how to build a koi pond made up of tarpaulin fish pond (trapal)
how to build a koi pond. (trapal pond)is the Favorite choice of poor man’s koi fish keeper and koi fish breeders here in the Philippines.
It is easy to build though it won’t last long at least you can enjoy using it for years if proper maintenance and care are done.
Pro Tip on how to make your Trapal koi pond last long.
Make sure it will not have direct sunlight install roofing to your trapal koi pond the best roofing material is plastic cover in order for the sunlight can penetrate but will not damage the trapal koi pond.
If possible the koi pond should be dug not above the ground it will protect the trapal koi pond from sun damage and unstable temperature that will make it deteriorate fast
Make sure that the water level should be at the topmost level of the pond the water protect it from harmful sunlight rays that will deteriorate it faster.
Here is another video of my trapal koi pond that I built with bamboo frame.
Here below is the photo of trapal that are used as pond liner for most koi keepers and other fish keepers in the Philippines.
How to build trapal koi pond
Build the trapal koi pond frame it is up to you what materials are you going to use bamboo or wood. You can also dig the ground if you prefer not to build trapal koi pond frame. I highly recommend this since it will make your trapal last longer than raised koi pond design.
After you are done with the frame or dug a hole in the ground check the grounds if there are any sharp objects like stones, nails, roots of the trees etc and then add protection like carton or newspaper.
Now layout the trapal in the frame or earthen hole koi pond fold each edge to ensure that there are no sides that are stretching
After they are now in place secure them with u nails to stick them if you are using bamboo or wood frame for the earthen koi pond place stones to each edge to hold the trapal.
add water and then install also your filtration system my suggestion is used airlift filtration system it is cheaper in power consumption, your safe for any electrical shock and does not clog up like the submersible pump.
After your filtration system is installed run it for a week before adding your koi fish.
Here is the video on how to properly fold the edges of the trapal to make it smooth and no hanging parts on its side watch here
Here is a video of a simple demonstration how the airlift pump works you can google to find designs in airlift filtration system in the meantime check out my video below
Tarpaulin pond for profitable fish farming Fishes are raised in an aquatic environment. Fish can be cultured anywhere there is water.
Constructing a Small Fish Pond in the Garden: Our home garden hosts a lot of money … I have purchased a water-proof tarpaulin of 6 ft x 9 ft size.
how fast do koi fry grow this will depend on the temperature of the water the climate the faster they grow because warmer temperature stimulate their metabolism and this will trigger them to eat fast.
What do koi fish eggs look like?
Koi like to lay their eggs on pond plants, spawning mats, or spawning ropes. … Koi eggs are tiny and translucent.
They can range from milky white to yellow or green. After the next two days, the koi fish eggs will hatch
Here is a video of a koi fry growth chart watch it here
koi fry growth rate in the first week from hatching their sizes are about 1 cm and their koi fry color are all yellow yet.
you can watch this video of my 1-week old koi fry
how fast do baby koi grow to depend on the temperature, size of the pond and sources of live foods.
If you feed them daily with live foods they grow too fast also if your temperature is warmer they tend to feed more in warmer temperature because warm climate makes their metabolism fast, so they get hungry all the time.
koi eggs hatching depends on the temperature here in my place which is tropical and warm koi eggs hatch in 2 days in colder region koi eggs hatch for 7 to 10 days.
3-week old koi fry
what do baby koi fish look like It really depends on the stage for the first-week yellow, second week two colors appear black and yellow, third week 3 colors? If you want to see baby koi fish fry see my video below
1-Week Old Koi Fry Video
2-Week Old Koi Fry in our koi breeding
3-Week Old Koi Fry
4-Week Old Koi Fry Video
5-week old koi fry video
6-week old koi fry video
Here is the vidoe of my 7-week old koi fry now
Update of our koi fry today, they are now 8-week old koi fry, here’s a video below
Update today the koi fry are now 9-week old koi fry their number decreases because
I was not able to remove the tobi koi fry and last week also the water quality was degraded because some of the clams died and also their pooh increase already since they are growing to watch the video below
THE NATURE OF TOBI
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Anyone who breeds koi knows about tobi. In other species these are often called “shooters”.
They occur in goldfish spawns too. They are the fry that grow to juvenile size very quickly.
They are noted for eating their smaller siblings.
Most tobi koi do not have the refined characteristics the breeder is looking for, although some do.
I have never seen a good explanation of how and why tobi develop.
If anyone knows of an authoritative description, please let us know. Until then, I will give you my off-the-wall
theory about tobi.
I think tobi are hard to explain because there are two factors at work, genetics and blind luck.
Genetics: Koi and goldfish carry in their genetic code remnants of everything that come before.
A top-notch pair of gosanke or ranchu carries all the genetic material needed to make the ancestral common carp or crucian carp from which they were derived through selective breeding.
They also have all the genetic material needed to recreate the incremental steps in their evolution.
In the offspring from a pair of sanke you will find kohaku, higoi and perhaps even a magoi.
A group of ryukin offspring may include individuals with characteristics of wakin and common goldfish.
The more ancestral forms are always more hardy.
