August 21, 2016

The Best Way to Take Pictures of Your Koi

Have you ever noticed that in most Koi pictures in the internet, there’s a light blue background? Because the Koi’s colors are accentuated whenever they are “positioned” against a light blue background. So, if you want to take some photographs of one (it is best that you do it one Koi at a time) or several of your Koi, catch them/it using a soft Japanese landing net, then place them/it in a container with a light-blue background (a light- ...

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August 19, 2016

What If There is No Oxygen But Just Air in the Water?

This is one of the misconceptions that first-time pond owners have. Normally, pond water does not actually contain pure oxygen but air containing about 20% ​​oxygen. And there really are no such pond equipment as oxygen pumps and oxygen stones, but just air pumps and air stones. They work by sort of “agitating” the water, making it circulate so that oxygen in the atmosphere may be “absorbed” via this process of circulation. The ...

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August 18, 2016

Look Out for Bamboo Shoots Piercing Your Pond’s Liner

If you have planted some Bamboo close to your pond, occasionally check to see if some of its shoots threaten to pierce your pond’s liner or “foil”. Some species of Bamboo “expand” underneath the soil, with strong roots that could “drill” a hole into your pond’s liner. Perhaps if you want to plant some bamboo close to your pond, it would be best to sort of “isolate” its roots from your pond’s perimeter by building some kind o ...

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August 16, 2016

Sturgeons are “Black-and-White” Viewers

Yes, that’s right. Sturgeon fishes are kind of “colorblind” fishes in the sense that they see their surroundings in black and white. So if you plan on having a Sturgeon fish pond, it might be a good idea to choose a white- (or light-) colored pond liner or “foil” for your Sturgeon pond and do not put a lot of dark-colored pebbles or gravel in it (in fact, it might be a good idea to try not “putting in” some substrate) so that your S ...

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August 15, 2016

Avoid “stressing” your Fishes

Do Not “Stress” Your Fishes. If possible, at all times avoid “stressing” your fishes, as stress lowers their natural resistance, rendering them vulnerable to diseases. Stressors come in many forms, such as persistent vibration or “pounding” on the pond or the water’s surface, changes in temperature and/or water pressure, lack or inadequacy of food or “sources” of nutrition, poor quality of the water, chemical buildup in the wa ...

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August 14, 2016

Buy Aquatic Plants in the Summer and Autumn

Buy Aquatic Plants in the Summer and Autumn.  Many new pond owners do not know about this “trick”. If you buy your aquatic plants in the Summer or Autumn, they somehow tend to be a lot better-developed and stronger than the plants that most owners would buy in early Spring. Hence, you get more “value” for your money and their chances of an insured growth will be much higher. ...

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August 13, 2016

Large Servicing Work VS. Small Regular Maintenance Jobs?

Large, “Wholesale” Servicing Work VS Small, “Piecemeal” Regular Maintenance Jobs? A frequent question which arises among beginning pond owners is whether they should “schedule” infrequent but large-scale (or “wholesale”) servicing work on their pond’s filtration systems, pumps, water, etc., or whether they should do frequent/regular but smaller-scale (or “piecemeal”) maintenance jobs. The correct answer is to choose the la ...

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August 12, 2016

Purchase Backups for Biological Filters

Purchase Backups for Biological Filters. Do you largely depend on “biological” filters? If so, then it would be wise for you to purchase a backup for each biological filter that you’re using because if the “biological” media of these filters bogs down, it usually takes months for these “friendly” bacteria colonies to grow back. So the best way to sort of “repair” one is to actually have a backup ready to use at any time. ...

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August 11, 2016

Do Not Plant Your Aquatic Plants in Nature

Do Not “Plant” Your Aquatic Plants in Nature (Unless You Want Them to Multiply with Reckless Abandon). Sometimes, when you a doing some “maintenance” work on your pond, you will probably be “thinning” certain aquatic plants species. These excess aquatic plants are best not left to grow in ditches or streams, because certain aquatic plants, such as the Pennywort and Pearl Feather Herb can easily displace the native species of pla ...

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August 9, 2016

Work Fast When Cleaning Filters

Work Fast When Cleaning Filters, Especially the “Biological” Ones. This is because the “friendly” bacteria present in these filters need a constant supply of oxygenated water, so throughout your “cleanup” work, move as fast as possible and return the filter as soon as possible. ...

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August 8, 2016

Algae are Actually the Best Koi “Vitamins”

Algae are Actually the Best Koi “Vitamins”.  Many “rookie” Koi owners carry the misconception that algae are major culprits, but in the case of Koi, nothing could be further from the truth; algae are in fact very nutritious for the Koi! ...

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August 7, 2016

Always Purchase Pump Specifically Designed for Pond

Always Purchase an Efficient Pump Specifically Designed for Pond Use and with a High Flow Rate.  Most beginning pond owners don’t realize this fact, but each pump whatsoever will ultimately cost more (in terms of power consumption, repair & maintenance costs, etc.) to use than the purchase price of the device itself. Some beginning pond owners buy very cheap pumps, even those not designed for pond use, because of the inexpensive “initi ...

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August 6, 2016

Do Not Buy Too Small Sturgeon

Do Not Buy a Sturgeon That is Less Than 25 cm Long. If ever you are thinking of making a Sturgeon pond, do not buy Sturgeon fishes that are too small, like under 25 cm. If they are too small, they probably cannot save their plight from death. But if they are at least 25 cm, they can at least feed on the algae and leaves of oxygenating plants until they grow longer (and more powerful) and eventually survive. ...

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August 5, 2016

UV Lamps are Allies of Filamentous Algae

UV Lamps are Also the Filamentous Algae’s Allies. In a pond, there are basically two kinds of algae: the Filamentous or “Thread” Algae which fishes like to eat every now and then, and the pernicious “Floating” Algae that “eats up” a lot of your pond water’s nutrients, grows in massive quantities, and causes your pond water to “turn” green. Ultraviolet (UV) lights are used to “kill” these floating algae, resulting in “ ...

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August 4, 2016

Three Basic Principles in Pond Cleaning Pond

Stick to the Three Basic “Hygienic” Principles in Cleaning Your Pond(s). To maintain the overall hygienic state in your pond(s), always keep these three (3) basic “tenets” in mind: A.] The “immediate” disposal of unnecessary (or “unused”) organic waste; B.] Maintenance of the “friendly” bacteria responsible for the effective “breakdown” of remaining waste; and C.] Regular administration of fresh water. Adhere to these ...

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August 3, 2016

Always Dispense Exactly the Right Amount of Medication

Another means by which parasites and/or other pathogenic organisms might develop resistance to fish medications is if too little of a particular fish medication was administered; the parasite or pathogenic organism might “survive” and develop resistance against that particular fish medication. So, to prevent this from happening, do not “scrimp” on fish medications; just administer the exact or appropriate amounts as “prescribed” by ...

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August 2, 2016

Get Rid Of Your “Spring Cleaning” Rationale for Ponds

Another “Sage Advise” about “Preventive Treatments”: Preferably no “Spring Cures” Administration. Perhaps brought about by our penchant for doing “spring cleaning” among our houses or “immunization shots” for our babies and kids, many pond owners often administer their ponds a once-a-year “preventive” treatment (such as pond fumigation) supposedly to protect them from pests and diseases, and these pond owners “repeat” ...

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