Koi ponds add tremendous value to a home, both emotionally and financially.
These long-lived, peaceful creatures create a tranquil experience that you and your family will enjoy for a lifetime. For a more in-depth look, we have a longer guide about tips for caring for your koi in winter.
Here, I wanted to breifly outline three options for the pond itself that will ensure your koi are healthy and well when they wake up in the spring! If you are just starting your koi family visit us to see the highest quality Japanese Nishikigoi koi fish for sale.
1. Keeping your koi in pond over winter:
This is the most common practice for ponds in which the top freezes but it remians liquid underneath. Remember your koi cannot survive being frozen, so making sure you have a deep enough pond (3- 5 ') and following these tips can insure a safe, liquid space for your friends to hibernate.
Stop the water pump and filter. If you have several pumps, you maybe able to leave some on, as long as they do not disturb the koi. Koi need to be undisturbed while they hibernate, and the will fare much better if they are not being agitated. If you stop filters, please drain all water from filters. You don't want stale months old water getting getting pushed back into your pond just as your koi are waking up.
Keep an air pump running. This keeps a small hole in the ice, which degases your pond. You don't want the fish completely sealed in with no air exchange from outside.
2. Create a greenhouse
You can purchase small greenhouse kits to cover your pond and keep them from freezing, or you can construct a small structure with PVC or wood with a clear plastic covering. Here is a simple example from a customer, you can see the before above and the very uncomplicated results below.
3. Bring Koi indoors
This may only be possible for smaller koi collections, or you may choose to just select a few of your favorites to bring in and enjoy during winter months. It is most simple to set up a holding tank in a garage ideally with a koi heather. You can learn how to create a koi quaratine tank in this article.
More Americans are starting to understand the therapuetic effects of koi gardens. They are a boon to property values and highly unique selling points. Understanding a few simple concepts means you can confidently recommened these to your buyers, or expertly discuss with your sellers.