Building Your Koi Pond: Learn the Basics to Get Started

Koi Pond Construction Basics

Section 1 – Choosing the location One of the biggest challenges in constructing a Koi pond is finding the right location for it. Having a koi pond that is either inaccessible or hidden defeats to the reason why you installed a Koi pond in the first place! Here are some points you should consider when …

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Understanding Koi Pond Filtration

Pond Filtration: the basics of koi pond filtration

Koi Pond Filtration: The Basics Koi ponds and koi keeping are gaining popularity in the U.S. and in many parts of the world. Koi ponds are as varied as the places they are found. Ponds can be deep or shallow, be natural or constructed with liners or concrete but no matter what form they take …

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“Chilled Out” Koi: How Koi Survive Frozen Ponds in Winter

If you live in a northern climate then chances are good that you see snow and ice as does your koi pond.  Its natural to worry about your koi during the winter periods, especially if they have been around for years and years.  Fortunately, koi are adapted to dealing with cold temperatures and an iced-over pond.  They …

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Feeding your Koi as Water Temperatures Change

Everyone knows that water temperature plays a big role in how active koi are but a koi’s metabolism and ability to digest certain types of foods are also affected. Its critical that as temperatures drop with approaching winter or as temperatures increase with the onset of summer that you feed your koi the right amounts …

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Quarantine Your Koi: Why and How

Anyone that has cared for or owned koi for any significant period of time has had to isolate their fish for one reason or another. Sometimes its necessary to remove your fish in order to clean their pond or perhaps there are signs of disease that you want to prevent the further spread of -whatever …

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Why Pond Algae Occurs (and How to Get Rid Of It)

It is the case that every spring, as temperatures rise and daylight hours increase, an algal bloom occurs in almost everyone’s koi pond.  Dreaded algal blooms, like green water that make koi disappear from view or unsightly string algae that seems to pop up from nowhere, seem to be an inescapable fact of pond life. …

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Understanding the Biological Cycle of Your Koi Pond

nitrogen cycle of a koi pond

The biological cycle is really better defined as the “nitrogen cycle” because primarily what pond keepers are concerned with is nitrogenous waste.  When it comes to elements, nitrogen is pretty common. In fact, it makes up almost 80% of our atmosphere so it’s not surprising that it should be found in many plants and animals, …

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I’ve Got Koi Fry…Now What!? A Step-Wise Approach to Raising Baby Koi (with video)

If you just noticed that your pond now has a million little koi fry swimming around then skip down to the feeding section but if you haven’t bred koi yet and need an introduction then read on. Spawning typically occurs in the early summer months and is very water temperature dependent – 68 degrees F …

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What Are the Ideal Water Conditions for Healthy Koi? (9 factors discussed)

Proper koi fish care is an ongoing process (like many things in life). There will certainly be a lot of differing opinions on the best water conditions for koi but one thing remains constant: poor water quality leads to a host of other health problems that are certainly avoidable with proper care.  Because stress originates …

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The Major Koi Varieties and Their Traits

koi varieties

Presented here are what many consider the 13 major varieties of koi or “Nishikigoi”.  There are certainly some koi practitioners that may consider there to be up to 16 varieties (and even up to 22 if one counts newer strains of koi).  This summary includes some history of the variety (where applicable) as well as …

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