Nets & Catching Koi in Pond with Pond Net
Koi Pond Accessories
Essential to the success of any healthy, fully functional koi pond, besides the pipes and filters and goldfish themselves, are a number of smaller pieces of equipment which we guarantee will come in very handy sooner or later. If you don’t grab one now, chances are you’ll kick yourself later on when you do need it! First and foremost, one item that you will almost certainly need is a dependable net with which you can retrieve your goldfish and koi from the pond.
Pond Nets Koi and Goldfish
Essential to the success of any healthy, fully functional koi pond, besides the pipes and filters and goldfish themselves, are a number of smaller pieces of equipment which we guarantee will come in very handy sooner or later. If you don’t grab one now, chances are you’ll kick yourself later on when you do need it! First and foremost, one item that you will almost certainly need is a dependable net with which you can use to catch your goldfish and koi from the pond. There are many reasons why you might need to take your goldfish out of the pond – your goldfish could get sick, the pond water may get contaminated etc. Whatever the reason for needing to scoop up your koi, you’ll need a decent net to catch them with.
Every koi keeper buys food. All koi foods are not the same. Bradshaws Koi Food (and Wheatgerm) is as good as the best for quality and fantastic value for money in great sensible koi food packaging.
Youll be amazed at how simple it can be to breed fish with the help of spawning brushes. Youll need one mature female and at least two males.
Testing pond water can in itself become an intriguing and interesting hobby. Get a reliable test kit however.
When looking for a fish net, there are a few things you need to consider.
- You’ll need a net that can reach the bottom of the pond easily, without you having to stretch too far over the pond. The chances are that your koi fish will instinctively try to avoid being scooped up by the net, and if they can get out of harm’s way at the bottom of the pond, they will certainly do it.
- When choosing a handle, usually there is a choice of wood or aluminum koi nets. Remembering that control is all important when trying to catch fish, aluminum is stronger and wobbles less when maneuvered through water. On the other hand, a wooden handled net will not sink into the pond should you drop it.
- The mesh of the net doesn’t need to be too fine when catching koi or goldfish. A fine mesh koi net will drag when it’s pulled through the water, so it’s better to choose one with a more open mesh.
- You should also check that the goldfish net is soft, as a net made from coarse materials could harm your fish.
Floating Cages for Holding Sick Koi or Breeding Pond Fish
Floating cages are used for isolating your koi fish in the pond whenever they become sick, for instance, if they have an ulcer. By keeping your sick koi in a cage like this, you can easily retrieve it regularly for treatment, without needing to chase after it with a pond net every time. Ideally, your floating cage should be at least 1 cubic meter, and made using the softest mesh you can find.
Floating Baskets as Alternative to Floating Net Cages
Similar to a floating cage, a floating basket is used to examine your koi close up. Simply steer the koi into the basket using your goldfish pan type new net, and then once it’s inside you can shut the basket and let it float up to the surface. It will rise approximately one quarter of its height out the water, letting you get a good look at the koi fish while it is safely contained.
Koi Inspection Bowls
Koi inspection bowls (normally blue in colour) come in a range of sizes and are useful and very necessary for the keen koi keeper. The best size bowl would be around 1 meter in diameter, holding up to 150 liters of water.
You can use your bowl for a range of different things – isolating fish for medical treatment, stripping its eggs or sperm during spawning time, or introducing new fish (fill the bowl with pond water and allow the new fish to acclimatize in the bowl first). If you’re really serious about your koi and want to keep records of them, you will find that a bowl makes it a lot easier to take photos of them and record details such as its size and pattern distribution. These bow are generally blue in colour
Other Koi and Gold Fish Pond Accessories
A few other essential things that you may otherwise overlook include:
Medication Kit: These contain a range of treatments you can apply to the water when your fish are sick, as well as latex gloves, measuring cylinders, cotton buds, tweezers and waterproof mate
Books and Videos: For more information about koi keeping, goldfish and ponds. For the diehard koi keepers out there, you can never get enough information.
Food: Take care to select your koi food wisely, bearing in mind the number of fish you have and what you want to achieve. It’s best to go for a well known brand that can maximize growth and health while producing vibrant colors too.