Getting Ponds and Koi Ready for Wintertime

Getting Ponds and Koi Ready for Wintertime By Bonnie Hale Guest Author Koi MOVING KOI INSIDE FOR THE WINTER If you must move fish inside for the winter, do this gradually. Move a few Koi inside to an aquarium or stock tank that has been set up in advance using pond water. Make sure that … Read more

Koi Fish Pond SuperCooling: What Is That?

Koi Fish Pond SuperCooling: What Is That? SuperCooling, Common and Preventable Supercooling – When you want a cup of coffee to lose heat, the fastest way is to pour it through the air from cup-to-cup until it has lost it’s heat.   And in the same way a waterfall and fountain can propel your water through … Read more

Water Changes for Health, and Ammonia Control

If fish are suffering illness due to any obvious deterioration of water quality, you are well advised to begin a systematic daily changing of 20-40% of the total volume in the system. There are some important points to consider before going out and wholesale changing the water. First, make sure the water change does not … Read more

Carbon Dioxide in Aquaria and Ponds

Carbon dioxide is produced by the respiration (not photosynthesis) of both plants and animals. When you exhale, you produce Carbon Dioxide. Pretty much the same with fish except they don’t have bad breath like you do. Just kidding. One interesting thing about water is that Carbon Dioxide levels can exist independently from the Oxygen concentration. … Read more

Live Plants and Koi For Algae Control

Koi and plants do fine if the plants are abundant enough. If you “try” one or two plants to see how it goes the group of Koi will consider them quite the novelty and will probably allocate a lot of time to checking them out. Not having thumbs, they experience their world with their mouths. … Read more

Veggie Filters: Algae Control Naturally

The prime competitor to algae is simply other plants. All pants consume nitrogen and phosphorus and iron. So, if there are abundant live plants in a system, what’s an algae to eat? “Hey the plants are hogging up all the nitrogen!” (they whine bitterly) Veggie Filters: Algae Control Naturally So if there’s a handy way … Read more

Algae Control: Green Water Algae Bloom

Algae Control, Green Water Bloom. This is an old video with good, current information. Crude in it’s cinematography, but full of good information.  Greenwater is basically just that: Green Water which obscures your view of the fish, but is healthy. It is a product of nitrogen fuel, fish, sun and a failure to have competition … Read more

Why Algae Matters: Green Algae Blooms

Algae matters because it can obscure your view of the fish and also, string algae can choke a filter. Good Reasons Algae Matters Well Algae seems to have some sort of healing effect on fish, whether that is actually a function of “A good home for algae is a good home for fish” or the … Read more

What Is Algae?

Algae are single celled plants. They occur in primarily two forms, one form composes strands which can get so long they appear as “hair” or string and is referred to as “String Algae”. Fortunately, String Algae is very, very easy to control. The second form of algae is a bloom of the single celled free … Read more

Tannin Stains or Yellow Water and It’s Treatment

Tannin Stains or Yellow Water and It's Treatment

My pond is about 3 months old. The water is clear but has a yellowish tint that I would like to get rid of. I have koi and water plants in the pond. All my water tests are fine except the water seems to be ‘hard’ and the pH is about 8.5 in the afternoon. … Read more

Hydrogen Peroxide to Reverse Potassium Permanganate in Koi Ponds

After a potassium permanganate treatment, you can turn the water back to crystal clear. Be careful though, treating with peroxide prevents the successful deployment of Potassium permanganate the following day! Hydrogen Peroxide to Reverse Potassium Permanganate in Koi Ponds Hydrogen Peroxide is applied the the complete CONCLUSION of a potassium permanganate treatment. The reason is: … Read more