Ponds - Construction, Filtration, Retrofits, Biosecurity, Keeping Koi

Many thanks to Michael Landesman, a K.O.I. student, for sharing his construction video with us. 
This video is masterful at showing the process of pond construction. No words, just great video/music that shares a well documented process to the family's new pond. 
 

Your koi and the circle of life - oh my:
 
Natural selection doesn’t favor brightly colored fish with predators like ospreys around,” I was told by Jim Levitt, a fisheries biologist with the fisheries division of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
https://www.startribune.com/koi-make-an-easy-osprey-snack/572575652/?refresh=true

We know we need back up systems: so if you have not got your emergency power, check this story out. 

WATCH: A koi fish aquarium built right into the steps of a HDB unit entryway
Live in an HDB flat with no space big enough for an actual pond to keep Koi fishes? A HDB dweller didn’t let the limited expanse of public housing stop him from building a koi pond at his doorstep. No, literally at his doorstep — the small stairway to a ground-level unit was successful converted...

If you have chlorine or chloramine treated water, K.O.I. has always recommended the use of a water shut off timer whenever doing a pond refill.  In fact, they are so cheap (and they do sometimes fail, that Spike now recommends using 2 of them, one after the other.

But there is another way that doesn't involve the use of ANY device.  Read what the Fish Vet in Australia recommends.

This study reviews the effects, mechanisms, factors affecting and other water quality considerations of Nitrite Toxicity.

NEW PRODUCT - for those of you that have Chlorine or Chloramines in your water supply.

While this article by Taro Kodama is a bit commercial in terms of recommending their own products, it does have very good info, and is worth the read!  I did not include, but they do sell, a complete Q tank kit and a complete accessory kit – the both contain a good group of items.

These are some useful tips from Kodama Koi.  Their FL facility was hit by a hurricane last year, and this year, their Hawaii facility was hit, so they have some good advice!

Here is a very simple solution to a dry pond caused by a plumbing break.

If you are drawing water direct from your bottom drains.

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