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Questions:

  1. How deep should my pond be here on Long Island?

  2. How many fish can I keep in a 1,000 gallon pond?

  3. What is a biological filter?

  4. What are Koi?

  5. How long do koi live?

  6. What do koi eat?

  7. How do I eliminate pea soup water?

  8. Where should my pond be located?

  9. Is PH a problem on Long Island?

  10. How much maintenance will there be with a pond?

  11. What is salt used for?

  12. What should the ammonia level be?

  13. How do I figure how many gallons in my pond?

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Answers:

  • Q1-How deep should my pond be here on Long Island?
    • A-If you are going to keep koi that are 5-10 inches long, your pond should be a minimum of 2 feet deep, for koi larger than 10 inches your pond should be a minimum of 3 feet deep.
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  • Q2-How many fish can I keep in a 1,000 gallon pond?
    • A-The best were to determine the correct amount is to measure the ammonia level in your pond. If the filter is able to maintain no ammonia then you can add more fish, a few at a time. Then recheck your levels, your pond can support as many fish as your filter can biologically cleanse.
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  • Q3-What is a biological filter?
    • A-A biological filter helps to convert the toxic chemicals (ammonia, nitrite, etc.) into harmless chemicals. This is done in a chamber that has some type of medium for bacteria to grow on.
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  • Q4-What are Koi?
    • A-Koi are fish belonging to the carp family, like their cousins the goldfish. The koi have the same body shape, but have barbells (whiskers).
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  • Q5-How long do koi live?
    • A-I believe that the record is over 200 years old.
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  • Q6-What do koi eat?
    • A-Commerical Koi food is fine. As for quantity, feed them only what they can consume in 10 mins. Do not feed if the temperature is below 50 degrees.
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  • Q7-How do I eliminate pea soup water?
    • A-You can install an Ultra Violet light and/or increase water flow.
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  • Q8-Where should my pond be located?
    • A-Put it as close to your sitting area as possible, also in shade or semi shade.
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  • Q9-Is PH a problem on Long Island?
    • A-We have installed many ponds all over Long Island and have yet to see a PH problem anywhere.
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  • Q10-How much maintenance will there be with a pond?
    • A-If the pond is built correctly you should have to spend no more that one hour per month on maintenance.
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  • Q11-What is salt used for?
    • A-Salt is used to assist fish in the healing process. It will force the fish to increase his slime coat. Salt will take care of many illnesses that pond fish are faced with.
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  • Q12-What should the ammonia level be?
    • A-Less than 0.01 ppm.
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  • Q13-How do I figure how many gallons in my pond?
    • A-For square and rectanglular ponds:
      • Length x Width x Avg Depth x 7.5
    • For circular ponds:
      • Radius x Radius x 3.14 x Avg depth x 7.5
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