Koi ponds lend unique aesthetic beauty to lawns and gardens. As you work to maintain an ideal environment for your fish while keeping them healthy, you will surely encounter a number of important issues that needs to be addressed. Being aware of these potential problems can help ensure that you are able to implement measures to prevent and/or address such issues before it’s too late.
The recommended pH of Koi ponds range from 6.8-8.2, with 7.0-7.5 as the ideal values. As pH level in the pond increases, it can give rise to a life-threatening situation that will endanger the life of your fish. Although there may be natural fluctuations in the pond’s pH, this is not something to be concerned about as long as they remain insignificant. However, extreme pH fluctuations and pH levels that are outside the recommended range can increase your koi’s vulnerability to bacterial infection.
To address your pond’s pH problems, make sure to conduct regular testing using commercially available test kits, and using buffers and acids if there is a need for adjustments. Buffers will help increase water pH while acids reduce pH.
Predators are usually active during the night. Being outside, the inhabitants of the koi pond are vulnerable to predators including cats, raccoons, and other wild animals known to prey on fish in ponds. If predators are an issue for you and your fish, it is advisable to consider making the pond deep enough or by placing a net on the water’s surface that will act as a barrier between the predator and the pond’s inhabitants.
Parasite species that can infest on your fish are often microscopic and are difficult to identify. To prevent parasitic infestation, it is wise to invest in an excellent filtration system that incorporates a UV sterilizer.
Poor oxygen levels
As oxygen levels in the pond water decreases, this creates a dangerous situation that can be fatal for your koi. Unfortunately, many pond owners fail to realize they are besieged by this problem until it is too late. You can help ensure that adequate oxygen is present in the pond water by adding aquatic plants or a small garden fountain or waterfall.
Excessive algal growth
Algal bloom can interfere in the koi’s ability to see. Excessive algal growth can also result in less available oxygen for your fish. To address the problem, you can reduce the algae’s exposure to sunlight by tinting the pond water or by adding a small amount of salt to the pond water. However, before adding salt, make sure you don’t have any plants in the pond which are not salt tolerant.
About the Author:
This is a guest post by Peter Hartono. Peter is an aquarium hobbyist and fish pet lover who devoted his life in producing home-grown aquatic plants. He is also the founder of Just Aquatic, a proud Australian company and retailer of a wide range of aquarium supplies including Zoo Med, BiOrb and Exo Terra.