Left to their own devices and allowed to breed indiscriminately for many generations, a population of koi will revert
back to something resembling the ancestral common carp and goldfish will revert back to something resembling a crucian carp.
In a group of sibling fry, those with a more primitative genetic make-up will be just a little bit stronger and faster giving them a slight advantage when it comes time to eat or avoid a predator.
But, in the world of fish fry, a slight advantage can become amplified many fold.
There is a snowball effect. A fry that gets just a little bit bigger than its siblings is better able to
capture and compete for food so it grows faster.
The larger the size disparity, the bigger the advantage. So, over just a few weeks time an individual that is just slightly
larger than its siblings becomes ten times larger than its siblings.
At some point, the size disparity becomes so great that the larger individual can eat its siblings providing it
with a new limitless food supply.
The snow ball effect escalates. Blind Luck But, how can some tobi be excellent examples of highly refined koi or goldfish and show no signs of being a throw-back to an ancestral form?
I think it is because there is a blind luck factor at work as well.
Imagine a group of larvae which have absorbed their yolk sack and are ready to begin feeding.
Perhaps some arrive at this stage a few hours ahead of the rest because they were spawned first or their position on the spawning substrate was a fraction of a degree warmer then the rest, or because of some other factor.
The larvae instinctively dart at a moving food particle.
Some times they catch it and sometimes they miss.
They are growing extremely rapidly and catching one or two extra choice food morsels can make a difference in that growth rate.
Some individuals are just lucky and are able to get a tiny bit ahead of their siblings.
As described above, a very small advantage can quickly snowball into a large advantage.
An individual with no innate genetic advantage can become a tobi just through bind luck.
Another Observation In some batches of fry the size distribution is large and there is an unusually large number of tobi.
In other batches the size distribution is narrow and the siblings look almost identical.
In general, the better the fry are fed the less variation there will be in their size.
If abundant live food can be kept in front of the fry at all times while maintaining good water quality, there is a much lower incidence of tobi.
Under the best of conditions the growth of fry is phenomenal and most of the population (except for those with serious deformities) has the potential to grow at the rate of tobi.
The best way to minimize the number of tobi is to provide better nutrition and husbandry.
The biggest and best koi and goldfish will have had the best nutrition and water quality their entire lives.
Periods of less than optimal conditions can have long-term effects.
In extreme cases, we say that the fish is stunted.
The younger the fish, the more severe and lasting the effect of poor nutrition and water quality.
Tobi are considered by most to be undesirables.
If they are genetic throw-backs then they probably are undesirable. However, you should be on the look-out for those fish
which have both the genetic potential to meet your selection criteria and the good luck to have gotten off to a fast start in life and become a tobi.
It is always a good idea to separate tobi if you can; especially if they have become large enough to be cannibals.
But, do not automatically assume they have no potential.
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.
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
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.
koi fish turning into dragon This is my diorama video telling the
story of the legend of the koi fish transforming into a dragon
Once upon a time, there was a little Kohaku koi fish who lives in a beautiful small pond.
One day He decided to go in the dragon’s gate because he wanted to
become a dragon as what he heard his grandfather told him that
whenever you will succeed in reaching the dragon’s gate you will
turn into a beautiful dragon,
so the little kohaku koi fish jump out of his pond and swim towards
the dragons gate when He was about to reach the summit of the
water fall the Gods test him they make large waves to prevent the
koi fish from reaching
the dragon’s gate but the little koi fish is determined to reach the
top He keeps on swimming even if he was already tired and
exausted and then the Gods throw him ball of fires and even lighting
but this did not stop the little kohaku koi fish he continues to swim
upward the water fall and then successfully reach the dragon’s gate. The Gods were very pleased with the little koi fish that they turn the little koi fish into a beautiful dragon.
My story is based on Fish in Chinese mythology
Here is also a story from this site http://www.egreenway.com/dragonsrealms/DT3.htm
The Threshold of the Dragon’s Gate
“Beneath the serene quiet of the water lilies a young carp senses a calling . . . swelling up in her heart
like the swirling waters at the base of a great waterfall,
Somehow summoned to go beyond the barrier of crashing water and veiled mist
The churning waters of the waterfall’s bottom matches that of the young carp’s desires
Finally with a burst of enthusiasm the carp has launched herself up
the wall of rushing water cresting the first fall with a surge of effort
only to be met with relentless rushing water.
Persevering from one cataract to the next the carp make it to the summit’s last falls.
Regrouping her energies in a pocket of scouring effervescence
every essence of strength, courage, and spirit is consumed in the launching over the fall’s summit.
And the dragon’s gate accepts her efforts a transforming gate of fire Revealing the birth of a new Dragon
born of the seed of desire planted in the heart of a small carp that once hid in the shallows.”
– Howard Schroeder, Threshold of the Dragon’s Gate
koi fish turning into dragon tattoo
Koi Fish Turning Into Dragon Koi Turning Into a Dragon. … Coy
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legend of carp turning into a dragon
A long time ago, in the distant past, the water of the
blue river that flowed from the sky, and the golden river
that flowed from the land were separated by the legendary
The golden river, so-called because of the golden colour
of its water, was the last place where the inhabitants of
the sea could swim freely, after the gods that walked on
the earth had destroyed their massive home, believing
themselves to be the owners of everything they laid their
Amongst all the inhabitants of their water, the Koi family were the
most beautiful of all, gleaming in the sunlight like brilliant stars.
