Spring clean-up for your koi fish pond. A necessity for all pond owners.
In today’s video, I’m going to take you through the necessary steps for the spring clean-up for your koi fishpond.
The two largest areas of concern for your backyard pond will be to get your pond’s pump and filter up and running again as well as getting that murky green water looking clean and healthy for your koi and goldfish to enjoy.
Algae is always a big problem for pond owners. Algae is not a sign of an unhealthy pond necessarily. Some algae is a good thing. Fish and other aquatic life will consume some of the algae but too much of the green stuff becomes a major eyesore for those who want to be able to see the fish in the pond.
I’ll take you through step-by-step how I get my pond up and running in the springtime.
I’ll show you the 4-stage filter system that I use and how I set it up. It includes a vortex barrel, a bag of bio-balls that collect good bacteria and allow it to grow, a series of filter pads (which vary in density) and finally an ultraviolet light chamber which burns off the planktonic algae.
Types of Algae
The two types of algae that will more than likely be present in your pond will be:
1. Planktonic algae: which is the stuff that floats throughout the water giving your pond a green pea soup appearance and 2. Filamentous algae: which most people refer to as string algae.
I’ll show you ways to deal with both types.
The pond pump that I use will easily handle a pond up to 1000 gallons. It’s made by ProLine, and it’s called a ProLine XP Hydrive. The ultra-violet cleansing system that I use is made by Tetra Pond. It is the Tetra Pond UV3 Sterilizer. The system sells for under $300, but I will warn you now that the replacement bulbs are a bit pricey. Through my local retailer they sell for over a $100 but I found them on Amazon.com for a lot less. Do yourself a favor and shop around.
After your first lawn cut of the year the spring clean-up for your koi fish pond is next on the to-do list.