how to keep a koi pond clean

Understanding the Importance Of Keeping Your Koi Pond Clean

“Over The Garden Wall With Oaky” Today I want to talk about the importance of keeping your Koi Carp pond clean. Remember it really should be one of your number one priorities. A clean pond could mean the difference between your Koi living a beautiful stress-free life, or potentially suffering until they ultimately die. The water in which your Koi live is not only where they eat, sleep, and feed, but it is also where they use the bathroom as well. If you do not properly clean your pond, it is almost as if your Koi are living in the bathroom toilet. Besides your Koi will always look beautiful when swimming in clear clean and well-oxygenated water

The water in your pond should almost be completely clear. Your pond should contain no floating or suspended debris, and the Koi should appear to be floating in air. If you are unable to see the bottom of your pond, then chances are your pond is not clean enough.

We know that you take great pride in your pond, especially when you were constructing the beautiful landscape around it, and picking out flowers that bloom in beautiful colors and have a beautiful smell that is unmatched. However, no matter how beautiful the landscape around the pond is, a pond is not successful unless you can sustain beautiful fish within the water. While ponds are designed to resemble nature, you must remember that your Koi pond is actually just a really large outdoor fish tank, and that it needs to be treated as such.

Unlike natural water systems, fish tanks need a large amount of care. Filtration systems are needed to maintain water quality, and a pump system is needed to keep the water moving.

In nature, Koi would not eat nearly the amount of food that they do in controlled ponds. It is not unheard of for pond owners to feed many pounds of food to their Koi per week. This produces a larger amount of waste, whether it comes from the digestion process on the Koi’s part, or the amount of uneaten food that has settled to the bottom and spoiled. It is important to vacuum the bottom out as much as possible, and make sure all types of drainage systems are clear and in working order.

Another issue is the fact that your pond is indeed, outside. Being outdoors, your fish tank faces problems that a normal indoor fish tank would never have to deal with. Debris can easily find its way into your pond. It is important to skim your pond as much as possible.

No matter if your blame the Koi, yourself, or nature for the pond not being clean, it is important for you to clean it up. The health of your Koi is at stake if you do not. Even if your water quality is clear, a large amount of debris can cause your Koi stress. Stressed fish are more susceptible to disease and viruses.

Preventing Cleanliness Issues

Above cleaning your pond on a regular basis, adding preventative measures can also increase the cleanliness of your pond.

Keeping your pond moving is one way to help keep your water quality up Moving water adds more Oxygen to your water, as well as potentially keep floating debris for collecting in your pond. Moving water can be achieved several ways such as waterfalls, fountains, and pump filtration systems designed to move water.

Another way you can avoid cleanliness issues is by keeping your amount of fish down. Start by buying smaller amounts of fish as spawning will cause you to have babies in the near future. The less fish, the less waste is involved.

Until we meet again “Over The Garden Wall” it’s back to my potting shed for me. An Amateur landscape Gardeners work is never done, no matter what time of year it is.

Here’s to your Koi Carp pond cleaning success

John Elliott aka Oaky Wood together with Luella May co-founded and are great believers in the relaxation and stress relief properties of having your own Koi Carp Pond somewhere in your landscaped garden. John has been an avid Amateur Gardener for over 25 years


Click here to get the koi fish guide for the koi fish keeping secrets that you’ll need.

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  1. Step 1 – Use A Skimmer. …
  2. Step 2 – Use a Pond Vacuum To Clean The Pond Floor. …
  3. Step 3 – Make Use Of Supplementary Beneficial Bacteria. …
  4. Step 4 – Manage and Remove Algae Growing In Your Pond. …
  5. Step 5 – Optimize Water Filtration.

Is it hard to maintain a koi pond?

Often times the maintenance issue is not even considered until after the pond is built. A poorly designed koi pond can be so hard to maintain that it can ruin your whole koi keeping experience.

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Author: Giovanni Carlo

I am a koi fish keeper and breeder a husband of beautiful wife Maybel and beautiful daughter May Carl I have been in fish keeping hobby for over 35 years. Like many kids in the 80's We catch fish in the rivers and canals and kept it in the "pasong" local visayan name for pond. or a large mayo bottle since We don't have aquariums yet on that time. decades later their is a small petshop open in my place and that starts me from buying aquarium and fishes that are sold in the pet store decades later start growing goldfish and koi fish until today.

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