The black one was father Koi, the red one was mother Koi, and their little son was a remarkable deep blue colour.
What the little Koi fish wanted more than anything was to reach the
waters of the blue river after hearing from his father how there was
a time where there were no barriers between one place and the other.
The bravest fish, the dragon fish, flew across the sky like pearls lighting up the darkness.
The entrance was upstream, through the Dragon’s Gate to the Great Waterfall of the blue river. Every fish that got that far sprouted golden wings and so became a dragon fish. learn more here
koi dragon dragon story
The Story of the Koi Dragon
The legend says that a certain koi had the strength and courage to climb a certain waterfall.
When the koi reached the top exhausted, yet having reached its goal, the koi was transformed into a dragon.
The koi dragon is one of the mythical characters in the Japanese culture which is not actually a dragon.
It is a Japanese fish (Koi fish), which has the power to turn into a dragon.
The koi dragon starts to swim off as a fish up a river and then when it reaches a certain waterfall, tries to cross it.
If it is able to cross the waterfall, then it transforms itself into a dragon and thus it is known as the koi dragon.
The tattoo stands for overcoming obstacles through courage and perseverance.
As the koi fish swims up the waterfall and transforms itself to a
dragon, it symbolizes that nothing is impossible when you believe.
If you work hard and put yourself to tests, you will eventually rise
above your fears and become the ruler of your destiny.
The Daffodils (which are a year old) represents my sisters and their
unconditional and unselfish support and encouragement they provide through each journey.
I love this tattoo as it is something I feel everyone can relate to
throughout their own journey through life. read more here
legend of the dragon gate
LEAPING THE DRAGON GATE
On the Yellow River at Hunan is a waterfall called the Dragon Gate. It is said that if certain carp called Yulong can climb the cataract
they will transform into dragons.
Every year in the third month of spring they swim up from the sea
and gather in vast numbers in the pool at the foot of the falls.
It used to be said that only seventy one could make the climb in any year. When the first succeeded, then the rains would begin to fall.
This Dragon Gate was said to have been created after the Flood by
the god-emperor Yu who split a mountain blocking the path of the Yellow River.
It was so famous that throughout China there was a common
saying that: ‘a student facing his examinations is like a carp attempting to leap the Dragon Gate.’
Hunan is not the only place where this happens. Many other waterfalls in China also have the name Dragon Gate and much the same is said about them.
Other famous Dragon Gates are on the Wei River where it passes
through the Lung Sheu Mountains and at Tsin in Shanxi Province. learn more here
The gods recognized the koi for its perseverance and determination and turned it into a golden dragon, the image of power and strength.
STORY OF THE KOI FISH AND THE DRAGON. An ancient tale tells of a school of koi swimming upstream. Gaining strength by fighting against the current
The Koi Dragon tattoo is one of the most beautiful and deeply symbolic tattoos that you can think of. … The Dragon Koi fish is said to be able to swim against powerful currents. … Of course, the koi dragon tattoo does not always mean that something has been conquered.
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“ Koi pond construction guide.This Koi pond construction guide
will cover the absolute essentials of setting up your first Koi pond
for a few hundred dollars and some honest elbow grease.
In the future, you may become a very successful Koi breeder,
but for now, let’s focus on setting up a functional pond that do well enough to keep your koi fish healthy and happy.
After you get the pond in place, functioning, and stable enough to support the Koi you buy—then,
and only then, would you be ready to sink into the investment of purchasing the Koi fish themselves.
Video Below is Philippine most common raised koi pond used by Poor Man Koi keepers
Whatever your reason for wanting to start a Koi pond; you may find the range of options to be quite overwhelming.
It is workable to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on your
Koi pond before even purchasing any fish!
If you’re starting, but, you may want to start with something a little
more budget friendly to determine if Koi ponds are right for you.
Steps for Building a Koi Pond
how to build a koi pond (koi pond construction guide)
Below is my video building a cheap koi pond called trapal pond.
how to dig a pond and install fish pond liners
Thorough planning is the key to a successful result
when building a pond, whether using a preformed
pond unit or flexible liner.
Think through all aspects of the project before you start; draw up
detailed plans of the design and planting, and consider
practical matters, such as which materials and tools
will required, and even how to dispose of the large
volumes of excavated earth that will generate
Excavation of a pond site can be demanding.
Although small ponds can be excavating, it may be
worthwhile to rent a small excavator for more extensive
works. Or, some pond suppliers may build the pond
Soil conditions can have a considerable effect on the
ease of construction.
In sandy areas, for example, the soil is loose and easy to dig, but it
can be difficult to cut clean boundaries; clay soils, by contrast,
are shaping but present much more strenuous digging conditions.
how to build a koi pond using FLEXIBLE-LINER PONDS
Flexible liners are an versatile material for pond construction,
and are ideal for informal ponds and unusual shapes.
