Pond season is in full swing! It’s time to be outside enjoying the sound of your waterfall and the sight of your fish playing under the sun. Whether you koi-gaze by day, or relax with the glow of underwater lighting at night, summer is a great time of year to be a pond owner.
The best way to enjoy your pond is to ensure that it’s safe and healthy. And if you’ve got koi, that’s especially important. We’ve put together five of our most popular resources to help you take the best possible care of your fish this summer. If you have more questions or need assistance, just ask!
1. How To Keep Predators Out Of Your Pond And Protect Koi And Other Critters
We may not have alligators here in New Jersey but there are still plenty of critters that would love to make a snack of your most precious koi. Cats, raccoons and heron, to name a few, pose a threat to unprotected fish. And yet pond lovers everywhere manage to keep koi safe and happy. How do they do it?
There are a few things you can do to thwart predators, it’s just a matter of choosing the one that works best for you. Read more to find out how to safeguard your fish. Believe it or not, alligators just might figure into it!
2. The Secret To Healthy Pond Fish
Lucky for you, keeping your fish healthy is really no secret if you know the right steps to take. We’ve made it simple by giving you some guidelines for choosing fish wisely and keeping their home environment in good shape.
You’ll also learn how to look for signs from the fish themselves that there’s something you need to pay attention to before it’s too late. A little TLC goes a long way when it come to protecting the gems of your pond!
3. What To Do When Your Pond Fish Are Sick
Even with the best of care, fish can still get sick. Whether you notice odd, listless behavior or see scales or other visible signs of illness, it can be frightening. Worse, a disease in one fish can infect every one in the pond.
Sometimes you’ll need a professional to treat an individual fish or even the whole pond, but there are things you can do, too. Read more to learn about some common, simple ways to deal with sick fish on your own. And if you find the situation too challenging, let us know. We have a fully equipped fish hospital right in our showroom.
4. Is All Pond Fish Food Created Equal?
Part of keeping koi healthy is feeding them properly. You may understand how often to feed them and how much, but are you feeding them the right food in the first place?
If you shop for commercial fish food there are so many brands on the market that it can be hard to decide. Before you pick the closest or cheapest option, read this! Much like “people food”, fish food can be healthy or not-so-healthy depending on what you choose.
5. The Best Koi Food For Happy And Healthy Pond Critters
Once you’re confident in your food knowledge, the next step is to be confident that you’ve chosen the right one, at the right time, in the right style for *your* koi. Phew! Sounds like a lot to think about, doesn’t it?
The better you understand koi, the better you can care for them, and the longer you’ll be rewarded with their happy, healthy presence in your pond. Take a few minutes to choose the best food for your critters based on some key criteria. A little bit of dedication to their well-being will serve you well for years to come.
If you have other questions about koi or pond fish, or if you need help caring for yours, let us know. Our pond pros are available for everything from water testing to complete pond overhauls.