Your Koi Pond After The Storm First off, take time to breath. You pride and joys are probably fine. They may be somewhat traumatized by the whole experience, but
that would be any pet caught in unusual situation.
Unless extreme damage was done, their health probably is not an
issue, however their home may be in need of some repairs.
You may have been completely prepared for the storm, or the storm may have taken you by complete surprise.
Whatever the case may be, you must jump into action as soon as
you physically can to ensure that no further damage is done to your pond.
First, you must undo all of your storm precautions to survey the possible damage.
If you netted your pond, clear as much debris off the net as possible and remove the netting. Once you removed the netting you will be able to survey the damage and the condition that your fish are in.
If high waters were expected and your sand bagged the area around
you pond, as long as the water level is normal, remove all sand bags so that you can easily access your pond.
Do not get discouraged if things seem out of place, and it may not be as bad as it originally looks.
Once you have removed all netting and other precautions, take time to look at the area.
If any debris is present, remove it by skimming and netting.
If plants or decorations are uprooted or out of place, replace them to their rightful area.
If you find major damage to your pond, it is important to remove your Koi as soon as possible.
Proper bagging and transporting techniques may be needed if the
damage done will take a large amount of time to fix, but there are
several temporary options available if damage can be fixedquickly.
You may want to consider using a children’s pool to house your Koi.
If nothing is available at the time, get into contact with your
local pet store or zoo, as they may have program available to help you house your Koi until maintenance can be done.
Once you have decided that only small repairs are needed, then you must focus on the water quality. You water may seem cloudy or murky due to the storm and the amount of extra water from rainfall.
If the storm lasted for a long amount of time, you may be facing ammonia issues as well.
Test your water for Nitrates. If Nitrates are present, add the proper amount of salt to the water. Typically you would add 3/4 to one pound of salt per 100 gallons of water.
However, if your fish are especially shocked by the situation, or
seem to have sustained any type of injuries, it may be a good idea to add more.
If you have plants in your pond, it may be a good idea to remove them before adding the salt into the water.
Your Koi Pond After The Storm
Your fish should be the most important issue at this point, not your plants.
If you are having KH issues (especially if it is below 100) you will want to add baking soda to your pond. Typically you can add 1 cup of unpacked baking soda per 1000 gallons of water. This will protect your pond from a future pH crash.
Your Koi Pond After The Storm related questions
What causes Koi to die suddenly?
The most common causes of fish kills are oxygen depletion, algal blooms (could deplete oxygen or be toxic), pesticide toxicity and disease. By far, the most common cause of fish kills is oxygen depletion in lakes or ponds.
What causes pond fish to die suddenly?
Fish may die of old age, starvation, body injury, stress, suffocation, water pollution, diseases, parasites, predation, toxic algae, severe weather, and other reasons.
A few dead fish floating on the surface of a pond or lake is not necessarily cause for alarm.
Is rainwater good for koi pond?
But, this isn’t entirely so as rainwater is generally too acidic for aquatic plants and fish.
Pollution in the air results in the acidity of rainwater and therefore is only suitable for your pond if it has been filtered first. … Keep a check on pond water and the health and well-being of Koi fish during a rainy period.
Can Koi survive winter?
Goldfish and koi are very hardy fishes; they can survive water temperatures as low as 0°C, which means they can survive in the pond during the winter as long as it doesn’t freeze solid and they have adequate water quality and oxygen.
Why did my koi fish died this winter?
Nitrates are lethal to fish. So, in winter, there are usually two main causes of death for fish.
Oxygen Depletion – With a sheet of ice over your pond, the amount of oxygen in your pond is limited with no free exchange of oxygen like there would be when it’s warmer out
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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