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    Koi Ponds

    Anyone have a Koi pond out there? I'm fighting a losing battle with the algea this year and just installed a UV Filter as a last ditched effort. Has anyone had luck with the UV Filter or is there a water treatment I am missing?


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    Hi,

    I owned a house with a Koi pond (from previous owner). I owned the house for 10 years. I installed a UV filter to fight algae. This was in Northern CA-- temps ranged from 32F to 102F.

    Koi generate lots of "waste" (aka poop) and that causes algae to grow.

    Also, most owners build a sand,gravel filter with screen to "trap" waste and clean the water. These are pretty simple to build-- anything from a five gallon bucket to a 50 gallon plastic barrel will do.

    check this site out for the "how to": DIY 55 Gallon Barrel Pond Filter

    Also, there are "algae eater" fish-- but they don't like temps much below 35F.

    Good luck!

    Koi are a lot of fun.

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    Great resource! Now I have a use for all of those plastic straps on my FedEx shipments.

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    We had a koi pond. At our old house. Had the same problem. The UV filter cleared it right up.

    Look up the pond digger on YouTube. He has lots of good information.




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    Dye in the water will also help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by J3 Driver View Post
    We had a koi pond. At our old house. Had the same problem. The UV filter cleared it right up.

    Look up the pond digger on YouTube. He has lots of good information.




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    My pond looks vanilla compared to the one at your old place.

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    Wrong picture, this is it.

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    Off on a topic tangent here, but how do you prodect the koi from predators - cats, birds, possums, raccoons, etc.?

    Around here koi ponds are sometimes called "wildlife feeders."
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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredDoc View Post
    Off on a topic tangent here, but how do you prodect the koi from predators - cats, birds, possums, raccoons, etc.?

    Around here koi ponds are sometimes called "wildlife feeders."
    Never had a problem with predators even though I regularly see racoon scat. The fish can go 4' deep and hide between the folds in the liner.

    Originally, I installed bird netting over the top but the squirrels were always tearing it up to drink water so it was removed.

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    Keep the edges deep and make the pond 3-4 feet deep.

    You can also install a fish cave.


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