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Before you add fish to your pond, there’s a few things we need to do. Now, if there is an existing pond that’s possibly has been up and running, you got fish in there, and everything is great, but you got some new fish, before you put those fish in quarantine them. You know, there are so many heartbreaking stories with people that have you know beautiful huge koi that they have for years. You know, they got a great deal and they found you know they wanted something new. They wanted a butterfly koi or something a little bit different to put color on it, and when they grabbed, they stock it in there, and then all of a sudden, boom, everybody is sick and those fish that they have had for years are now you know are gone, so quarantine any new fish before you add them with your existing fish. And now, if you ever need a pond, there is another thing to think about. I mean, a lot of people say, “Hey, well first thing I am going to do is I am going to throw some goldfish in there.” you know just make sure it is okay to take the pond. I mean, I would just so, I cannot tell you how much that is a bad idea. You know, the next thing you know you already have a lot of goldfish, they are hard to get rid of. Your whole pond or your capacity for fish is taken up by this goldfish and you want to add a new fish in, and now we are dealing with quarantine, and mixing them.

So if you want a koi pond, let’s start with just the koi and buy nice ones, but you know why not kind of plan it out, and figure out how many koi  this pond can handle. You know, I mean there are little and new fish you can put a lot in there, but what happened if you know, this big. You know, you need to figure how many of them are this big can I have in my pond, and then if you can at one time get them. You know if you can have 10 fish, get 10 koi, and get 10 nice koi. Get 10 koi that are mixed with colors and shapes that you like and look good. You know and put them all in the pond at the same time and then that’s it. You would have probably the ultimate solution to so many people’s problems down the road with koi. You know add less than you project you need and in a few years and then any babies that you have in there are fine. You know it is a cold system versus your good and they will be able to look together for a long, long time, but back to the story.

We got a new pond, brand-new, and no fish. You’ve dug and get the liners in, everything is ready to go, don’t jump the gun. If you filled it with city water or any water that has any kind of treatment, chlorine. You need to de-chlorine it first, so putting some dechlorinator and some ponds to start, there are some little products there not very expensive, and they are sure worth it, you know with peace of mind in doing it. If you don’t want to do that, if you don’t want to spend the money and be poor, quit now, seriously. Fill it back in right for a canal. Okay, there is such a low expense, on something that’s going to cost you so much money going in because of plants are not expensive to maintain, but they are anon going thing.

If you cannot see forking out the bucks, the five bucks for a a big or huge package of de-chlorine, stop now, so de-chlorinate the pond. Of course, you could run in, run the water to your waterfall for a week or so on, before you know, to get away from doing de-chlorine. But if that’s what you are thinking, quit now. So you would de-chlorine or you would use well water, still don’t put your fish in yet. I want you to run it. Run your pump, run your waterfall, or run your filtration system. If your pump is going to die, if you got a running pump, it is going to die soon. Let’s go ahead and find out you know if you got a good solid pump. Let’s make sure that you know your fittings are fine.

You know you are going find the leech and you are going to find problems. That fantastic waterfall designed you have is great until the vibration in the hose you know falls through and falls out the back of the water fall, and all of a sudden you got an empty pond, so let’s run that sucker. Check the systems and let it run for a week or two. You know be a little patient while you are out there the koi that you are going to get for it, and check your systems. Once your filter is running pretty good especially if you have a filter that can handle adding some bacteria into it, do that. Have some beneficial bacteria, and get that started, and add some plants. You know get some plants out into the pond and let’s get it running. And then when you are ready to add the fish, you got the fish, and they are going in the pond, throw in some cover.

Now, I use to just tell people, “Throw in a trash can lid,” and you know because that always work. But now I have been told to be much more specific because of one particular situation where it is like, “You know, that trashcan lid does not work for me.” Why not, well it is sitting there at the bottom of the pond, use a plastic trashcan lid. What we are trying to do is float something and give some cover. The first few weeks, that’s when your fish are going to be scared and they don’t have a place to hide. So plastic trashcan lids floating, Frisbees, or Styrofoam, or if you have you know a cooler cover. Anything that will float, throw it in there. You know give them a place to hide. You know give them a while to get used to the pond and to get used to the scene, you know out of the corner of your eye. Because if you just throw them in, they are going to be terrified, and it’s going to be that much longer before you can get them to come up and it will melt your feeling, if that’s what you want. So those are the quick and daily steps to what you should do before you put fish in your pond.

What you need to do before you add fish to your pond. Treating the water, testing your pump and filter systems, finding and eliminating waterfall leaks are just some of your tasks before you put koi in your new pond. http://www.pondsupply.com/pondtreatments.html

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