Detailed planning of the exact dimensions of the koi pond built is crucial,
to avoid costly miscalculations of the amount of liner and underlay required
how to build a koi pond using (PREFORMED POND UNITS)
Creating a pond using a preformed unit is straightforward.
For a successful and lasting result, but, make sure the site is
well prepared and free from stones or debris,and that the unit is level when installed
koi pond construction guide Koi pond Pumps and filters
Garden ponds are often stocked with many more fish than would found in a natural pond,
and so enjoy the addition of a filtration system to improve water quality.
This is especially true for koi ponds, where crystal-clear water is desirable
to give the best view of the colors and patterns of the fish.
Filtration systems are drive by electric pumps,
which powers pond waterfall, fountain and other water features.
Pond pumps fall into two main categories: submersible units that function underwater,
and powerful surface pumps for use only in a dry location.
Submersible pumps are generally smaller and often run on a low voltage,
so are most suitable for smaller koi ponds, while external pumps for larger koi ponds
and extensive water features usually run off household electricity.
To work , a pump must have enough capacity to cycle all the water in the pond in two hours,
so calculate the volume of water in the pond before choosing a pump.
Preformed pond units often have their volume marked on the base; or,
when filling the pond, measure the volume by attaching a flow meter to the hose.
The choice of pump also depends on its intended function.
For example, when operating a fountain, the water needs to pumped under high pressure but at a low output,
whereas for the operation of a waterfall— where the water needs to
pumped uphill—a high output from the pump required.
Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions and get advice from reputable retailers
to be sure that the pump you choose is suitable for your intended use.
koi pond construction guide Maintaining water quality
Most filtration systems use separate pumps to draw water from the pond
and through the filter, although pumps with an integral filter are also available.
There are two main types of pond filter: internal units, which sit underwater in the pond,
and external filters, which sited outside the pond.
All filtration systems function in a similar manner (see box, opposite),
but the filtration media they house varies.
When installing an internal filter, locate the pump as close as
possible to the filter unit, to maintain the flow rate.
By contrast, if the system uses an external filter chamber,
locate the pump as far as possible from the filter outflow,
to ensure that clean water is not pumped straight back through the system.
Ultraviolet systems, located between the pump and filter,
are a further refinement that can used to achieve very high water quality.
Ultraviolet radiation emitted by the unit causes algae
in suspension to form into clumps,
which are then strained out of solution by the filter.
koi pond construction guide how to build a pond To begin, you will need the following five items:
koi pond kits
1.)koi pond liner – put, a koi pond liner will hold the water in your pond.
If you dig a hole in the ground and put water in it, it will absorb into the soil (unless you’re talking about a LOT of water).
Furthermore, you want to separate you Koi’s environment
from outside contaminants as much as possible.
Consider either uPVC or Butyl; both are available
from your local home improvement store.
If your hole has lots of sharp rocks in it, you may want to buy some extra layers or padding to protect the liner.
Since the padding will not come in contact with the Koi,
anything resistant to shredding will work, even an old rug.
2.)koi pond filter system – You cannot have a Koi pond without a filter.
Your filtration needs will depend on the volume of your pond,
which means that if you want to save you should start will a smaller pond.
Unless your skilled in fabricating your own diy pond filter,
you would be best served by purchasing a koi pond filter system in the store.
You need a koi pond filter system to remove debris, bacteria, and toxins from the water.
If you’re working on a budget, take a good look at the filter prices
and their recommended replacement intervals making sure to
factor that cost into your calculations.
diy pond filter watch my video below
3.)Pond Pump – This will work in conjunction with the filter to clean your pond water. Must to your Koi’s survival to have a working pump at all times.
If you can afford it, you should always keep a backup pump on hand in case of a failure. Make sure to check with your aquarium supply dealer on Pond pump efficiency.
A general rule of thumb is that your pump should be able to circulate the entire pond’s volume within a couple of hours.
4.)uv pond filter– This is a special piece of equipment that fits between the pump and the filter.
It uses UV rays to help the filter remove algae from the pond water.
Algae are a special concern in Koi ponds since it is often too small to caught by most filtration systems.
The UV rays will cause algae particles to bond together so that they are large enough to filtered out of the water.
It is workable to remove algae from the pond by chemical methods,
but this considered hazardous to the Koi.
5.)A Test Kit – Even experts need test kits. The quality of your Koi’s water must check.
One of the most dangerous chemicals to your Koi is ammonia, which can detect by neither sight nor smell.
You will need two different types of test kits, one for pH,
and one for nitrate (which will or show filter performance).
Ensuring the quality of your Koi’s water is a major factor in how long they will survive.
Further information about how to build a pond below
koi pond construction guide how to build a koi pond step by step
If you had seen any water garden, ratios are, you had seen koi fish.
The debate is how to create the perfect biological system or
the ecosystem for your little friends.
Modern koi pond design made so that it might consider
the most appropriate living demand for koi fishes.
You might find them in the yard behind the house often;
whatever, they can also place in front yards if there is a lot of available space there.
to construct koi ponds, the water & oxygen are the greatest consideration. This will resolute by the size of the fishes.
