protecting koi from herons 10 ways

protecting koi from herons

Here are some tricks to try: Use a heron decoy. A decoy like the Blue Heron Decoy, in your pond.

Create obstacles around the pond. Herons land around the perimeter of a pond and walk up to the water.

Startle them with water. Provide hiding places for your fish

What is the best heron deterrent?

.1) Pond Netting.
2) Koi and Goldfish Shelter.
3) Electric Pond Fencing.
4) Automatic Heron Sprinkler.
6) Blue Heron Decoy.
7) Alligator Decoy.
8) Mirrors or reflective surfaces.

Aquascape 98002 Protective Pond Netting by Aquascape 28′ x 30′

Due to increased demand, we temporarily have reduced product selection available for delivery to your region. We are working to improve selection availability as soon as possible.Size: 28 x 30 Feet

  • Use during the fall to control the amount of leaves that go into your pond
  • Comes with Hold-Down Staples to secure netting
  • Great for predator control like herons, hawks, & King fishers
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Rolled netting is easy to use and store
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Netting spreads easily over pond and landscaping
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Pull netting and secure in place with stakes – 14 included

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Product description

Size:28 x 30 Feet

Aquascape protective pond netting is ideal for keeping debris from entering the pond While keeping fish in & predators out. 

Aquascape multi-purpose pond netting comes conveniently rolled, making it simple & easy to install.

The reusable design allows for the netting to be used year after year. Aquascape pond netting comes complete with U-shaped stakes; keeping the net secure & in place.

Aquascape is passionate about the products we produce, providing unique products, designs, & features that stand above the competition. Available in 7′ By 10′, 14′ By 20′, & 28′ By 30′.

Protective Pond Netting

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Aquascape Protective Pond Netting effectively keeps debris and predators from entering ponds, waterfalls, and other water features. Keeping leaves and other debris out helps keep water features clean, clear, and healthy. The netting can also be used to keep pond fish safe from predators, such as herons. The quality woven poly material resists tearing and the reusable design allows the netting to be installed year after year. Aquascape pond netting comes conveniently rolled, making it simple and easy to install. The fourteen (14) included stakes keep the net securely in place.

Available in 3 convenient sizes!

7 ft x 10 ft, 14 ft x 20 ft, 28 ft x 30 ft.

How do I keep herons away from my pond?

Use a heron decoy. A decoy like the Pond Logic® Blue Heron Decoy, in your pond. …
Create obstacles around the pond. Herons land around the perimeter of a pond and walk up to the water. …
Startle them with water. …
Provide hiding places for your fish. full article here from Pond Guy

Protecting koi from Herons. Herons are beautiful, majestic birds that have one major flaw.

Herons love to feast on Koi, and where better than to find Koi fish then an unattended Koi pond or garden?

When you first notice a Heron in your garden, you may not even think of these birds as a danger.

Herons are 2 or 3 feet tall, with an extremely large wingspan.

They appear to be extremely graceful until you realize that the
beautiful sight you were just looking at could have potentially been a thief caught in the act.

If you noticed that your fish are missing in action, chances are a Heron is to blame.

You may even notice large gaping holes in the sides of your Koi.

This happens when a Heron attempts to catch one of your Koi fish, but does not get a good grip on it.

The other will notice their Koi laying on the lawn several feet away
from the pond, which is the result of a Heron dropping the Koi after removing it from the pond.

While nothing can completely stop this from happening, you can
do a few things to detour Herons from eating your pride stock of Koi.

While there are many types of technical equipment available to
attempt to detour Herons, you will quickly find that these types of
detours will only work for a small amount of time.

Protecting koi Some pond owners place a fake plastic Heron into their garden.

This is supposed to detour another Heron from landing there.

This works for parts of the season until the mating season comes.

Herons will be more likely to land near your plastic Heron when they are looking for a mate.

Various other types of equipment attempt to detour Herons by causing them discomfort.

This only works until the Heron get used to it, or just finds a way around it.

The only way to protect your Koi is by watching out for them.

A few simple things will not prevent Heron from visiting your
pond, but it will greatly reduce the presence of them.

Constantly change your routine. Herons are smart and know when you will typically be present.

Visiting your pond frequently at various times during the day will
greatly increase the chance that you will catch the Heron in action.

If you are unable to vary your routine, you may consider enlisting others to visit your pond as well.

Older, trustworthy children in the neighborhood may delight in
visiting your pond at various times of the day.

