Essential Koi Products to own
There are certain products that you should keep at home for your Koi pond. I will list the most important products to keep and there uses. You never know when an emergence will occur and if you have some of the products at home, then quick action can result in quick recovery of your Koi.
1. Bicarbonate of soda and a PH tester.
These are very useful products to keep at home. Often the Ph becomes unstable in your Koi pond and the ph drops and becomes to acidic. If a lot of rain occurs it maybe acidic and you will notice your Koi do not want to eat or they consume less food. They can also lie on the bottom of the pond and they may get a slightly milky appearance on there skin. If you notice any of these symptoms you can get your ph tester out and determine if your ph is too acidic. (6.9 and lower). If it is too acid you can mix a cup or two of bicarbonate of soda into a bucket of water and pour it into the pond. About 6hours later re-test your ph and see if your levels have corrected. They should be between 7.2 – 8.5. Please phone your Koi store for the quantity of Bicarbonate of soda to use, it will depend on your pond volume.
You will be amazed how quickly Koi recover from ph problems. If you often battle from ph lows, add a bag of extra coarse coral into the filter or pond.
2. Koi nets and Sock nets
Nets are very important to own. If your fish are acting sick, you may need to catch them and look at your fish close up to see if there are any ulcers or split fins on the fish. It is important to use a proper Koi net and not an aquarium net or pool net. The reason for this is the netting and shape of the net may cause more damage to the Koi, it may scrap the scales off the Koi, cause bruising or cause the Koi’s body to bend if the Koi cannot fit into the net. A Sock net would be used if you are catching your Koi and then moving them into a bag or bowl. It is a net with an opening on both sides.
This is very important to use when you are changing water in your Koi pond or topping the water up. Dechorination products remove the chlorine and chloramines from tap water and make the water safe for Koi. If this is not done it can cause fatalities in your fish and can have a negative effect on the biofilter and cause the filter to not work correctly. If you are cleaning the filter use old pond water or tap water that has being dechorinated.
4. Test Kits
If your fish are swimming in a strange way, are not eating and are gasping on the surface of the pond, the first thing you need to do is test their water. By having a test kit, you can test it instantly and correct the problems.
The 4 tests are Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate and Ph.
5. Koi Food
This is a must, If you have Koi feed them Koi food and not any other pellet food. Koi have a unique stomach and need specifically designed food for them, so they can absorb it correctly. If you feed them other types of food for other animals, they will have a lower immunity and bad body shapes.
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PART 2 (USE THIS PART 2 FOR A DIFFERENT MONTH)
In last months article, I discussed some essential Koi products. They were Bicarbonate of soda, Koi nets, dechorination products, test kits and Koi food. Below I will continue with some more essential Koi products to own and their uses:
1. BaoBio clear
This product is used to boost the biological activity in your filter and help degrade organic and inorganic wastes in the pond. If you have installed a new filter or cleaned your filter this is a very good product to use. It also helps to keep the pond clear.
2. Air pumps
Air pumps produce excellent results in the way your Koi look and act. Air is often not adequate enough in a Koi pond and adding an air pump makes a tremendous difference to the way your Koi will swim and appear. If you are not getting enough air the Koi swim very slowly and look lethargic. In Japan one of their secrets to large healthy Koi, is because they use air pumps in all their ponds.
3. Microscope and Medication
This is for the very serious Koi hobbyist to own a microscope. Koi parasites cannot be seen with the naked eye and you need a microscope to see them. Once you have identified the parasites or flukes on the Koi, you will then know what medication to use for that specific disease. If you do not have a microscope your local Koi shop should have one and you can often make an appointment and get your Koi analyzed for a small fee.
Medications are often best bought only when you need them, unless you live far away from a Koi shop.
4. Koi Books
A good Koi book, that can tell you the names of your Koi, teach you what to look for in a particular variety of Koi, what to feed them in the different seasons, what to do if you water quality is not correct, how to treat them if they are sick and general information on Koi. Make sure the book is related to South African climate conditions, so you don’t get confused with the feeding guidelines.
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