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Koi Pond Storm Preparation

May 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Koi Pond Maintenance, Koi Ponds

To to insure your Koi survive severe storms, such as hurricanes, you most likely will have to move them to a safe location.

All areas of the country encounter some type of severe weather. Preparing your Koi pond for major storms doesn’t have to be stressful. As we have seen with recent weather events, a plan may mean the difference between your pond being destroyed or saving your Koi’s lives.

Smaller Storms
Smaller storms may appear at any moments. Because you are aware of the type of storms that just pop up in your area you may be able to prepare your garden in advance by taking a few simple steps.

  1. If you know a storm is on its way, stop feeding your Koi. The Koi will eat on all the insects and algae in your pond and will not starve during a short storm. If you keep food to a minimum during small storms, you also prevent ammonia problems if your filtration system should go out.
  2. Change the water in your pond. If you are unable to get back to your pond for a day or two you will be glad, you provided your Koi with the freshest water available. Leave some room in the water garden for any major rainfall. If you fail to leave room, your pond may overflow. Clear your drain of debris so it can function properly during the storm. If there is any chance of flooding making sure to sandbag around the pond, so it will be protected from incoming floodwaters.
  3. Another consideration is to cover the pond with netting incase debris begins to fly or fall from the trees. Just make sure it is tightly secured.
  4. If there is anything that could fall into the pond or blow over your pond, remove the items. If you can push it over so can the wind.

Large Storms
If you face large areas in your area such as hurricanes, you need to take preventive actions as soon as you set your water garden up. If you want to insure your fish survive during this type of storm, you must remove them from the pond.

  1. Make sure you have all your transport items on hand. You do not want to be caught short-handed having to rush to the store to find the equipment your need.
  2. You will need to have bags on hand. Either the bags you brought your Koi home in the store from or fish bags bought for transport. Never use plastic or trash bags because they are not designed to transport fish and can damage your Koi. Finally make sure your bag is large enough for your fish.
  3. High quality rubber bands are vital and you will need to have several for each fish bag. The pressure from the water in the bag can cause the rubber band to burst so high quality bands are of the upmost importance.
  4. The net will need to be large enough to corral your Koi. Never lift your Koi out of the pond using the net as this will damage or kill the fish. You are only using the net to guide and direct the Koi into the area for capture.
  5. A paint bucket will be used to catch the Koi. The bucket should be large enough to catch and hold the fish.

If you have these items on hand, you can quickly catch and bag your Koi. Next, move them to a safe area away from high winds, flooding or flying debris. You may want to work with a local Koi breeder in order to find a safe haven for your fish during the storm.

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