Giving them permission to visit whenever they want will allow
others to visit when you are unable too.

If you catch a Heron in the act, make as much noise and frighten the Heron as much as you physically can.

Shout, yell, throw things, or whatever you feel will scare the Heron.

The more frightened the Heron is, the less chance he is to return anytime soon.

Protecting koi Create a hiding place in your pond for your Koi fish.

More natural Koi pond owners have noticed that after a Heron
attacks a pond, it may seem that the Heron has got all the fish, only
to notice that the Koi start appearing from strange hiding places once the scare is over.

If you purposely provide a place for your Koi to hide in the event of
an attack, you greatly reduce the amount of fish that a Heron will leave with.

Do not worry about your Koi hiding from you, as they should know and trust that you will not hurt (or eat) them.

Do not restock your pond right away in the event of a Heron attack. Waiting to restock may send the Heron searching for new feeding grounds

Check out also koi art for koi fish paintings

How do you protect koi from predators?

Get Your Pet Dog to Help Protect Koi. Your guard dog, when trained to stay by or anywhere near the pond, can effectively scare away predators. …
Use Decoys Wisely. …
Install Motion-Activated Sprinklers or Alarms. …
Give Your Koi Safe Hiding Places.

How do I get rid of herons?

Place fish tunnels at the bottom of the pond. …
Install an alligator decoy in the pond. …
Fill the pond with the maximum amount of water possible.

What is the best heron deterrent?

All the below recommendations will help heron proof your garden pond and provide extra protection for your pond fish.
1) Pond Netting.
2) Koi and Goldfish Shelter.
3) Electric Pond Fencing.
4) Automatic Heron Sprinkler.
6) Blue Heron Decoy.
7) Alligator Decoy.
8) Mirrors or reflective surfaces.

What is the best heron deterrent?

pond netting for koi ponds

1) Pond Netting
One of the best heron deterrent methods is to simply install a strong pond netting over your surface water. Both netting and covers will immediately deter most herons and will also add an extra layer of protection between them and your fish.

AlpineReach Koi Pond Netting Kit 14 x 14 Feet Gift Box – Woven Fine Mesh Heavy Duty Stretch Net Cover for Leaves – Protects Koi Fish from Blue Heron Birds Cats Predators UV Protection Stakes Included

  • RELIABLE FISH PROTECTION – Brilliantly designed to keep your fish safe against Blue Heron birds, cats and other predators. The protective net is knitted using UV-resistant material and provides safeguarding from the Sun. The lightweight net floats above the waterline so your fish don’t get caught.
  • 3/8 INCH HEAVY DUTY FINE MESH – The net’s extra strength comes from a tightly woven mesh and works extremely well. The 14’ x 14’ size is suitable for small to medium sized ponds & pools and may be effortlessly cut down to size.
  • KEEPS OUT SMALLEST LEAVES & DEBRIS – The dense mesh will keep your pond & pool staying beautiful and clean; capturing the smallest leaves. It is adapted for enduring through the Fall. Perfect for gardeners, aquascaping, watergardens, waterfall features, DIY and people who appreciate a tidy look.
  • QUICK SETUP & VERSATILITY SAVES TIME – All durable stake accessories are easy-to-use and included. Just follow the simple instructions or for multi-purpose use. Our net is highly versatile for outdoor activities.
  • QUALITY ASSURANCE – The original woven fine mesh netting recommended by pond owners worldwide. Beware of cheaper imitations. AlpineReach products go through a rigorous design and testing process so our customers receive top products with top customer service.

14 ft x 14 ft Pond & Pool Netting: Durable Fine Mesh

Our Pond & Pool Netting: Dense Mesh Edition is so tightly woven it will stop the smallest leaves from falling through the net. It passes the penny drop test and the coin will not slip through!

The dense mesh offers extra high tensile strength – suited to ward off predators from your fish.

Choose AlpineReach for high quality products.

The Ideal Pond & Pool Protection Netting

  • Simple to setup
  • 3/8 inch Dense Mesh
  • UV Protection
  • Heavy Duty
  • Floating Net
  • 300 square feet Net
  • Approx. 1 lbs Net
  • Protect Fish against predators
  • Designed to capture small leaves
  • 14 x Stakes included for securing net

Netting Tip: When placing the net try to keep the length at 14ft or less. Stretching the net lengthwise will cause the width to go smaller than 14ft because of the diamond shaped mesh.

Note: do not use as a swimming pool safety net

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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