When seasons change, and the weather affects us, it also affects your pond fish. When spring approaches there are steps we must take to assure that our koi fish are ready for the approaching warmer weather. I have outlined a few steps you can do to make sure your koi fish remain healthy and robust in their pond environment.
Remove all winter debris from your pond-One of the most important things you can do before starting your pond filtration is to make sure all debris is removed from your pond. In colder climates where pond surfaces freeze, it is essential that all waste and decay is removed. This will make it easier for your filtration system to clean the smaller particles of waste and clear your koi fish pond of murky water.
Filtration system-Before starting your pump, make sure you check all pump and filter connections. Make sure your hoses are in good shape and tight, looking for any that may be worn or cracked, if they are replace them. This step alone can save you time and headaches later. I even recover my pond with the winter net because in my area I have a threat of blue herons raising havoc in early spring. After I feel that the fish are safe I remove the net.
Starting your pump and filtration system-After doing the above two steps it is time to start your filtration pump. Water circulation should begin almost immediately. On small yard or garden ponds, make sure your water level is at last years level and adding water if needed. It will take a few hours to completely clear your koi fish pond, so be patient.
Things to observe-Check to make sure you fish are healthy. Just by observing them for a few minutes can tell you if they are healthy or not. Many times the first feeding will tell you about their health and well-being. They should be very hungry, so don’t over feed them. If you notice fish that are not eating it should concern you because it could be a sign of disease or sickness.
Doing these four simple steps can keep you from being a unhappy ornamental fish pond owner. You probably are wondering what makes me an expert about koi fish? I have been raising fish and maintaining my own ponds for over 15 years now. I have acquired much knowledge from other fish pond owners who have koi such as myself, talking to them about raising fish, what to look for to find possible disease, and what is the best kind of filtration systems they recommend. Keeping your pond clean is just like keeping your own home clean. I developed a website dedicated taking care of koi fish, it’s called Taking Care of Koi Fish.