As a new Koi pond owner you may be overwhelmed with the total amount of supplies you will have to keep on hand to properly maintain your new Koi pond. The importance of these items should not be dismissed at all even though you will be overwhelmed. You can actually dismiss the feeling once you do know the reason why they are needed.
Â There will actually be certain things you will need to have on hand at all times. Emergency situations do occur simply because your pond is outdoors. We have yet the ability to predict nature and what will happen so you do not want to be caught in a situation where there is no way to get the component or Koi pond supplies you need.
Â You must have a working filtration system in order for your pond to be clear of unwanted pollutants and maintaining the proper water quality. If you do not have a proper filter water quality issues will definitely occur and this will in turn cause your fish to die or have health issues.
Â A pump is absolutely essential for the health of your Koi pond. If your water is not moving there is absolutely no way the system can process the water. Moving water can be from waterfalls or fountains, but they should not completely replace the pump.
Â If you try to use tap water remember that tap water has chemicals that will potentially harm your fish. When adding new water to your Koi fish pond, you must add Dechlorinator to eliminate these chemicals.
Â Test Kits
Â Ammonia and nitrite test kits should be on hand at all times. You will actually need to perform weekly tests on the pond water. This will help you ensure you have good water quality at all times. You may also have to do an emergency test if you see your Koi acting strangely in the water.
Â Pond Salt and Baking Soda
Â Pond salt and baking soda are the way you will regulate the kH and Nitrate levels in the event you find them out of adjustment. Your pond size will determine the amount you are supposed to use. You will also have to determine if the issue itself will require these adjustments.
You must have the proper bags on hand in the event you have to transport your Koi anywhere. Do not try to transport your Koi in a regular trash bag or plastic bag as these are not made for this and may damage your Koi. If you did not remember to keep the original bags your Koi were transported in from the fish store you will have to purchase some. Make sure they are large enough to hold your Koi.
Â Rubber Bands
Â You will probably need several rubber bands per bag. You must make sure the rubber bands are of good quality so they do not slip off the end of the bag when you are transporting your Koi. It would be bad business if the bag opened and all the water ran out in the middle of transporting your Koi somewhere.
Â You will probably need a good sized net to compete with your Koi. You will not need to put the Koi in the net and pull them out of the water, but you will have to be able to lead and direct your Koi into a place you want them. A net can potentially damage your Koi. This is especially true for the larger ones.
Â Paint Bucket
Â A paint bucket may be the best option for catching your Koi. A paint bucket cannot hurt your Koi like a net will. All you have to do is make sure the paint bucket is big enough to handle the size of your fish.
Â Koi Staple Food
Â Koi are like anything livingâ€”they need to be fed daily. You can talk with your local pet store owner when looking for the food you want to feed them. They will actually have to have different foods for different seasons. You will be able to train the Koi to eat out of your hand, so make sure you get some food the right size so you can do this.
Â Koi Treats and Snacks
Â Much like other animals Koi like snacks and treats. They will respond in a playful manner to get them. You will be able to find specific Koi treats at your local pet store. If you want to feed other foods to your Koi you can feed them vegetables, fruit and bread.