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Pond Maintenance

Preparing Your Koi Pond for the Winter

Posted by Minnie Ray Chaudhury on

Winter is almost here! Here are some helpful tips to keep your pond healthy over the cold winter months. Koi Care As the weather cools down, koi and goldfish metabolism starts to slow. To reduce the risk of over-feeding your fish during the colder months, switch to a wheat-germ based food as the temperatures fall below 70-60°. Wheat germ is more gentle on your fish’s metabolism and digestive system. When temperatures drop below 50°F, the bacteria in a fish’s digestive system are no longer able to process food. At this point, it is best to stop feeding your fish. While...

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Fall Tips for Your Pond and Koi Health

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Written by Nancy Moore of the Washington Koi & Water Garden Society, Volume 27, Issue 9.  Now that fall is practically here, this is a good time for reviewing several tips for koi keepers.First, stay on top of your water quality. Good water is the key to healthy koi. Don't let your weekly water changes slide, and remember that you want stable pH. Since most of us rely on the city water supply and not well water, it is important to keep pond water buffered, as city water has very little carbonate. Here in Bothell, tap water contains, usually,...

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How to Keep Your Summer Pond Healthy

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Written by our friends at Aquascape.  Your summer pond's water temperature might feel just right to you as you dip your toes into it after a long day of work. But once the water temperature rises above 80 Fº, you may run into problems. An obvious sign of an undesirable issue is noticing your fish gasping for air close to the water’s surface or near a fountain or waterfall. Warm water has a low capacity for holding oxygen, while cooler water can hold large amounts of oxygen. Warm water and increased activity in the pond go hand and hand. That...

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