Koi, Goldfish & Pond Health In Twenty Steps
Koi, Goldfish & Pond Health In 20 Steps
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Koi Water Quality
Koi Quarantine & Health

Step Twelve

Assess Koi Pond Obstacles

This is a pond I built early on.
Rocks to cut the Koi's faces, see?

Keywords: Koi, Goldfish & Pond Health Pond Obstacles Hazards Sharp Rocks Koi Face & Body Koi Cuts Lacerations and Sores

Don't forget this step, because MANY ponds contain engineered obstacles, whether intentional or not. Rocks perched on the ponds' edge can cut the faces of Koi which surface to eat near the pond's side. Some ponds are engineered to have rocks on their ledges, and when the Koi access these ledges for foodstuffs or simply by way of exploration, damage can be done to their bellies or other exposed skin of the face or gill-cover.

Substantial sharp-edged boulders in the pond can also lacerate a koi that swims into the rock when dashing from a fright, or at night while sleeping.

Certain skimmer parts and filtration accoutrements in the pond bottom also cut any fish which swims into them. If fish are sick or showing up with sores or wounds, assess the pond for injurious obstacles into which they may be swimming.

A skilled pond installer can install rocks, boulders, and other decorative and natural looking objects into a pond design with sensitivity to where the fish will be fed, and how they will safely move about these objects. Some sharp, already-deployed obstacles can be wrapped in liner underwater to make them harmless to the fish.

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Supplemental Reading

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Fish Medicines
Learn about fish medicines, what they do, and where to get them.

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Koi Food & Feeding
What should you feed your koi? How many times per day? Is Corn really that bad in a Koi diet? What are the most common feeding mistakes people make? What's the best food?