Landscape gardening plays an important role in Koi ponds. There is an efficient amount of koi pond layouts out there for you to select from.
While you might already have some pre-imagine koi pond design ideas plan on how it might design,
you have to make certain that it set the whole water garden objects completely in a faultless way.
Some of the general points of how to construct a koi pond based on koi pond design and construction
the type of landscape that you have given below.
1. Particular Place.
During you might be an incitement to put your Koi pond at the far limit of your yard,
it is very significant to remember that you must have to uninterrupted check its demand.
You will have to make sure the fishes daily. As well as, you also have to see if the plants are still flourishing or if the fish have already sensual on them.
The position of the ponds should be suitable for the changing weather condition. It would not expose during the hot and cold seasons.
You could always add some more defense for the pond in case you
aren’t confident about how it would prosper in that location. Knowing your yard would help you find out where you could place your Koi pond.
Trying to find out the size of a koi pond isn’t like figuring out any customary ponds. This is because of the fishes would get bigger over time.
You would get be astonishing at how much they could grow
especially if you are captivating adequate care of them.
The length of the pond is significant & would, of course, depend on the size of your yard,
backyard koi pond designs direction in your yard & overhanging
trees, which would lower down the amount of available space.
That is why I won’t recommend small koi pond ideas
the small koi pond only works on goldfish and other small fishes, not koi fish
3. Plan of revenue
You required having a budget set apart for explaining a pond for your koi. Take note that some of the fishes & other things for decorations for it don’t come cheap.
You may want to limit your expenses and make sure you are not overspending for it.
Other not-so-important parts and materials adding it later on
when you have supplementary resources.
Remember, room wasn’t built in a day, and neither should your pond.
4. Preliminary koi pond design plans
above ground koi pond design
backyard koi pond designs
There are several designs of koi ponds obtainable to seen online.
There should be a considerable range of fishes, styles & plants,
with many of them varying from the traditional to the unique & good, depending on the prior the right owner.
The biggest thing about constructing a koi pond is that you could
use a preliminary plan or design it so that act likes praise not only the rest of your yard but your home.
You could have a square, curving or round & as a part of the whole landscape garden.
When you have looked at these things, it would be the time to create your koi pond. You have your choice of doing it all by yourself if you have the capability for it.
If not, there are specialists koi pond builders near me out there that
might construct the pond as stated to your personal preferences & tastes.
Professionals pond contractor services recommended that koi ponds
should installed first before the rest of the landscape.
Problems would be hinder especially if the pond required be extending or expanding.
Once you finished, you would understand that the building,
planning, and expenses are worth it all. Your koi fish would agree.
how to build a koi pond above ground
This is the easy and less work koi pond since you will no longer dig the earth to build it.
You build a frame right away, some made up of woods others are bricks and hollow blocks,
Add aquatic plants as soon as possible after constructing the pond or water garden.
Many aquatic plants are great at using up the nutrients that would otherwise feed the algae.
Some of the most effective plants include Anacharis, Water
Hyacinth, Parrot’s Feather, and Bacopa.
Water lilies and other plants with surface leaves can added to
provide shade to approximately 66% of the surface area if in full sun. If less than full sun then less coverage is acceptable
As well as enhancing the look of a pond, plants help to maintain
waterquality, providing a healthy environment for the fish.
The choice of plants will partly depend on the style of pond—a
naturalistic pond looks best when planted around the edges so that
it blends into its environment, while a contemporary look may be
best achieved with more minimalist planting
A well-balanced, healthy pond must contain two types of
plant: oxygenators which release oxygen into the water, and floating
plants which provide shelter from sunlight.
Without these, or an efficient filtration system, the water in the
pond can become overgrown with algae, which not only turns the
water green, but can also affect the health of some fish species, such as Sterlets
Plants in the body of the pond also absorb nitrate—the product of
the breakdown of fish waste—which lessens the burden on the filtration system.
Incorporating plants into a koi pond is not straightforward,
partly because of the depth of water, and also because koi
have a habit of digging up plants and browsing on the growing
Most koi ponds, so, incorporate a few tall marginals, and some
water lilies, whose leaves help to protect the fish from sunburn in the clear water.
In a new pond, wait several days after filling before putting
the plants in place, to allow the water temperature to rise
to that of the environment.
Pot plants as necessary having first inspected them for any signs of disease or pests.
In temperate areas, spring is the best time to introduce new plants
into an existing pond, because aquatic plants start to grow now.
If the pond is large, you may need waders to put plants in place,
and special pond gloves should always worn.
These reach up to your shoulders and provide protection against
waterborne diseases, such as Weil’s disease a serious condition,
spread by rodents, which causes jaundice.
Types of koi fish pond plants
Plants for the pond can divided into four categories, based
on their growing habits and where in the pond they are to found.
Oxygenating plants,water lilies, and floating plants are aquatic,
growing in or under the water.
Marginal plants are a useful addition to the pond, not only as a
decorative element, but also to provide an excellent habitat for insects.
grow underwater, releasing oxygen during daylight hours.
