Koi Pond Care: Garden Fish Ponds in Spring
Page Summary: Koi Pond Care: What Happens to Garden Fish Ponds in Spring? Spring is a time of change and new growth, and you will certainly observe a period of transformation as your pond and koi transition from the lull of the cold winter months to a warmer period of growth and activity. As exciting as it may be to see your fish rejuvenated by the warmer weather, it is also important to remember that spring is a risky time for koi – a neither here nor there period during which they require lots of support. In fact, spring offers an opportune moment to inspect the environment of your fishpond and gauge what maintenance needs to be done.
My Koi Pond in Spring:
The sooner you examine and assess your koi pond in spring the better, as this will help you to ascertain how your koi faired during the winter months. Take advantage of the period during which your koi are not yet actively feeding to test the pond water. The pH and nitrate levels are the primary factors that should be assessed:
- pH – rain and snow during the winter months has a diluting effect which can cause the pH to go down to around 7. To return your pond to the preferred pH of approximately 8, simply top up with some treated tap water or throw in a source of calcium carbonate.
- Nitrate – due to the disintegration of organic matter and the slow production of fish metabolism during winter, it is to be expected that the nitrate levels in the fishpond will have risen slightly. It is only necessary to carry out a pond water change if the nitrate level has exceeded 50ppm.
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Keep that pond bottom clean with reliable Pond Vacuum
Spawning brushes (normally green in colour... to represent weed colours0 float in the pond water.
Fish eggs adhere to the spines. After spawning brush is placed in an area where adult koi cannot access.
How do I Keep my Koi Pond Clear and Sparkling in Spring?
Springtime’s longer days and warmer weather have their benefits, but they also present a unique set of fishkeeping challenges. After enjoying months of beautiful pond water clarity thanks to cold temperatures and reduced flow rate, you might now find yourself with an algae-laden fishpond in only a few short weeks.
It is vitally important that you act swiftly to counteract the effects of nutrient build up in the koi pond and intensive sunlight combined with the churning action of increased koi activity. The most advantageous time to take preventative measures is when the water temperature is still below 10 degrees Celsius and the koi or gold fish are not yet active – this will allow a clear view of the fish pond’s bottom.
It is highly recommended that you make use of a pond-vac, which can be purchased or hired from an aquatic store. Using a pond-vac, you should make a thorough effort to get rid of the silt that has settled on the bottom of the fishpond. Any silt that is left will provide a source of nutrients for pond algae to flourish, so a scrupulous clean up of the fishpond will certainly be rewarding in the long-run.
The temperature of your koi pond in spring will continue to rise steadily above 10 degrees Celsius, and this is when the changes in your koi and their fish pond environment will become more evident. The sub-10 degrees Celsius temperature, however, should be regarded as a window of opportunity to perform aesthetic and biological maintenance in preparation for the summer months and increased koi activity.
For me theres a golden rule in koi keeping and its a rule that applies generally... whenever youre told something which sounds like its straight from the koi gospel ask why and then test the reply by using a chunk of common sense. My favourite bit of koi bunkum is that a bio filter must be 1/3rd the pond volume.
You know whats important for readers of my articles... its not the size of the koi or how big the koi will grow. Its much simpler. Are you enjoying your fish and are you learning about ponds and pond keeping for the pure pleasure of it? Lets face it were not going to set any world records for the biggest koi and who wants to anyway?