How to Keep Koi Healthy

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Keeping koi healthy requires maintaining a well-aerated pond, keeping the water cool, putting a rock salt in the water and changing the water every two weeks. Keep koi fish healthy with instructions from a koi breeder and aquarium specialist in this free video on fish care.

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Hi I'm Jim Newman. I'm from Making Waves Incorporated and this is how to keep Koi nice and healthy. Here we have a Koi holding facility right here and we constantly maintain the Koi by having a biological filtration system right here with a UV sterilizer and high aeration inside the ponds themselves. The high aeration levels are because of the fact that these fish like a lot of high oxygenation and also at the same time they like cool water. Another thing that you will need to use every once in a while is non-iodized rock salt. When you are performing a water change on the pond or stream that is containing any Koi or goldfish for that matter you want to add in at least a couple of cups of your salt in there for every 100 gallons of your common water. This is your common rock salt. The rock salt is going to help you actually soften the water while at the same time will also help the fish keep up their electrolytes. This will also help them keep their vibrant colors and also at the same time will help them Capitan free. You are going to want to do water changes at least once every two weeks on a properly maintained pond or once a month for a pond that is just going to be containing plants. With Koi and goldfish it is highly recommended to keep up with a once every two weeks maintenance schedule. That way you will properly maintain the trace elements and the buffering capacity of the pond in question. You do not want to let leaf litter fall down to the bottom of the pond otherwise it will lower the ph value of the pond and of course release canons into the water as well. This of course aesthetically is not pleasing to the eye.

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