Water lilies have
attractive flowers and large leaves, which provide shade and protection for the fish.
can spread across a pond, and their growth may need to restricted
Marginal plants can
be cultivated in shallow water or boggy conditions around a pond’s edge.
How deep does a koi pond need to be?
A pond for goldfish or water lilies need be only about 2 feet deep for zones 5 or greater.
Ponds built in colder areas may need more depth to keep the pond from freezing solid.
Ponds built for koi should be close to three feet or deeper to allow these larger fish enough space.
What size pond do you need for Koi?
Well, at three feet deep, a six foot by eight foot pond will yield 1077 gallons.
But these are merely the minimum recommended requirements. Also, the more fish you have, the larger your pond should be.
A pond of the aforementioned size will be enough for no more than five average sized Koi.
How deep does a pond need to be for fish to survive the winter?
Koi Pond. Koi ponds should be at least 3 feet deep. The ideal depth
of a pond that supports a population of koi is 48 to 60 inches, although koi can survive with a minimum depth of 36 inches.
Do koi grow to the size of the pond?
Jumbo sized Koi grow up to 34 to 36 inches long. Does the size of the pond hinder a Koi’s growth?
The size of a pond will not stop a Koi from growing.
The size of the pond, along with other factors like health, feeding,
water temperature and water quality affect the speed of their growth.
Koi fish can be a beautiful, colorful addition to a garden, which is
why many homeowners choose to incorporate them into their ponds.
If you are considering adding koi into your landscape, find out how
to create an eco-environment for your koi fish.
Introduce a Circulation System
A circulation system is simply the pumps and plumbing, which are
required to provide the appropriate oxygen levels to effectively care
for both the koi fish and plants.
It will also help you to maintain your pond’s aesthetic appeal, as it will create a cleaner environment.
Install an Effective Filtration System
A filtration system should include both a biological and a mechanical filter.
The biological filter will provide a surface area for the colonization
of bacteria, so that it can remove the water’s excess nutrients.
While the mechanical filter will not only feature the pond pump,
but it will prefilter the water and remove debris along the water’s
surface, and can, therefore, prevent the development of organic
materials on the pond’s floor. By doing so, it will create a healthier environment for all organisms within the pond.
Utilize Solar Power for Your Pond
Reduce your pond’s energy consumption and your household bills
by opting for solar power pumps and filters.
The systems will be powered by natural sunlight, so it won’t cost you a penny to run a clean and healthy pond for your fish.
If you are looking for high-quality, affordable circulation and
filtration systems, visit Water-garden.co.uk.
Add Fish for Natural Maintenance
Many people might believe that fish will create a maintenance
problem in a pond, but they can actually do the opposite.
Fish can actually reduce maintenance in a pond, as they are known
to graze on the string algae and bottom feed along the pond’s floor.
So, if you want to add a pond to your garden, you should ensure it’s bursting with life by adding plenty of fish.
Embark with Seasonal Maintenance
Of course, a pond will need a little bit of maintenance to create a
healthier environment for both your koi fish and the planet.
For example, seasonal maintenance will require you to drain your pond completely.
You will also need to scrub your substrate and rockwork with a
pond scraper, or you could use another algae removal device.
Routine maintenance can be a lot less laborious than seasonal maintenance.
It simply ensures the effective functioning of your filtration system,
and you’ll need to rinse both the biological and mechanical filter. You’ll also need to remove the pump for cleaning.
For example, you should remove each moving parts for cleaning,
and you should lubricate all gaskets.
As ponds are susceptible to limescale build-up, this can cause a
pump to stall or burn out, which can create unhealthy pond.
You must invest in a high-quality pond pump descaler, which
should be free from harmful acetic acid and chlorine additives. Also, don’t forget to check its pipes and tubing for cracks, leaks, and weak spots.
How much does it cost to build a koi pond?
A shallow 4′ x 6′ or 6′ x 8′ professionally-installed pond, including
excavation, liner, filtration system, and simple rock border might cost $2,000 to $3,500. As a DIY project, the same pond might cost $500 to $1,000. Larger ponds, depending on features and equipment, can easily cost $5,000 to $15,000 or more.
What is the minimum size for a koi pond?
A pond for goldfish or water lilies need be only about 2 feet deep for zones 5 or greater.
Ponds built in colder areas may need more depth to keep the pond from freezing solid.
Ponds built for koi should be close to three feet or deeper to allow these larger fish enough space.
How much space does a koi fish need?
Koi should be stocked based on a reasonable estimate of their full growth, not on their size at purchase.
Most well-maintained ponds will support 1″ of fish per ten gallons of water.
Though some koi in the largest ponds will grow to 36″, we recommend using an average of 21″.
Koi ponds are increasing in popularity. While you can choose various types of fishes for such ponds, koi fish is one of the most popular ones to keep in ponds. Besides, koi ponds are known to add serene beauty to homes. These fishes are usually much easier to raise, even for kids. Thus, they are a preferred breed to other fish species. Despite of ease, you may have to keep check on their health. Moreover, you will have to make sure that the habitat is appropriate for their survival. Whether you plan to breed them for business, or as a hobby, you will need to check the following tips to stock koi carefully in their respective ponds.
