A well-maintained koi pond can turn a boring backyard into a peaceful oasis.
Koi ponds are a beautiful addition to any home and they are certainly
worth the effort they require. However, don’t break ground and start
digging a pond until you’ve considered these important tidbits about
koi care, pond maintenance, and how to set yourself up for decades of
enjoyment as a koi pond owner:
Koi are hardy, durable fish. If properly cared for, koi can live more than 50 years. They are also
sturdy enough to tolerate small changes in water temperature when they
have to and are able to live peacefully with other koi, making them ideal
candidates for the sort of populated, outdoor ponds our clients love.
2.…but you’re bound to lose a few. Koi are not high-maintenance fish, but they do require a specifically-tailored
environment in order to live for the maximum amount of time. The original
state of your koi pond will likely be imperfect, and you are likely to
lose at least one or two koi during the initial stages of your time as
a koi pond owner.
3.Water temperature makes a big difference. Koi can survive and thrive in a variety of water temperatures, but it’s
still important to pay attention to monitor the temperature on a regular
basis, especially if you live in an area that experiences significant
heat. When water is heated more than 85 degrees, it holds less oxygen
and your koi can die of oxygen depletion.
4.When it comes to pond size, play the long game. You may start off with a handful of koi, but you may want to add more later.
However, you could be prevented from growing your koi population if your
pond isn’t big enough. Also remember that your young koi may double
in size over time and may outgrow a small or shallow space. When dreaming
up your ideal koi pond, give yourself room to grow and remember that it’s
better to build a koi pond that is a little bigger than necessary than
to have one that is too small.
5.Bacteria are your friends, and so is the Nitrogen Cycle. It may seem counter intuitive, but clear water isn’t necessarily
an indicator of a perfect aquatic environment. In fact, if the water in
your koi pond is completely transparent, it likely means there are important
bacteria and Nitrogen compounds missing, which your koi need in order
to thrive. A little bit of algae is also good for the oxygenation in your
pond and will help keep your fish fed and healthy. Eventually your koi
pond environment may stabilize, but you will have to keep a close eye
on changes in algae, temperature, water clarity, etc. for the first few years.
can have too many koi.
There is a specific amount of koi you can safely house in one pond. The
right number of koi will depend on the inches of fish, the depth, and
the overall size of your pond. If you populate a new koi pond with smaller,
younger fish, they may ultimately outgrow it, forcing you to remove some
koi in order to avoid overcrowding and illness.
7.Learn to watch for signs of sickness in you koi. Koi are not picky eaters, so if any of them are not eating, this is a bad
sign. If you notice inflammation or color changes in the skin or see that
one of your koi is swimming with its fins stuck to its sides, you may
want to consult with a veterinarian or aquarium maintenance specialists
in order to identify the problem. It is especially important to watch
for these signs of illness in the early stages of your koi pond, at which
point sudden, drastic changes can occur and harm the koi.
8.Consider potential predators and how to outsmart them. Even if your koi pond is fenced in, covered by an awning, or built in an
otherwise protected portion of your home, predators are a reality you
will have to reckon with. Herons are natural predators, as are raccoons,
foxes, cats, and others. Depending on the particular threat, there are
means of deterring predatory creatures and keeping your koi safe.
Already Have Your Dream Koi Pond in Mind? Talk to an Expert Before Breaking Ground.
If you are interested in boosting the beauty and value of your home by
adding a koi pond, you’ll need help with digging, design, maintenance,
and everything in between. That’s what Living Art Aquatic Design
Inc. is here to provide. We have been providing custom aquariums in Los
Angeles since 1969 and know what it takes to give you the koi pond you’ve
been dreaming of.
Call (310) 626-1448 today to get started!