power outage? 5 things to do with your koi pond during power outage
power outage emergency in your koi pond What’s MOST important to Koi fish during a power outage?
Koi require oxygen to live, and without an air pump or a water fall running,
they will quickly consume all available oxygen in the pond and die!
Water with an oxygen concentration of less than 3 mg/l will generally not support fish.
1. solar powered pond aerator-You could consider solar powered pond aerator with batteries.
Also reducing fish stock
2. ups battery backup (UPS) to run your regular air pumps.
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.
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
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
- measuring cup
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.
Do you have other ways to manage you koi pond during power outage? Please leave in the comments below thanks