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Salt and Koi Ponds

There are benefits to adding salt to your Koi pond. When used correctly, it can defend against and treat bacteria, parasites, stress, and other conditions. However, too much salt is toxic to Koi and can make them sick or even kill them. If you are considering salt, it’s essential to understand when and how to […]

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Companions for Your Koi

If you desire more variety for your aquascape, several varieties of fish make great pond mates for Koi. Check out these potential companions for your Koi, all compatible in behavior, diet, and environment. Goldfish Koi and Goldfish thrive in similar water conditions. Pond Goldfish (as the name implies) are best suited for your backyard. Fancy […]

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Breeding Goldfish in A Tank

Goldfish can be challenging to breed in captivity. Unless deliberately prompted, they will typically not reproduce in an aquarium. However, successful breeding is possible if you plan and provide the right conditions. The Goldfish will need their usual quality care–including plenty of space, good nutrition, and excellent water conditions–plus specific environmental changes to induce breeding. […]

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Tips for Controlling Pond Algae

Algae are single-celled aquatic plants that, in small amounts, add oxygen through photosynthesis and provide a healthy snack for Koi. But too much can wreak havoc on water parameters and the pond’s ecosystem. Here are some ways to identify, contain, and treat algae. Identifying Algae Planktonic. Also called green water algae, these give the water […]

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Vacation Pond Preparation Checklist

  When you’re away on vacation, it’s nice not to worry about what’s happening back home–including your koi pond. By preparing beforehand, you can relax knowing your koi will remain safe and healthy while you’re away. ✓ Make A Feeding Plan Depending on the season, koi can last several days without food as long as […]

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