Moderate temperature conditions
You may require at least 1000 gallons of water for a koi pond. Also, you may need hardy plants, rocks, and smooth gravel in such a pond. These fishes can tolerate cold temperature moderately, so the pond will need to be constructed in a place with suitable temperature. While this species is able to manage through cold winters briefly, you may still need to find ways to keep the pond temperature regulated for them to survive. Similarly, you may have to control the temperature in hot summers as well. If you can manage this, while keeping the water quality hygienic, these fishes can reach up to 8 inches in just the first year.
Companionship and care
Koi have a much longer life than goldfishes. You can expect these to survive up to an average life of thirty years. Some have been even reported to survive more than 200 years. Thus, you are going to have to take care of them properly so that they are with you for many years to come. You will find that koi love companionship. They prefer each other’s company. In addition, and will love it when people feed them.
Koi also need proper supply of oxygen. Therefore, you should think of installing a nice fountain or waterfall in the pond to keep the water oxygenated for the fishes. Lack of oxygen may also result in the increase in the growth of ammonia in the water. This happens when the fishes excrete, resulting in the water becoming more polluted. In summers, this activity increases. You do not want the water to lose its oxygen due to the presence of impurities. Also, if you have plans for listing yourself on directories, etc. for koi then you can visit Zoomthelist.Com.
Ensure a functional filter
You also need to provide proper filtration in the pond. Proper water conditions for a longer time will only work if you have an operational filter system installed in the pond. Good filtration will help you remove the waste from the water bodies much faster.
Remember to use such methods to improve the condition of water for your breeding koi fishes. These fishes can survive for a long time if they have ideal conditions. Follow these tips and get the best out of your koi ponds.
So, you’ve decided you want a koi pond in your backyard. Congratulations, it’s a great decision. Ponds aren’t just for keeping fish such as koi in, but they can also encourage other nature into your garden, provide a stunning focal point for visitors to admire and offer a source of relaxation – who doesn’t love closing their eyes and hearing nothing but the sound of trickling water as your very own pond babbles away not far from your back door?
With the decision taken to construct a pond, the big question is, what is your pond going to look like and where in your backyard is it going to go? Here are the factors you need to consider when designing a pond.
Decide on the style of your pond
When her home in West Village, New York needed a refresh, actress Julianne Moore hired professional landscaper Brian Sawyer to redesign her garden. Thankfully, you don’t need to source a professional with a Guaranteed Scholarships in Garden Design to help you decide on the style of your pond. When it comes to a pond housing fish, the most common designs are a formal shape, raised up and near to the house so that you can see your fish swimming around in all their splendor.
Consider the safety aspects
Arguably the most important factor to consider when it comes to designing a pond is the safety aspect. We’ve all read horror stories about young children accidentally walking or falling into ponds with terrible consequences. A raised pond can prevent that happening by providing a physical barrier between child and water. It also offers an edge to sit on, which can be handy if you want to relax in the garden or if the pond is for somebody elderly who may need to sit down while working on the pond. If you are still worried about the potential of a child falling in, then you can purchase a pond cover or netting. This will also protect your fish from any urban animals that may see them as an easy lunch.
Think about the electricity supply
Most likely, your pond is going to require a filter and pump while many of us will also want to install fountains or waterfalls. All of these require electricity to work. That can have a bearing on the positioning of your koi pond, as you are going to need it to be relatively close to a mains supply, which will probably come from a building. You should always use and consult a qualified electrician, especially when dealing with electricity and water.
Check the positioning of underground services
Your pond is going to require at least some digging down, so you need to check that it isn’t going to be situated above any water pipes, sewage pipes of electric cables. The last thing you want when you start constructing it is to cut through any of those three utilities.
Avoid siting your pond in the shade
There are several reasons for avoiding putting your koi pond in the shade. The most obvious is that if it is situated under trees, then come fall it’s going to fill up with fallen leaves which will be a nightmare to remove. If you want flowers to bloom among the water, then you’ll need to choose a position which receives sunlight for around six hours a day.
2. ups battery backup (UPS) to run your regular air pumps.
An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) can also carry your pond through a brief power outage.
They are available at most office supply or computer retail stores.
The UPS works by providing the necessary current via a battery.
The battery remains charged by being plugged into the wall outlet.
This means that your pond will not flinch even a little bit when the power goes off, as it is will not be powered by line electricity.
The UPS will last longer if used to power small pumps or air pumps with low current consumption.
The larger circulation pumps will usually run only a few minutes.
3.Finally, if you live in an area where power outages are more common, you may want to consider a gasoline-powered generator.
The downside to generators is that they can be expensive, noisy, and rather heavy.
However, they can keep your pond (and also your home appliances) going throughout an extended power outage.
An important safety tip: DO NOT feed your koi fish during a power outage unless it is absolutely necessary, as it will cause pollutants and algae to build up faster. Most fish can go 5 to 7 days without being fed.
