With a heat index of 110 degrees our Orlando, Central Florida ponds are HOT!
In this blog you will learn what we can do make our koi and pond remain happy and healthy.
Warm water has a low capacity for holding oxygen, so you may start to see your fish gasping for air close to the water’s surface, or especially close to a fountain or waterfall. In addition, warm pond water leads to increased activity and that means your fish require more oxygen at a time when it’s least available.
To ensure koi health during Orlando, Central Florida extreme heat, you’ll want to ensure your fish have the healthiest pond environment possible. It all starts with a well-designed water feature. Depth, plant coverage, shade, and circulation should all be considered when building a pond. A depth of two feet will help the bottom of your ecosystem pond remain cooler.
Waterfalls, streams, and even fountains play a huge part in the oxygenation of the water in your pond.
Remember that the beneficial bacteria that live in your filter and pond are also dependent on the amount of oxygen in the water to thrive and do their job of converting ammonia to nitrites and nitrates. Lower oxygen levels can suppress the population of “good” bacteria and let ammonia and nitrite levels increase to stressful or even potentially lethal levels.
- Add oxygen to your pond by placing an AERATOR or an AQUA FORCE pump in your pond, you might also install a fountain with a pump if your pond doesn’t have a waterfall or stream built in. Splash equals oxygen.
- Feed your koi in the morning and be careful not to overfeed. Uneaten food decays faster in warmer water and can pollute the pond.
- Be sure to remove dying leaves and flowers before they have a chance to decay in the warmer water.
Keep an eye on your Orlando, Central Florida ecosystem pond to ensure a balanced ecosystem, let your fish and plants do the talking. If you have a balanced ecosystem, you don’t need to be checking your pond out everyday, but you do need to check it weekly when doing pond maintenance like adding your beneficial bacteria and cleaning your skimmer filter pad to make sure your aquatic plants and fish are healthy.