend i give to them,"
During hot weather, and assuming you have proper biological
filtration to break down the fish waste, it's not uncommon for
koi owners to feed their koi 6-8 times per day, although not
necessary. Fish will survive just fine on 1-2 feedings per day,
but if you really want them to grow - then more is better. Just
make sure to monitor your Ammonia levels to make sure the koi are
not polluting the pond to toxic levels.
For bringing out the color of your koi, a good color enhancing
food like Hai Feng, or Hikari is a good idea (We'll be bringing
them both on soon!) or you can also try giving them Spirilina
sticks, Krill (shrimp), tubo-flex worms, and anything else that
will enhance their diet...
Koi will even eat Fruit! I've seen koi eat watermelon, oranges
and grapefruit before, and some koi owners will treat their fish
to these on a regular basis. My fish however, just like
pellets.. But your homemade fish cubes sound yummy for most fish,
I would definately try that as well.
Hope this helps,