HANDY HINTS TO HELP KEEP YOUR POND AND KOI HEALTHY

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 HANDY HINTS
TO HELP KEEP YOUR POND
AND KOI HEALTHY

1. Do not overstock your pond– 10gal for each 1 in. of fish, less if you do not have a filter or pump. If you wish to exceed this level then you Must have a Top of the Line Filter similar to The Nexus or our Vortex Systems.

2. Do not overfeed your fish-cut the manufacturers recommendation by up to 50% and only feed as much as the fish will take within a few minutes, feed little and often.

3. Do not stop your pump and filter-except for cleaning, as you will lose aeration and may also loose that beneficial bacteria.

4. Do not place gravel or small rocks on the bottom of the pond-they will trap all manner of debris which could cause an ammonia build-up which could eventually lead to the death of your fish.

5. Do change 10% of the pond water monthly-this will flush out some of the harmful nitrates, ammonia, salt etc.. this is not the same as topping off your pond, this way you are actually exchanging water
gallon for gallon. An even better idea if it is possible and if you have built in an Overflow into your system (which is always a very good idea) is especially during the start up process of your new pond,
is to trickle water constantly into your pond 24 hours per day – allowing the excess water to simply overflow to waste …

6. Do test your water once a week–this will alert you to the first sign of problems, there are many good and reliable water tests on the market and of course we can recommend the ones that we have generally
found to be the best around. Remember–Not all Ponds are the same – the Water will be different
from town to town and County to County and certainly from Country to Country – almost every Pond is likely to be different, and because of the nature of the hobby almost every Pond Keeper will have different needs and ideas. What works for some pond keepers, might not work for others. Also different areas of the country require different approaches. If you are unsure then please contact us .. it is far easier to build the pond correctly in the first place – than it is to try to alter the system after ….