Have you heard any Koi Pond Myths?
One of the biggest reasons many people get a water garden is so they can have fish. Don’t let Koi Pond Myths keep you from getting a few of your own finned friends of your own! Here are some common myths with replies from Aquascape, Inc.
|“Fish will just create more pond maintenance.”||Actually, fish are a crucial part of the ecosystem. Koi reduce algae by feeding on it, and they fertilize plants with their waste. So, fish actually create less pond maintenance.|
|“Koi cannot live in a pond with rocks and gravel.”||Koi originated in nature, where rocks and gravel cover almost every pond on earth. We build rock and gravel lined ponds almost daily, which house perfectly healthy and happy Koi.|
|“I don’t want to lose all my fish to predators.”||If constructed properly, one can virtually eliminate the risk of predators with a few simple precautionary techniques.|
|“Koi need at least three feet of water to survive.”||95% of the ponds that we build are two feet deep in the center, and the koi are happy and healthy as can be.|
|“I don’t want to be troubled with bringing my fish inside for the winter.”||Koi are an extremely hardy fish, whose ancestors over-wintered in freezing conditions, and still do. Just keep the water circulating and maintain a hole in the ice and they’ll never know the difference.|
|“I don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on my fish.”||Actually, pet quality koi start at $5.00 each with show quality koi going for one hundred thousand dollars or more. Since fish food is also very inexpensive, how much you want to spend on fish is your decision.|
|“You can’t have koi in a pond that has rocks and gravel”||Koi are actually just a fancy variety of carp, and all carp are bottom feeders. They love to swim along the bottom and scavenge everything that is available on and in-between rocks. In nature, it’s not uncommon to find ponds, lakes, or rivers with rocks on the bottom.|
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