We know you cherish your koi as they are sort of like underwater puppies. Before cleaning a koi pond we will test your water parameters (faucet and pond)
so that your koi do not experience extreme changes in their environment.
The most common type of koi we encounter in MD, DC, and Northern Virginia are butterfly koi.
These koi can be found all throughout franchise pet stores and pond stores and have become popular due to their ease of breeding and hardiness.
With that in mind, it is still important to minimize the stress levels of your fish while we service your pond.
Your fish will be safely relocated inside aerated, shaded, totes and closely monitored to ensure their safety during the job.
Koi should not undergoe drastic changes in water parameters.
Although they can tolerate 6.5 - 9.0 ph and 59-77 degress Fahrenheit, you should
try your best to keep the water constant. When filling up a new pond, you need to use a dechlorinator to remove chlorine and other harmful chemicals.
Before introducing them to a new body of water, you need to acclimate them so they do not die from shock.
Do not overfeed your fish.
Once a day for as much as they can consume in 3-5 minutes is more than enough. Any uneaten food should be removed from the pond.
You should plan on extra filtration if you want to keep koi. We recommend a strong pressure filter designed to handle koi waste. Your pump should turn over the water inside your pond multiple times an hour.
The shallower the pond, the more hiding places it should have. Heron, raccoons, and
foxes are prime suspects when your fish disappear. Your pond should have fish caves or some sort of structure that provides cover.