Koi ponds can become riddled with body waste. They require a lot of cleaning to keep them well maintained. Sticking to a frequent cleaning schedule can decrease the need for a complete cleaning. Keep reading to find out about how to go about your koi pond maintenance.
Seasonal Koi Pond Maintenance
Annual cleaning of koi ponds is typically done during spring. To do a complete cleaning of the koi pond, remove the fish and place in a tank in a cool area away from the sun. Ensure to put an aerator at the bottom of the tank so the fish can comfortably breathe.
Drain the water from the pond and disassemble the pump. Clean and examine the pond for cracks, leaks or any other type of damage. If you have sighted damage then have it fixed or replaced right away. Scrub rockwork with a pond scraper or appropriate algae remover.
You can take this opportunity to remove excess koi. When koi reproduce, the extra fish will add to the bio-load of the pond pass its requirement.
In that case, you can gather the young koi and give them to people you know or trade them at a pet shop. You can then go ahead and clean the pond with a pressure washer after which you reassemble the pump and replace other internal parts which were removed. Add a de-chlorinator as recommended by the manufacturer and refill the tank with fresh water.
Routine Koi Pond Maintenance
There are factors which determine the frequency of cleaning the koi pond. In areas with cold climates, seasonal maintenance is conducted during the spring after the fish has gone back to behaving normally and in autumn after a large majority of leaves have fallen.
In warmer climates, seasonal cleaning can be conducted at any time as long as it is on a regular basis. The importance of cleaning the pond during autumn is seen in cold climates where the removal of organic waste is essential to keeping koi alive.
It very important to get rid of the organic waste before the fish start hibernating since the decaying substance will take oxygen from the pond. Routine maintenance entails ensuring that the filtration system is kept in proper order.
You do not have to remove algae on a regular basis as a small amount actually provides oxygen for the fish. On the other hand, if you notice a large build up then this can be harmful. You can also invest in a pond vaccum as this removes waste matter from the pond.
To guarantee a healthy environment for your koi you should ensure that the water is clean and free from waste and toxic substances. Maintaining it requires both routine and seasonal cleanings.
Seasonal maintenance is done bi-annually while routine maintenance is done when required (generally twice per week). Both seasonal and routine maintenance are general and depends on the geographic location as well as the pond set-up.
Routine cleaning is not as labor intensive as seasonal cleaning. Koi tend to be very sensitive creatures and so as the owner, you should look out for any changes in their environment that would impact their well-being.
With routine koi pond maintenance, you will be better able to pin point these changes so your fish will be safe and healthy.