Sunday, December 17, 2006

How guarded pond so that koi continued to live healthy

These are some tips how to guarded pond so koi live healty

1. The quality of water
The filtering and the good circulation will help increased the quality of water.According to Takeo Kuroki, the expert koi from Japan, the determining factor of the colour koi was the quality koi (70%), water (20%), and the other factor (10%).That was the reason, important for us to guard the quality of water.This screening could be carried out in a chemical manner and in a manner biology.The level pH water better revolve between 7,2-7,4 and the content of the iron, chlorine and sulphur is low.If too much the alkali (the water pH too high), could be unloaded by increasing the liquid aquavital.Don't forget to pay attention to the hardness of water when the condition for water was felt not better.

2. The amount of food
Must be paid attention to in giving food, don't give food too few but also should not give too many.When too few clear koi you will appear thin, but if gave too excessive precisely was in vain food that was not eaten will pollute water, settled afterwards the process of the disintegration will happen.This really damaging.

3. The disposal of the waste
Manner the Disposal of the waste not meant to drain the pond totally, but threw waste sediment that was done according to the requirement through the sewerage system to the ditch away.If koi that in the amount pond a little then his waste was automatic in the pond a little, possibly the disposal might not be carried out every day.

4. The sun rays
That was good if your koi pond got the sun rays although was not too long.When too long then will speed up algae until the pond appeared green and turbid.If making the pond indoor, try to get to give information light above.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Winter, Winter, Winter .... KOI Care

Winter is the coldest season of the year. Cold weather can be a serious problem to koi. If you live in the nether regions, then you probably get snow and ice. Even though koi are very hardy, it is not worth the risk of letting your koi go uncared for over the winter. Koi go dormant in winter, so they do not eat or produce any toxins. You must take appropriate steps to insure your kois’ survival. Do not feed your Koi if the water temperature is below 50°F. Food will sit in your Koi's stomach and rot.

If you live in an area where is may get so cold that the entire pond freezes, then you must create a temporary indoor pond. It is a good idea to keep a space open in your pond for gas exchange. Carbon Dioxide needs to get out of the water and fresh oxygen needs to get in the water. This can be done with an aquarium powerhead and/or an airstone. You may use a kiddy pool or multiple tanks to keep each individual koi in. These should be kept in a room such as a basement, or the garage.

Since this will be a tight environment for your koi, you must keep them very inactive to insure that the pH or ammonia levels do not rise. You will probably notice your Koi sitting on the bottom of your pond. This is normal, Koi are Poikilothermic (cold-blooded), so their activity level coincides with the water temperature. To keep your koi inactive, have the room fairly dark and cold. Have it drop no lower than 45 degrees (f) and no higher than 60 degrees (f). In the winter, Koi will go to the warmest area. Since water is at it's densest at 39.2°F, the warmer water will be at the bottom of your pond.

Make sure your water temperature doesn't drop below 34°F. If it does, ice crystals will start to form on your Koi's gills. Remember that one koi needs at least 60 gallons of water. You can drop it to 40 gallons if you have a good filtration/aeration system set up. Ice crystals can kill a Koi. Don't add any salt to your pond in the winter either. Salt lowers the freezing point of water, so if you add some to your pond, it could possible kill your Koi because the water temperature could drop below even 30°F. Each week change 25 percent of their water. Constantly test the Ammonia and pH levels in the tanks, and adjust them when necessary.

It is also a good idea to shut off any waterfall. The only thing a waterfall will do in the winter is lower the water temperature. Feed the koi only if they appear slightly active, or hungry. Otherwise, do not feed them at all. During winter koi naturally go into hibernation (if the conditions are right) and do not need to be fed. A waterfall could even freeze up, causing all of the water to pump out of your pond.

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