An expert has said water quality must be checked regularly in koi ponds.
This is according to British Koi Keepers’ Society (BKKS) Health Standards Committee chairman Brian Crocker, who said this should take place “at least once in summer and once a fortnight in winter and daily on a new pond, or if they’re having problems”.
People should look for ammonia and pH, with ammonia “one of the worst problems”, he continued.
Experts also recommend regularly checking nitrite levels to ensure good fish health and water quality.
Mr Crocker noted many fish keepers see clear water and assume it is good for the animals, but they are often wrong.
An estimated 90 per cent of all fish health problems are related to poor water quality, he stated.
The right pond filters for the habitat are also needed when looking after koi and “water quality, filtration and maintenance all link together”, Mr Crocker said.
The BKKS was founded in 1970 by a small number of people and now has around 1,000 members in 30 regional sections throughout the British Isles.
Posted by Olivia Rose