Koi Pond Winterizing FAQ’s

Why is it important to keep an opening in the ice on a pond during the winter? Making sure you have an area free of ice is crucial for koi ponds or ponds with fish to allow proper gas exchange. A koi pond is essentially dormant during the winter months and the biological activity is at a minimum. However, this does not mean there is no biological activity. The respiration of the fish and the metabolic processes is still occur, steadily releasing waste products while using up oxygen. Without an opening in the ice, harmful gasses such as carbon dioxide remain trapped under the ice and the supply of dissolved oxygen steadily decreases. If this continues to progress and oxygen is not replenished, the fish will not survive the toxic environment and they will fall victim to what is commonly

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Installing a New Pond

The first thing to consider when building a pond is to decide what type of pond you want to build. Are you going to build a koi pond or a water garden with or without some goldfish, if so you need to consider the type of aquatic life you want in the pond. Maybe a pondless fall for the sound of a waterfall but not the maintenance of fish and plants. Each type of pond will need to be planned for its specific features. Keep in mind that the most common mistake water gardeners say they made when building their first pond was making it too small. A small pond limits the number of fish and plants you can add. KOI POND Koi ponds are different from a water garden because koi will limit the amount of plant life available to be grown, as

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Designing Your Water Feature Part 2

In this post I want to go over a few advantages & disadvantages of the standard pond designs. The little garden pond:   Advantages: Disadvantages: Low installation cost Higher Maintenance The gravel will help establish an ecosystem The pumps are prone to clogging Plants will help filter the water and add some beauty Filters are also prone to clogging and are harder to clean Shallow ponds are a little safer for kids and pets Water clarity is uncertain Not suitable for large fish or a large quantity of fish Sludge will accumulate fast on the bottom May freeze solid in the winter May get to hot for fish in the summer The Basic Water Garden: Advantages: Disadvantages: Lower maintenance due to the use of a larger filtration system with skimmer Greater initial investment for the pond Easier maintenance as the pump is

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Determination Pond Water Volume

The basic formula for calculating the volume in gallons of a pond is to use the formula L x W X D x 7.5 where L is the Length in Feet, W is the Width and Feet and D is the Depth in feet. Most ponds are not perfectly squares or circles so when you use the pond volume calculator you should make allowances for variations in depth and shape. Try to use averages when you enter the data and when your pond is irregular shaped with depth variations give up to 20% variation to what this calculator shows. For Rectangular Pond: Water Volume = length (feet) X width X average depth X 7.5 gallons/cu. foot = GALLONS For an Oval Pond: Water Volume = 0.8 X ( length (feet) X width X average depth X 7.5 gallons/cu. foot) =

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Calculate Liner Size

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, EPDM, is a flexible material that can easily conform to any configurations you choose. When selecting a liner, make sure to get one that is meant for ponds. Unfortunately, pool liners or roofing material often get experimented with and pond owners learn a hard lesson. These materials often are constructed with chemicals to reduce algae or mold that can be harmful to fish and they may tear easily. Instead, stick with LifeGuard 45 mil EPDM Pond Liner. It is safe for fish, plants, and wildlife and is the ideal product to give your feature a natural look. Start by getting the measurements for the longest, widest, and deepest points of your pond or pond to be. Next punch these numbers into the calculator: (Length + (2 x Depth + 1)) by (Width + (2 x Depth + 1)).

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Choosing a Pond Pump

Choosing a pump takes a little work, you can’t just run out and get any old pump that’s on sale and hope it works. You need one that’s going to be able to run the pond you’re building and that could be as small as a 100 gallon preformed pond to 10,000 gallon show pond full of prize wining Koi.  So hear are some things to think about and how to figure them out. How many gallons is the pond? Do you have a waterfall and if so how high and wide is it? Is the pump going to have to more the water a long way before returning to the pond? Will you have a long twisting stream that starts on the other side of the yard? What style of pump are you going with, in the water or out

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Designing Your Water Feature Part 1

You’ve decided to build a Koi pond or water feature in your outdoor living space, welcome to the family! The most important thing to keep in mind, and I can’t stress this enough, you don’t have to do everything all at once. I built my ponds and landscape over several years and when you’re doing it on your own for a lower cost you have plenty of time. I tend to find when someone makes the decision to build a Koi pond that they have a hard time figuring out where to put it or where to start, especially if they have never built a water feature before. This can be a little intimidating but it doesn’t have to be if you can find a little help, with the internet now days help is merely a click away. Contact your

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Why Build a Water Feature or Koi Pond

Why Build A Water Feature or Koi Pond Let me start by saying that over the years I have had many friends, family and customers that have seen my koi ponds.  The first things I tend to hear from them is that they love the landscape but building a pond must cost a lot.  In the grand scope of landscaping your outdoor living space a pond is one of the lower cost landscapes you can put in and that you can do on your own. If you look at pond landscaping overall verses the grass that you maintain now, a water feature will most likely cost you less to maintain over time.  If you have grass you know all about mowing, fertilizing, watering, weeding, and if you get put under a water restriction it starts to die and then you don’t want

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