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Koi Ponds Equipment Failure

My Koi pond has been up and running for three years now with no problems. But when I went out to the pond this morning the water had stopped circulating down the waterfall and everything had gone quiet.

Luckily my neighbour who is also a Koi keeper came to my rescue with a spare pump.

In a koi farm pond scenario, as there is no pump sustaining the pond, there is no risk of a pump failure.

However, if a pump fails in a koi pond, the consequences can be catastrophic as the pump equates to the heart of the pond, and without the heart, the pond will start to suffer.

I remember back to when I farmed koi for a living, the high-risk, heart-in-the-mouth period was when the eggs and fry were in the intensive recirculation hatchery systems for the first 2-3 weeks of their life.

It was a great relief to be able to move the fry out to the mud farm ponds and hand them over to mother nature where no power cuts or pump failures could harm them.

This was essential when considering the impact that a power cut could have on my livelihood, but is hardly practical (or economical) for a koi pond.

For example, if the pump has a foam pre-filter, be sure to clean this regularly so that a free-flow of water is permitted into the pump chamber.

Air pump: The moving water through your pond and filter will actively aerate your pond and as soon as your pump fails, the DO levels in your pond and filter will drop immediately.

Electrical circuits that leave the house for the garden, shed, or pond are more likely to experience conditions that will cause a circuit to 'trip'.

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