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

Syd Mitchell explains the science behind how to create a working filter - without fish!  You can meet Syd and your other K.O.I. instructors at the PNKCA Convention, June 19-21, 2015!  CLICK HERE for more about the Convention...  Full article after the break.

This question is answered by Syd Mitchell, after the break...

When I first read this research paper, I was hopeful that the adverse affects of contraceptives waste found in water would actually turn out to be useful to Koi Keepers as a future way to prevent or control spawning in Koi ponds.  While it is clear that exposure to low doses of contraceptive waste does affect fish, the findings showed it was limited to subsequent generations.  This may not ever be applicable for Koi keepers, but perhaps suggests that there is hope for future research regarding contraception and Koi!  Full article after the break...

This article was written by K.O.I. Instructor Ken Austin, for the SKAPA Newsletter.

Yes, you can use the standard shapes above to calculate volume, but they are notoriously inaccurate.  Mike Anger, CKK,  teaches you a simple and ACCURATE way to calculate your pond's volume, after the break...  If you want to learn more, take K.O.I. Pond Construction #202 - CLICK HERE for more information about the course.

Why is every Koi pond that you see a different depth?  Becuase they should be different!  See anaylsis after the break...

The following are some great ideas, collected over the years by Spike Cover. - See more at: http://koiorganisationinternational.org/?q=koi-articles/tips-and-tricks-...
The following are some great ideas, collected over the years by Spike Cover. - See more at: http://koiorganisationinternational.org/?q=koi-articles/tips-and-tricks-...

Over the years, Spike Cover collected some really clever tips and tricks of use to all Koi Keepers!  Text after the break...

The other day, I was talking  to Syd Mitchell, Water Quality Guru Extraordinaire.  We were discussing ponds that have the propensity to pH crash, and he said he knew of some folks using an Automatic Dosing system for Baking Soda (if you don't know why stable pH or why adding Baking Soda may be important to your pond, you might want to invest a few bucks, and read "Alkalinity and pH").  Syd was explaining how to make your own dosing system - schematic and more info after the break...

There is a new monitoring system available for Koi ponds that measures pH and KH3 (not TAN), as well as temperature and water level.  It graphs the results of pH and KH3, and sends alerts to your phone or computer.  WOW!  More info and the web site link below the break...

Here's a pic of my pond this morning!  Typical January day in Connecticut...   In the middle, under the evergreens is my 4-foot waterfall, and that stripe across the middle?  That's the net that stays over the pond from October to April to keep the leaves down to a dull roar...  Notice the Beech trees at the right keep their brown leaves all winter, dropping them occasionally.  This is only 6 inches of snow - tomorrow, we're in for a blizzard with 18 inches predicted, maybe more...  But I still LOVE winter - see why below the break...  BTW - It's now been exactly a year since we started the K.O.I. blog, and we've posted nearly 100 articles for you to enjoy and learn from.  Thanks to all our contributors!  If you find it useful, or have ideas for articles - please email me:  pattist@snet.net   Thanks for being here!

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