Preparing Your Koi Pond For Major Storms

Preparing Your Koi Pond For Major Storms

Preparing your​ Koi Pond for​ Major Storms
No matter the area in​ which you​ live in, you​ are bound to​ come into contact with at​ least one type of​ severe weather throughout the year .​
Recent events such as​ Hurricane Katrina have shown us that having an​ emergency plan could mean the difference between saving your​ pond, and​ total destruction​ .​

Smaller Storms
Preparing for​ smaller storms, and​ storms that you​ have more notice on​ is​ somewhat easier then preparing for​ a​ large storm .​
Taking a​ few simple steps will help guide your​ pond through the storm.
1) Stop feeding your​ fish .​
your​ pond contains enough natural food sources that your​ Koi will not starve for​ a​ long amount of​ time .​
if​ the storm does any damage to​ your​ filtration​ process, not feeding you​ fish will cut down on​ the chance of​ any ammonia problems later on.
2) Do as​ big of​ water change as​ possible to​ your​ pond .​
in​ the case that something goes really wrong and​ you​ are unable to​ attend your​ pond right away, your​ Koi will have the freshest water available to​ them .​
Also, leave out several inches of​ water to​ make up for​ coming rainfall .​
this​ way, there will be less chance of​ your​ pond overflowing .​
if​ you​ have some type of​ drainage system, make sure to​ clear it​ of​ any debris so it​ will work at​ it’s full potential .​
if​ you​ pond is​ ground level and​ high waters are expected, you​ can add protection​ by sand​ bagging around the area .​
if​ nothing else, this​ may keep your​ koi confined within​ the area if​ flooding occurs.
3) Net over your​ pond to​ protect it​ from any flying debris .​
Using the same net you​ use during the fall to​ keep leaves out should suffice, as​ long as​ you​ properly secure it​ down.
4) Remove anything that could potentially blow over, away, or​ fall into your​ pond .​
a​ good rule of​ thumb, if​ you​ can push it​ over, so can the wind .​
Items that could blow away should be completely removed from the area and​ placed indoors .​

Large Storms
Large storms like the recent hurricanes prevent any type of​ preventative measures from being successful .​
The only real way to​ save your​ pond in​ these types of​ events is​ completely remove your​ fish from the pond .​

First, it​ is​ always a​ good idea to​ have all the equipment needed to​ transport your​ Koi on​ hand​ .​
if​ you​ are having an​ emergency with your​ Koi, you​ may or​ may not have time to​ make a​ trip to​ your​ local pet store to​ gather what you​ need .​
The equipment needed to​ bag and​ transport Koi is​ small, and​ easily stored when not in​ use.
Bags- you​ must have the proper bags on​ hand​ to​ transport Koi .​
Do not attempt to​ transport your​ Koi in​ trash or​ regular plastic bags, as​ they are not designed for​ this, and​ may cause damage to​ your​ Koi .​
Unless you​ remembered to​ keep the bags you​ brought your​ koi home in​ originally, you​ will have to​ make a​ trip to​ your​ local pet store .​
Make sure to​ get bags sizable enough to​ hold your​ Koi.
Rubber Bands- you​ will need quite a​ few rubber bands for​ each bag you​ buy .​
Make sure that your​ rubber bands are good quality, as​ you​ do not want the pressure from the water to​ pop the rubber band​ in​ the middle of​ the transport.
Net- you​ will need to​ have a​ net sizeable enough to​ compete with your​ Koi .​
you​ will never need the net to​ pull the Koi out of​ the water with, but you​ will need it​ to​ lead and​ direct your​ Koi into the place you​ want them .​
Nets can potentially damage your​ Koi, especially as​ the larger they get.
Paint Bucket- a​ paint bucket is​ a​ better option​ for​ catching your​ Koi, as​ they cannot hurt your​ Koi like a​ net can .​
Make sure that your​ bucket is​ sizable enough to​ hold your​ Koi.

Preparing Your Koi Pond For Major Storms

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