4.Tap water-Ancost-effectiveective way is to let your tap water to run continuously until the electricity is back on. Only thing is to monitor the chlorine level from time to time. Add the anti-chlorine as desired. I did this twice, and no problems with the fishes
5.Treating Ponds With Hydrogen Peroxide
Measure the length, width, maximum depth and average depth of the pond in feet. You will use these measurements to find the volume of the pond.
Calculate the volume of the koi pond using an online tool such as pond calculator. This calculator can also determine a recommended pump size and how many fish the pond can safely support.
Apply 1/2 cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution per 100 gallons of koi pond water to increase the oxygen content.
The peroxide will take effect within an hour, and the increased oxygen will last for about four hours.
Add 1/2 cup 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution per 625 gallons of pond water when using peroxide after a potassium permanganate treatment.
It will take about an hour for the water to clear.
Things You Will Need
online pond volume calculator
3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution
If you use hydrogen peroxide in the midst of a potassium permanganate treatment, wait three to four days before resuming treatment.
Hydrogen peroxide can cause gill damage if applied directly to koi.
Pour peroxide into the pond away from the fish, so it is diluted by the time it reaches them.
Use of hydrogen peroxide to increase oxygen levels is only a temporary solution.
Continual use can damage the koi’s gills.
55. Eliminate Algae from Your Aquarium
Home aquariums not only bring beauty to your home décor but can offer you therapeutic benefits as well.
The only downside is having to clean the fish tanks, especially when
algae begins to accumulate.
To clean your fish tank, safely and efficiently, without causing harm
to the inhabitants, is to use hydrogen peroxide.
To keep your fish and plants from being hurt, you want to only use
about 60 milliliters of three percent peroxide per 66 gallons of water.
Slowly add the peroxide to the tank using a syringe or dropper for five minutes. If you can, try and apply it directly to the algae. It will react with the algae, killing it, and then diluting.
56. Help Transport Fish
If you are transporting fish in a bag, adding hydrogen peroxide to
the water will help keep your fish more comfortable and safer during the carriage.
For this, you want to use the little white tablets that dissolve in
Well this depends on a lot variables. I also don’t know what you mean by pump… water pump or an air pump?
If we are talking about air then you need to consider many variables.
The volume of water, the size of the fish, the temperature of the water, the quality of the air above the water.
You really need to know more to answer this question. In a pond without an air pump if it were large enough you many never need an air pump.
If your fish were in a bag with pure O2 then it depends on the temp, stress and size of the animal.
Again not sure what type of “Pump” you are thinking of – water movement or air… but either way there are a lot of variables that had to be thought of before answering this question.
A pump will pull water and then push it through a filter of some sort and return it to the pond. If at the return it splashes then it will oxygenate the water.
Two thing occur here -oxygenation of the water and improved water quality.
The chemistry of water quality is complex and it’s balance is necessary for fish to be healthy. A filter – pump- is necessary to achieve that.
Oxygen in the water it also critical for the fish to survive. Constant
disruption of the water surface via water return to the pond from
the filter or by air stones is also critical for the fish to find oxygen in
their water and also to assist is balance of the water chemistry
So how long can they survive without oxygenated water and balance? Easy – until a ph crash caused by high levels of resultant
ammonia, nitrite and nitrate which will happen without a pump to run a filter. A ph crash kills fish overnight.
How to Keep Your Aquarium Fish Alive During A Power Outage
There are easy steps you can take to keep fish alive in a blackout.
Fortunately, for most of us, the worst result of bad weather is a short power outage.
It’s inconvenient for us but is perhaps more serious for aquarium
fish because they depend on filtration, aeration and heat from
devices powered by electricity.
The climate zone you live in and time of year also affect the welfare of your fish while the power is off.
There are ways to help prevent or reduce fish loss during and after these storms with a little planning.
Green tiger barbs are tropical fish and require wrm temperatures. Photo by debivort/Wikipedia
The two most important considerations for your aquarium are temperature and dissolved oxygen.
The goal is to prevent a significant shift in temperature and to
maintain enough dissolved oxygen in the water to sustain the fish.
By far, the best option is to have a generator powerful enough to run all of the aquarium’s equipment.
Of course, the cost of a generator has to be weighed against the cost
of completely replacing all of the animals in your aquarium, many
of which may have reached adulthood during their time in your tank.
Keeping Aquarium Fish Alive During a Power Outage or Other Disaster
Fish Tank Temperatures During the Summer
For most people, the alternative is some towels, sheets of styrofoam
and one of those handy battery-operated air pumps often available
in aquarium stores or tackle and bait shops.
Other things to have on hand are extra airstones, air line tubing and batteries. A flashlight with fresh batteries will be needed, as will test
kits to monitor water quality for the duration of the power outage.
Your husbandry skills can have a significant impact on how well your fish survive a power outage.
Maintaining a successful
aquarium involves proper stocking levels, regular filter
maintenance, water changes and water quality testing.
By keeping fewer fish, both the decline in dissolved oxygen and the
rise in toxic ammonia will be slower when the filtration system is not running.
If water quality and chemistry (such as ammonia, nitrite and pH)
are correct, you don’t have to worry about water quality immediately after a power outage. read more
Do you have other ways to manage you koi pond during power outage? Please leave in the comments below thanks